Juvenile male hippos spar in the waters near St. Lucia. The skills developed during youth will be vital to their success in adulthood when competing for territory and mating rights.
A matriarch leads her herd safely across our path in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
An Orange-Breasted Sunbird looks out over Oudekraal Nature Reserve from it's summit perch on Table Mountain. Table Mountain National Park, Western Cape, South Africa.
An Ostrich inspects it feathers while grazing on an Ostrich Farm near Cape Town. Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa.
A Chameleon ambles along the branch of a Dwarf Jade (Portulacaria Afra). Oribi Gorge, Kwazulu Natal Province; South Africa.
A male Greater Kudu grazes on shrubs in Isimangaliso Wetland Park. KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Warthog and Red-billed Oxpecker
A Warthog gets his ears preened by a helpful Red-billed Oxpecker. Oxpeckers feed on ticks, botfly larvae, and other parasites that thrive on large mammals of Sub-Saharan Africa. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A black rhino seeks out a good spot for an evening nap. Black rhinos have no natural predators, although fights between rhinos are common, giving the species an estimated combat mortality rate of up to 50%; the highest recorded for any mammal. The scars visible along this young adult male’s flank are tell-tale signs of a past disagreement.
A vervet monkey feeds on kaffir plums in the Isimangaliso wetlands. KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
An African buffalo (cape buffalo) grazes the Isimangaliso wetlands. Widely regarded as a dangerous and unpredictable, buffalo kill over 200 people every year, earning the species a respectable place in the “big five” game family. KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Grazing Black Rhino
A black rhino expertly strips leaves from the spiny branches of a acacia bush in the Isimangaliso wetlands. KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
A pair of White Rhinos graze the plains south of Satara Camp at sunset. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A mature female wonders the grasslands near Satara Camp. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) or rock badger takes position as sentry in the costal rocks of Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa. Despite its appearance, the hyrax’s closing living relative is the modern day elephant.