Readers’ wildlife photos

June 24, 2023 • 8:15 am

Here is part 3 of a set of photos taken by reader Daniel Shoskes on his trip to Africa (see earlier photos here and here). The species IDs are not given, so I’ll provide links when I’m fairly sure of them. You can enlarge the photos by clicking on them. The narration is short and sweet:

Here are photos from our trip to Africa. Started in Livingstone Zambia, traveled through Zimbabwe, and into Botswana.

Victoria Falls (from a helicopter):

Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus):

Lions (Panthera leo):

Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus):

Termite mound. These are grass-eating termites and the mounds can be huge and take decades to make:

Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana):

Baby African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana):

Common warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus):

Lioness eating a baby elephant carcass:

Baboon holding its tail [JAC: probably a Chacma Baboon, Papio ursinus]

Vulture [JAC: probably a Cape vulture, Gyps coprotheres]:

14 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. Ha! This reminds of a recent quip on Jeopardy! The question had to do with a fairy tale asking what kind of animal had swallowed some children whole. The contestant replied, “Who was the big, bad wolf?” Now, this confuses the 3 little pigs story with the correct answer of simply “What is a wolf?”

      The host, Ken Jennings, had to rule against the contestant, then he said, “The fairy tale mentions nothing about the wolf’s size or its moral character.”

      Great pictures, btw!

  1. The warthogs are beautifully ugly. I’m wondering about the one that is kneeling to eat – seems an inefficient process.

    1. We were told that warthogs kneel on their front knees to feed because they have short necks and relativity long legs. They have adapted by developing special kneepads and almost always eat like this

  2. Terrific set. Seeing Victoria falls from a helicopter- now that’s how to do it! Is the “sausage” edible? Perfect name for that tree.

    1. Yup, we felt if we were going to splurge on something extra a once in a lifetime trip to Victoria Falls by helicopter was it. The raw fruit of the sausage tree is poisonous to humans but I think there are ways of drying or fermenting that allow parts of it to be used

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