Sharing moments in time…

1st African Wildlife – Don’t be afraid!!


So after what seems like 273 time zones, both “tropics”, the equator, Washington DC, Senegal, and Johannesburg, we finally made it to Cape Town South Africa.  I’m not one who can sleep on airplanes so I was pretty well beat when we got to our very nice room at about midnight.  What I can’t figure out is why I conked right out but then woke up at 3:30 unable to re-enter slumberdom…..Oh well, its just one of the joys of long distance travel.  So this morning we went up the tram to the major local landmark – Table Mountain.  It is a great ride and we got there just as the clouds were rolling in and the wind started picking up.  At about that same time, we ran across these ferocious little creatures the DASSIEs!  Now you may not recognize them for what they are but their closest relative is the African Elephant – all in about the size of a house cat!  Now that is quite a jump – I’d love to see one of their “family dinners”…..

Dassie - closest relative to Dumbo??

6 responses

  1. Cute… but where is his trunk? and fur? Elephants evolved in such a weird way. I wonder which one is the outcast in the family?

    December 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    • Hi Maggie – I agree – I can’t figure out how they can be related. They don’t even sound like elephants!

      December 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

  2. I wonder who’s the shortest in that family photo! great shot and also, glad to hear you made it safely 🙂

    December 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    • Hi Marina! Long trip but no problems other than a sore “seat”. Cape Town is a beautiful city – headed out to Robbins Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned today…more wildlife tomorrow.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

  3. Very, very interesting. Relatives can come in all shapes, sizes and textures!

    December 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

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