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Friday, March 12, 2010

African Wildlife, Part I

One of the first questions people ask us when they find out we live in Africa is about what animals we have seen. Sadly, we didn't see a lion until after about 11 months, but we were a little busy being missionaries and all : )

Thankfully, we were eventually able to see some of the stunning wildlife that this continent is famed for. Unlike so much in Africa, much of it was just as we expected- big, beautiful, stunning, and memorable. See for yourself:

The first majestic "African" animal we saw was the giraffe. It was rather shocking to see them in the wild, and they let us get within 15 meters or so- crazy!


Seriously, this zebra is actually black and white, but it looks black and tan because of the dirt it has been rolling in to keep the flies away.


It doesn't matter what you do to try to make them look beautiful, baboons are just not photogenic creatures. They are EVERYWHERE here.




I kid you not, this bee had a wingspan of 3 inches!


A majestic cheetah in motion:


And another cheetah shot:


Did you know they have penguins in Africa for real? It's not just in the movie "Madagascar;" this one lives off the coast of South Africa.


Seals also live in the water near S.A.:


Legs that go on for days:


Up close and personal with the king of the savanna:



There will be lots more wildlife shots for your viewing pleasure when we are home from our trip!

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