While I was on the balloon ride, the rest of the group had two “proper” sightings … a family of elephants crossing the river (including a baby!) and two buffalo fighting. I’m sorry I missed it, the video Jim took (with his point-and-shoot) is outstanding! The video with commentary is in the gallery.
The morning and afternoon after the balloon ride was a “typical” day in the Mara, the usual sightings of zebra, giraffe, etc. The zebras were gathering at one of the crossing points so we watched them for a while, hoping they would cross the river. Alas, they were content to just get a drink of water. And a few lions here and there, lying near the road.
The highlight of the rest of the day was a sighting of 2 black rhinos grazing in the distance. Black rhinos have two horns, and occasionally a third small posterior horn. The front horn is longer than the rear which makes them lucrative targets for the illegal trade in rhino horn, which is valued in Vietnam and other places. Between 1970 and 1992, 96 percent of Africa’s remaining black rhinos were killed. Now there are fewer than 2,500 left. Black rhinos are still threatened by poaching.
Moving on late in the day, we watched a family of lions a few feet away from our vehicles, a nice end to the day. Lots of pics and video in the gallery below.
Tomorrow, a river crossing of zebra … let’s see if the crocs have the final say.