29 June 2015
Beautiful clear days and clear skies at night - dazzling for star gazing.
Watch the fantastic race of the planets – brilliant Venus and bold Jupiter - as they draw closer together each night. Venus will pass Jupiter in late June/early July 2015. On the nights of June 30th and July 1st they will be the closest until August 27th.
There’s golden grass and red oat grass relished by the grazers.
260c at midday
180c after sunset
LOITA WILDEBEEST AND ZEBRAS MIGRATION (DOMESTIC)
The migration of the Loita wildebeest and zebras is on. At this point, it’s at the Topi plains together with the topis and gazelles. The herds are moving south to meet the Serengeti migration which is not far from the Mara.
THE GREAT MIGRATION OF WILDEBEEST AND ZEBRAS
As usual the scouting wildebeest is the first indication of the annual migration.
After crossing Sand River into the Mara from Serengeti, the animals did not stay for long but crossed the border back into Serengeti. This could be because the grass is very tall in the Mara for the migratory herds.
The herds have started approaching the Sand River again and we hope that in the next two days, they will cross over into the Mara.
The lion families are scattered all over.
Blacky enjoys some quiet time on the plains..
Some lionesses, like those of the Ridge pride have even abandoned their cubs because there is not enough prey to hunt and feed them. The cubs are looking emaciated and avoid to competition while feeding. The females are in groups of two’s and not looking good. The males are not in stable prides but just hanging around females who are hunting prey.
We hope this will change in the next few days as the ‘meals on wheels’ appear – that is the wildebeest and zebra.
It will be very interesting to see the families reunite.
Leopard sightings are good.
Bahati and Siri are the stars around Mara Intrepids Camp.
Malaika is still doing well with her four cubs. They are north-east of Mara Intrepids Camp because grass is short. The short grass is the preferred choice of the gazelles, making it good hunting ground for the cheetahs. Grant gazelles are their favourite prey.
Malaika strangling an impala four her cubs.
This hyena was spotted chewing on a fatty morsel of hippo skin. Yum! Nothing goes to waste.
The rains are the calling card for life in the ecosystem. Where it rains, food is plenty, as the giraffe below reaches for some helpings on the tallest branch.
Mr Rhino is out and about for a little walk, while Mr Buffalo enjoys the Mara best spa treatment - a mudbath.
Not to be left out is Mr Dung-Bettle. Oh, that yummy morsel has been rolled for the family back at home!
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