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Friday, March 13, 2015

Nature Reserve




This majestic Waterbuck was standing right near the gate as we entered the park. He was so large and regal looking.




This wild beast is an African Water Buffalo and he was perturbed. Before I got to him, I was watching 2 male tourists from afar taunting the buck and getting far too close. I really thought the buck would charge them. Stupid tourists get killed every year because they get out of their cars and get too close to the wildlife.
                                                                                                              


There were so many types of wild game in the park. I don't know the  names of a lot of them but looked on line and think I have them correctly identified.

A lot of different types of gazelle reside in the park. A gazelle is any type of the many antelope species in the genus Gazella. I learned that the word gazelle derives from the Persian word "Ghazal" which means "elegant and quick ".

Impala, eating in the bushes.

I enjoy taking photos of animals that watch me closely.

I keep my respectful distance.


(Defassa) Waterbuck feasting in the forest.

I think this one is called Thomson's gazelle. They depend on short grasses for sustenance.

Impala


I wanted to get a little closer to the water birds. You are probably not supposed to get out of the car and walk around.  The lions are in the forest but I kept my eyes open. though I am sure I couldn't outrun a lion. The rhinos, various mammals, baboons and zebras are in a different area.

  

Friends taking photos.


Breathtaking views from the clifftop.

I love looking down from high above.

I've always been fascinated by zebras and this baby zebra was so cute.

Zebras always seem to quietly & peacefully go about their business.

This little guy was very curious and watched me as I snapped away.

See how well camouflaged these animals are. I think these are young Waterbuck or Impala Antelope.

Hiding in the bushes on the way to the cliffs was this baby Dik dik. Poor thing. I think it lost it's mom.

Joining in with host Eileen at   Saturday's Critters.

Saturday's Critters

18 comments:

  1. A wonderful selection of animals you saw a the safari park. NO you should not have got out of the car as you can NOT run faster than a lion! Hope your weekend goes well.

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  2. Hi Joyful, What a fascinating set of photos! As you will know, I love Yellowstone Park, and although there are obviously big differences between YNP and LNNP, they definitely share some things like stupid tourists. :-) Yes, every year there are stories about folks getting gored after getting too close to the buffalo. As I've mentioned before, your photos make me want to visit the place. LNNP is certain a destination I need to add to my list of places I want to see. Honestly, I had a hard time picking out a favorite here ... they are all so good ... but I have to go with the mom and baby zebra. Another one ... How about those water birds! How many are out there ... wow, looks like hundreds!!! Great post, thanks so much for sharing. John

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  3. beautiful animals, but always a dangerous idea to get out of your vehicle!

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  4. This definitely a great place with so many animals to see around .

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  5. Aww you have captured a lot of amazing wildlife out there. They're all simply fantastic! Those ribbed horns by the way very special, I haven't seen one before.

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  6. Amazing animals! I'd love to go on a safari and watch the animals in the wild. I hope you're having a great weekend.

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  7. Fabulous views of the African wildlife.

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  8. The nature reserve is a great place to get shots of amazing wildlife. YOu have some wonderful images here. Love that little zebra foal.

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  9. Great photos!
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Lea

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  10. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. : ) Your photos are fabulous.

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  11. i have always had a fascination with water buffaloes ... they are so cool. always hate when the lions get them though. i would love to see one in person. have a nice weekend, Joyful. i enjoy that name. ( :

    nice meeting you through the critter party. take care.

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  12. what a wonderful day. So much to study and enjoy. Love the little Zebra :)

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  13. Wow what a wonderful park, I think I would have been a little nervous about getting out of the car, I bet it was a fun day!
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and letting me know how your surgery went on your eyes, I have to give this whole process patience.

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  14. So exciting to take pictures of all the wild animals! Wish it was me :-))

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  16. Love your shots on wild animals there. Awesome trip.
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  17. Wonderful captures. Seeing that many flamingos must have been a spectacular sight. I do like the striking "clothing" of the Thompson's Gazelle - what a handsome creature!

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  18. Wow, awesome collection of critters and photos! What a great trip! Thank you for linking up, so sorry I am late with my comment!

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