Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 10: Little Governors' Camp

September 11th...
The Masai Mara is 5100 feet above sea level. Each year the migration seems to be getting a little larger. This year the wildebeest count is 2.5 to 3 million wildebeest. From what I had read back home, the count was 1.5 wildebeest, so the population of the migration is really growing.
One of three of the youngest cubs
of the Marsh pride
                                 
There are three main prides of lions around Governor’s camps. They are the marsh pride, the paradise pride and the ridge pride. The marsh pride is only about a 7 minute drive from camp and they are the only pride with cubs, so we spent the entire first game drive photographing them. It's neat because the BBC is filming for their upcoming documentary 'The Truth about Lions'. It was great photographing the marsh pride with them. 


After lunch we went back to see them, but they were sleeping, so we decided to roam around elsewhere. Solomon noticed a thomson’s gazelle giving birth, so we stayed there for about an hour and a half. We watched her give birth, then clean up her baby. Unfortunately for her the baboons were on their way toward her so she had to leave the baby in hopes that she wouldn’t attract any attention. The baby was just behind a termite mound so she was hidden from them. A thomsons’ gazelle would be a nice light snack for a troop of baboons, so it was a bit nerve wracking for all of us for a while,  but instinctively, about 30 minutes later, the baby took its first wobbly steps and struggled to make it over to taller grass where it would be safe. From there we went back to check on the lions. There was overcast and it had gotten a little bit cooler, so the cubs awoke from their sleep and started to play. At the end of the day, my picture count was 3930.

6959 pictures to go...

video
Marsh pride lion cubs playing

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