Looking out at the waterhole we could see some animals and, with the binoculars, we figured out they were baboons.
Cecil the lion being killed in Hwange National Park by an American dentist. It caused a huge international uproar, but really was hardly on anyone's radar in Zimbabwe other than the safari companies. Cecil was so accustomed to vehicles in the reserve that he would come very close to them, which was a huge draw for tourists. Manuel said he was almost like a pet. Manuel was very firm in his story that the dentist did nothing wrong (other than wanting to kill a lion in the first place, in my opinion). He paid $50,000 US and trusted the guides to make sure that everything was done correctly. Sad story...
Southern Ground Hornbill. They have a long life expectancy, feed on reptiles, frogs, and insects, and rarely drink.
Our first look at the impala. They are known as the McDonalds of Africa because of the M on their bums.
termite mound in the background...these became a point of interest as well. Some of the mounds are huge.
wildebeest...they are considered one of the Ugly Five.
"These dome- or tower-like structures can be taller than a person. They are made from particles of soil and termite excrement glued together with salivary secretions. Some species build mound-like nests on the sides of stumps, trees or poles.
The typical mound has multiple chimneys and tubes that allow air to circulate through the structure. The inner layers of the mound contain galleries in which the termites live and raise young. The king and queen usually live deep inside the mound, where they are well protected from predators and the elements. Some mound-building termites are gardeners. They use underground galleries to grow symbiotic fungi.
Termite mounds are strong -- they can survive fires and floods, although water can enter the inner chambers through the ventilation shafts and drown the termites inside. Concealed nests also offer termites protection from weather and predators. But neither type of nest is invulnerable. Animals like aardvarks, anteaters and pangolins have strong claws that allow them to dig into termite nests. Birds, bats, primates and even people also use termites as a food source. This is one reason why termites play an important part in many ecosystems--they act as food for other animals."
Nature is amazing...
lilac-breasted roller. We would get pretty excited whenever we spotted one of these. Half the time we couldn't remember the name, so it would simply be a call of "Look...one of those blue birds!"