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Photographs in Nairobi and Masai Mara taken by David Holdsworth
Dates: 16-24 February 2009

Lioness in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Lioness in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Cheetah in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Leopard in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Hyena in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Cape Buffalo in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Wildebeest in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009
Kirk's Dik-dik in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Kirk's Dik-dik in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Giraffe in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Vervet Monkey in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Crane in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Golden Crested Crane in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009 Lilac-breasted Roller in the savanna, Masai Mara, Kenya, Feb 2009

including the Nairobi National Park 17 Feb 2009
and safari, from the Porini Lion Camp, in Olare Orok Conservancy
close to Tanzania in the Masai Mara, 20-24 Feb 2009

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Map of the Masai Mara
Map of the Masai Mara
Cheetahs
with Cheetahs
, David Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
David
with Rhino Statue
, David Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Cheetahs
with Cheetahs
, David Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Monkey
A small monkey in the Orphanage

I just want to hold your hand!
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Giraffe
A lone Giraffe in the Game Park

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Young Giraffe
A young Giraffe in the Game Park

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Zebra
Zebra with young in the Game Park

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Cape Buffalo
A male Cape Buffalo in the Game Park

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Young Cape Buffalo
Young Cape Buffalo wandering loose
along the verges in the Game Orphanage

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Golden Crested Crane
Golden Crested Crane in the Game Orphanage

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Heron
Heron at a Watering Hole in the Game Reserve

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Storks
Storks at a Watering Hole in the Game Reserve

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Storks, Heron, Vultures and Warthog
Storks, Heron, Vultures and Warthog
at a Watering Hole in the Game Reserve

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Warthogs
Mr and Mrs Warthog

taking an afternoon nap in the Animal Orphanage
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009
Warthog eating
Warthog foraging

notice how warthogs always eat on their knees
Camera: Ingrid's, Lumix LZ2.
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 17 Feb 2009

from the Porini Lion Camp, in Olare Orok Conservancy
close to Tanzania in the Maasai Mara, 20-24 Feb 2009
Note alternate spellings are both correct; Masai and Maasai.

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Eland
Eland
, the largest species of antelope
the little tuft on their neck looks like a cow-bell
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Eland
Eland
on the savanna
the largest species of antelope
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Impala
Impala
on the savanna
a mid-sized species of antelope
Females and young form herds of up to 200;
Mature males will join bachelor herds.
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Impala
Impala
on the savanna
As we approached we saw that the Topi and
male Impala were all looking to the same area
So what were they watching
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Impala
Impala
on the savanna
keeping a vigilant look-out for predators
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah
running on the savanna
Sure enough, within seconds of arriving
we saw this Cheetah race out of the grass
and two gutsy male Impala chased after it!
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Topi
Topi
on the savanna
keeping a look-out for predators
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Topi
Topi in the savanna

Often standing tall on the lookout for predators
Topi can remain for hours without moving.
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Thompson Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
on the savanna
one of the best-known gazelles
Tommys live in Africa's savanna & grassland habitats
and is a favored prey item for the cheetah.
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Kirk's Dik-dik
Kirk's Dik-dik
, one of the smallest antelopes
Grows to 70 cm in length and weighs up to 7 kg
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Kirk's Dik-dik
Kirk's Dik-dik
, these sweet little fellows are
very shy, and difficult to photograph in the open
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Giraffe in the savanna
Giraffe in the savanna

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Giraffe
Giraffe in the savanna
(open grassy woodland)
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Giraffe
Giraffe in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Giraffes
Giraffes in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Giraffe and Topi
Giraffe and Topi in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Giraffe
Giraffe in front of the camp

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Giraffe
Giraffe in front of the camp

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Giraffe
Giraffe

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Giraffe
Giraffe

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Giraffe
Giraffe

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Elephants
African Elephant family in the savanna

males can get as big as 6,800kg
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Elephants
African Elephant family in the savanna


Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Elephants
African Elephant family in the savanna


Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Elephants
African Elephant family in the savanna


Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Elephants
African Elephant family in the savanna


Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Elephants
African Elephant family in the savanna


Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo and Whistling Thorn in the savanna

up to 1.7m high, 3.4m long, and 900kg weight
unpredictable nature: highly dangerous to humans
Camera: Andrew's Fuji Finepix S5500
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
in the savanna
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
in the savanna
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Burchell's Zebra in savanna
Burchell's Zebra crossing the savanna

The stripes give them camouflage from lions
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Burchell's Zebra in savanna
Burchell's Zebra in the savanna

They often walk in single file
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Rhino in the savanna
Rhino in the savanna

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Burchell's Zebra and Eland in drinking hole
Burchell's Zebra and Eland in water hole


Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Burchell's Zebra and Eland leaving drinking hole
Burchell's Zebra and Eland leaving water hole


Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Burchell's Zebra and Eland leaving drinking hole
Burchell's Zebra and Eland leaving water hole

Zebra as always in single file
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Leopard
Leopard in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Leopard
Leopard in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Leopard with kill in tree
Leopard in tree with Impala kill

with 2 Leopard cubs at foot of tree
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Leopard with kill in tree
Leopard in tree with Impala kill

with 2 Leopard cubs at foot of tree
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
Camera: Andrew's Fuji Finepix S5500
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Lone Cheetah with kill
Lone Cheetah with kill, a light snack

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Lone Cheetah with kill
Lone Cheetah resting after the snack

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
Shakira with her 3 cubs
seen during a dawn safari
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
Shakira's 3 cubs
seen during a dawn safari
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Cheetah
Cheetah in the savanna
Shakira; her 3 cubs playing
and hiding in scrub; seen during a dawn safari
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Cheetah in the savanna
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
looking for the nearest fast-food stop
Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah in the savanna
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
a wildebeest kill - is that a meal?
Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah in the savanna
Cheetah in the savanna
'The Three Brothers'
I love these take-aways, especially with ketchup!
Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Lioness
Lioness in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Lioness
Lioness in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Lioness
Lioness in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Lioness
Lioness in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 24 Feb 2009
Lioness
Lioness in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 24 Feb 2009
Lioness with cub
Lioness with cub

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
A young pride of Lions in the savanna
A young pride of Lions in the savanna

Found during a dawn safari
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
A young pride of Lions in the savanna
A young pride of Lions in the savanna

Found during a dawn safari
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
A young pride of Lions in the savanna
A young pride of Lions in the savanna

Found during a dawn safari
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
A young pair of female Lions in the savanna
A young pair of Lionesses in the savanna

Found enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
A young pair of female Lions in the savanna
A young pair of Lionesses in the savanna

Found enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
A young pair of female Lions in the savanna
A young pair of Lionesses in the savanna

Found enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Hyena, Topi, Rainbow in Masai Mara
Hyena
with Topi and Rainbow in background
Early morning rain over the Masai Mara savanna
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Hyena, Topi in Masai Mara
Hyena
in the savanna
with Topi watching carefully in background
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Hyena in Masai Mara
Hyena
in the savanna
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Hyena in Masai Mara
Hyena
in the savanna
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Wildebeest migrating across the Masai Mara
Wildebeest and Zebra migrating

directly in front of our tent
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Warthog family in Masai Mara
Warthog family
in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Warthog family in Masai Mara
Warthog family
in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Warthog family in Masai Mara
Warthog family
in the savanna
Always turn their back; run away with tails in air
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Wildebeest in Masai Mara
Wildebeest
in the savanna
Migration over, those remaining stay on the move
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Wildebeest in Masai Mara
Wildebeest
in the savanna
Migration over, those remaining stay on the move
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Wildebeest in Masai Mara
Wildebeest
in the savanna
Migration over, those remaining stay on the move
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey in the savanna

inhabits savanna lands and mountains up to 4,000m
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey in the tree outside our tent

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
The Migration Crossing Point
Mara Migration Crossing Point
- see the Crocodiles
Here we enjoyed a picnic breakfast; but not a swim!
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
The Migration Crossing Point
Mara Migration Crossing Point

While we stopped for a picnic English breakfast
I think the hippo's eyeing me up for breakfast!
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
The Migration Crossing Point
Mara Migration Crossing Point

While we enjoyed our English breakfast
we watched the hippos wallowing in the pool
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
The Migration Crossing Point
Mara Migration Crossing Point

Eventually the Hippos settled down and we
watched them wallowing in the pool again
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Bird in the savanna
Bird, to identify

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Ground Hornbill
Ground Hornbill in the savanna

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Maasai Ostrich
Maasai Ostrich
in the savanna
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009

Largest living species of bird; lays the largest egg with ability to run at speeds of about 74 km/h. Males have black feathers; females light brown feathers. I did not manage to find an ostrich egg.
Hamerkop
Hamerkop in the reeds

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009

Gets its name from the shape of its head; from the Dutch "hammerhead". Inhabits wetlands and savannas. Strangest Hammerkop behavior is the huge nest, sometimes more than 1.5m across, comprising up to 10,000 sticks and able to support a man's weight. Hammerkops are subject of much superstition and are said to hold evil powers; it is considered bad luck to kill or harm a hammerkop.
Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard
showing off tail plumage
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009

The heaviest bird capable of flight. Males will weigh as much as 35 pounds while the females weigh about half that. It is difficult for them to fly because of their weight. They are native to southern Africa and are strictly ground dwellers, limited to the earth. They much prefer wooded grassy areas and dryer savannahs to live in, and are a bird that will live in them a long time. They are omnivorous in their diet with bugs and small mammals snakes and birds making up a good portion of it. They will feed in the early morning and later day, resting during the hotter parts of the day. Scientists see a very strange relationship between them and another bird known as a carmine bee eater. The bee eater will sit on the back of the koris to catch the bugs that the bustards stir up, and in return the bustards benefit because the bee eaters appear to be aware of predators sooner than the kori bustard.
Birds
Lilac-breasted Roller on the savanna


Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Golden Crested Crane
Golden Crested Crane
in the savanna
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009

The Golden Crested Crane is a large, spectacular and gregarious bird with long, thin legs which lives in flocks of up to 10 birds. They mainly eat seeds and plants, but also worms, snakes, frogs and insects. As they walk, they stamp their feet, flushing insects out of the ground.
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
in the savanna
can catch prey by chasing it and striking with the bill
or stamping on prey until stunned enough to swallow
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009

This bird of prey gets its name from its crest feather, which looks like the old fashioned quills secretaries used to use in the 19th century. A terrestrial and solitary bird, it will only fly if threatened. It feeds on snakes, grasshoppers and lizards, stamping the ground to dive out its prey. Once it has caught a snake, it will beat it to death on the ground with its beak. The secretary bird mates for life and returns to the same nest site every year. Two or three eggs are laid, followed by a gestation period of 42 days. The youngsters will be ready to fly after about eight weeks.
Vultures in Treetops
Vultures in Treetops

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 20 Feb 2009
Vultures
Nubian Vultures
in treetops
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009

The Nubian vulture is also known as the lappet-faced vulture because of its overlapping skin on its bare head. It is the largest African vulture and also the rarest vulture; and is considered an endangered species. It has a wing span of up to nine feet and stands more than three feet tall. It mainly eats carrion of large prey, but is also known to devour smaller animals and even live prey, relying on its excellent eye sight to locate food. An aggressive bird, it will fight other vultures for it share of the food, but does give way to Marabou storks. Territorial birds, the Nubian vultures are found in pairs only and build nests away from other vultures. A single egg is laid and incubation period is two months.
Bird at The Migration Crossing Point
Bird at Mara Migration Crossing Point

watching us eat our bacon, sausage and eggs
*** still to identify ***
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Bird at The Migration Crossing Point
Bird at Mara Migration Crossing Point

watching us eat our bacon, sausage and eggs
*** still to identify ***
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Bird at The Migration Crossing Point
Bird at Mara Migration Crossing Point

watching us eat our bacon, sausage and eggs
*** still to identify ***
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Bird at The Migration Crossing Point
Bird at Mara Migration Crossing Point

watching us eat our bacon, sausage and eggs
*** still to identify ***
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Lilac-breasted Roller on the savanna
Lilac-breasted Roller on the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
One of the most spectacular of the smaller birds found in Kenya, the lilac breasted roller is easily identified by its extravagant colouration. It feeds on invertebrates and lizards and sometimes even small birds. This noisy bird is mostly found in woodlands, and is reasonably unperturbed by human activity.
Bird on the savanna
Crane on tree branch in the savanna

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 23 Feb 2009
Weaver Bird Nests
Weaver Bird Nests

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Masai Cattle crossing the Masai Mara
Masai Cattle crossing the Masai Mara

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Masai Cattle crossing the Masai Mara
Masai Cattle crossing the Masai Mara

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Masai Cattle crossing the Masai Mara
Masai Cattle crossing the Masai Mara

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009

For the nomadic Masai people, cattle is the most valuable and important thing they own. Traditionally, they don't grow crops or even do much hunting. Their entire way of life revolves around their herds of cattle.
The Masai get nearly all of their food from their herds of cattle, in the form of either milk or meat. Though they do drink the blood as well, it's not really something that's done as a regular meal-time event. They generally don't hunt or grow their own crops. The cattle are literally their bread and butter. In each village, the cows are protected and herded by the men, but the milking is done by the women.
Because of their importance, the Masai use cattle as their form of currency and wealth. On average, each individual of the Masai tribe owns around 15 head of cattle, which makes these people among the wealthiest in Kenya, if a dollar value was placed on their herds. Cattle change hands for any major transaction, specifically when a warrior seeks to marry. He must pay a bride price in cattle.
After generations of stealing cattle from other tribes, the Masai cattle are not strictly one particular breed. Their cows are quite a mixed bag. Along with their herds of prized cows, the Masai also keep other livestock, like goats and sheep. The Masai are very observant with their cows and can recognize each one by their colour and body shape. Some groups use cuts on the cows' ears to help identify them.
Large chunks of their land were taken by the Kenyan government to create large game preserves, such as the Nairobi National Park, the Masai Mara game preserve, and the Serengeti National Park. So with less land, the Masai have less room to roam their cattle.

Sunset
Sunset over the Masai Mara

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 21 Feb 2009
Early Morning
Early Morning light over the Masai Mara

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Sunburst, Approaching Sunset
Sunburst, Approaching Sunset over the Masai Mara

Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 22 Feb 2009
Sunset over the Masai Mara
Sunset over the Masai Mara

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Sunset over the Masai Mara
Sunset over the Masai Mara

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Sunset over the Masai Mara
Sunset over the Masai Mara

Photo by: Dina Maria Holdsworth
Camera: Lumix TZ3.
Masai Mara, Kenya
 
At the Lake, Baringo


Camera: Andrew's Fuji Finepix S5500
Baringo, Kenya, 26 Feb 2009

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