Spotted on Safari: A selection of Wildlife with their babies
The news of the Royal Baby has gotten us excited to share a selection of wonderful photos of various animals with their babies, taken by several of our Somak Driver Guides over the past few months. We hope you enjoy them alongside some fun facts about each one.
We will start with a selection of photos of mother elephants with their babies, called calves. Did you know that when a baby elephant is born, it can weigh around 91 kg and stand about 3 feet tall?
This baby Giraffe, also known as a calf, is rather adorable. Did you know that female giraffes give birth standing up? The calf can stand within half an hour of being born and run with their mothers just ten hours after birth! How incredible is that?
Lion cubs are born with tawny black spots which disappear over time. When they are first born, cubs are kept away from the main pride for around 2 months, before being introduced to them. The lioness plays the biggest role in their upbringing, with the lion doing very little other than protecting the cubs from danger. It is the lioness that teaches the lion cubs all the essential hunting skills.
Baby cheetahs are also called cubs and are usually born in litters that range between three to five cubs. At birth they are blind and covered with a thick coat of fur, called a mantle, which helps to protect them from predators. It looks like a mohawk haircut!
The mother cheetah moves the cubs around to different locations frequently to protect them from predators.
Quite a handful
Finally we have this cheeky rhino calf, who, at birth, is rather large, at 88 to 140 lbs. Rhino cubs stay with their mothers until approximately three years old, and then leave and fend for themselves. After birth, baby rhinos can stand up after just 10 minutes, which is amazing. As baby rhinos are born without a horn they are totally reliant on their mothers to protect them.
If seeing these photos of all the animals with their babies has inspired you to want to go on safari, we have some amazing itineraries available.
We would love to work with you to plan the safari holiday of a lifetime. For more information on how our safari experts can help you, call Somak Holidays today on 020 8423 3000, or visit our website here: