Day 11

We have seen probably 100 animals every day of our wonderful safari.  We can't thank enough all those people who helped make this trip possible.  As well as organizations like Minnesota SCI, Zeekoepan Safaris, Rotter Communications, and Illusion Systems, LLC.  All their contact information is listed on our page "Supporting Organizations."  If you'd like to thank them yourself, please feel free to do so.

Pictured here is a blue wildebeest, also called a gnu (perhaps you knew.)  Their name translated as "wild animal."  In November, the world-renowned wildebeest migration will take place, and 1.5 million animals will move from the African woodlands to the high, grassy plains.  Then to return again in May.  This is the momentous migration you often see on the Nature Channel, highlighted by the crossing of crocodile filled rivers.  Life is hard in Africa.

The other animal pictured is the gemsbuck, or oryx.  They are known for their black and white faces, and long sword-like horns.  (Horn material is really not bone or antler.  It is actually a very tightly grouped hair fiber that is so strong they can fight with them.  This is even true for rhinos.)  The 600-pound oryx is a true survivor, adapting even to extreme desert conditions.  In temperatures of more than 104' F, they raise their own body's temperature to prevent sweating and lose of body fluids.  And, their calves can run almost immediately after birth; fast enough to keep up with the herd!