Kenya – Wildlife Videos

Have a look at these videos made from video clips and stills of wildlife during our Kenya safari.

Elephant Stampede

A group of elephants are startled by humans, panic, and start a stampede. The group is running at high speed towards our vehicles and bellowing. Fortunately they veered off to the right. We were in awe.

Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River

Five hundred wildebeest gather on the cliff edge waiting for the first one to descend and start the crossing of the Mara River. The wildebeest make the crossing because the grass is greener on the other side of the river. Then they come back. There is no set schedule or set location. Some days they may make 2 crossings, other days none at all. 1.5 million wildebeest migrate to the lush plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya for the summer from the Serengeti in Tanzania as they follow the rains in a cloclwise migration path. By October they start their migration south back to Tanzania and the cycle continues. There is no beginning and no end, just a continuous cycle.

The Mara river is infested with crocodiles. The very first crossing of the season when the crocs are the most hungry is the most dangerous for the wildebeest. The crocs have a feast, gourge themselves on wildebeest, then are content for 2-3 months between meals. The crossing in this video clip contains no crocodile feasting.

Lions Playing with Cubs

A pride of lions is a social community of about 6 female lions, their dependent cubs and 2-3 resident male lions. Mothers of similarly aged cubs form a “crèche” and remain together for 1–2 years. Crèche-mates often nurse and care for each other’s cubs. The primary advantage of forming a crèche is that a group of females is better able to protect their young against incursions of outside males.

Giraffes Necking

Young male giraffes engage in a ritual called “necking” which is a form of play fighting. Eventually this will lead to full scale dominance behavior to achieve the best of the breed for later mating.

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Kenya – A Wildlife Photographers Fantasyland

~ by richardseeley on September 28, 2011.

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