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|Aren't they beautiful? I've seen giraffes in zoos and pretend wildlife parks in the USA and never gave them a thought. In the Ugandan bush where they really live, they brought tears. They lope in slow motion, they neck, they play. They're shy but seem aware of admirers. Through much of this magical two-hour game drive, I was overwhelmed and the giraffes.....well, I have a new love. We saw hundreds. This photo makes me want to be there again. I did not expect African wildlife to affect me so deeply. But it did. Giraffes! If reincarnation is real, let me be one. We saw so many that they became almost commonplace. What we were really looking for that morning after bush camping was a lion.|
|Moments later, they all flew off.|
|Cape buffalo are a big presence in the national parks we visited. In their protected state, they appear healthy, although no animals are completely safe from poaching, if only by villagers, for food.|
|A more sober looking buffalo, this one about 10 feet from the vehicle.|
|We came within a few feet of this elephant in a small boat on the Nile River|
as we made our way back to our night's lodging.
|On a morning boat trip in Murchison, this elephant came down to the river to feed.|
|A rhino named Obama (his father was African, his mother imported from a Florida zoo.) We did not see him in Murchison but en route to the park at the Ziwi Rhino Sanctuary. There are currently no rhinos in Uganda outside of sanctuaries. They have all been poached because stupid people think their horns have aphrodisiac qualities.|
|Hartebeests pause from their incessant eating to take a look. They are prime lion fodder, I think.|
|A jackal, one of a pair, doesn't seem too concerned about us.|
|After a lengthy discharge, the little beastie|
decided to deposit some pellets as well. Then he bounded off.
|Nice job, honey. Leyla Ahmet Meredith gives Pete Meredith a bit of a boost.|
The Meredith team does river, game and hiking trips as TIA Adventures.
|This day, and several more, made possible by TIA Adventures.|