They call the lion the "King of the Jungle" but I don't know why because they don't live in jungles. This "King of the Jungle" fact was one of the only facts I knew about lions and it turns out to not even be true at all. There are jungles in Africa (well, not here in Botswana), but that's where all the gorillas are. So I think maybe gorillas should be called the king of the jungle. Anyway, this is a female lion and she was taking care of her two cubs. The females also do almost all the hunting. Well, the females do pretty much everything. This was confirmed when we spent most of the day watching the male lions and they did absolutely nothing. One walked up on a log for a few minutes and then decided to go take a nap for 20 hours. Meanwhile, the female lion was out taking down animals right and left to make sure her cubs were taken care of. I'll post some photos of the cubs soon... sadly two of the babies were already killed so only two remain.
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One of my favorite things about Africa is I get to ask the guide all kinds of dumb questions about animals. I'm honestly amazed about how dumb I am about basic stuff. Like, for example, did you know giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their spines as other mammals? Yeah, they're just longer. Who knew? Definitely not me. I also asked a super-dumb question about birds yesterday that made my friend Deanie and the guide crack up. I said, "So, like, do male birds have like a penis and balls and stuff and do they like blast up sperm into a ladybird vadge? Or do they fertilize eggs outside the body? I don't know... I'm just asking because I've never seen a bird with balls and stuff." Anyway, after the guide stopped laughing at my idiotic question, he said they use a cloaca. I asked him what that was and he said it was like a bird penis. So that explains that. I also asked him if there was such an animal as a liger (half-lion half-tiger) because I remembered it from Napoleon Dynamite. He said yes, ligers exist, but he's never seen one. Then I asked him if he actually knew they existed since he's never seen one. He was like, trust me, dude. So that explained that.
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Yesterday we spent most of the day tracking a male lion and finally found him… as you can see, he was acting rather majestic! I really love spending time with all the animals here… It was a pretty crazy day (I’m not sure if you watch my Instagram stories or not). We had an elephant walk into our camp, saw some baby lions, found a dead giraffe, walked for a while with our guide (who had a gun - just in case) until he got freaked out by a few elephants (when the guide gets concerned, we get concerned), saw a hippo pop out the lake whilst dining, had a leopard walk by our tent, and all kinds of other stuff… I’ll be offline a lot - not much internet access way out here. Even though we're offline, I'm making a bunch of videos to share about the whole experience. I'll edit them together when I get home to share! :)
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The Mayan Warrior rolls across the desert every night with thousands of lasers... beckoning all of us under its spell. We swarm to it like remora on a shark! Many many nights, Jonatas, Rene, and I are there underneath it's gaze like zombies! I also recently visited the Mayan Warrior for a fundraiser in Brooklyn while I was working on another art project... I'll follow this thing anywhere!
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On the final night of the temple burn, about 80,000 people ride their bikes out across the desert at sunset to await the final inferno. It's actually quite the somber night... people leave things in the temple as a symbol of letting things go. 80,000 people, all letting things go together, is quite a transformative experience.
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