Readers’ wildlife photos

Do send in your photos! Thanks to kind readers, the tank has risen a bit, but I could always use more (don’t forget the Latin binomial as well). Today’s photos come from Susan Hoffman, an evolutionary geneticist at Miami University. Susan’s notes and IDs are indented.

I saw your appeal for more pics, so I’m finally pulling out some photos that I promised to you quite a while ago, from a trip we made in 2017 to the area near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We spent most of our time in the Addo Elephant and Mountain Zebra National Parks, which are small but delightful drive-through parks, like mini-Krugers. This first batch is from Addo, and I’ve given you several of some species so that you can choose your favorites. The animals are:

Burchell’s zebra foal with mom (Equus burchelli):

Elephants (Loxodonta africanaand Cape buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) sharing a waterhole:

Red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus)—very numerous and unafraid:

Bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis)—this fox was very intent on checking out what appeared to be rodent burrows”

Common eland (Taurotragus oryx):

Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus) with hartebeest:

Leopard tortoise (I think) (Geochelone pardalis):


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    A glorious set – really speaks something- So much better than a zoo

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:05 am | Permalink

      the zebra pic has the tail captured at the height of its swing and gives the photo a sort of intensity- almost like its live – because I’m imagining the scene in real life… the anticipation of mom’s (?) tail swinging, the goal chewing, looking the other direction, huddled close together…

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:06 am | Permalink


        I corrected autocorrect twice in that one.

  2. boudiccadylis
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Wow! These are great. Thank you.

  3. rickflick
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    The bat-eared fox is an odd looking fellow. I found this at the link:

    “The bat-eared fox is predominantly an insectivore that uses its large ears to locate its prey. About 80–90% of their diet is harvester termites (Hodotermes mossambicus). When this particular species of termite is not available, they feed on other species of termites and have also been observed consuming other arthropods such as ants, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, millipedes, moths, scorpions, spiders, and rarely birds, small mammals, reptiles, and fungi”.

    • merilee
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      I remember first hearing the name as “bad-eared” fox…Great photos, Susan. Thanks for posting.

  4. Posted July 3, 2020 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Great pictures – thanks!

  5. Posted July 3, 2020 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Oh man, I would love to do one of these. Terrific pictures! I checked out the tortoise. The leopard tortoise does loose much of its amazing bold coloring as it gets big.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Africa fauna! Always my favorite subject of RWP. Hadn’t seen the tortoise before. I didn’t know Africa had gigantic tortoises.

    • genotypical
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      There’s an even bigger species farther north, the African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata). Haven’t seen one of those yet!

      • Mark R.
        Posted July 3, 2020 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        I hope you see one some day! And take a pic for us readers. 🙂

  7. Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed seeing these, Susan. Thanks!

  8. Posted July 4, 2020 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Good photos

  9. Posted July 4, 2020 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Warthogs: evolution’s little punchlines.

    Great pix, thank you!

    D.A., J.D., NYC

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