Going On Safari!

It’s all about animals when you’re on a safari! They ARE amazing! I’ve come to appreciate them even more over the past few years as my students and I have researched and discussed evidence of intelligence and personality in animals.

Different species have different levels of thinking ability, but I’ve seen evidence of animals planning what they will do next, changing their voice or body movements to get another animal’s attention, communicating and working with other animals to reach a goal, even putting themselves in the way of a predator to save the life of another animal. All of these behaviors require THINKING. If you live with, or near, any animals I’m sure you have evidence as well. Feel free to add it to the comment section below.

My husband and I had hoped to see a few of the African animals we had always heard about when we set out on safari. We would have been satisfied if we had.

It was to our great surprise and delight when we saw HUNDREDS of them! We were also able to spend time observing their behaviors, while we took LOTS of photos.

To view animal pages, click on the animal links in the right sidebar. I think some will surprise you!

18 thoughts on “Going On Safari!

    • Hi Zoe. When we were on safari in Tanzania, the camps we stayed in were located in areas called “National Parks” or “Conservation Areas”. They aren’t parks, like you see in suburban areas with a playground and mown grass. You’re right, they’re reserves. That is, they are very large areas of land that the government is protecting. People have to follow the rules, like no shooting the animals, and no building houses. The land is to be left wild for the plants and animals. Good idea, don’t you think?

    • Hi Zoe. When we were on safari in Tanzania, the camps we stayed in were located in areas called “National Parks” or “Conservation Areas”. They aren’t parks, like you see in suburban areas with a playground and mown grass. You’re right, they’re reserves. That is, they are very large areas of land that the government is protecting. People have to follow the rules, like no shooting the animals, and no building houses. The land is to be left wild for the plants and animals. Good idea, don’t you think?

    • Interesting idea, Evan! As they evolved, it just happened that the stripey zebras were the ones that grew up and reproduced the most.

    • Interesting idea, Evan! As they evolved, it just happened that the stripey zebras were the ones that grew up and reproduced the most.

  1. Ms. Christie-Blick! In Mr. Krump's class we did a CARS test about zebras. Did you know, when zebras are eating a lion couldn't find a single body. To him, it looks like just a bunch of stripes! 

    • That IS interesting, isn’t it Logan? Did you visit the zebra page on this blog? Can you see how all those stripes could confuse the eye?!

  2. Ms. Christie-Blick! In Mr. Krump's class we did a CARS test about zebras. Did you know, when zebras are eating a lion couldn't find a single body. To him, it looks like just a bunch of stripes! 

    • That IS interesting, isn’t it Logan? Did you visit the zebra page on this blog? Can you see how all those stripes could confuse the eye?!

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