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Day 33 (July 28, 2011): Safari in Our Backyard

July 28, 2011

Kenya is known for its abundant wildlife, so much so that thousands of tourists from around the world travel here every year to see it for themselves. Today we’ll give you a front row seat of our daily safaris, right here at Olorgesailie.

2011-07-28_Common Zebra

Zebras, known locally as punda malia, means “striped donkey” in Swahili

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Zebras, known locally as punda malia, which means “striped donkey” in Swahili. These are Burchell's, or common, zebra.
Two adult and two juvenile common zebras stand close together in the yellow grass near thick bushes
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Zebras, known locally as punda malia

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Two adult and two juvenile common zebras stand close together in the yellow grass near thick bushes.

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Gerenuks, such as this individual here, are often seen near camp.  The word ‘gerenuk’ comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked".

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Gerenuks, such as this individual here, are often seen near camp. The word ‘gerenuk’ comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked".
a gerenuk ( a brown antelope with long neck and legs ) is viewed from the side as it looks curiously at the camera
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Gerenuk

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a gerenuk ( a brown antelope with long neck and legs ) is viewed from the side as it looks curiously at the camera

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Two Grant's gazelles walk along a ridge near the Site Museum

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Two Grant's gazelles walk along a ridge near the Site Museum. Grant’s prefer open, grassy plains, although they frequent bushy savannas.
two light brown and tan antelope with horns stand on top of a ridge looking left
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Two Grant's gazelles walk along a ridge near the Site Museum

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a light brown and tan antelope with horns stands on top of a ridge looking left

2011-07-28_Jackson's hornbills

Two Jackson's hornbills sit at the top of our camp shower tree. The hornbill has an undulating flight pattern, typical of other bird species in its biological family.

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Two Jackson's hornbills sit at the top of our camp shower tree. The hornbill has an undulating flight pattern, typical of other bird species in its biological family.
Two Jackson's hornbill ( large black and white bird with a large red-orange bill) sit on a bare branch atop a tree
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At the top of a camp shower tree, sit two Jackson's hornbills.

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a Jackson's hornbill ( large black and white bird with a large red-orange bill) sits on a bare branch atop a tree

2011-07-28_Pied Crows

Two pied crows (a large black bird with white chest) sit in the shade on the lower bare branches of a bush on the edge of camp cliff

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Some, but not all, members of camp find these Pied crows entertaining with their variety of calls ranging from traditional “kawr”, to a snoring “khrrr”, a creaky, growling, “urrrrrrrkkk” and a deep throaty “gulp.” When not flying over-head, or perched on
Two pied crows (a large black bird with white chest) sit in the shade on the lower bare branches of a bush on the edge of camp cliff
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Two pied crows

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a pied crow (a large black bird with white chest) sits in the shade on the lower bare branches of a bush on the edge of camp cliff

Two brightly colored (blue, green, and orange) Superb starlings sitting in the lower bare branches of bush
Superb starlings must be named for their plumage. In bright sunlight the back and wing feathers are iridescent blue and green, and with their orange belly and bright white eye, they are superb indeed.