May 15, 2012

Mara animals wildlife safaris

Maasai Mara is just one fun place to be when you are looking to see the greatest animals in action on earth. While there are other good natural animals in many parts of the world, many animal loving people flocks these plains of the beautiful Kenya Maasai land to see some of the greatest endangered animals on earth. Big cats, the big five, birds reptiles apes and many more that you can ever think of.
With the great wildebeest animal migration set to start in the month of June along the Kenya Tanzania border, many people who come for an animal safari know what is always at stake, while the animal migration takes place within a spun of two months around the Mara and the surrounding areas, you might be lucky to spot the wildebeest if your timing is right. There are many a time you might travel miles and miles in this beautiful Africa Big Five and big cats natural habitat only to see that the great wildebeest and zebra hear have just been gone. Funny as it can be, there is always action around the Mara animal habitat. The King of the beast; the Lions, leopards and cheetahs are always happy at this time of the year when the long rains bring fresh grass to feast on as far as the wildebeest are concerned while these dangerous cats have plenty of food to keep on hunting animals day in and day out.
While lions are hunting around the Mara, it’s not always a guarantee that the lion as the most powerful predator among the animal world can be able to hunt and kill animals despite the huge numbers of wildebeest and zebras flocking these forest and plains of the Masai Mara, it’s not always easy that every lion hunt will yield fruit. There are some difficult times when lions, leopards and cheetahs are always in danger when they try to hunt big animals such as the African zebra, the African buffalo and the wildebeest themselves. Lions have been wounded with the sharp horns of these powerful dangerous animals around the Mara habitat. Though a chilling and existing moments for all those fun animal loving people, scores of animals are always on the move and only the weak and the sick which remain behind fallow easy prey for the lions, leopards and cheetahs.
While there are always a lot of prey and predator action taking place, the Mara environment is always kept clean by all the Mara scavengers ranging from the African vultures, jackals, wild African dogs and wild cats as well. The spotted hyenas and the striped hyenas also benefit a lot during these dangerous hunts which many lions and leopards make. These dangerous powerful hyenas can always steal the lion’s food right under their nose. With a keen sense of smell, an instant lion kill can be sensed miles by these hyenas and with their calls; a great number of them can deter to chase lions from their kill as well. Wile at times, the king of the best while makings sure that the  lion pride is well protected, with the sheer numbers in a lions family, a hyena with its powerful teeth is no match to a lion or lioness trying to defend its meal.

The night life in Mara is a dangerous animal habitat and as peaceful at the same time as the days can be. With little visibility and thundering long rains drenching all animals of the Savannah big and small, all animals become vulnerable while out there. Hyenas with their large numbers always make a meal out of a lonely lion which is wondering alone in the Mara forest. Baby lion, leopard cuts and cheetah babies also fall victim of such difficult and dangerous conditions for these beautiful dangerous animals as well.
Being at Maasai Mara natural animal habitat, one is always overwhelmed with the abundance of wild animals and the amazing landscape it provides. The beautiful safari drives are breath taking every inch of the way. The Mara skies offer beautiful amazing sunset animal pictures a the back ground and tithe ongoing torrential rains, beautiful rainbows blessing and acknowledging the continuation of the wild animals and the endangered wildlife species with more rains is just a welcoming sings for both prey and predator.

Elephant pictures with a beautiful sunset at the background, lions hunting in the dead of the night, leopards hiding their food on top of trees,  cheetahs running at lighting speed chasing a kudu, an eland or a Thomson gazelle while the great Nile crocodiles gulping huge chunks of meat and cleaning up the Mara river which is always Strewn with dead zebras, wildebeests antelopes who could not make it while crossing the Mara river during the stampede and commotion with the great Africa Nile crocodiles during the great animal migration  and for the African safari travelers, its just another amazing moment to take beautiful animal pictures and memorable amazing animal videos of the Mara flora and fauna to take it home and share the good moments over a hot cup of Kenya coffee as well.

List of the Best Masai Mara Travel Destination Accommodation Available in Kenya

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:Mara Sopa Lodge 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Game Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara:Safari Game Lodge

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:Mara Serena Safari Lodge 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Tembo Tented Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:Mara Safari Club 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:Governors' Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Tented Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:Little Governors' Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Olonana 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara:Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Governors' Private Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Governors' Il Moran Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Porini 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:  Luxury Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Intrepids Club 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Plains 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara:  Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Cottar's 1920s Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:  Lion Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara:Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Bushtops Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Explorer 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:  Island Lodge 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination:  Tembo Bateleur Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Simba Lodge 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Tipilikwani 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Rianta Luxury Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Mara Basecamp Explorer 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Springs Intrepids Lodge 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Encounter Mara 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Kicheche Bush Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Sala's Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Muthaiga Safari Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Rekero Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara:Safari Game Lodge


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Naboisho Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara:Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Naibor Wilderness 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Tented Accommodation


Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Elephant Pepper Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Saruni, Masai Mara 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Richard's Camp 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara:Safari Game Lodge

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Olarro 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara: Safari Game Lodge

Name of Masai Mara Travel Destination: Ngare Serian 
Travel Destination Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Type of Accommodation at Masai Mara:Tented Accommodation



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May 04, 2012

The Baby Turtle

Endangered sea turtles 

 Turtles, Ninja Turtles or should we call them the Sea turtles, the Leatherback turtles, Loggerhead turtles  Hawksbill turtles or the green turtles. While not so many people have not been able to see turtles with their naked eyes, I guess a very good number of kids can tell you a lot about turtles.  Many kids out there have been inspired with the great facts about turtles but in the real world, there is a different reality on the plight of the green turtles. These beautiful turtles have seen a change in their habitat.

The turtle habitat has dwindled, the turtle feeding grounds have been encroached beyond what the turtles can handle, and the food that turtles eat sometimes is mixes up with our environment degradation with oil spills while the turtle’s predators have been outnumbering the common turtle predators themselves in the deep see.  The turtle habitat problem is even aggravated when these beautiful turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, some of these special turtle eggs end up on the breakfast table of the few common people while the baby turtles end up in the black market and never to make their way home in the different warm waters of the world. 

The Green Turtle Species. 

People who like going to the beach and especially during the nesting season might just have across the turtle habitat and have the chance to see these  green turtles, the,  Sea turtles, the Leatherback turtles, Loggerhead turtles or the Hawksbill turtles nesting along the beach or might have had a glimpse if baby turtles walking towards the sea. As far as the kinds of turtles found in a habitat, there are many different species of turtles and these sea green turtles are endangered already.

LEATHERBACK
As turtles come in many different colors from different sea turtle habitat such as the green turtle with Dark black-brown or greenish yellow shades, the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is no doubt one of the most impressive turtles in the world. The leatherback turtle is the only black turtle which is not as widely spread in many parts of the world oceans as the other species of turtles.

As far as the size if the turtle is concerned, the leatherback turtle is the biggest turtle species ever known.  The leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) weigh up to 1000 pounds (450 kg).  It takes at least four able bodied men to lift this beautiful creature. Its not just the sheer size of the leatherback turtle, in fact  the leatherback turtle has 7 ridges on their back or on top of its shell. Unlike the other sea turtles which have hard shells, the leatherback turtles on the contrary does not have a hard outer shell.


This kin of turtle is well protected by the small bony plates covering the shell. With many turtle natural predators who might be eager to make a meal out of the turtle, the leatherback turtle is well accustomed to swimming with ease and at great depth away from many of the lingering predators around. With their massive size, not many people look for these heavy turtles but the leatherback turtle has always been in contact with many fishermen when these turtles are caught and entangled with the nets which are laid down in many of the coastal areas.


The Hawksbill Turtle
Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) have swam the coast of the Caribbean for as long as the Spaniards fished in these beautiful turtle habitat infested waters.  The Hawksbill turtles also known as “tortuga carey” in Spanish have co existed sharing the same man and turtle habitat. Fishermen and beach goers along the Coast of Pearl Cays and El Cocal beach. With little turtle protection and conservation programs, the Caribbean and Nicaragua green turtles just like any other animal species in the wild is just at the mercy of nature. The hawksbill turtles found along the Caribbean coast can grow and reach length of almost 4 feet.

While an average weight of a hawksbill turtle can reach about 80 kg these endangered turtles will be lucky if they are not poached in these turtle islands or turtle waters and harvested of their fat or end up on the dining tables ready to be served as dinner by the locals. As the turtle meat ends up in the stomach, the turtle shell or turtle scutes will end up as turtle jewelry to be worn or hanged out as turtle souvenirs and showpiece and be sold to the tourist visiting these turtle habitats.


LOGGERHEAD Turtles

Loggerheads turtles (Caretta caretta)  are some of the unique turtles in the world. Just like the green turtles and the hawksbill turtles, the loggerhead turtles can grow up to four feet. Its only while these turtles are underwater that you actually have the chance to see their marvelous looks while they are swimming.

The loggerhead turtles is the only turtle with the biggest head. Whether the head acts as an advantage while in its natural habitat, unlike the other species of turtles which have short heads the loggerhead turtles is well adopted to its natural environment and prawns, crabs, mollusks and shrimps make most of the loggerhead’s diet. Known as turtles with the sharpest teeth, loggerhead turtles are some of the most feared turtle sin the world. Whether it’s because of their long neck and head or because they are the only turtles which don’t hide their head under the shell, these beautiful turtles are always in constant danger with people and fishermen.

The loggerhead turtles are known to bite and many fishermen out there have had bad stories about the loggerhead turtles. When caught under the net, these turtles always try to set themselves free and during the struggle, the poor turtles end up being hit on the head because of the fear of being bitten. With such a turtle myth of prey and predator, this special turtle has earned its name as one of the turtles which is not eaten or hunted by man for its meat or its body parts as well.


LOGGERHEAD Turtles

Loggerheads turtles (Caretta caretta)  are some of the unique turtles in the world. Just like the green turtles and the hawksbill turtles, the loggerhead turtles can grow up to four feet. Its only while these turtles are underwater that you actually have the chance to see their marvelous looks while they are swimming.


The Hawksbill Turtle


Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) have swam the coast of the Caribbean for as long as the Spaniards fished in these beautiful turtle habitat infested waters.  The Hawksbill turtles also known as “tortuga carey” in Spanish have co existed sharing the same man and turtle habitat. Fishermen and beach goers along the Coast of Pearl Cays and El Cocal beach. With little turtle protection and conservation programs, the Caribbean and Nicaragua green turtles just like any other animal species in the wild is just at the mercy of nature. The hawksbill turtles found along the Caribbean coast can grow and reach length of almost 4 feet.



While an average weight of a hawksbill turtle can reach about 80 kg these endangered turtles will be lucky if they are not poached in these turtle islands or turtle waters and harvested of their fat or end up on the dining tables ready to be served as dinner by the locals. As the turtle meat ends up in the stomach, the turtle shell or turtle scutes will end up as turtle jewelry to be worn or hanged out as turtle souvenirs and showpiece and be sold to the tourist visiting these turtle habitats

LOGGERHEAD Turtles


Loggerheads turtles (Caretta caretta)  are some of the unique turtles in the world. Just like the green turtles and the hawksbill turtles, the loggerhead turtles can grow up to four feet. Its only while these turtles are underwater that you actually have the chance to see their marvelous looks while they are swimming.

The loggerhead turtles is the only turtle with the biggest head. Whether the head acts as an advantage while in its natural habitat, unlike the other species of turtles which have short heads the loggerhead turtles is well adopted to its natural environment and prawns, crabs, mollusks and shrimps make most of the loggerhead’s diet. Known as turtles with the sharpest teeth, loggerhead turtles are some of the most feared turtle sin the world. Whether it’s because of their long neck and head or because they are the only turtles which don’t hide their head under the shell, these beautiful turtles are always in constant danger with people and fishermen.

The loggerhead turtles are known to bite and many fishermen out there have had bad stories about the loggerhead turtles. When caught under the net, these turtles always try to set themselves free and during the struggle, the poor turtles end up being hit on the head because of the fear of being bitten. With such a turtle myth of prey and predator, this special turtle has earned its name as one of the turtles which is not eaten or hunted by man for its meat or its body parts as well.

The Green Turtle

The green turtles, Chelonia mydas are some of the most beautiful turtle species in the world. You will be amazed to know how the green turtle got its name. While most of the animal fat is almost cream, white or golden, these green turtles are known to have green fat and hence the name green turtles. The green turtle as the word suggest is derived from the color of the fat which is deposited at the carapace. As far as the weight of a green turtle is concerned, unlike the hawksbill turtles which weigh around 80 kgs, the green turtles are almost three times heavier than the Hawksbill turtles weight about 200kgs.

One of the reason as to why the green turtles are very heavy is because these green turtles have the strongest shells hence that extra body weight comes from its scutes which do not overlap like the Hawksbill turtles. With plenty of turtle food to feed, the green turtles with such abundance of food mainly composed of sea grass and algae, the Atlantic ocean being one of the natural feeding grounds along the Caribbean Nicaragua waters is not as a matter of fact the best breeding ground for the green turtles.

With many reasons best known by the green turtles, to some extent man and nature have a helping hand in the dwindling numbers of feeding grounds along the Caribbean cost for these beautiful animals. Its not that the green turtles do not want to breed in these beautiful beaches but with the ongoing human activities, there are no clear yardstick pinpointing the full culprits due to luck of the turtle knowledge, ongoing turtle research, turtle conservation and turtle protection and rescue. Whether the plight of the green turtle in the near distance future will show hopes of improvement entirely depends of many of the turtle conservatives and turtle loving individuals.







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