Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hunting

Luiz Carlos Santos Jr © 2012
   Lions either ambush approaching prey or move carefully to within strike distance. The final charge is usually less hen 50 m; any further and the lion will overheat.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Taking a little ride...

Ranger was told that a leopard was calling her cub and we all went to check in high speed, but ended up not seeing much.

Breathtaking...

Luiz Carlos Santos Jr © 2012
It was early in the morning when we found a pride with 7 or 8 lions and after hundreds of clicks, and getting closer to them, one of the lioness decided we had enough and she was within a few seconds of charging us when the ranger and tracker noticed and started the engine. I was seated on the left hand side of the jeep and this pictures was taken with a 55 mm lens. That was quite impressive. Amazing!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lioness Hunting


Two lionesses were eating a blue wildebeest calf. We got there, when the calf was still alive.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Riding the big boys

Luiz Carlos Santos Jr © 2012 All I can say is that experience up there is something very unique, it is not as easy as it looks like once you have to keep controlling your body as the big boy walks through the bush. One hour is more than enough and you can have a great time, as you go in the bush hiding the largest animal on land in a very easy and soft way, without any noise or disturbing the neighbourhood at all. Those we  rode came from Zimbabwe, and they still considered 100% wild animals.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

African Chameleon

Luiz Carlos Santos Jr © 2012


They are a distinctive and highly specialized class of lizards. They are distinguished by their parrot-likezygodactylous feet, their separately mobile and stereoscopic eyes, their very long, highly modified, and rapidly extrudable tongues, their swaying gait, the possession by many of a prehensile tail, crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads, and the ability of some to change color. Uniquely adapted for climbing and visual hunting, the approximately 160 species of chameleon range from Africa, Madagascar,Spain and Portugal, across south Asia, to Sri Lanka, have been introduced to Hawaii, California and Florida, and are found in warm habitats that vary from rain forest to desert conditions. Chameleons are often kept as household pets.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Les lions

Luiz Carlos Santos Jr © 2012
Sans les lions, l'écosystème s'effondre. Plus rien ne marche. Si nous ne parvenons pas à protéger cette espèce, quel espoir y a-t-il pour les autres?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It was alive!


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It happened on the first night I was out in the bush. Night was very dark and while we were driving in a very open plain, we notice the tracker whispering with the ranger and after a while they announced that two lionesses were eating a blue wildebeest calf. We got there, when the calf was still alive.