The first camp we stayed in was called Lebala, which had really nice tents. On our first day there we saw a big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big herd of elephants. We saw babies playing and male elephants pretending to fight. I was amazed watching all of them together in such a huge area.
When we went to the next camp called Little Kwara with Charles, we got to see three brother cheetahs that always hang out together. When we saw them they were hunting after some antelope. The cheetahs were so close to them that Charles was all ready to rush us over once they made a kill so that we could see how a cheetah chokes its prey. Then the cheetahs ran after the antelope but missed them. That's right, they missed! We were so shocked because cheetahs are the fastest land animals on earth! But we found out there was a lot of water on the ground, so the cheetahs couldn't run at full speed. It was still really exciting that we got a chance to see this.
Now I want to share some of the great stuff Charles taught us about the animals:
- The difference between male and female giraffes is that the males have thicker and bigger horns because the males use them to fight. The females' horns are thinner and more like two parallel lines.
- Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as we do, seven, but their necks are much, much longer than ours.
- Elephants have over 100,000 muscles in their trunks!
- Female ostriches are brownish since that helps them camouflage with the grasses when they sit on their nest during the day. Males sit on the nest at night, so they are black in color since that helps them blend in at night and they look like a log.
- A group of zebra is called a dazzle.
In my next blog I'll be able to tell you all about cheetahs, because our next stop is spending a few days at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. Bye until then!