I have recently returned from a very productive visit to Kenya. I spent time in the Masai Mara, and Samburu, somewhere I had not visited for many years. In Samburu, located in central Kenya, it is possible to see a number of animals not seen further south. These include the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, the Gunther’s dik-dik, the Somali ostrich and the geranuk. The geranuk is an amazing antelope capable of standing erect on it’s hind legs to feed on bushes otherwise out of reach. You will see a picture of one doing this in the full gallery, which you can view by clicking on the image below.
I spent four days following a leopard known as Siri, who had lost her cub, after being chased away by lions. Each morning and evening she returned to one of two trees and called plaintively for her cub. Since I left and returned to the UK, I was delighted to hear that her cub had indeed retuned after five days missing. A very happy ending. Below is a short video of Siri calling from a tree one evening. It was filmed from my phone so the sound and picture quality is not great, do put your volume up to maximum. You will at least be able to get a sense of the wonderful experience. For those of you with a strong constitution there is another video of a family of lions trying to eat their kill, while fighting off 24 hyenas, that was an incredible spectacle. Also below is an image, of Siri, silhouetted in the tree at sunset, click on that image to go to a full gallery. Some of these images will be included in my upcoming 10th Anniversary Exhibition at gallery@oxo next month, along with others from the past 10 years. I hope to see you then.