Buffalo Springs Game Reserve
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A crocodile slipped into the water too fast to focus cameras on as we crossed the Isiolo River into the neighboring Buffalo Springs Game Reserve. Another herd of elephants paced the axle-deep waters.
The land continued harsh and desert-like by excessive heat and eons of very sparse rainfall. It was mind-boggling that both plant and animal could adapt to such savage conditions. A reticulated giraffe munched the top of an acacia tree, sharp thorns and all. Another awkwardly performed the splits to drink from a watering hole, nervous with its long neck low and vulnerable.
After enjoying a refreshing swim at Buffalo Springs, we made camp on the open savannah not far from the Isiolo.
That night I saw a sleek, black and white spotted critter enter our camp. It was cat-like, had rounded ears and a long, ringed tail. In the morning, I was able to identify the intruder as a genet from Ed's copy of 'A Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa'. The small nocturnal carnivore was related to the civet and the mongoose. We remembered Mike mentioning that the genet was the main enemy of the bushbabies that he studied back at Gedi.