African Wild Dog
Also known as the African painted dog, captured on the hunt in Madikwe Game Reserve in northern South Africa.
African wild dogs need large areas to survive. They are now a highly threatened species due to the continued loss of habitat that comes with ever-encroaching human expansion.
It is estimated that fewer than 5000 individuals remain, roaming in packs across East and Southern Africa. —
Two Fat Cheetahs
They're the world's fastest land mammals, but without the mass of their rivals they are often bullied off their kills by lions or other larger or more numerous predators. These two, in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, had the luxury of a kill to themselves. —
Blue Sky Giraffe
Almost looks like he's got something to say, but giraffe are the quietest of Africa's large mammals. They can vocalise and have been recorded humming, but out in the bush they barely make a sound. —
A herd of African buffalo in the Makuleke Concession in northern Kruger National Park.
Far from docile, they can weigh over 1000kg and can be extremely dangerous, especially if encountered on foot. —
Buffalo are her favourite prey. Huge herds of them roam the reeds of the Okavango Delta.
A battle-scarred male, who seems quite pleased with life regardless. —
It is incredible to me that killing rhinos for their horns persists into the 21st century. Many South African parks and reserves have resorted to removing their animals' horns in an effort to deter poachers, but even this doesn't necessarily help. Poachers will still shoot dehorned rhinos so as not to waste time tracking them. —
Dead Tree Island, Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve: another rare and privileged sighting. —
A favourite prey of leopards, this kudu doe is lucky there aren't too many around in Botswana's Khama Rhino Sanctuary. —
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill
On the charge across the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which straddles the South Africa Botswana border. —
One of the bushveld's regular beauties, against a typical grey-blue Botswana sky. —
Spooked and galloping in Madikwe Game Reserve. —
In the late afternoon light of Okaukuejo Waterhole, Etosha National Park. More of these great beasts in the following section. —