Masai Mara - Big Cats and Changing Habitat

My second time in Masai Mara and still the same conclusion - it is a Big Cats paradise.  I recommend it for anyone who would like to have a chance to see all of the big cats, plus see some unusual action such as hunting or morning plays.  In the 4.5 days I have been there, we have managed to see three different leopards, two cubs, several cheetahs, including the successful hunt of baby impala by single male cheetah, many different lions with a feast around warthog and hours of interactions between cubs, mothers and the scary father (the King).  We had an added challenge of afternoon thunderstorms which raised the water level in local rivers forcing us to be very inventive with vehicles, but overall it was an amazing several days of sightings and adventure.

Ecosystem destruction and cats in trouble

January 2018

While the Reserve is still very impressive in terms of wildlife viewing, there are parts of it that are heavily affected by the local human intervention...or shall I say cattle intervention?  I have posted below three photos and two of them show not only the animals but the habitat - you can see leopard nicely 'hidden' by tall grasses and on the opposite cheetahs completely exposed in the terrain that remains me more of the golf course or pasture rather than Savannah - the latter is due to intensive night grazing of hundreds of Masai cattle.  You may ask how its affecting the cats - simple, their ability to hide and use the grass as natural cover while hunting is practically gone, and it was hard to watch Malaika walking with their two cubs trying to hunt.  We are ALL responsible for protection of such precious ecosystems and habitats, and awareness is the first step in trying to change local behaviors.

Female leopard in the early morning

Lion cubs play in the morning

Cheetah called Malaika with her two subadult cubs

Amboseli - the Kingdom of Elephants

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