Buffalo Springs Game Reserve

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Elephants on the Isiolo River
 

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.

Zebras
What appeared to be donkeys or mules in the area turned out to be grevvy's zebras. Their narrow black and white stripes gave them a gray look from just a short distance. A whydah bird flew past. Its unusually long tail feathers streamed behind making it resemble a barnstorming  biplane towing a banner. A nearby acacia tree teemed with more bird-life. White-headed buffalo weavers and colorful superb starlings posed for close-ups and ate bread from Scott's hand. A one-syllable, intermittent yelp that we heard came from a jackal.

 

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.

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Elephants on the Isiolo River
Elephants on the Isiolo River
Zebras
Zebras
Crossing the river
Crossing the river
Grevvys zebra
Grevvy's zebra
Ostrich and oryx
Ostrich and oryx
Oryx
Oryx
Whydah bird
Whydah bird
A superb starling
A superb starling
A white headed buffalo weaver
A white headed buffalo weaver
Isiolo
photo by: GoeroeJ