Friday, February 8, 2013


This croc looks very content after a big meal of rotting wildebeest.


Wildebeest.  Struggling to cross a swollen Mara River.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Simon - the Kijana

Simon, the kijana. Simon, the young man.  Kijana Simon was another one of the game rangers we were fortunate enough to work with this field season.

Here is he watching over Amanda as she is takes a water sample below ~300 wildebeest carcasses in the river.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Simon - the Mzee

Every time we are at the river, we have an armed Game Ranger from the Mara Conservancy with us.  They are a fantastic bunch of guys.  We have become good friends with several of them since we spend so much time with them.  

Here is Simon.  Simon the Mzee.  Simon the elder.  

Amanda is in the river checking on litter bags.  I'm doing something downstream...don't remember exactly.  Simon is trying to alert me as he is pointing to a hippo that was looking at I was taking a picture of him.  

As a reminder of how ornery hippos can be...take a look at our blog post from 2009 - Hippos...the Water Guardians.