On safari in Tarangire National Parkn

An amazing day on the African Savannah.

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What we saw…Here’s the (short) list:

  • Ostrich (fast as 125 km/hr.)
  • Dikdik (tiny cute lil antelope)
  • Impala (not just a car, turns out)
  • Water buck
  • Cheetah with young (Yeah. You heard that right, brother. A rare spotting, but spot it we did.)
  • Wart hogs (and young)
  • White Headed Buffalo Weaver (bird)
  • Lilac Crested Roller (bird)
  • Giraffe (Yessss!)
  • Elephants (gestation period: 2 years – a long time to carry an elephant in your belly)
  • Baobab tree
  • Velvet Monkey (with turquoise-colored testicles…very strange)
  • Candle Obra (?) tree
  • Lion (with young)
  • Superb Starlings (bird)
  • Ash Starling (bird)
  • Marsha (?) Eagle
  • Mongoose (surprisingly small, we all agreed, for being cobra killers)
  • Sausage tree
  • Bear Faced Go Away Birds
  • Secretary Bird (Can you take a memo for me, please?)
  • Helmeted Guinea
  • Baboons
  • Ground Horney Bill (bird….not making up that name)
  • Black Smith Plover (bird)
  • Zebra (Absolutely gorgeous. It’s amazing what a nice paint job will do for a donkey.)
  • Cape Buffalo. Aka Water Buffalo.
  • Bee Eater (bird)
  • Marabou Stork

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

Consider this post an invitation, an invitation to comment and collaborate ~ In Solidarity, JE

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