Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Etosha National Park, Namibia, February 16, 2016

Etosha National Park covers more than 20,000 square kilometers.  Etosha means Great White Place of Dry Water which refers to the Etosha Pan which is a flat, salt desert that is more than 5000 square km-

The white rhino, really the wide rhino is so called because of his wide jaw-

There are more than 340 species of birds, including the ostrich-

the African Grassland Pipit-

and Black storks-

The Damara dik-dik is a miniature antelope, very quick and hard to get a picture of-

The black rhino 

has a pointed jaw and a huge butt-

The red hartebeest-

This poor wildebeest was in the process of calving.  Hope she made out okay.  You can see the front foot sticking out-

Jackals were enjoying a dead giraffe-

 that we think he might have had something to do with-

Giraffe have to spread their legs to drink.  They are very vulnerable in this position-

More giraffe-

Burchell's zebramhas fewer stripes than the Plains zebra and can also be quite brown-


The springbok literally "springs" when it wants to show it's strength or to impress females or other males-

We're spending another couple of hours here tomorrow morning then heading for Cheetah Park to play with pet cheetahs!

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