Readers’ wildlife photos

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Reader Joe Dickinson, to complement the elephant photos he sent earlier, now gives us lions and zebras from Tanzania. His notes are indented.

Here is the first of several sets of photos from a recent trip to Tanzania.  We first visited one of the less well known parks, Tarangire. We were at the expected end of the dry season but the rains were late and Tarangire is centered on a river and a swamp that provide reliable water, so the concentration of game was impressive.

First, lots of zebras (Equus quagga) headed toward the swamp (green line) with cape buffalo [Syncerus caffer] and/or wildebeest (Connochaetes sp., dark line) in between.
Then, some closer shots of zebras.
And now, not for the squeamish, a lioness (Panthera leo) at a fairly fresh zebra kill:
Another member of the pride:
And zebra survivors keeping an eye on the pride.


  1. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Wow! You have definitely brought home the goods, and so have the lions. Excellent work!
    It looks like the lioness had earlier chased something into the swamp, given her general muddyness.

  2. mordacious1
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    That one. That one right there. She’s the one that ate Joe.

  3. rickflick
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    With so much fresh meat on the hoof, the lions seem to have a pretty easy life. The zebras on the other hand seem resigned to serving as the cat’s larder. They do their mowing calmly, aware that their herd will again be one member short in the next few days.

  4. Posted December 2, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Great pix of a great place. We loved Tarangire when we were there in 2012. Hope you get to the Serengeti too. And please help to stop them from building a highway through it.

  5. Frank Bath
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Poor zebra, proud lion. Somewhere Dawkins says something like, ‘the amount of animal suffering in the world doesn’t bear decent contemplation’. Everything gets eaten, alive. There is no divine mercy.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted December 2, 2016 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      “No divine mercy” -No, there sure isn’t.

      Gorgeous pictures all! And even though the zebra kill was difficult to look at, I’d sure rather see this, than Trump’s boys holding up elephant tails or a dentist with a gun.

      Those zebra colours though…I don’t know how else to say it, ‘tho they’re black and white.

      Today the school I used to teach in, called me early this a.m. to say they were desperate for a substitute teacher for the day. High school. I taught there for many years but have been retired for 4. Some staff are good friends, so when they called “Please, can you come in”, I had to do it. Phew. I’m very tired now, at the end of the day, and have had a nice cold glass of white wine. So, if this rambles a bit, excusez-moi.

      But, fuckity-fuck, high schoolers are cute, but exhausting.

      I almost finished this without swearing, but could’t quite make it.

      • Filippo
        Posted December 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

        I, as a full-time substitute teacher for the last twelve years, empathize with you. I am at the moment imbibing more than a bit of French nectar.

        When they personally call, one can’t let them down, eh?

        I don’t sub anywhere near as much at the middle- and high-school level as I used to. (“We bear the stamp of our lowly origin.”
        – Charles Darwin.)

        Had the rare positive middle school experience during the last two days. I look forward to K-5 next week.

      • rickflick
        Posted December 2, 2016 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

        I’ve done my time as a sub over the past 10 years and I too can sympathize. It’s tough work. But rewarding too. One thing I came away with after all that: Teachers in the public schools do a wonderful, dedicated, thankless job that builds the next generation and enlightens the world.
        Now, back to my Sauvignon blanc.

  6. Filippo
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    A thousand apologies if I opine that it wouldn’t much bother me, after every hundredth zebra kill by a lion, to see a photo of a monstrous wart hog getting the better of a lion.

  7. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 3, 2016 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Just as I’m thinking how beautiful those zebras are, a dead one pops up! I’m not complaining – the lions are gorgeous too.

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