Friday, November 27, 2009

Africa Trip Part 3: The Baby Animal Extravaganza

During our stay in Kenya and Tanzania, we went to quite a few national parks and reserves and were lucky enough to see all of the big five (elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard) and get a decent picture of 4 (all except the leopard who was too quick for us). We saw zebras, giraffes, tons of different antelopes and birds, hippos, crocs, jackels, warthogs, 1 hyena, and the highlight - a mother cheetah with 3 cubs, out on a walk for the very first time.

Cheetah and cubs:

Black rhino and baby:

A hippo who might just eat its baby:


Baby topi:


Here are my two favorite lion pictures (sans cubs).

Chillin:

Up (too) close (in Ngorogoro, animals are more used to cars and are less skittish):

And just for fun, a very cheeky Starling (who flew off with our bread roll):

33 comments:

Khy said...

OMG! THE CUTE! I CAN'T HANDLE IT!!!

bermudaonion said...

The babies are darling! I bet seeing all those animals was awesome.

Maria said...

The cheetah cubs are so CUTE!

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Bookworm said...

So cute! It must have been amazing to see them all up-close!

Kate said...

Awww. I need to go to Africa now!

Nymeth said...

Awwwww. Thank you for sharing - amazing pictures!

Daphne said...

Very nice pictures - thanks for sharing. And there's not much that could be cuter than those cheetah cubs! It sounds like a wonderful trip.

Linda said...

Great pics! Love the one of the cheetah and cubs!

brizmus said...

I can't even believe how overly CUTE all of those animals are!! How do hunters exist?

Staci said...

Those are amazing photos! Can you believe all of the little ones that you were able to see??

Suko said...

Thank you for sharing these amazing photos!

Melanie said...

That's so cool! I've never seen a topi before. He/she is adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Ali said...

Cheetah kittens! Aw! Sounds like you had a fun and interesting trip.

Molly said...

The cheetah picture is just beautiful - worthy of National Geographic!

The photo of the lion on the car mirror is a tad too close for my comfort level.

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful adventure with the rest of us.

Jeane said...

I loved seeing your photos. The animals are so beautiful- especially those adorable baby cheetahs. Please share more!

Rhiannon Hart said...

That Topi is the very definition of gormless! So cute. And the cheetah cubs, don't get me started.

Donna Gambale said...

BABY ANIMALS! Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

What great pictures! Especially the cheetah cubs - those are adorable.

Jodie said...

awwwwwwwwwwww want a cheetah cub now.

Adele said...

HIPPOS! I love hippos, there's like the idea animal. SO glad you had a smashing time Lenore...

Thao said...

Beautiful pictures! It's hard to choose which one I like best ^^

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Aww! Such cute pictures! I love, love, love the one with the car. Too close for you maybe, but a great shot! :D

Letter Garden said...

The Cheetahs are sooooo cute! Have you seen them run? :D

Melody said...

They're awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Alice Teh said...

I love all the pics! The felines are absolutely awesome!

Sadako said...

AWWW baby AMINALS.

The too close lion was AWESOME!

The baby cheetahs are my fave, too.

Heather Zundel said...

Oh wow. Those are incredible. To think you got that close. You are quite an accomplished photographer. Yeah, my jealousy level just spike to 1100 or so. :)

Lorin said...

Great photos! That topi is adorable.

stacybuckeye said...

Awww! I love these guys :) Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

Zibilee said...

Your pictures are beautiful and I can imagine that you had such a wonderful time. Lovin the pictures of the babies particularly.

Beth F said...

I absolutely love your your photos! Thanks so much for sharing them. Seeing them in person must have been amazing.

Anna said...

Wow. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation. I'm jealous. ;)

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Allie said...

Oh how cool! It's so neat to see this stuff! Hope you had a fabulous trip!