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Posts tagged hippo

A hippo is in the way

A hippo is in the way

Marty’s photo of the day #2362: Aah! Another beautiful day, canoeing down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe! I don’t think I’ll paddle ashore here, however.

The hippo salesman

The hippo salesman

Marty’s photo of the day #2079: A young man tries to sell us a carved wooden hippo in Zimbabwe. (Yes, we bought it.)

Sure a hippo attacked me, but . . .

Sure a hippo attacked me, but . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2067: If you follow my posts or books, you likely know that a hippo once bit through the center of Deb’s and my canoe, lifted us high into the air, and threw us on shore. Few people have ever survived such a close hippo encounter. Even so, I love hippos. […]

Grazing Hippo

Grazing Hippo

Marty’s photo of the day #2131: Here’s a photo from Deb’s and my hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. This was a photo I had to be very quiet about taking. Even though I used a zoom lens, hippos are very fast. Had he heard me approach and charged, I would have had […]

We pissed-off another one!

We pissed-off another one!

Marty’s photo of the day #1948: I took this photo as Deb and I canoed down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. My title for this shot is: “Oh shit! We pissed-off another one!”

Hippo Canoe and Zimbabwe Too!

Hippo Canoe and Zimbabwe Too!

Marty’s photo of the day #1805: I photographed this hippo while canoeing in Zimbabwe. After being attacked by a hippo, you might think that I wouldn’t like hippos. But I love hippos! They’re goofy looking, and they have this great, deep laugh that goes “Ha! Ha! Hawwww!” And the hippo that bit through Deb’s and […]

Watch out for the man-eating trees!

Watch out for the man-eating trees!

Marty’s photo of the day #1799: When I speak at colleges, students often ask me what was the most dangerous creature we encountered during our 53-mile hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Was it hippos, crocodiles, elephants, lions, or Cape Buffalo? Sure they are all dangerous, but what we really had to watch […]

Surviving a hippo attack

Surviving a hippo attack

Marty’s photo of the day #1750: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo shows Deb and me laughing, after we were attacked by a hippo in Zimbabwe. The below excerpt from my book documents what happened. Enjoy!: Deb and […]

Hippo Canoe and Zimbabwe Too!

Hippo Canoe and Zimbabwe Too!

Marty’s photo of the day #1676: As many of you know, my wife and I were attacked by a hippo when we canoed down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe*. The hippo bit through the center of our canoe, lifted us six feet into the air, and threw us on the riverbank. In the process, the […]

To kill a vacuum cleaner

To kill a vacuum cleaner

I never write about or endorse products (except my new book, Endangered Edens, which is great and everyone should buy right now), but I have to tell you how excited I am about my new vacuum cleaner. Yes, I may be an outdoor adventurer, who has canoed to the Arctic Ocean, swam with piranhas, and […]

Killing exotic animals doesn’t make you a man.

Killing exotic animals doesn’t make you a man.

Marty’s photo of the day #1511: Here’s a photo from my trophy room. My trophy room also has elephants, hippos, moose, zebras, deadly snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, and other exotic animals. Unlike members of the Safari Club (and certain dentists), I’m a sexually secure person, who doesn’t need to kill my trophies to get an erection […]

A True Environmental Hero

A True Environmental Hero

I have written a new book, Endangered Edens, which is coming out in January 2016. I start that book with this dedication: “I dedicate this book to environmental heroes everywhere: you may not have holidays named in your honor, and strangers may not approach you in airports to thank you for your service, but the […]

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