Safari day #10

Trip Start Jul 10, 2011
Trip End Jul 25, 2011

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tarangire had wonderful animals, especially elephants.  Tarangire is a place of refuge for the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, with the possibility of seeing 100-400 elephants a day.  We certainly saw dozens up close and many many more in the distance.     
We got our best shots of baboons and monkeys here.  We had fun watching them groom.  

There were two little babies, called "black babies" playing together.  They were quite rambunctious.  One got so high in a tree that he couldn't get down on his own, and another, older baboon youngster had to rescue him.  These babies are the darlings of a baboon group.  Everyone wants to pet and hold them.  If males are being confrontational and one of them wants to calm the situation down, he picks up a black baby to demonstrate his peacefulness. 

During the entire trip, we had no problems with mosquitos; however, tsetse flies were another story.  They weren't bad till we hit Tarangire, especially the heavily wooded ares.  These flies are attracted to dark colors, especially black and dark blue.  So Max and our driver were far worse off that I was due to their dark skin.  Apparently no insect repellent works to keep them away. Although I was bitten, I felt only the immediate sting, but had no itching or welts from the bites.  

Tarangire has lots of interesting trees called baobabs.  They are very broad-trunked with truncated upper limbs.  A large one can hold 30,000 gallons of water.  Elephants remove the bark to drink. You can also apparently drill a hole in the dark and use a straw to suck out water.

Termite mounds are impressive throughout the Serengeti, but even more so here in Tarangire.  

We also saw our one and only leopard.    He was far in the distance, a dark blob in an acacia tree.  He is on the branch that forks to the left.  If  you look carefully further up the branch, that red blob is his dinner.
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