The Masai Mara is named after the local Maasai people, a pastoral group that judges its wealth by their number of children and cattle.
(the pencil thin line snaking around in the photo?...a herd of wildebeestes lining up to cross the river)
black rhinos...we were very lucky to see these; poaching has seriously reduced the numbers of black rhinos in the park, and while the numbers are coming back slowly, they still remain endangered.
male ostrich...and yes, he was out to get her. All 9 feet of him....240 pounds (average!)...was in a flat out race to catch this woman. They can run up to 43 mph.....but whatever speed he ran, lover-boy here was a couple mph slower than his love-interest. He chased her all over that field for a good long time....all the vans were lined up...I heard more than one...'you go, girl!' before the race ended!!
cape buffalo...the most feared of the Masai animals. Not only is it fast (stampeding in a herd), and strong, but it kills not just for survival but often for the sheer pleasure of it.