Despite what you hear in movies & on TV,
mountain lions don’t make that “wild cat scream” very often. More common
vocalizations for this adaptable cat include whistles, squeaks, growls, purrs, hisses & yowls. Photo by Paul E.M.
Ready to sprawl out on the beach this season? You’re in good company!
This harp seal is hauled out on the beach at Race Point, near Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. If you see any seals or sea lions on your beach trips this spring and summer, be sure to give them plenty of space.
While it may seem harmless to snap a quick seal selfie while you’re on the beach with our animal friends, approaching wild animals can cause significant harm to both you and them. Keep your eye out and help keep animals healthy by giving them plenty of room. They deserve relaxing days on the beach too!
South Africa is indeed one of the best
places to explore wildlife and get close to lions, rhinos, elephant,
buffalos and other kinds of animals.
Almost 3 weeks ago I was able to have a
close encounter with some wild animals. I never thought I would be
able to experience such an amazing thing. This was just one of those
dreams which I never imagined could come true one day. I know it has
been a few weeks since that day but everything still feels as if it
was just yesterday. This was indeed a once in a lifetime experience.
I flew to Johannesburg with my aunt and
we had planned on visiting Pilanesberg National Park on our second
day there. We woke up as early as 5am since we will be picked up at out hotel by 7am. We rode an open jeepney which was thrilling yet nerve-racking at the same time. If you’re gonna ask how was it like to be there or how my
experience was… I got one word for you: Amazing. Absolutely
amazing! I couldn’t get enough of it. I wanted to take lots of photos
but at the same time just enjoy watching those beautiful creatures in
their natural habitat. It was fascinating. Lion King feels all over!
Pilanesberg National Park is one of the
places where you could find what they called “The Big Five”. We
were lucky enough to see four of them. Lions, rhinos, buffalos and
elephant. Leopards are hard to find so we were not able to see that
There were other animals that I have
never seen before and I am not familiar with that we were able to
see. We got to see some impalas, wild beest, giraffe, zebras and some
hippos. We got to see a pride of lions and it was the most amazing
thing. We didn’t get to take good photos of it though as they were
hiding in the bushes and there were other jeepneys and cars along the
way. But still, you don’t get to see that everyday and I’m so lucky
to be able to witness such thing.
I am impressed by our guide as his eyes
were so sharp. He could easily spot where the animals are even though
they were down below the mountains or miles away from us. We got to
see an elephant from afar. The guide says it would take the elephant
around 45 mins to reach the road.
I guess one of the highlights of my
safari trip was when we saw tons of buffalos migrating and crossing
from east to west. The guide said that the last time he was able to
see them was around June of last year. Since it was almost winter
time there, animals are already migrating. It was one of the most
stunning things I have ever seen.
Words aren’t enough to describe this
trip and how I truly felt about it. I’m so thankful to my aunt for
letting me experience these kind of things. I truly believe that
nothing can ever beat this trip. You just can’t top it off.