Tanzanian Wildlife

The wildlife in Tanzania is varied and very interesting to watch the behavior of each species or the interaction between different species.

As with the behavior of our house pets, each individual animal has its own personality and how it interacts with its group, other groups of the same species, or different species.

I watched while a cackle of spotted hyena’s (A group of Hyena’s are a clan or otherwise known as a cackle, which is a large group of relatives, friends, or associates.) tried to make a kill of a new born cape buffalo (the real buffalo, ours is a Bison. Bison Bill :>)). They worked the buffalo herd and kept trying to injure one of the buffalo’s by crushing their leg bones. Hyena’s have very strong jaws and can crush bones.

They worked this herd of buffalo for 30 minutes while I was watching, and the female kept fighting off their attacks. Finally, several other buffalo joined in to defend the female and calf. This stopped the hyena’s advancements for the time being.

To give you an idea of what the ground condition and animal population looked like, here is my description. There were at least 50 buffalo’s around the female and calf, but they were feeding and not paying attention to the hyena’s or the problems of the female and calf. Cape buffalo’s are one of the most dangerous animals, but most them didn’t defend the female and calf, and it took some time until others joined in to defend the female and calf.

Another great experience was watching a female lion dragging a wildebeest kill back to the pride lodgings so that the vultures could not eat the remains. It took her approximately 20 minutes to drag it back to their location. She was the second female to feed on the wildebeest (since I was watching them), the first one walked away, then the second one came out of the brush and took ownership of the carcass.

This was a wonderful experience but the game drives all day long and bad road conditions made this a difficult trip. All the bouncing around in the vehicles provided a daily massage, I didn’t have a tight muscle in my body!

 

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DSC_4210.jpgZebra DSC_4213.jpgBaboon Troup in Ngorongoro DSC_5138.jpgBaboon Troup in Ngorongoro DSC_5142.jpgBaboon Troup in Ngorongoro DSC_5161.jpgBaboon Troup in Serengeti National Park DSC_5472.jpgCape Buffalo in Ngorongoro DSC_5083.jpgCape Buffalo in Ngorongoro DSC_5088.jpgCheetah  in Serengeti National Park DSC_5284.jpgCheetah  in Serengeti National Park DSC_5286.jpgCheetah  in Serengeti National Park DSC_5495.jpgCheetah  in Serengeti National Park DSC_5504.jpgCheetah  in Serengeti National Park DSC_5505.jpgCrowned Crane in Ngorongoro DSC_5070.jpgCrowned Crane in Ngorongoro DSC_5080.jpgElephants Crossing Mara River in Serengeti National Park DSC_5821.jpgElephants Crossing Mara River in Serengeti National Park DSC_5825.jpgElephants Crossing Mara River in Serengeti National Park DSC_5828.jpgElephants Crossing Mara River in Serengeti National Park DSC_5839-c50.jpgElephants in Serengeti National Park DSC_5551.jpgElephants in Serengeti National Park DSC_5553.jpgElephants in Serengeti 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