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Fred Hoogervorst, Professional Nature and Travel Photographer from the Netherlands, since 2009 based in Trinidad&Tobago, Caribbean. From September 2014 he will be based in the Netherlands.
The subjects focussed on, chosen either by personal initiative or by assignments, include tropical rainforests, African wildlife, coastal environments, Sahel desert and also remarkable area's like Borneo, French Guiana, Seychelles, Uganda, Indonesia, Trinidad&Tobago, Antarctica and more .... Based in Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Bangladesh in earlier years yielded in a wide range of images from Kruger, Amboseli, Masai Mara and Serengeti, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean Coastal area's.
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The Masai Mara National Reserve takes up only four percent of the whole Serengeti Ecosystem; still it covers 1672 square kilometres. The altitude ranges from 1500 to 2170 meter above sea level. In this open rolling plains landscape the East African savannah with acacia thickets and yellow fever trees, scarcely scattered over the extent, a blend of green, yellow and even reddish pastures, a vivid and abundant wildlife is found. Most of the existing mammal species and the largest populations of the remaining big mammal species live here and amongst them there are over eighty subspecies of herbivores. Seasons vary only in their dry and wet conditions. The red oat grass- "Themeda triandra", dominates the scenery, giving the savannah it's golden glow and giving the tourists, which have returned home from here, the most fervid reminiscence to cherish. "The Mara" that the world talks about extends byond the confines of the MMNR. It stretches from the Bardamat Hills in the East to the Oloololo Escarpment in the West, and from the Mara River in the North to the Sand River in the South. It covers an area outside the Reserve boundaries equal in size to the area protected within the Reserve.
The reserve is owned by and also being managed by the Masai authorities, the Narok County Council and Mara Conservancy. However, there are many threats to the existence of the reserve. There are the uncontrolled fires, the many safari mini busses with tourists, taken for off the road driving - for it pays to show the clients the "Big Five"close by, and the drivers salary is shallow. Another important share of the threatening conditions is constituted by the grazing cattle of the Masai tribe, the cattle is moving illegally inside the reserve, not only during dry seasons. The overgrazing by these huge herds of cattle, endanger the migration of the hundreds of thousands wildebeests and zebra's too. Also, overgrazing by the cattle herds leaves too little food for the small game, so this abandons the area rapidly, and that again, causes problems for the big game and the feline predators: they don't find enough prey animals left in their domain. Besides all that, the Masai still tend to kill lions, leopards and cheetahs, threatening their families and livestock; but also without this reason for self-defence, the young Masai warriors kill game, most especially lions, to prove their manliness. It is the common feeling that only after having killed a lion, an adolescent male becomes a man and is held in high regard. So a Lion is the pre-eminently trophy of his hunting prowl. The beautiful cheetah faces an insecure future. To be able to observe and enjoy, the breath taking power and flexibility that emanate from these animals and to watch what they show off of these virtues in this brilliant landscape, is a great privilege for anyone who is willing to devote himself to the cause of the preservation of this unique setting and the ultimate reward for his efforts.