Monday, December 1, 2008

It is difficult to imagine the vast amount of animals found in the Ngorongoro Crater. A world Heritage site for good reason. It is the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world. A hundred square miles of protected wilderness where most of the famous African animals can be found. It is one of the last stronholds of the black rhino. Four prides of lions live in the crater as well as many huge bull elephants, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, hippo, baboons, jackals, vervet monkeys, cheetahs, leopard, and many different birds, including a large population of ostrich and flamingos. The Maasai can often be found grazing their cattle alongside the wild herds in the crater. the Maasai are the only people allowed to freely roam the crater as they have grazing rights and live along the crater rim in their home bomas.