Magnifique vue de notre lodge pendant notre safari 😍😍😍 c'était juste magique! il nous manquait que le rhinocéros pour voir le big five! mais bon on a déjà été chanceux de voir une famille léopards 🐆 en plein dîner d'une gazelle 🦌et d'avoir vu le roi de la savane 🦁c'est super rare sachez le! mais on avait un super guide qui n'hésitait à faire du hors piste pour le plaisir de nos yeux 😍😍😍ça sent la fin de nos supers vacances!
#Tsavorite or #tsavolite is a variety of the garnet group species grossular, a calcium-aluminium garnet with the formula Ca3Al2Si3O12. Trace amounts of vanadium or chromium provide the green color.
In 1967, British #gem prospector and geologist Campbell R. Bridges discovered a deposit of green grossular in the mountains of north-east #Tanzania  in a place called Lemshuko, 15 km (9.3 mi) away from Komolo, the first village. The specimens he found were of very intense color and of high transparency. The find interested the gem trade, and attempts were made to export the stones, but the Tanzanian government did not provide permits.
Believing that the deposit was a part of a larger #geological structure extending possibly into Kenya, Bridges began prospecting in that nation. He was successful a second time in 1971, when he found the mineral variety there, and was granted a permit to mine the deposit. The gemstone was known only to mineral specialists until 1974, when Tiffany and Co launched a marketing campaign which brought broader recognition of the stone.
Bridges was murdered in 2009 when a mob attacked him and his son on their property in Tsavo East National Park. It is believed that the attack was connected to a three-year dispute over access and control of Bridges' gemstone mines.
The name tsavorite was proposed by Tiffany and Co president Sir Henry Platt in honor of #Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. Apart from the source locality in Tanzania, it is also found in Toliara (Tuléar) Province, Madagascar. Small deposits of gem grade material have been found in Pakistan and Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. No other occurrences of gem material have yet been discovered.
Rare in gem-quality over several #carats (1 carat = 200 mg), tsavorite has been found in larger sizes. In late 2006, a 925-carat (185.0 g) #crystal was discovered. It yielded an oval mixed-cut 325 carat (65 g) stone, one of the largest, if not thelargest, faceted tsavorites in the world. A crystal that yielded a 120.68-carat (24.136 g) oval mixed-cut gem was also uncovered in early 2006.
via @nsheldrick: This is the Tsavo River/Athi River confluence, marking the beginning of the Galana River. On the left, the Tsavo River delivers many tons of fertile soil washed off of bare earth, a result of over a decade of overgrazing, deforestation and excessive cultivation. On the right flows a thick soup of algae caused by huge amounts of agricultural, industrial and domestic pollution upstream along the Athi. #tsavo#erosion#pollution#aerialphotography#river
Check out our latest blog (3 min read), linked in our bio, that tells the story of two man-eating lions that terrorised a construction project in 1880's Kenya. We also take a quick look at the fragile relationship between lions and humans in Africa and how it is a crucial component of lion conservation.
Amin, alla guida della jeep ci ha accompagnati in questa meravigliosa avventura. Abbiamo ammirato animali di tutte le specie (leoni, zebre, giraffe, scimmie, serpentaio), panorami meravigliosi e gli odori della terra, della natura ci hanno inondati. 🐒🦁🐨