This sleek antelope species is omnipresent in the savannas of East Africa and is much less skittish than its gazelle cousin. The lack of fear is understandable given the powerful frame of the animal and the speed with which it can escape predators. Like many names for wildlife in Africa, the word “hartebeest” comes from Afrikaans/Cape Dutch.
In the image above, the portion of the hartebeest herd captured blends with the dry season grasses and makes the creatures less obvious to the lions that inhabit Nairobi National Park. While they were certainly aware of our safari car, not a bit of anxiety was evident from the group.