Tanzania Safari Report – Final Day

Lee suggested that we’d have time for a brief drive before our flight this morning. We jumped at the opportunity to do so, calling it our bonus drive, and we were immediately rewarded. Lee mentioned that he had heard some lion calls near our lodge in the night, so we went looking for them, and 10 minutes later came across a pair of lions mating. Out of respect for the delicate readers of this blog, this first photo is post-coitus. The male lion is walking away to find something to read while the female lion rolls on her back, pawing the air and says “Wait, can’t we talk about feelings now?”

The mating process takes around 3 days, during which they will have sex approximately every 20 minutes. I got tired just typing that sentence. Each, umm, event, only takes about 10 seconds. Feel free to insert your own jokes here. At the point of climax, both lions roar. It’s quite impressive. Especially when you’re just 20 feet away.

At the end of our bonus drive we came across a pair of jackals. They’re small, canine scavengers. These guys were definitely less shy than the other jackals we saw on the trip.

Thus ends our safari adventure. I hope that both of you reading this enjoyed it!

Lion Cubs

These guys were left to play on an ant hill, supervised by two lionesses who were watching from about 50 yards away. From Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Stretching Lioness

They’re just like my cats back home. Except with bigger teeth. Ok, maybe not. But I bet this one would know what to do with a scratching post. Taken in Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Lion In Repose

Blog Updates

If you haven’t visited Winged Pig in awhile, you may not have noticed that I’ve spruced up the place a bit, as part of the relaunch. The blog has been hosted on WordPress.com for awhile now, and I continue to be happy with them. I did switch themes, going with the premium Studio Press Minimum theme. Two recent web trends I like are the use of much larger images and the use of better fonts. The Minimum theme fits both those trends nicely. I’ve also added sharing buttons for each post, including Pinterest and Google+ buttons. Pinterest in particular is becoming more important. I’ve also set up a Smugmug gallery, which stores full-sized versions of all my photos.

Photo – Lion In Repose

On safari, we came across this lion as he was looking for a place for an afternoon nap. We followed him for awhile and he eventually came to rest in this nook between a tree and an ant hill.

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