Red Hartebeest

These are Red hartebeest that we saw on the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The first thing that struck Tamara and I was their long faces, as though from a Star Wars film or from another planet. They stop you in your tracks the first time you see them and it’s not an optical illusion; …

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Black Rhinos

Black rhinos live in mixed veldt in Africa, where they browse bushes and trees. They have narrow mouths, and their top lip is mobile, like a miniature version of an elephant’s trunk. Unlike white rhinos that graze with their heads down on the ground, black rhinos eat with their heads held high to reach branches. …

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White Rhinos

White rhinos live in wide open savannah in Africa, where they graze. They have wide mouths, and it is said that the name of the white rhino is a corruption of the Afrikaans word for ‘wide’. White rhino graze with their heads down on the ground, using theirĀ flat upper lip to cut and eat grass …

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Birds Of Eden, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Birds of Eden in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa is the world’s largest free-flying aviary. It covers 3.2 hectares, which is bigger than the Millennium Dome in London. It has self-guided walks over more than a kilometre of pathways through indigenous forest over a deep gorge. There are over 3,500 birds, from red and green …

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Eland At Gorah

These are eland that I photographed at Gorah Elephant Camp on the Eastern Cape in South Africa earlier this year. It hadn’t rained properly in South Africa since 2015, which is why the ground looks so parched. Eland are mainly grazers, so they are unlikely to try the spiny acacia bushes you can see in …

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Burchell’s Zebra at Gorah

These are Burchell’s zebra at Gorah. As you can see, there is a scrub-covered hill behind them, and that’s where they disappeared to after our encounter. Zebra use dazzle camouflage to confuse predators. Lions see in black and white, and a dazzle of stripes confuses them and makes it difficult for them to pick out …

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