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Old 30th September 2013
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Lions, Tigers and Bears

I can't find a significant cultural reference to the title of this post, but on my first trip to Nairobi (2001), the local ex-pats (and indeed white Kenyans) used to refer to going on Safari as "Going to see the Lions, Tigers and Bears," so hence the title. Okapuka is a lovely game ranch, set in the savanna outside of Windhoek, Namibia. I've been there before (eight years ago), so I know its the perfect place for the man on a business trip with just just a kit zoom.

One change that hit me since the last trip was the warthogs. They are perhaps one of the most aggressive creatures on the planet, but here they walk among (and sometime skip out of the way of) humans.



I've seen them beat up Lions in David Attenborough documentaries, so I was surprised to see them existing in (and tolerating) this setting.

I'm told that if you stay in the huts at the lodge, you don't need to go on a game drive, at least if you want to see Giraffes. They come to you.



Finally, there's the Rhinos. I've not been through all the photos yet, but I suspect this fairly severe crop of a Warthog sauntering away from a pair of perfectly friendly Rhinos, will remain the star of the show once I've gone through my proper workflow.



Now these guys (the big ones), are endangered, because the Chinese think powdered Rhino horn is a cure for China's small problem. If only medical science could come up with a cure for China's little problem, perhaps these beautiful beasts might no longer be seen as the solution to China's tiny problem???
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Re: Lions, Tigers and Bears

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Now these guys (the big ones), are endangered, because the Chinese think powdered Rhino horn is a cure for China's small problem. If only medical science could come up with a cure for China's little problem, perhaps these beautiful beasts might no longer be seen as the solution to China's tiny problem???
Like we need more Chinese! Anyway, somebody should tell them about VIAGRA (Vital Inches Actively Grow Right Away).

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Re: Lions, Tigers and Bears

Interesting place. Great to see such closeup[s of the rhino.

As yo warthog.Love um! hardly got a decent shot of them as whenever I see them on a drive their tails go up and off they run. The locals in Samburu and the Masai Mara reckon they have such short memories that they start running from lions, forget why they're running, stop and promptly become lion lunch. Not sure if it's true but it made me laugh.

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