Sep 192017
 
Mashatu grazers and browsers

This is a fourth post from our recent trip to Mashatu Nature Reserve in south-eastern Botswana in mid-August 2017. In winter in Mashatu the grass dries and thins out. This forces grazers to become browsers but nature is bountiful. As one source of food disappears another more localised source appears. An adult Kudu bull with […]

Jun 282017
 
POLL: Should Mozambique's wildlife park be funded by trophy hunting?

Call it Noah’s Ark on lorries. Dozens of trucks rolled over the Zimbabwe savanna carrying elephants, giraffe, African buffalo, zebras, and numerous other large iconic mammals. Driving more than 600km of dusty roadway, the trucks will deliver their wild loads to a new home: Zinave national park in Mozambique. The animals are a donation from […]

Jun 192017
 
30 years of protecting the mysterious Okapi

The discovery of the elusive okapi, once believed to be a mythical unicorn, was one of the most exciting taxonomic findings of the twentieth century. This mysterious mammal lives deep inside the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has been known to the western world only since early 1900s. Some […]

Mar 012017
 
South Africa: Rich in National Parks

During my (relatively short, I might add) lifetime I have had the privilege of visiting the majority of South Africa’s national parks and game reserves. What a wealth of natural heritage we possess! When people from abroad look at some of the work in my photographic portfolio, they are amazed at the diversity of wildlife […]

Dec 082016
 
14 Incredible photos of African predators in action

Africa’s iconic predators—lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs—are most known for being cunning, stealthy, and vicious. But these meat-eaters are often misunderstood. The fiercely loyal African wild dog lives in close-knit packs, caring for the babies of the matriarch and patriarch, communicating by touch, and nurturing those who are sick or injured. Vultures rarely attack […]

May 112015
 
Giraffes, Zebras Face Surprising Top Threat: Hunting

It’s no secret that elephants and rhinoceroses are in trouble, poached for body parts and meat that are sold worldwide. But a new study published today in the online journal Science Advances finds that other large plant-eaters, including zebras and gorillas, are in the same sinking boat. Hunting these animals for their meat—either for subsistence […]

Oct 132014
 
Dawn of the Striped Ones

It’s early on a summer morning in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. The first summer rains have just started to fall – so everything looks and smells fresh. There’s still a lot of cloud cover overhead from last night’s deluge…but there’s a gap for the sun to rise into on the Eastern horizon. As I drive […]

May 172014
 
Dusk Zebra

I absolutely love photographing wildlife in the soft light just before sunrise or after sunset. There’s a luminous soft glow and saturating mood that you just don’t get in any other kind of natural light. I literally don’t care what my subject is when I’m in this precious short window of light… This particular photo […]

Jan 112014
 
Seeing Double

What do you do with those animals that won’t stay out of your frame in the background? Many people like photographing their wildlife subjects against clean backgrounds with minimal distractions. There are even some that lambaste the presence of other out-of-focus animals in the frame as being “distracting”. Given, they CAN be distracting if they […]

Dec 272013
 
Kruger: December 2009 (Part 7)

Time to carry on with this trip report, wouldn’t you say? We had a good rest over lunch and headed out that afternoon – aiming to head south again from Shingwedzi and drive the Red Rocks loop. The local troop of Chacma Baboons along the Shingwedzi river provided some nice entertainment in the rainy weather. […]

Nov 102013
 
POLL: Should canned hunting in Arizona be banned?

A hunting organization based in Arizona is under fire for defending a controversial type of hunting that is against the law in Arizona. Records show the Safari Club International has lobbied Congress and spoken out against bills that would make the practice of hunting exotic game in fenced-in preserves illegal. The organization also accepts trophies […]