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Oct 2nd, 2005, 01:57 AM
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looks like the mara is still cooking and waiting for me.

the latest update of the migration. good stuff here.i'll be in the mara oct17th.
cheers, david

Thursday, September 29, 2005
News from the Maasai Mara, Kenya 29th September 2005
The Maasai Mara is continuing to witness the full wild glory of a comprehensive 'second migration', as sweeping herds of wildebeest and zebra paint the plains south of the Talek River a million hues of black, white, brown and grey. The crossing points on the Mara River below Lookout Hill have been the place to be in recent days, with thousands of animals crossing westwards into the Mara Triangle, often as early as 8am. With the grazing herds have predictably come the predators: lion prides basking in a new and unexpected season of plenty. The Olkiombo pride - named for the distinctive dominant male with a black foreleg, born near Mara Explorer - has been particularly busy, hunting in the Olkinyei area in full view of our guests.

With all the action in the southern Mara, the northern section of the reserve has slipped into a quiet period, with the area around Musiara Marsh hosting only a few wildebeest and the northern Mara Triangle virtually devoid of game. Indeed, most of the herds in the Triangle have recently been crossing en masse eastwards at the Paradise Crossing points. With the plentiful grass still covering most of the southern Mara, we expect most of the herds to stay on the Kenyan side of the border at least until early November.

Predators: Intrepids and Explorer guests have been spotting cheetah on an almost daily basis for the past two weeks. With the gazelles having their fawns in large numbers, the cheetah are having a good time - particularly the new mothers, who have been seen catching young fawns and bringing them to their cubs in an effort to train them how to hunt. Leopard sightings have also greatly improved, assisted by the crew of BBCâ€ôs Big Cat Week, who have been spending a lot of time with Bella and Chui in the past few weeks - and showing us just why the world's best leopard sightings happen right on our doorstep! The lions have also been busy, with the Ridge pride killing three wildebeest near our airstrip last week, and yesterday digging out a poor warthog from its hole.

In other recent sightings, two hunting dogs were seen 9km east of Mara Intrepids on our walking trail last week. It appears this beautiful animal is making a comeback in the Mara, with some local residents recently reporting a pup in an old den used by the dogs before they disappeared from this area in the late 1980s. This and other previous reports to the east of the Mara are a good portend of the return of this critically endangered species.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 04:25 AM
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I just had to read the title of this thread to know it was you. The Mara two times in a year! Itís so disgusting Ö >)

I hadnít seen this update. Wild dogs in the Mara!!!!!
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 04:35 AM
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hi sue, how did you make that silly face on here??lol i love it!
thanks to you, i can find this stuff. it's not every day. to be honest not sure how often they update. but i check every few days or so.
oh i can't wait to see kashu and have more mara-madness.
talk soon,
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 04:39 AM
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SUE, I e-mailed you a copy earlier. you should have it there.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 04:46 AM
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D, the smileys are here: http://www.fodors.com/forums/smileys/
I took one thatís green with envy.

I donít check my email that often. Nobody ever sends me anything Ė but now you did
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 06:30 AM
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If there are two wild dogs in the Mara, there may be more. And dogs are also in the northern Kenyan parks. Go wild dogs!

Hope your Oct trip is wonderful, TuskerDave!
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 06:39 AM
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lynn, sent you mail to today hehe. be back later.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 06:44 AM
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attn sue did you see this? catch you soon.
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Great to hear of wild dog sightings in the Mara. Hope you have a terrific trip!
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 11:55 AM
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hi, i always have a great trip to the mara. even off migration time. it doesn't matter. just me, my old cook, my driver kashu, my own truck. it seems this one is going to be awesome.
thx, david
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