The Great Zebra and Giraffe Count

Happy Monday everyone :-).

A few photographers and I recently participated in The Great Zebra and Giraffe Count at the Nairobi National Park, which had been organized by Wildlife Direct. It was a citizen science initiative which involved the general public in a photographic census of the zebras and giraffes populations within the park.

To estimate the number of zebras and giraffes within the park, we were required to photograph all zebras and giraffes that we encountered as we drove through the park. The images would then be transferred onto a software called IBEIS (Image Based Ecological Information Software). The purpose of the software is to identify the different patterns in wild animals such as stripes, spots, notches and wrinkles; then distinguish them by assigning unique tags, which then assist in determining the size of the population and age groups.

The entire experience was nothing short of amazing and I have the pictures to prove so :). We also came across other wild animals as you will notice.

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Zebras crossing
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1 out of the 4 giraffes we saw that day. The number of giraffes within the park to date is estimated to be between 80 and 150.
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An aeroplane going to land at the neighbouring Wilson Airport.
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An Impala showing off its beautiful horns
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The Impala wanted to play a game of hide and seek.
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Two zebras and a lone buffalo decided to cool off by the waterhole.
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … Crested Crane
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A family of hartebeest watching at a distance
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These Thompson gazelles did not want to pose for a picture
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The loner tree
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Question: Why did the male ostrich cross the road? Answer: *see next image* …
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Two female ostriches
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This zebra decided to get rid of an itch by rolling on the floor… Nothing funny though 😀
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Lunch time
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Quite the embrace
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One does not simply fail to take a shot of something like this that you do not see every other day.
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Elands
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A zebra carcass. All that was left was skin and bones.
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How beautiful was Nairobi city from the park?

        FIN!

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