People are always interested in wildlife at any given age. In the Netherlands there are few to find and are often scared of human activity. Wildlife in Africa is accessible and more abundant. Some numbers are in decline in Africa because of illegal poaching (e.g. Ivory) and human expansion (e.g. deforestation).
When people go to Africa often the game is to see the Big 5 with their own eyes.
Originally hunters used this term because of size and danger represented in these animals.
The Big 5 of Africa consists of these animals: Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and leopard.
Elephants, Buffalo and Rhino will charge you should you get to close and Lion and Leopard will attack you when feeling threatened. Besides these facts the Leopard is also often hard to find. But if you do see one :) an African saying sounds that you will live up to 100 years!
I’ve had several mammals in front of my lens in many places. So can you if you make an effort to look.
p.s. Thanks Tamara for 2 of your photo's
This book was our wildlife guide book while living in Uganda. Compact enough to take with us and our kids loved it but they mainly looked at the pictures while we have read a lot in this great book on African Wildlife. Our copy is now almost worn out. A lot of things from this book are now in my head. Not sure I'll be taking this with me to Africa. Usually the safari guide has 1 or more books in the car for the visitors to pickup and read.
This book informs you by map, by location, by names, habitat, range, etc… Besides Mammals this book also has some info on birds, some reptiles and some insects. Obviously there are many more book one can obtain on the subject of African wildlife but do know that getting a book in east Africa often means that it might not be in your own language and mostly the price there will likely be higher than in your own local country. As always it is good if you have already read up in a good wildlife book before you embark into an African safari :)
Click images below for the videos of a buffalo calf walking for it's first time.
On Our last trip before we left Uganda after 11 years we drove into this unspoiled Kidepo Valley in Uganda with dear friends as it was safe enough to do so by road from Kampala. We had this big surprise all to our-selfs albeit just one car behind us who was smart enough to stay far behind us while we were looking on and I tried to film this magnificent event (with no beanbag :( ) happening right before our eyes! It took the calf a long time to stand and keep up before it was able to walk along while the herd of over a 1000 buffalo moved steady forward and the mother of the calf was anxious to move to. Our two lovely young kids were very happy to see this happening after a log safari trip buy got obviously bored at the point the calf finally made a move to stand on it's 4 legs and follow it's mother into the big herd safe from the Hyena's we could hear behind us at a distance. This next video is as the calf tried standing up for it's first time while we were still there with our kids.It took much longer before the new calf started walking and getting up to speed with the large buffalo herd here in Kidepo valley. We chose to stay and see this calf would get to it's mother and after a long while it finale did and we rushed off to our camp near the old lodge Idi Amin (dada in Lugandan) had left behind That old lodge has a grim past over it, Ask the rangers if you want to know more about it.