An adult shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) in Mabamba Bay, Uganda. The species can be found living in swamps in tropical east Africa from Sudan to Zambia. They are mostly silent and solitary birds, only coming together when food is scarce or to breed. Shoebills are classed as vulnerable due to poaching, regular burning of their swamp habitat and pressure from fishermen.
Photograph: Martin Hale/
Elephants have miles of unbroken savanna to roam inside Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth Park, where their numbers total 2,500, a dramatic rise after heavy poaching in the 1980s. Outside the preserve villagers kill elephants that trample and eat crops, though attacks have diminished with the digging of trenches to protect fields from wild trespassers.
Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic
Mountain Gorillas, Africa
Alert to human visitors, a young mountain gorilla and its mother sit tight in Bwindi Impenetrable Park. When the park opened in 1991, villagers resented losing access to forest where they had gathered honey and wood. Today the park shares the fees from gorilla-watching tours with the locals, a small victory in the Albertine Rift’s unending clashes for livable space.
Photograph by Joel Sartore
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Leopard, Okonjima Private Nature Reserve, Namibia
by Sergey Agapov
A very angry elephant at Chobe National Park, Botswana
Giraffic room with a view, Chobe National Park, Botswana
by Rara GB
Adorable leopard cub relaxing in a tree branch wating for its mother, Northern Botswana
by Atkinson Photography and Safaris
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