Monday, January 14, 2008

Cheetah Pictures

Here are a few pictures I took of a cheetah that was found lounging under a tree in the Masaai Mara.

One thing I didn't expect on the safari was just how "tame" the animals were. I'm not sure if they are used to the safari vehicles driving around, or they just don't perceive them as a threat, but most of the animals wouldn't run away when a vehicle approached. In fact, some would allow the vehicles to get quite close. For some of the more popular animals (such as the predators), it was a common occurrence for a whole bunch of vehicles to be clustered around the animal. Once one driver found a popular animal, everyone else in the area would drive over to see it too. If you saw a cluster of vehicles off in the distance, it was a safe bet that they were all looking at a predator.

Here's a photo to give you an idea of what it looked like with the cheetah and how close the vehicles were to it:


JD said...

These are awesome. I really liked to giraffes, too, but that one of the cheetah just lying there look at the vans takes the cake.

shiloh said...

Great pics, Brian! Thanks for sharing and welcome back!! :)

Phil said...

So glad you're home safe and sound. That's one heck of an adventure you had! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

So if you're taking malaria medication does this mean you caught the disease? That can't be good. Doesn't it make you sleepy, or am I thinking of some other African-based disease.

Did you notice any dojos in Africa?

Mostly Torn said...

Nope Phil, I haven't caught malaria. As a preventative measure they recommend travelers take anti-malaria medication when traveling to places with a risk of catching malaria. There is an incubation period for the disease, so they also recommend you continue to take the medicine for several weeks after you complete your travel to a risk area.