I completely forgot to mention that the Safari Drive that I watch is actually LIVE on American tv, Nat Geo Channel RIGHT NOW and will be for this morning, this evening/afternoon and tomorrow.
Wild Earth Safari Live – Ustream
As you all know I am a MASSIVE fan of the Safari Live hosted by Nat Geo, Wild Earth and Ustream. I realised though I haven’t posted for a long time about the drives. One of the major reasons this is because there has been great upheaval in the land of Djuma, Arthusa Safari Lodge and the Sabi Sands Wildtuin!
Mainly with the new collation of young male adults called the Birmingham Boys, or as there new nickname is “The Bad Boys”. There are five of them, there were 6, but one was killed but other male Lions. They’ve gotten there nickname as they’ve killed two cubs, leaving one alive, because Mama Lioness was only able to save the one. They’ve killed about five lionesses (I’ll double check that, it’s 4 or 5). So far there are has been little interaction between these boys and the Matimba males, other than calling and vocalising.
(The Birmingham Boys aka “The Bad Boys” or “The BBoys”)
(The Matimba Males: Hairy Belly and Ginger)
The whole situation is really depressing and really interesting at the same time. I’ve only ever heard of new males killing cubs, which I can understand completely. The whole BBoys killing the Lionesses is something completely new to me and even some of our guides seem perplexed by the situation, because they are just killing so many of them. There is one thought that maybe the Lionesses are resisting the BBoy’s and because they are young and full of testosterone. They came in aggressive, so it’s gets all aggressive type thing.
Just for another interesting twist in the story as well, two other Male lions, who are unidentified, have now also appeared on the scene. Possibly the other two Matimba males from further up North?
Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?
School was easy for me for years and then Year 6 happened and that was the first year I was ever bullied. This was luckily before cyber bullying was a “thing”, but it was still horrible. I had never had anything horrible to me before and it was a shock to my system.
What is your favorite animal?
Oh my goodness, I have a few favourites. I would have to say that overall my favourite would have to be Lions/Lionesses (you should see my room, I have more Lion things that comic/nerdy things. I have a whole “Pride” all brought from this company Schleich).
After watching the safari drive for months now, I have a few other “favourites”:
- Kudu (they are so pretty!)
If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?
Honestly it depends, there are some pretty cool looking glasses and contacts out there. It would depend on my mood,lol. Ultimately if I HAD to choose I would go with the contacts, mainly because everyone I know who has glasses seem to lose them a lot! They can become very expensive after awhile,lol
List: Name at least five television shows (past or present) you enjoyed?
- Buffy/Angel (except for Angels last season)
- The Bill
- Doctor Who (Matt Smith is my “favourite” Doctor, I love them all though!)
- Just the whole of the crime channel pretty much,lol
- Key and Peele … Classic!lol
As many of you probably know I am a big fan of Wild Earths/Ustream web feed of Wild Earth Safari Live…Pretty much I think sometimes I borderline on the obsession. Anyways because people are aware I watch these I’ve started to realise that there are so many other feeds through Ustream that I watch and I very rarely mention these other ones.
Sea Eagles – Australia
Currently this Ustream channel is filmed in Sydney Australia and it follows two parent Sea Eagles raising their young. This particular hatching season, they have managed to, so far, successfully hatch two baby chicklets and know you can just watch them feed and eventually start to learn to fly.
Owl Channel – America
Here you can watch wild Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They roost and nest in an owl box we call the Hideout. We have a camera inside the Hideout as well as cameras outside to see them come and go.
Explore – Brook Falls
Watching exclusive live footage from Alaska’s Brooks River in Katmai National Park. Every year over a hundred Brown Bears descend on a mile long stretch of Brooks River to feast on the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world.
ALSO though through this particular Ustream feed, you are also able to view other cameras through the website explore.org/ . You can look up feeds on Puffins, Panda and Walruses…Just to name a few!
As many of my readers know I watch a Ustream live feed called “Wild Earth Safari”. I talk a lot about the baby animals, Lions … As the guides say “The Big 5” as in the five most popular animal that people like to watch and see on Safari.
I feel kind of bad about it as well, because there are just so many beautiful animals. Including a beautiful beast called the “Kudu”.
A Kudu Bull: Picture by: http://all.worth1000.com/artists/pietopper
After Lions, Elephants and Hyena I just adore these animals are just gorgeous and they are so beautiful. They are just so magical and mythical like.
The horns on a Kudu bulls head can reach all the way up too 120cm (47 in), if they were to be straightened. A Kudu bull can also reach a weight of 190kg – 270 kg (420 – 600 lb). They are quiet large animals. The other interesting thing to note is that a Kudu cow will leave a newborn baby in hidden vegetation for the first 4-5 weeks, coming back and forth. This is a little unusual with Herbivores.
So I decided to post a few screen shots of the animals of the online safari live feed (see previous posts for the magic that is the online safari drive)
Completely forgetting about Daylight savings, meant that my usual shows and others things are now on different times to what I am used to…This means that my Safari times have changed!…For the better! I can now watch all of the morning safaris (except the days that I’m working) but the great news is now I can watch the evening safari’s too! Even in this gloomy weather I feel so happy…
Please watch the Safari’s at Wildearth – Safari’s or catch it with Nat Geo Wild Nat Geo – Wild Safari Live
All drives will be shown on Ustream with the exception of the Sunset drives (9 AM- noon ET) during Big Cat Week (Nov 29th – Dec 7th). During this time the internet feed can be watched on either wildearth.tv/cam/wildearth-safaris or wildsafarilive.com
If you follow my blog, and have been for a little while…You will know that I am completely obsessed with a live web feed called Nat Geo Wild Safari…Live! and UStream Wildearth Live Safari’s
I have been watching them since around November last year. I started watching them after a previous live web feed cam had finished for the year (Pip the Ostrich). Every now and then I like to share some shots from the safari’s, so keep an eye out for those Blogs!
I think a major part of the reason I love visiting these live feeds is because of the community of the safari’s. While watching the safari’s you can chat with people from all over the world and the people are lovely! There are two sections that you can talk with, one is just called “Chat” where you have to have a ‘profile’ and be logged into chat there. The other is called “Social Stream” this is the one I’m mainly in conversation with. I have a profile, social stream just seems more…Social,lol.
The drives are very therapeutic, and I give full credit to the chatters of the drives just as much as the animals, guides and the those who film =D They got me through some rough days…and nights!
If you read my posts you will know how obsessed I am with a particular web live cam feed. Wild Earth Safari with Nat Geo Wild. Press this Link! You will not regret it, I promise!
“WildEarth Safaris return from Djuma Game Reserve and Arathusa Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin.
All drives will be shown on Ustream with the exception of the Sunset drives (9 AM- noon ET) during Big Cat Week (Nov 29th – Dec 7th).”
I decided that I would post some pictures today that will show only a little tiny part of why I LOVE this unique experience so much! (Sorry, for my bad formatting)
Check out hashtag: #SafariLive on Twitter!