MAMMAL FRIDAY – ELEPHANT BABY

This little Elephant enjoyed its mud bath at the Thanda Tented Camp waterhole 😊 Have a good weekend!

PS: The picture was taken with an iPhone XS Max and a set of Nikon Monarch Binoculars.

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – CHEETAH MALES CALLING

We had a great Cheetah sighting this morning. These two males posed on eye-level and starting calling for a near-by female 😊

Have a good weekend!

🎥 Videoe taken with an iPhone Xs Max

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

I took these two Leopard portraits last night during a very exciting sighting with Leopard – Hyena interaction at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

The cub is no longer a baby but it’s head and face structure (top picture) is still distinct from the mum’s (bottom picture).

Enjoy your weekend!

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – LIONS IN THE RAIN

Yesterday evening Thanda Safari’s male Lion coalition did not enjoy the rain but they still went for a walk to have a look for our neighbor’s male, who decided to roar in the late afternoon.

Nothing motivates a male Lion more to get active, than competition announcing itself to the world.

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – SLEEPING LION

Last night I was at the right place at the right time!

I was able to take this ‘fairy tail’ picture of one of our male Lions at one of Thanda Safari’s waterholes.

An hour later the skies opened and we got 50mm of much needed rain.

When I got home I very much resembled a drowned, but happy, rat.

Enjoy your weekend

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – SOUTH AFRICAN GIRAFFE

Giraffe male on the way to a waterhole at sunset.

Giraffes are multiple record holders. They are the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants. They feature the longest tails and the largest eyeballs compared to all other land mammal.

Enjoy your weekend!

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – AFRICAN LION

A few days ago I took this picture of a male Lions as he was resting on the road crossing our savanna.

A ‘King of the Animals’ pose by one of my favorite cats.

Enjoy your weekend 😊

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – LEOPARDS

Leopards (Panthera pardus) are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because they are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and numbers are declining globally.

Often hunted illegally their body parts are smuggled in the wildlife trade for medicinal practices and decoration.

This is one of my favorite Leopard portraits which I took many years ago.

Enjoy your weekend!

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – BABY ELEPHANT

A newborn African Elephant weighs about 90kg / 200lbs and is about 1m / 3″ tall.

At first, Baby Elephants don’t really know what to do with their long noses, sometimes they even step on them.

They will suck their trunks just as human babies will suck their thumbs.

Have a good weekend!

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – PLAINS ZEBRA

Plains Zebras (Equus quagga) are the most common and geographically widespread Zebra species (Southern and Eastern Africa).

The subspecies resident at Thanda Safari is called Burchell’s Zebra.

Enjoy your weekend!

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