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Sleeping Lion Cub Photograph
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Sleeping Lion Cub Photograph

This stunning photograph of the lion taking a nap was sent to us by Trevor Harrison. According to the Wikipedia entry on the Lion, lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day. Although lions can be active at any time, their activity ... generally peaks after dusk with a period of socializing and grooming. They spend an average of two hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating - and the rest lazing around and sleeping! Let's play sleeping Lions - By and © Trevor Harrison (South Africa).
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Cheeky Baby Elephant
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Cheeky Baby Elephant

"Cheeky Baby Elephant" submitted by Jean Graham is just so cute! These hungry animals do not sleep much, and they roam over great distances while foraging for the large quantities of food that they require to sustain their massive bodies. Female elephants (cows) live in family herds with their young, but adult males (bulls) tend to roam on their own ... see more at: African Elephant Profile on National Geographic. Cheeky Baby Elephant - By and © Jean Graham (South Africa).
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“Bottoms up” at Addo Elephant Park
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“Bottoms up” at Addo Elephant Park

We loved this photograph entitled "Bottoms Up" taken by Jo Townend in the Addo Elephant Park. The obvious main attraction of this National Park is the park’s 450 or so African Elephants. The Black Rhino and Cape Buffalo are also notable species, but unlike the elephant, these species are easier to see by night. "Bottoms up" at Addo Elephant Park - By and © Jo Townend (South Africa) Save
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St. Lucia Estuary Bull Hippo
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St. Lucia Estuary Bull Hippo

We've received lots of new, beautiful photographs - choosing a winner is going to be very difficult! Please keep them coming, click here to see how to enter: Photographers Competition July 2009. Today we showcase a fabulous shot of a Bull Hippo taken in the St Lucia Estuary. Stunning! (You can read up about hippos at Hippopotamus on SA-Venues.com or see the Hippopotamus on National Geographic). Did you Know? The name hippopotamus comes from the Greek "hippos," meaning horse. These animals were once called "river horses" but the hippo is more closely related to the pig than the horse. St. L...
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Big 5 Photo Series
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Big 5 Photo Series

The Big 5 Photo Series gives you a chance to show off your wildlife photos. When last did you take a trip down memory lane to the savannahs of Africa? With the introduction of the digtal camera, so few of us actually print our holiday photos anymore and photo albums are a thing of the past. Take a trip with us now ... find that folder (or CD) of your South African holiday and share your experience with our visitors. The Lion The Buffalo The Rhino The Elephant The Leopard   Save
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The Lion
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The Lion

Enjoy and/or contribute to our photo gallery of the Lion. We asked visitors to share their holiday snaps with us. Below is a gallery and some of the experiences that travellers had while game viewing in our beautiful country. Click on any photo to enlarge and view a slideshow. Lion Photo Gallery The Lion {Panthera Leo} Lions are the second largest members of the feline family in the world. Lion are tan in colour and have a slightly white under-body, with a tuft of black hair at the end of their tails. Most cat species live a fundamentally solitary existence, but the lion is an exception....
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The Buffalo
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The Buffalo

Enjoy and/or contribute to our photo gallery of the Buffalo. We asked visitors to share their holiday snaps with us. Below is a gallery and some of the experiences that travellers had while game viewing in our beautiful country. Click on any photo to enlarge and view a slideshow. The Buffalo {Syncerus Caffer} Buffalo are extremely large, ox-like animals. Standing approximately 65 inches at the shoulder, adult males have a mass of up to 1760 pounds and females weigh up to 1650 pounds. To support the large body, the legs are very heavy. Front hooves are larger than the hind because of the ...
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The Rhino
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The Rhino

Enjoy and/or contribute to our photo gallery of the Rhino. We asked visitors to share their holiday snaps with us. Below is a gallery and some of the experiences that travellers had while game viewing in our beautiful country. Click on any photo to enlarge and view a slideshow. The Rhino {Diceros Bicornis or Ceratotherium Simum} The rhinoceros is a large, primitive looking mammal that in fact dates from the Miocene era millions of years ago. In recent decades rhinos have been relentlessly hunted to the point of near extinction. Since 1970 the world rhino population has declined by 90 p...
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The Elephant
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The Elephant

Enjoy and/or contribute to our photo gallery of the Elephant. We asked visitors to share their holiday snaps with us. Below is a gallery and some of the experiences that travellers had while game viewing in our beautiful country. Click on any photo to enlarge and view a slideshow. The Elephant {Loxodonta Africana} The African Elephant is the largest living land mammal, one of the most impressive animals on earth. The Elephant's muscular trunk serves as a nose, hand, extra foot, signaling device and a tool for gathering food, siphoning water, dusting, digging and a variety of other funct...
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The Leopard
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The Leopard

Enjoy and/or contribute to our photo gallery of the highly elusive Leopard. We asked visitors to share their holiday snaps with us. Below is a gallery and some of the experiences that travellers had while game viewing in our beautiful country. Click on any photo to enlarge and view a slideshow. The Leopard {Panthera Pardus} The most secretive and elusive of the large carnivores, the leopard is also the shrewdest. Pound for pound, it is the strongest climber of the larger cats and is capable of killing prey far larger than itself. The coloring of the leopard varies from white to bright g...
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Ostrich on Guard!
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Ostrich on Guard!

We love this photograph of the Ostrich with the slightly blurred background making the Ostrich really stand out. Fabulous photo, thank you Marius for sharing it with us ... Thanks to everyone that has already submitted their photos - we've received a big new batch today which we will be uploading later today. We will keep featuring one a day - Leave us a comment on the gallery page and tell us which are your favourites - we'll try to feature as many as possible. Ostrich on Guard (near Calitzdorp) - Submitted by and © Marius van Antwerpen (South Africa). Save Save Save
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Quatermain’s Camp – A Special Experience
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Quatermain’s Camp – A Special Experience

Now this is a stay with a difference. Whilst many establishments might promise a similar experience to Quatermain's Camp, seldom is it that a venue, particularly game reserves where five star luxury has practically lost its allure it's so commonplace, really delivers beyond expectation. But by all accounts, Quatermain's Camp in the Amakhala Game Reserve, just 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth yet in a part of the country that is truly remote, does just that. Riaan and Julie have wowed their visitors with a campsite that manages to combine the simplicity of a bygone era - 1920s authentic ex...
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Oxpecker Research Facility unveiled at Mokopane
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Oxpecker Research Facility unveiled at Mokopane

Oxpecker Research Facility unveiled at Mokopane: The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa’s Mokopane Centre unveiled its custom-designed oxpecker facility on Friday 18th July 2008. This facility is for the research of Red-billed Oxpeckers with the aim of breeding and relocating these endangered birds to areas throughout South Africa. In the 1900’s oxpecker numbers were drastically reduced as a result of the use of dips to treat livestock against tick infestations. As a result, many oxpeckers, whose main source of food is ticks, were killed by the poison. Since that time, awareness ha...
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat

Chris Spengler, owner of Afton Grove Country Retreat in Noordhoek - Cape Town, reports having recently found an Arum Lily Reed Frog (Hyperolius horstocki) on the glass pane of a dining door at the lodge recently. The Red Data listed species - Western Leopard Toad (Bufo Pantherinus) is resident for most of the year on the lodge grounds at Afton Grove Country Retreat. Other species that also occur at Afton Grove are: Clicking Stream Frog (Strongylopus grayii), Cape Sand Frog (Tomopterna delalandii) and Clawed Frog / Common Platana (Xenopus laevis). "It is a long time since I have been th...
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