Welcome To Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve is located in central Kenya and the climate in this region is rather arid. Fortunately, there is a consistent water source to be had in Ewaso Ng’iro river. This water source meets the needs of many large mammals that populate the reserve such as elephants, grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffes and also lions.
Grevy’s Zebra at Samburu National Reserve
This was my first encounter with grevy’s zebra although I have had encounters with other species. First, there is the Hartmann’s mountain zebra that I photographed on the eastern fringes of the Namib desert. In addition, there is the more ubiquitous burchell’s zebra which I photographed extensively at Etosha National Park.
Also known as the imperial zebra, grevy’s zebra is found in both Kenya and Ethiopia. However, compared to other species of zebra this species has large ears, it is bigger and it’s stripes are narrower. Unfortunately, it is also the most threatened species of zebra.
I found that grevy’s zebra was the most photogenic of the species I encountered. This is due to their elegant stripe patterns which seem to be superior to the others. Fortunately, there were some good photo opportunities at Samburu National Reserve.
Dik Dik at Samburu National Reserve
The dik dik is a miniature African antelope species and its name is derived on account of the alarm calls that the female dik dik makes. However, the dik dik also makes a shrill whistling sound that other prey species appreciate because it alerts them to approaching predators.
Baboons at Samburu National Reserve
Baboons always make for some interesting photos. However, I have observed a lot of baboons but never seen them transporting each other quite like this.
Elephants at Samburu National Reserve
We observed a small herd of elephants crossing the Ewaso Ng’iro river. Actually, this was quite amusing because there was a young calf that needed to be hurried along by its mother.