There are so many interesting animals
besides the big cats, elephants and giraffes. The delicate little
steenbok are so cute--no bigger than a large dog but with the skinniest little
legs. I don't know why they don't break. They stay in pairs, not
in herds like impala, so they are harder to come across.
Waterbok are unusual in that most
predators don't care for the way they taste. They have a oil beneath
their skin that makes then unattractive as prey. They have very shaggy
coats and a distinctive white circle around their rears. Last year we
were told this is a target to help the nearsighted males. This year they
said it was known as a toilet seat. Of course, it's actually it's for
the babies to follow. Those trees you can see way in the distance are in
the Caprivi strip of Namibia. This whole area will be underwater when
the rains come and the Linyanti River rises.
You can't see the buffalo in this
picture very well, but I really like the scene. It's so 'out of Africa'
and so painterly, except I'd have to move those trees out of the
We often saw warthogs--so ugly they're
cute. I love the way they truck along. This group were unusual in
that they had quite luxurious manes and very outstanding whiskers.
They can be very fierce and protective
of their family. The male sends the babies and mother down a hole and
then he himself backs in so that he's ready to attack any predator that tries
to come down the hole after them. This big male is from a different
group as you can tell by the skimpy mane and lack of whiskers, but you can see
he's well equipped to defend himself--warts and all.