Wednesday, December 5, 2012

U is for Ungulate


Because I was stumped on what to use for the letter 'U' today, I'm reprising information used in an earlier post about our amazing African trip...
Note: I will be away this week but will most certainly respond to comments when I return...thanks for stopping by!
Masai Giraffe

 Ungulate” refers to any animal with hooves. Ungulates are the grazers and browsers of the world, accounting for the majority of herbivores currently on earth.

Africa’s list of ungulates is longer than in any other continent and East Africa is particularly noted for its diversity and abundance of these mammals. 
 Common Zebra


Unfortunately, a fair number of these species are also threatened or endangered.

Grevy's Zebra with Antelope

 Wildebeest Herd

In areas where rainfall is scattered and seasonal,  animals must travel great distances to satisfy their nutritional needs....
 Young Zebra with Cape Buffalo

The end of the rainy season in May results in the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and other herbivores, as great herds of animals cross north from the parched Serengeti, across the Mara River and into the Masai Mara Reserve in search of food and water.  
 It is thought that one-and-a-half million wildebeest take part in this migration along with hundreds-of-thousands of zebra and gazelle.

Complementary grazers preferring different parts of the same grass, Plains zebra and wildebeest often travel together. 
 Zebras, with their superior vision and hearing, serve as an early warning system for the wildebeest…and given the choice, predators prefer wildebeest meat to zebra, so zebras  can find safety in their midst.

Ungulates have always been important to humans all over the world. We've hunted them...domesticated them to provide us with food, fibre, transportation and a variety of other things.

In many cases, we've also pushed them to the point of extinction. 
 Wildebeest frolicking...


This puts more at risk than the animals. Locals depend on the tourism that drives the economy in East Africa.

Studies reveal that 60% of the large mammals in protected areas- lions, cheetahs, leopards, zebras, rhinos, and wildebeest - have been lost in the last two to three decades alone.

 Quite simply,
there is no more time to lose is we are to preserve the magnificent and diverse population of the African savanna...
White Rhinoceros

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10 comments:

Carver said...

Fascinating post and great word for U. The photographs are wonderful. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Bi Ti said...

Thank you, for I learned a new word today and went on a beautiful safari through your photos.
Cheers!

Leslie: said...

I really want to go on a safari now after seeing so many of your stUpendoUs photos!

Leslie
abcw team

Lmkazmierczak said...

Ordinary Words....your photos are fabulous!! plus I learned a new word♫♪

Katy Cameron said...

I love that word, so onomatopoeic! Anyway, great sentiment for the day!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Lovely post and photos with an important message. Unbelievable how much damage can be done by humans over thirty years.....

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm SO annoyed by the threat to the African wildlife!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Carol L McKenna said...

Great post and fantastic photography ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ aka 'artmusedog' ^_^

Ella said...

Thank you for this journey! You take the most amazing photos~
Maybe in the New Year, we could use some of your photos for a poetry prompt :D

Hope you are doing well~

Pat said...

Well, I'd say you had a very successful U post! I love your animal shots, especially the one of the young zebra. He appears to be looking for his mama.