This week’s news post has been inspired by National Geographic’s SafariLIVE, which I discovered last weekend. It’s exactly as it sounds… LIVE SAFARI. It airs every Friday night for the next few weeks on Nat Geo Wild at 11pm Eastern. If you don’t have cable, you can STREAM IT ON YOUTUBE!!!!

Even if you can watch on tv, I recommend watching the live stream online because while the tv goes to commercial break, the live stream keeps going and you get bonus footage!

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“Hello, internet audience!”
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“We’re not back on TV yet, are we?”

Since it’s nearly dawn in Kenya in the Masai Mara when the live safari starts, they have to do some fancy things. Thermal cams and infrared cams and low-light cams. I’m guessing it starts so early so they can get it on tv at a decent time for American audiences.

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Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Nooooooow EVEN BETTER if you can’t watch live on Friday night, you can watch the YouTube live stream twice a day every single day of the week. I believe the times are 12:30am Eastern and 9am Eastern, but check their channel to make sure. These safaris are slightly different than the one meant for TV on Friday night. It’s aaallll safari and also takes place in South Africa. No tv host and no hot air balloon tours, but JUST AS COOL.

Please note before watching any of these safaris: These are animals and you will see them doing animal things. If you think you’ll be squicked out at animals hunting, then do not watch or at least proceed with caution. The people leading the safaris also are not animal rescue crews. They stress that they are there to observe and let nature take its course. So if you find this scenario upsetting, as happened in the most recent safari, a lioness ignoring her cub stuck in a crevice potentially leaving it to die, then maybe do not watch.

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These migrating wildebeests have nooooo idea that those young male lions are waiting in the grass ready to strike. Young lions will practice hunting whether they are hungry or not.

So that is that and now on to some other news from around Kenya.

From The Standard:

Not nearly as bad as the cholera epidemic in Yemen, but Kenya is having its own cholera scare. Six suspected cholera cases at a conference last week have led to a banning of hawking food and cooking out in the open. More regulations on catering services are expected to follow.

“The underlying question is; have they established the root cause of the spread? They need scientific proof and this starts with isolating the cases,” said Mr Macharia.

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A man watches a campaign ad that was unleashed on the internet this week in Kenya just weeks before national elections, on July 13, 2017, in Nairobi. The 90 second video, shot in moody monochrome, presented a dystopia in which Raila Odinga, Kenya’s leading opposition candidate, won the August 8 vote and plunged the nation into a violent and inept dictatorship, setting tribes against one another while terrorists run riot. ‘Stop Raila Save Kenya. The Future of Kenya is in Your Hands,’ the video concluded. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

From Reuters:

Not a fan of polls in the US? Well in Kenya, it’s even worse. Pollsters have been kidnapped and robbed, arrested, and even accused of witchcraft. Some have also been accused of making people sick.

“We have had to airlift people out before,” said Hilda Kiritu, head of public relations for Ipsos’s Kenya office, as she listed her colleagues’ travails.

Kenya is preparing for an election on August 8th with incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta seeking a second 5-year term.

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NAIROBI, KENYA – JULY 16: Edward Zakayo (L) and Stanley Mburu Waithaka (R) of Kenya celebrate after winning silver and bronze in the final of the boys 3000m on day five of the IAAF U18 World Championships at The Kasarani Stadium on July 16, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for IAAF)