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31 May 2010

Migration Update - 31st May 2010

Nomad safari guides are reporting seeing the migration as far north as Lobo and Mbuze Mawe with some herds still around Ngarananyuki in the Seronera area. Due to the unseasonably wet weather we've been having, the herds of wildebeest and zebra are very spread out and fragmented. We're watching closely to see which way they go now, as this is an unusual pattern for the migration at this time of year.     

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28 May 2010

Rutting time for plains' game in the Mara - April

Weather and land It’s great with clear mornings and cloudy afternoons followed by rain. The grass plains are turning golden, like the colour of red-oat grass and tall, reaching a height of one-and-a-half meters, which makes it suitable for elephants and buffaloes - big game that cannot be easily attacked by predators. The streams and rivers are in full spate. Plain Game Concentration Due to the heavy rains, there’s plenty of fodder for the herbivores, which has triggered the rutting seaso…

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28 May 2010

Interesting lives of cats: Cheetahs, Masai Mara

The Mara plains have been awash with rains in the last couple of months, and the grass is tall over. This long grass affects how cheetahs hunt. As one of the most vulnerable cat (facing extinction due to dwindling habitats, competition for prey from other bigger cats/predators, lack of a big gene pool, climate, etc), cheetahs are fighting a battle for survival. Cheetah Facts: ✓ The word "cheetah" is derived from the Sanskrit word citrakāyaḥ, meaning "variegated body". ✓ The cheetah …

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28 May 2010

Giraffe giving birth!

Don't some people just have the best jobs in the world? On a game drive in the Masai Mara, Dixon Chelule (or DC as he's popularly known), the Assistant Chief Safari Guide at Mara Intrepids came across this mother giraffe giving birth and shared these pictures.   The calf's hind legs come out first.   As you notice, the giraffe gives birth while standing.   Ain't nature a marvel? No midwives, gloves or theatre needed here!   The calf is born, and mommy giraffe is kissing her and welcoming h…

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20 May 2010

Migration Update - 20th May 2010

Our Nomad guides are reporting seeing the bulk of the migration around the Central Serengeti region. The herds have left the southern area of the short grass plains and are now heading into Musabi, with some front runners heading further west into the Grumeti area. General plains game sightings, with the accompanying lions and other cats, have also been very good.  They reported rain yesterday, but generally the days have been warm and sunny.

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