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Jackal : All of the photos in this gallery are of the black backed jackal. They are a small animal weighing approximately 15 to 18 pounds. The side striped jackal is somewhat bigger. They are often hunted by farmers as a pest throughout this part of Africa, somewhat like the North American coyote.

Jackal

irishbob

All of the photos in this gallery are of the black backed jackal. They ...

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 12:13pm PST

African Honey Badger : The honey badger is a small, yet fierce mammal. They weigh in at about 24 pounds, yet even the lion and leopard tend to leave them alone. This courageous animal has loose skin that allows it to inflict wounds with both teeth and claws, even when held in the mouth of a larger predator. They are aggressive and will attack for little or no reason. In addition, they produce a very "smelly" anal discharge (similar to the North American skunk)to further reduce their attractiveness as a prey animal.  If you note the color of the fur on the back, you can understand how they all but disappear when lying down. As they tend to be nocturnal, our being able to obtain these shots was a real treat.

African Honey Badger

irishbob

The honey badger is a small, yet fierce mammal. They weigh in at about ...

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 12:07pm PST

Hippo : The hippo is a semi-aquatic animal with males weighing approximately 3,300 pounds and the females slightly smaller at about 3,100 pounds (not what you would call petite). Teh male continues to grow as long as he lives. They spend most of the day in the water, but come out to feed at night, traveling up to 20 miles in an evening. The hippo will attack savagely if it feels threatened. They are believed to cause more human deaths in Africa than any other animal. The Female becomes sexually mature at about 5 to 6 years. The gestation period is 8 months at the end of which she will typically have a single well developed infant (calf). (males are bulls, females cows and infants calfs) The typical life expectency is 40 to 50 years. Their closest relative is the whale/Porpoise. They are the third largest land mamal behind the elephant and White Rhino. While they look slow and clumbersome, they can sprint faster then most humans reaching speeds of 30km per hr. We were very surprised when in Sabie Sands, a hippo ran across the road in front of us at about 8:00 in the morning. Good hippo viewing at Lower Sabie from the restaurant platform at night and at Sunset Dam in the daytime.

Hippo

irishbob

The hippo is a semi-aquatic animal with males weighing approximately 3 ...

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 12:00pm PST

Newest Shots : This is where I dump all of the newest photos I've taken.

Newest Shots

Jody Melanson (jmelanson)

This is where I dump all of the newest photos I've taken.

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 9:46am PST

Chile (4/15) : Images captured during a photo trip to Chile.

Chile (4/15)

Ken Conger

Images captured during a photo trip to Chile.

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 8:42am PST

Wild Animals : Various images collected of animals found in the wild.

Wild Animals

Rob Moore

Various images collected of animals found in the wild.

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 4:04am PST

Finland (6/15) : Images captured during a photo trip to Finland.  All of the animals were photographed in the wild.

Finland (6/15)

Ken Conger

Images captured during a photo trip to Finland. All of the animals we ...

Updated: Jun 20, 2015 8:48am PST

What's New! :

What's New!

Jay Gartenhaus

Updated: Jun 19, 2015 2:38pm PST

Cape Buffalo : The cape buffalo is a large bovid with males reaching about 1750 lbs and females only slightly smaller at about 1550. This animal is an aggressive creature that will attack with minimal provocation, the most dangerous being the older bulls who have left the herd. There are stories about the cape buffalo setting up ambushes for hunters. While there may be some exaggeration in these stories, a wounded animal is not to be under estimated.  That being said, we have (in a vehicle) sat in the middle of a herd for extended periods and were totally ignored. I would not though try it on foot. On our last trip we saw a cape that was brought down by lions at about 5:00 in the afternoon. The next morning there was little left. So while being very capable of taking care of themselves, they still provide food for the lions.

Cape Buffalo

irishbob

The cape buffalo is a large bovid with males reaching about 1750 lbs a ...

Updated: Jun 19, 2015 6:41am PST

African Elephant : The African elephant is the largest land animal reaching a weight in excess of 7 tons. They are generally nonagressive, but can be extremely dangerous, particularly when they have young or are in rmusk. Mock charges are common. In the mock charge, there may be trumpeting, ears spread wide and trunk raised. They are more dangerous when charging with the trunk down and ears tight to the side of the head. (A mock charge from an elephant got my heart going one time in Nkorho.) The elephant in the road below, caused us to go in reverse QUICKLY. This elephant was in Etosha Namibia.They tend to live to about 70 and often die of malnutrition or other natural causes. Malnutrition/starvation, occurs when the last set of teeth is worn down and the animal can no longer chew to ingest nutrients. Other natural causes also bring about their demise. In Sabi Sands we came on a pride of lions feasting on a young female (see african lions). It turns out she died of constapation. Elephants are seldom the victims of predators. (except man) They live in matriarchial groups. Large bulls tend to stay off by themselves, joining the herd only when a female is in oestrus and leaving after mating is completed. A mature elephant has no natural predator but man. Newborns can and are sometimes taken by lions. They can be destructive, pushing over small and not so small trees to get to the leaves. In Kruger this year and last we saw large areas laid waste as they searched for food. In this gallery you will see photos of a couple of elephants and a rhino near the Nkorho water hole. The rhino was in the hole rolling when the elephants came. They actually chased him out of the water. The majority of elephants in this gallery are from Etosha park in Namibia, and Kruger Park South Africa. In Kruger most were taken in the area of Olifants. It was near Olifants that we saw two bulls kicking up dust. They made about three mock charges, kicked up a lot of dust and then walked off. They are truly a magnificent sight.

African Elephant

irishbob

The African elephant is the largest land animal reaching a weight in e ...

Updated: Jun 19, 2015 6:15am PST