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Wildlife

On safari.

African Wild Dog

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.

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. —  

It is estimated that fewer than 5000 individuals remain, roaming in packs across East and Southern Africa. —
 

Two Fat Cheetahs

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

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. —
 

African Buffalo

African Buffalo

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. —  

Far from docile, they can weigh over 1000kg and can be extremely dangerous, especially if encountered on foot. —
 

Okavango Lioness

Okavango Lioness

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. —  

A battle-scarred male, who seems quite pleased with life regardless. —
 

White Rhino

White Rhino

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. —
 

Leopard Yawn

Leopard Yawn

Dead Tree Island, Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve: another rare and privileged sighting. —
 

Kudu Doe

Kudu Doe

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

Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill

On the charge across the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which straddles the South Africa Botswana border. —
 

Lilac-Breasted Roller

Lilac-Breasted Roller

One of the bushveld's regular beauties, against a typical grey-blue Botswana sky. —
 

Zebra Sprint

Zebra Sprint

Spooked and galloping in Madikwe Game Reserve. —
 

Etosha Elephant

Etosha Elephant

In the late afternoon light of Okaukuejo Waterhole, Etosha National Park. More of these great beasts in the following section. —