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Vulture on the River

This picture was taken at the Amazon Ecopark in Brazil. The lodge here offers a few day trips that you can go do, as well as jungle walks led by a guide. In our experience, the ecopark also had a plethora of wildlife in the surrounding areas. Of course with nature there’s no guarantee that you’ll see something, but we had great luck here. We saw a few different varieties of monkeys, including the endangered Pied Tamarin, as well as two sloths, and a ton of birds including this really cool vulture. The Amazon is not the easiest place to spot animals, a lot of areas have such dense forest that it becomes difficult to see things, but the wide variety of bird life that can be spotted here is absolutely astonishing. If you’re up for the challenge of spotting some very cool wildlife this is a great area to visit!

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Black Bear on the River

This picture was taken in Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Park in California. The parks are absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth visiting. Both parks have a lot to offer, including; a plethora of wildlife, tons of hiking trails, camp sites, lodges, cabins, and fantastic scenery. The parks are SUPER impressive no matter where you’re from, but if you’ve never seen a giant sequoia (redwood) before, then prepare to be amazed. We went during the summer this year and we saw tons of animals, including this Black Bear (and seven others). There are easy trails and trails for backpackers, and the people who work at rangers stations are really helpful if you have questions. Just a reminder, if you’re going to be hiking here to bring the appropriate footwear and outdoor gear for the type of hike you’re going on!

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This is a photograph of a giraffe silhouette, taken in Maasai Mara, Kenya. As i’ve mentioned before (see other Kenya posts) Maasai Mara is my favorite of the parks i’ve visited in Kenya. I find that it has the greatest proliferation of wildlife, and we usually have great luck here, there are tons of animals, especially if you are around during the Great Migration, and because this park is more touristed (still no where close to over-touristed though) the animals are a little less shy than they are at some of the more remote parks.

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This picture of a male lion was taken in Kenya at one of the parks that we visited. ┬áSeeing lions is just amazing, it’s an incredible experience really unlike anything else, and it’s never EVER something that gets less special. The nature of Kenya is beyond beautiful, and I have to say I think that the lions are an especially good example of this beauty.

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Silverback

This is a photo of a Male Highland Gorilla, taken in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. This was the alpha male, and he was really incredible to see. He wasn’t really doing too much, mostly just eating, but seeing him walk around was amazing, and he was really pretty big. They’re called silverbacks because of a distinctly silvery saddle like patch situated in the middle of their backs. I wrote a post about the gorillas before, but I really want to reiterate how astonishing it is to see them. I don’t know that i’ve ever been so in awe in my life, they’re really magnificent creatures. If you have the money, and the time, you have to go, seriously, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Moving Spots

This photography was taken at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. We went out on an early morning game drive and found this young cheetah along with it’s brother, just laying down along side the dirt road. We found these two not too far from where we were staying, a place called Fig Tree Camp. The camp is beautiful, the staff were really friendly, and the location was great; we saw tons of wildlife on the game drives that we took from this hotel, and the view from our tent cabin was really beautiful. Maasai Mara is my favorite park, and having stayed in more than one hotel there, i’d still recommend this one, it’s further from the gates of the park than some of the other hotels, but it’s well worth the drive.

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Chimpanzee

This photo was take in the Kibale Forest in Uganda. Seeing the chimps at Kibale is similar to seeing the gorillas at Bwindi impenetrable forest; in order to see either of these amazing animals you need to trek, which means walk through the forest (no paths) and follow a tracker until you find what you are looking for. When we went we had a little bit more difficulty seeing the chimps than we had seeing the gorillas, but as with seeing any animals, it really just depends on your luck. Even though it was a bit hard, we still got a really good look at the chimps, and the trek was absolutely beautiful. As with seeing the gorillas, you want to make sure you are prepared before you do the trek; bring water and make sure you have appropriate hiking attire. I recommend a go if you’re up for the hike!

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