She was telling me about deaths she’d experienced in her line of work. People have flatlined right before her during an EKG. One of those things you’d never contemplate with passerby.
What a beauty. Giraffes are unlike any other animal and it’s overtly apparent in their anatomy. To see this male Masai Giraffe move in the flesh was a spectacle I had been waiting for as long as I can remember and I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Although I wish I came home with a frame that could reflect a true sense of his size, I respect that my capture from the safety of a vehicle was in both our interests. For him, habituation of human interaction. For me, well, if the kick of an adult giraffe is enough to scare off a hungry pride of lions then it’s enough for me.
We travelled for hours through Akagera Park and the longer we drove the greater sense of comfort I felt. Reassured knowing this stunning park is not only protected but that its inhabitants are left to keep themselves in balance. Even to this day poachers still make attempts within the park’s boundaries but under the watchful eye of Akagera’s devoted rangers (and some nifty tech surveillance) these attempts are often unsuccessful.
Until I get back to Africa (and hopefully with remote triggers) here’s a photographer you need to follow: @davidyarrow His words are not only an enlightening addition to his sublime images but his conservation work is significant and consistent. Enjoy perusing his gallery.