Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, January 8, 2016
The Ngorongoro Crater is 310 square kilometers, contains over 400 species of birds and 20,000-25,000 large animals! Along with its neighbor, the Serengeti, it's home to 2 million migratory animals! It has the largest biodiversity and highest density of wildlife in the world. What a day we had!
The crater was formed 5-7 million years ago by a volcano-
The Thomson gazelle-
One of the big five- a water buffalo-
Animals that belong to the Big 5 include the water buffalo, lion, elephant, rhino and leopard. They are so called because they are the 5 most difficult animals to kill while hunting on foot.
The Black backed jackal is not only a scavenger but also a hunter. They are usually seen in pairs, but this one was alone-
Hippos, as usual, were just lazing around-
The beginning of many lions, so get used to it :)
Many warthogs ... Ho.. Hum...
Wildebeest are everywhere and are followed by zebra because they can hear and zebra can see so they work well together-
A male zebra has a smaller butt than a female. I love the way their tail looks braided-
Male ostrich have pink legs only during the mating season to attract females who can lay up to 24 eggs that take 90 days to hatch-
We would drive along and see all of these animals intermingling with each other. They weren't afraid of the vehicles so they just carried on with their lives. It was surreal driving around-
These elephants are huge and have great ivory tusks-
Maasai are not found in the crater but live and run their herds of cattle, goats, donkeys and sheep in valleys outside. This Maasai village has a center fence for the animals and the wives homes surround-
Actually Simba and Nalla-
The Grey Crowned crane is Uganda's national bird and found on their flag. European geese are beside him-
And finally cheetah-