Saturday, September 5, 2009

Man-Eaters of Tsavo

Ever see the movie Ghost in the Darkness? The movie is filmed here -- it is a true story -- 100 years ago a rail road was being built from the Mombasa --on the Indian Ocean-- to Nairobi across Kenya. This was to transport supplies, visitors, and hunters. While it was being built in the area of Tsavo, many workers lost their lives to these lions. Hence the name Man-eaters of Tsavo. The interesting thing about these lions is that they have unusually high testosterone levels which makes them more aggressive and they have no mane. Kind of like male patterned baldness. They learned to like the taste of humans and were easy to catch as they didn't run fast. Hundreds of people lost their lives building this railroad to these lions.

Kenya is in a draught--they have not had measurable rainfall for 3 years
As a result many animals that rely on grasses are dying!
Baby elephants are so cute!

Cheetah's getting ready to hunt! I think these are one of the most beautiful animals in Africa!


Family of 5 said...

Denise, your pictures and stories of Africa are great! And I can't believe you come home so soon. I'm sure your kids and grandkids will love having you back even though you will miss Africa. I would love to see you guys, it's been forever! I will let you know when we will be down next.

terheap said...

Enjoyed the bluegrass band at our hometown fair. Talked to Uncle Theo, and he said that you guys will be home in a few weeks. WOW! Love reading about your adventures, and viewing the pictures. Have a safe trip home. Terri

Kathy's Boys said...

Denise, I have loved checking your blog once in awhile. You are such a good sport to be doing all that you are doing. I'm sure it has been a great blessing and you have served so many people. I would love to hear your homecoming talk. If you think about it, let me know when your talks in church are. Or tell Randy and Frances and they can tell me. How fun...I have always admired you and Ralph so much. Love you and come home safe!