Wildlife program is tonight

The Maturango Museum will host opening reception of the “Tanzania Safari Photo Exhibit” Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Sylvia Winslow Gallery. Photos of lions, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, wildebeest, birds and even some reptiles will cover the walls of the gallery.

Adventurous photographers Raymond Kelso, Bob McGowan and BJ Holden captured the photos during a journey in Tanzania, East Africa. They started in the city of Arusha, then explored Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park.

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and is named after the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Northern Tanzania is home to the vast volcanic Ngorongoro Crater. The caldera is 14 miles in diameter and has a 2,000-foot drop from the rim to the floor. This caldera provides a unique habitat, sheltering some 25,000 wild animals. Serengeti means “endless plain” in the Maasai language and encompasses 3.6 million acres. The Serengeti offers some of the best game viewing in Africa and is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River.

The exhibit is open during museum hours, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on major holidays.

Story First Published: 2018-10-05