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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 4: Zebra Crossing in Maasai Mara

4 September 2009.
The Maasai Mara. Highlands of Kenya: the altitude is well above 1500 meters. Vast hilly plains, the occasional acacia tree in the dry grass savannah landscape. Only cut through by some - dry - rivers with abundant green shrub and trees.

We encountered loads of small groups of Grant's Zebras. We also encountered the tails of the Great Migration: flocks of tens up to a few thousands of Zebras and Wildebeests. A great sight! Not as dense and migrating as you would expect, but this was only the 'achterhoede' as they say in Dutch.

With these Zebra photos you can grasp a bit of the vastness of the landscape. You feel the sun almost burning. The silence, only disturbed by the grazing sounds, the occasional - yeah what sound do Zebras make? I've forgotten it by now :-)

On the back of the Zebra you can see 2 - probably male - Wattled Starlings (Lelspreeuwen, Creatophora cinerea). If they are in their breeding period, their upper heads are yellow and they have a big black wattle (lel) under their chins. Now they are just piggy-back riding the Zebra.

For those who like the biological details:
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Phylum: Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden
Class: Mammalia; Mammals / Zoogdieren
Order: Perissodactyla; Odd-toed Ungulates / Onevenhoevigen
Suborder: Hippomorpha; Horses and allies / Paardachtigen
Family: Equidae; Horses and allies / Paardachtigen
Genus: Equus; Horses / Paarden
Species: Equus quagga; Plains Zebra / Steppezebra
Subspecies: Equus quagga boehmi; Grant's Zebra / Grantzebra


  1. "Great Migration"

    Dat leest als het leeuwendeel van culinair Afrika:

    Overstekend wild, geserveerd met een bovenstukje van wier.

  2. Zolang je niet op je strepen gaat staan: als dat is wat je wild..

  3. Als je meteen van de kook bent, zet ik er zoo een streep onder.

    Was niet wild dat u beschiet, gundown ook die ander niet.

    @Ik denk niet dat ik een plaatsje reserveer in het Safari-restaurant. Veel te gevaarlijk. =;@)

  4. Does a Zebra have a white skin with black stripes OR a black skin with white stripes, I wonder.