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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tanzania - Safari, The Animals Part 5

Now we are down to what might be called the "specialty" animals.  Or perhaps, in another context, I might call them the "cats and dogs."

First up are the Warthogs.

And the Cape Buffalo.

We saw several Hyenas.  They are notable for the long and strong necks used to carry their prey.  This pair is watching closely as we take pictures of the baby in their den.  Who is the baby looking at?
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The baby is posing for Kristian, who captures the perfect baby portrait for us:

This Jackal passed briefly by our vehicle.  Fortunately, Melissa later got a great picture.
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At one of our lunch stops in the Serengeti, there were a few Hyrax hanging around.  I only got a picture of one, but Melissa snapped three together.  They look like a rodent but are related to the Elephant according to this Wikipedia entry.
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This Genet borders on being a pet.  It is one of several to be found roaming around the rafters at the Ndutu Safari Lodge.  The Wikipedia entry says they are related to cats but related more closely to the mongoose.

We saw a few reptiles and amphibians too.  They ranged from small to large.
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Our driver spotted this snake's tail alongside the road as we headed up a hill.
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It turns out to be a Puff Adder.  The Wikipedia entry describes it as normally "sluggish."  But it also notes:
This species is responsible for more fatalities than any other African snake. This is due to a combination of factors, including its wide distribution, common occurrence, large size, potent venom that is produced in large amounts, long fangs, their habit of basking by footpaths and sitting quietly when approached.

And finally, we have the animal bookends.  The first animal we saw just after we entered the Ngorongoro Conservation was the baboon on the left.  The last animal we saw on the day we were leaving the crater was the baboon on the right.
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