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Fantastic safari at Maasai Mara-close to Nairobi

This Maasai warrior in training saw me trying to get a selfie with an uncooperative goat and quickly grabbed one so I could get this photo

This Maasai warrior in training saw me trying to get a selfie with an uncooperative goat and quickly grabbed one so I could get this photo

African elephants are the largest land mammals and eat 12-18 hours per day; all that eating causes the average elephant to expel a ton of poo each week

African elephants are the largest land mammals and eat 12-18 hours per day; all that eating causes the average elephant to expel a ton of poo each week

Grey crowned crane; this species, the national bird of Uganda, is about 3 ft tall, weighs 7.7 lbs, and has a wingspan of 6.5 ft

Grey crowned crane; this species, the national bird of Uganda, is about 3 ft tall, weighs 7.7 lbs, and has a wingspan of 6.5 ft

Our very fun tour group; we had some very long driving days but the highlights of Kenya and Uganda were more than worth it

Our very fun tour group; we had some very long driving days but the highlights of Kenya and Uganda were more than worth it

Lilac breasted roller; this colorful species is the national bird of Kenya and has an average lifespan of 10 years

Lilac breasted roller; this colorful species is the national bird of Kenya and has an average lifespan of 10 years

Newborn giraffes are taller than most humans; sadly, in some populations, more than 50% o all giraffe calves do not survive their first year

Newborn giraffes are taller than most humans; sadly, in some populations, more than 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year

Spotted hyena; we also saw a smaller jackal; spotted hyenas may kill as many as 95% o the animals they eat, while striped hyenas are largely scavengers

Spotted hyena; we also saw a smaller jackal; spotted hyenas may kill as many as 95% of the animals they eat, while striped hyenas are largely scavengers

Because of its adapted retinas, leopards can see seven times better in the dark than humans; leopards can run up to 37 mph and can leap up to 19 ft

Because of its adapted retinas, leopards can see seven times better in the dark than humans; leopards can run up to 37 mph and can leap up to 19 ft

Impalas are fleet runners who are able to leap distances of up to 33 ft; the impala can also clear bushes and other obstacles by soaring some 10 ft in the air

Impalas are fleet runners who are able to leap distances of up to 33 ft; the impala can also clear bushes and other obstacles by soaring some 10 ft in the air

Secretary bird; instantly recognizable as a very large bird with an eagle-like body on crane-like legs, this species resembles a crane more than a bird of prey

Secretary bird; instantly recognizable as a very large bird with an eagle-like body on crane-like legs, this species resembles a crane more than a bird of prey

Cheetahs; they suffered a substantial decline in their historic range in the 20th century due to habitat loss, poaching (for illegal pet trade) and conflict with humans; by 2016, the global cheetah population was estimated at 7,100 individuals in the wild

Cheetahs; they suffered a substantial decline in their historic range in the 20th century due to habitat loss, poaching (for illegal pet trade) and conflict with humans; by 2016, the global cheetah population was estimated at 7,100 individuals in the wild

Ostriches were a common sight in the park; this largest living bird can run fast or kick hard if provoked

Ostriches were a common sight in the park; this largest living bird can run fast or kick hard if provoked

Topi; this vulnerable species resembles the hartebeest but has a darker coloration and lacks sharply angled horns; they are a tall species, ranging in height from 39 to 51 in at the shoulder.

Topi; this vulnerable species resembles the hartebeest but has a darker coloration and lacks sharply angled horns; they are a tall species, ranging in height from 39 to 51 in at the shoulder.

The Kenyan government has instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their semi-nomadic lifestyle, but they have continued their customs; many tribes welcome visits to experience their culture, traditions and lifestyle, in return for a fee

The Kenyan government has instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their semi-nomadic lifestyle, but they have continued their customs; many tribes welcome visits to experience their culture, traditions and lifestyle, in return for a fee

Dik-dik; this is the smallest antelope found in the park; dik-diks stand about 12–15.5 in at the shoulder and weigh 6.6–13.2 lb and can live for up to 10 years

Dik-dik; this is the smallest antelope found in the park; dik-diks stand about 12–15.5 in at the shoulder and weigh 6.6–13.2 lb and can live for up to 10 years

Cape buffalo are widely regarded as among the most dangerous animals on the African continent, and according to some estimates they gore, trample, and kill more than 200 people every year

Cape buffalo are widely regarded as among the most dangerous animals on the African continent, and according to some estimates they gore, trample, and kill more than 200 people every year

Hunting by female lions takes place mostly from dusk until dawn, and during the cooler hours of the day; usually the females will hunt, and then the males (who patrol the territory and protect the pride) will eat first

Hunting by female lions takes place mostly from dusk until dawn, and during the cooler hours of the day; usually the females will hunt, and then the males (who patrol the territory and protect the pride) will eat first

Village weaver; this species builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch in a tree

Village weaver; this species builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch in a tree

The Maasai lived in these small mud huts that were unbearably hot and filled with bugs and flies; all of the Maasai’s needs for food are met by their cattle; they eat the meat, drink the milk daily and drink the blood on occasion

The Maasai lived in these small mud huts that were unbearably hot and filled with bugs and flies; all of the Maasai’s needs for food are met by their cattle; they eat the meat, drink the milk daily and drink the blood on occasion

Vervet monkeys are the most widespread monkeys in Africa; after a gestation period of approximately 140 days, a single baby is born between March and May

Vervet monkeys are the most widespread monkeys in Africa; after a gestation period of approximately 140 days, a single baby is born between March and May

Wildebeest; we saw these from the bus as we left the park having not seen any within the park; this species is also called the gnu which can be a handy word in Scrabble

Wildebeest; we saw these from the bus as we left the park having not seen any within the park; this species is also called the gnu which can be a handy word in Scrabble

Thomson's gazelle is the most common type of gazelle in East Africa; it can reach speeds of 55 mph (fifth-fastest land animal, after cheetah, pronghorn, springbok, and wildebeest)

Thomson's gazelle is the most common type of gazelle in East Africa; it can reach speeds of 55 mph (fifth-fastest land animal, after cheetah, pronghorn, springbok, and wildebeest)

Grant's gazelle is native to 6 East African countries; Grant's gazelles are noticeably larger than Thomson's gazelles and have an average lifespan of 12 years

Grant's gazelle is native to 6 East African countries; Grant's gazelles are noticeably larger than Thomson's gazelles and have an average lifespan of 12 years

Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up, they even sleep and give birth standing up; giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period

Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up, they even sleep and give birth standing up; giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period

The elephant’s gestation period is 22 months – longer than any other land animal in the world; a newborn human baby weighs an average of 7 lb while a newborn elephant baby can weigh up to 260 lb!

The elephant’s gestation period is 22 months – longer than any other land animal in the world; a newborn human baby weighs an average of 7 lb while a newborn elephant baby can weigh up to 260 lb!

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