Wildlife of Mto wa Mbu village, Tanzania

22 days ago

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Baboons, Monkeys and Cranes oh my


My time in Mto wa Mbu wasn't all spent in the clinic doing service work. I did go out and explore the area occasionally. The village is thriving with wildlife and can sometimes be a nuisance to the clinic and the villagers. Every morning monkeys and baboons run amok and steal food and other items that are left outside. Then right after sunrise they are chased out of the village.

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It is pretty crazy to see all these animals in their natural habitat with no fences or anything and be out in the open next to them. There are baboons just waltzing down the street, monkeys climbing on buildings, trees, wires, just about anything, and then the cranes were up in the trees pooping all over everything turning the green leaves to white and making it snow feathers down on everything.

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First let's talk about monkeys because they are awesome


So when I was asked in a psychology exam to become a police officer what animal I wanted to be and why, I told them I wanted to be a monkey because they always looked like they were having fun. These monkeys hanging around the village were having a blast.

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This monkey was just chilling up on the wires and saw me with my camera and wanted to say hi. I am telling you, monkey are awesome.

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The monkeys would run all over the place, jumping from tree to tree, climbing around on the wires and every now and then we would hear one slam on the roof of one of the buildings as they jumped down on it to get a closer look at us.

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Hanging with the baboons


First off, I just want to let you all know that it takes a lot to scare me. Those of you that have followed my blog for a while know what I have been through in my life and should understand that I probably don't scare easily. But there is something about being in close proximity to a wild animal that can literally rip you apart that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

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I am talking about this bad boy right here. This guy runs the streets in Mto wa Mbu. When I locked eyes with him, I couldn't help but wonder what was going on in his brain. I know they aren't stupid and I was wondering if he was trying to decide if I was a threat or not.

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He was just trying to enjoy some time with his old lady and their baby and here being rude and I was snapping pictures of them.


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It is hard to believe that the little baby baboons will grow up to be such huge beasts with so much strength.

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I wanted to go up and pick the little guy up and rock him back to sleep but I think I would have gotten my face ripped off. Look at his little face. Isn't he a little cutie?

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OK, I will admit in this picture he does look a little but like an alien and his eyes are way too close together. But at least his mother loves him.

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One morning when I was taking pictures of the baboons, I must have caught the attention of one of the alphas. All the others were running across the road with the loot that they had stolen from the clinic, but this guy stopped and began a staring contest with me. So what did I do? Stared back at him duh, I don't back down from a staring contest.

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I guess he didn't like losing to the king of staring contests, so he decided he wanted to intimidate me by walking straight for me while the others were staying in the back or crossing the street behind him.

I will admit it, this is about the time that I started to get pretty nervous. I didn't know if he was going to be a sore loser because he lost to the king of staring contests, but maybe I should have let him know how good I was at them before I accepted his challenge.

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Instead of showing fear, I just continued to show him why I was the king and stared him down as he approached me. I think he was about 6 feet away when he finally turned and began to cross the street. Another victory for the king.

If he had gotten any closer, he probably would have smelled the load I had dropped in my pants and known how scared I actually was. After this picture, I felt it was a good time to go back and clean myself up and prepare for the day.

Why are there so many birds?


The main road through Mto wa Mbu is a large tourist attraction and I would see safari vehicles stop all the time to let their people take pictures of all of the cranes that inhabit the trees across the street from the clinic.

About a mile or so up the road is the entrance to Lake Manyara, which is one of the top safari destinations in Tanzania.

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Lake Manyara is a shallow lake in the Natron-Manyara-Balangida branch of the East African Rift in Manyara Region in Tanzania. Said by Ernest Hemingway to be the "loveliest lake ... in Africa," it is also the home of a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife.source

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We weren't able to go in and check out the park because we were there to work, but we did go on a nice hike so I was able to get this picture of it from the road that climbed up the mountainside towards the lookout overlooking the park.

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So the reason that there are so many cranes in this area is because of the huge lake that is nearby. There must have been thousands of these guys flying all over the place and making noise nonstop.

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There faces reminded me of the Skeksis from the Dark Crystal movie from 1982. If you have never seen it, I highly recommend watching this movie. It is one of my all time favorites.

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Even though these things were weird looking and their legs were super nasty because their toes were like long gross looking tree branches that moved, it was still awesome to see them flying around.

Thank you for taking the time to read about all the crazy animals in Mto wa Mbu. I appreciate you stopping by, you are awesome.


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Wow very beautiful photography,
The little monkeys are very cute and watching you in curiousity, bigger one are maybe familiar with these type of actions.

Birds are also very beautiful dear sir @derangedvisions thank you for showing these nice clicks to us.

With love and respect.


Thank you. It was a really cool experience to be there and take these pictures.

Diverse photography All the photography has been great. For these animals, the environment is in balance. Baboon look a little different @derangedvisions


Thank you. The baboons were very intense.

wow, amazing pictures.. wildlife is always awesome, it reminds of what real beauty is..


Thanks man. I appreciate you stopping by.

Monkeys are very funny and cute animals.

I've looked some wild life right in the face and don't think I've see a more malevolent one than that Baboon. 'Course I always had a .357 for that last few feet. I may be slow but I'm not stupid.

Thanks for a great look at the wildlife. It's a really good share.


lol. When that baboon was walking towards me i was wondering if the pictures were going to be worth getting attacked by one one these things. I was just going to keep it on burst if he kept coming. In the end it ended up bring worth it, but it was probably stupid to do at the time. It was pretty crazy.

wow you were brave having a stare off with a baboon, I had a bit of a scare with some Baboons one time at Victoria falls, me and some friends happened upon a grooming session at the bottom of the falls and we were suddenly surrounded by baboons, they are huge. Luckily we left our food behind, but we all felt very intimidated and out of place and slowly backed out of there. Certainly no stare offs with any of us.
There are such awesome animals though and your photos really captured that.


That would have been crazy. Ya, these things are massive. Being surrounded would have been pretty scary. At least you have a cool story now. lol

Cool pics! I once went to Thailand and was shooting some little monkeys with their babies ... next thing I felt something heavy jump on my head and everyone started taking pics of me. I had this little monkey on my head playing with my hair I wasn’t sure whether to be terrified or excited it is one of the best moments I ever remember tho. I was so lucky to get away with my camera and sunglasses!


That sounds so awesome. I am going to be going to Thailand this summer. I can't wait to go take pictures like that. It is going to be so much fun.

This is wonderful photography. It seems monkeys are at a very close distant to me. Photos are so distinct and clear. Good work.

Amazing images! I don't know if I could live in such a far-away place, but I'd sure love to see monkeys roam around free.

I would love to be in the middle of all that :-) I love birds, and monkeys, never saw them in wild. My daughter did, in Indonesia, and aso in Gibraltar. I love your pictures of mother monkey with her baby hanging on her belly <3


Thanks. The mother and baby ones are some of my favorites as well.

Excelentes fotos, transmiten el instinto de protección y amor animal.

Great shots, I really liked the baboons and that crazy bird, wow!

I love all Nature, I was attracted here by your "Monkey Business" 🐒

So I Tweeted here > https://twitter.com/TabletWallpaper/status/1079546123285606402

but, Now I must go! Whoooooooooosh 😂