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June 24, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Who is Kenny Dennis? He's a 53-year-old, Mike Ditka-loving, mustachioed Chicago lunkhead and rapper who formerly starred in a fictional hip-hop trio. A project that began as a character invented by rapper Serengeti in 2008, Kenny's got an opinion about everything: A man who'll shush loudmouths on the El, who rips up traffic tickets but whose code dictates he pull over to help a stranded motorist. The fictional Kenny rules this album with an iron fist, and Serengeti conveys a Chicago-accented persona with the skill of an actor while producer Odd Nosdam offers left-field beats that buzz with accomplishment.
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April 11, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
You don't have to travel all the way to East Africa to go on safari. Grab your binoculars and camera and scan the 50-mile-long Carrizo Plain National Monument for its array of wildlife. Carrizo Plain, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and known as California's Serengeti, is the largest single native grassland remaining in the Golden State. It's home to the highest concentration of endangered species in California. Drive slowly on Soda Lake Road and search for herds of pronghorn antelope and Tule elk. The real challenge will be spotting rarer critters such as the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope ground squirrel and giant kangaroo rat. Don't ignore old fence posts either, favorite perches for raptors such as ferruginous and red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and American kestrels.
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April 11, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
You don't have to travel all the way to East Africa to go on safari. Grab your binoculars and camera and scan the 50-mile-long Carrizo Plain National Monument for its array of wildlife. Carrizo Plain, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and known as California's Serengeti, is the largest single native grassland remaining in the Golden State. It's home to the highest concentration of endangered species in California. Drive slowly on Soda Lake Road and search for herds of pronghorn antelope and Tule elk. The real challenge will be spotting rarer critters such as the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope ground squirrel and giant kangaroo rat. Don't ignore old fence posts either, favorite perches for raptors such as ferruginous and red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and American kestrels.
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November 23, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
We had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience visiting national parks in Kenya. On our 11-day safari, we visited the Serengeti (Masai Mara), Samburu, Amboseli and other parks. The wildlife is extraordinary with sightings of lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and many other animals and birds. Farid of F. Kings Tours & Safaris took pains in helping us plan our trip. The arrangements at the hotels were superb. We had a private car and driver for the four of us. I would recommend F. Kings highly and thank Farid for a job well done.
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November 23, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
We had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience visiting national parks in Kenya. On our 11-day safari, we visited the Serengeti (Masai Mara), Samburu, Amboseli and other parks. The wildlife is extraordinary with sightings of lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and many other animals and birds. Farid of F. Kings Tours & Safaris took pains in helping us plan our trip. The arrangements at the hotels were superb. We had a private car and driver for the four of us. I would recommend F. Kings highly and thank Farid for a job well done.
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November 10, 2013 | By Carol Stogsdill
ARUSHA, Tanzania -- Fire was the last thing my husband, Steve, and I expected on our trip to Tanzania for a 12-day safari. Yet here we were in our Land Cruiser, bouncing along rutted dirt roads through walls of fire. Our hosts reassuringly explained that these fires were intentionally set by rangers - a necessary evil to keep the Serengeti's famous grazers nourished and content on land that had been set aside for them. And it worked. In just a few days, the green flash of new grass began to pop through the thin coat of jet-black ashes, enticing the return of wildebeests, zebras, impala and gazelles - and with them, a steady flow of tourism dollars.
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February 2, 1986 | ANDREW TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer
Petri Viljoen and his wife, Zanne, have spent most nights of the last 3 1/2 years staying up watching lions. They wanted to learn what lions like to eat, how far they roam and how they stack up as hunters. This is what they found: --Lions mostly prefer to eat buffalo. --Some migrate as far as 20 miles in their search for food and some 45 miles, but others don't roam at all. --They aren't very good hunters. --They can go for months without water.
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March 11, 2007
This hippo pool lies 50 yards from a dining area at the Serengeti National Park river camp where Terry Powers and his fiancee, Jennifer Rusin, spent eight days last fall. Powers, of Irvine, said the big neighbors were not that neighborly. "You'd go to the water's edge and they'd grunt and jostle, as if saying, 'You think you're gonna come in here?' " He used a Nikon N65 for the shot.
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September 22, 1996 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
A bandit attack that injured three people earlier this month in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park was an isolated incident, tour operators insist, and they are continuing to book tours to the African game park. American Barbara Backey, Italian Anna Olvero and a Tanzanian van driver were injured Sept. 8, according to Tanzania National Parks officials, when bandits armed with guns, clubs and machetes attacked several tourist vans. David Herbert, president of 20-year-old African Travel Inc.
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March 19, 2006 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
TANZANIA GO on a wildlife-viewing safari to Tanzania with the Santa Ana Zoo. Participants on the nine-night expedition will visit Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and Lake Manyara and Serengeti national parks. "The Serengeti is one of the most amazing places to view wildlife in the world," said Ron Glazier, zoo director. "The interaction between the predators and the migrating herds is complex biological phenomena that you don't see anywhere else."
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November 10, 2013 | By Carol Stogsdill
ARUSHA, Tanzania -- Fire was the last thing my husband, Steve, and I expected on our trip to Tanzania for a 12-day safari. Yet here we were in our Land Cruiser, bouncing along rutted dirt roads through walls of fire. Our hosts reassuringly explained that these fires were intentionally set by rangers - a necessary evil to keep the Serengeti's famous grazers nourished and content on land that had been set aside for them. And it worked. In just a few days, the green flash of new grass began to pop through the thin coat of jet-black ashes, enticing the return of wildebeests, zebras, impala and gazelles - and with them, a steady flow of tourism dollars.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Who is Kenny Dennis? He's a 53-year-old, Mike Ditka-loving, mustachioed Chicago lunkhead and rapper who formerly starred in a fictional hip-hop trio. A project that began as a character invented by rapper Serengeti in 2008, Kenny's got an opinion about everything: A man who'll shush loudmouths on the El, who rips up traffic tickets but whose code dictates he pull over to help a stranded motorist. The fictional Kenny rules this album with an iron fist, and Serengeti conveys a Chicago-accented persona with the skill of an actor while producer Odd Nosdam offers left-field beats that buzz with accomplishment.
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April 13, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Norma Yuskos had thought for decades about going on a safari. Earlier this year, she finally did it, traveling to Tanzania in February. At Serengeti National Park, she photographed these timid zebras at a watering hole. "They would drink, scatter, drink, scatter, and repeat the pattern over and over," she said. "For a brief moment, amid the chaos, several zebra lined up perfectly and drank calmly before fear trumped thirst, and they again bolted. " The Encinitas resident used a Panasonic DMC-ZS20.
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February 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Watch herds of wildebeests and zebras on the move during a 12-day safari to Tanzania that's timed to catch the animals' annual migration across the Serengeti plains. Ron Glazier, retired director of the Santa Ana Zoo , leads the trip that's all about viewing elephants, cheetah, leopards and other wildlife in East Africa . Highlights include visits to Arusha, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and a stop at a Maasai village to witness local traditions. "I am always amazed by the African wildlife and, with each trip, either see a new animal or two, or some animal behavior I have never seen before," Glazier writes via email.
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May 23, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After three days of tracking wildlife in one of the world's best-known game preserves, I'd seen thousands of animals, including baby baboons so small they would fit into the palm of my hand and massive cape buffalo. I was disappointed nonetheless. The only elephants I had seen were in the distance, lumbering across the open plains. "Don't worry; you'll see more," said the guide who had organized my game drives through Serengeti National Park, the oldest wildlife preserve in the central East African nation of Tanzania.
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March 11, 2007
This hippo pool lies 50 yards from a dining area at the Serengeti National Park river camp where Terry Powers and his fiancee, Jennifer Rusin, spent eight days last fall. Powers, of Irvine, said the big neighbors were not that neighborly. "You'd go to the water's edge and they'd grunt and jostle, as if saying, 'You think you're gonna come in here?' " He used a Nikon N65 for the shot.
NEWS
June 15, 1994 | Associated Press
About 70 lions in Serengeti National Park have died from the canine distemper virus, and many more are infected, Tanzania's parks director said Tuesday. First detected in December, the virus has been confined so far to the central Serengeti and has not spread to other parts of the 5,600-square-mile park, one of the world's largest and most famous game preserves. "It is the first time we have had such massive deaths of lions in this country," said Gerald Bigurube, Tanzania's director of parks.
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September 11, 1994
Canine distemper virus has killed about 85 lions in the Serengeti National Park in the heart of Africa's safari land. But as devastating as the epidemic has been, researchers say the area still has the continent's largest population of the big cats. The epidemic was first detected at the beginning of the year, according to Craig Packer, co-director of a 28-year lion study that has focused on 250 of the 3,000 lions in the Serengeti, Tanzania's most famous game park.
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March 19, 2006 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
TANZANIA GO on a wildlife-viewing safari to Tanzania with the Santa Ana Zoo. Participants on the nine-night expedition will visit Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and Lake Manyara and Serengeti national parks. "The Serengeti is one of the most amazing places to view wildlife in the world," said Ron Glazier, zoo director. "The interaction between the predators and the migrating herds is complex biological phenomena that you don't see anywhere else."
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