African Safari 2009
Ngorongoro Crater
Crater Lodge

photos by
Marc Borom
2009

The following photos were taken on an African Photo Safari led by Neal Justin, PhD (Doc Justin) of Tucson, AZ

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ITINERARY
CLICK ON MAP FOR ANIMATED ITINERARY
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AMBOSELI TO NGORONGORO CRATER


NGORONGORO CRATER
NOTE: Scroll to bottom for Lion Attack video
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3D Model of Ngorongoro Crater
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View of Lake Makat from Crater Rim
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Doc and Diana on Crater Rim
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Diana, Bakari (our driver/guide), Aida
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View into the Crater
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Diana with Hotel Show Group
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Safariites peering from the safety of the Cruiser
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A Lion-free, Leg-stretching stop
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Cheetah walking alongside the Cruiser
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Walking Cheetah - close-up
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Vervet monkeys eating White Thorns
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What happens when you don't feed the animals
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Kori Bustard
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Thompson's Gazelle
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Burchell's Zebra (Plains Zebra)
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Wildebeest (White-bearded Gnu)
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Plains Zebras
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Male Zebra Braying for a Mare
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Cruising through Zebras and Gnus
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There's no nursery like a Gnu Nursery
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Mother and Calf
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Calf at Mom's Heels
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Mothers and Calves
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More Gnu Mothers
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Mother and Calf (2)
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Thinking about good Gnus
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How about running out for some fast food
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Aida and Diana at Crater lunch stop
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Aida and Marc at Crater lunch stop
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Aida and Marc at Crater lunch stop (2)
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Wart Hog
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Burchell's Zebra with Colt
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Plains Zebras Grazing
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Road out of the Crater
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Looking Back
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Steep Drop-off
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View through a Valley
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Approaching the Lodge
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Clouds creeping over the rim
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Flattop Acacia Grove
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Maasai Boma outside the Crater
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Boma close-up; note the beadwork for sale


Male Lion Attacks Zebra - a rare occurence
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Feb. 11, 2009
The following, amazing photos were taken by Tom Whetten who was also on this safari with Doc Justin.
His full photo sequence of the attack can be seen on his website
WildLifePhototour

A video of the attack, which I took can be seen
either on
YouTube


or with a larger image in
"Lion Attack"
directly from this site.

Analysis of the Attack:
Notice in slow motion:
As the lion closes the distance between himself and the Zebra, his hind legs switch from a running to a paired, springing motion in preparation for leaping. The lion carefully measures his distance to give, on his third stride, a final lunge high up onto the zebra's back. In the last 0.8 of a second, the zebra detects the on-coming lion and lunges forward about one-half body length. The forward lunge of the zebra throws off the lion's attack strategy. The lions forepaws fall to the ground just at the Zebra's rear hooves. This new position for the lion prevents him from leaping up further than the haunches of the Zebra, and places him in a position to receive a barrage of strong kicks.
Therefore, the lion looses.

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Two hooves to the belly
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A solid kick to the jaw - ouch!


The following is a link to an interesting video showing a lion pride attacking a buffalo calf and almost losing it to a rampaging crocodile. The conclusion is heartwarming and amazing.
This is the most popular animal video on YouTube. It has been viewed more than 43 million times.

WORTH A LOOK!!
Lion/Buffalo Calf/Crocodile/and rescue




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