Monday, October 22, 2012

Following Rhinos in Zambia!

It was early afternoon when we all went to a walking game safari with the purpose to see Rhinos. We entered the reserve by driving and after a while our driver stopped under a tree and from that moment we started our new adventure. After quite a long walk our guide pointed towards a massive Rhino, not just a Rhino, but a mother and baby, which put us in rather a dangerous position. A few metres away there was a male Rhino watching us, he was ready to start charging our group.


Our guide was holding an AK47, not to protect us from the Rhinos but for the purpose to protect the animals against poachers. At least the guy was very calm and with the aid of a stick he managed to get off a tree, he encouraged the male to shy away from us.
Luiz Carlos Santos Jr ©It is breathtaking to be in front of such a large animal. The Rhino was big and beautiful, but not big enough to be protected from the hands of men.
There are people that still believe that by poaching the Rhinos in order to secure the horns,   they will benefit financially from selling them. It was truly a magical moment being so close to such an amazing creature.

Leopard and Steenboks

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It was june the 5th 2012, we woke up very early as usual when you are in a safari, had a quick breakfast and we all left for the first game drive of the day. Considering the experience we had two nights before with the lions surrounding our camp, we all went after lions, and following spoors we end up finding something very special and I would say something quite difficult to see it, a male leopard hunting; definitely I have no words again to express the feeling to see such a nice scene. We got the whole thing... we saw when he jumped from a tree and start walking towards the steenboks, we could count as easy as 50 of them, all very careful and paying a lot of attention to their predator, the male leopard. 
The movements were like a dance, where predator and prey were very careful and trying to do their best, one to kill and others to scape. We stayed as much as we could till the moment when our guide decided not to bother them anymore and we left. I have no doubt that it did work for the leopard, and we were luck to see at least the preparation and strategy of his hunting skills.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Back to the Zoo!

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Going back to our project with the children from the creche I teach, tomorrow we will have our second class at the zoo, this time we are not going far, but to the local Zoo situated in S.Vicente, a city next to the place where we live. The idea is to spend the whole afternoon with them and se as much as possible the animals they have in captivity. Lions, Hippos, Jaguars, Birds, Monkeys and much more. It is a great pleasure to see these 18 little guys and girls involved and interested to learn about the wildlife. I will do my best to bring good pictures from this fantastic experience we gonna have tomorrow.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Close, and dangerous!

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It is surreal when you see a big lion during the night and so close to you..., close enough to kill you within seconds if they wish so.

Show time!

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A show that raises interest, but not conscience.

Zambezi River

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This is the Zambezi River, the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. We were in a boat, navigating for almost 2 hours and had the great pleasure to witness such a beautiful sunset.

The future!

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Africa, a reserve scheduled in the future of some nations.

Tough Africa!

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Where we have plenty photographers, but not enough food to eat.

Postponed!

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Africa, mysteriously postponed!

African People!

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The spirituality of the African people allows them to view, up close, a heaven that we don't know.