Category Archives: Africa

Elephant Herd at Sunset

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Elephant Herd at Sunset

The Gaze of a Cheetah

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Cheetah Gaze

The Bateleur Eagle

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Bateleur Eagle

Giraffes in Tanzania

At Ngorogoro Crater, Northern Tanzania Safari

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Giraffes

Rangers Are Protecting the Last Remaining Male Northern White Rhino in the World

There are currently seven remaining Northern White Rhinos in the world. The species has been hunted to the brink of extinction by poachers, hoping to make money by selling the animal’s horns.

After losing the only other two males in 2014, there now exists just one living male Northern White Rhino. The animal, named Sudan, currently lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 200 kilometers north of Nairobi in Kenya. Sudan moved to the conservancy from the Czech Republic Dvur Kralove Zoo on December 20th, 2009, along with three female Northern White Rhinos, Najin, Fatu and Suni.

Ranger and caretaker Mohammed Doyo feeds Najin (center), a 25-year-old female northern white rhinoceros, and her companion.
Ranger and caretaker Mohammed Doyo feeds Najin (center), a 25-year-old female northern white rhinoceros, and her companion.

But the rhinos do not live at Ol Pejeta Conservancy alone. They are accompanied by a team of experienced rangers who monitor the 90,000 acres of conservation land, guarding the rhinos against dangerous poachers.

To protect these giants, the rangers work with local law enforcement agencies and use GPS trackers, radio houses, surveillance aircrafts and dogs trained to detect humans and security breaches.

Two rangers patrol the conservancy on foot and point out a human footprint.
Two rangers patrol the conservancy on foot and point out a human footprint.

A computer screen showing GPS-tracked anti-poaching patrol units is monitored by a radio operator in the radio room at Ol Pejeta.
A computer screen showing GPS-tracked anti-poaching patrol units is monitored by a radio operator in the radio room at Ol Pejeta.

The rhino horn black market is extremely lucrative. One horn can bring in more than $75,000 per kilogram or 2.2 pounds, which is the reason poachers have nearly wiped out the entire species.

These four rhinos were moved to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy to provide the most favorable breeding conditions, in the hopes of bringing the species back from the edge of extinction. It’s believed that the climate, diet and security of the conservancy gives them the best chance for repopulation.

Conservationists and scientists are also considering artificial insemination or cross-breeding the females with similar rhino sub-species and then breeding the next generation back into pure Northern White Rhinos.

Last remaining male Northern White Rhino named Sudan feeding at Ol Pejeta.
Last remaining male Northern White Rhino named Sudan feeding at Ol Pejeta.

Ranger and caretaker Mohammed Doyo with female rhino Najin.
Ranger and caretaker Mohammed Doyo with female rhino Najin.

Rangers preparing to patrol at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Rangers preparing to patrol at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Rangers go into a radio room while patrolling Ol Pejeta Conservancy.Rangers go into a radio room while patrolling Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Ranger and caretaker Mohammed Doyo gesturing to a southern white rhino.
Ranger and caretaker Mohammed Doyo gesturing to a southern white rhino.

A giraffe walks in the distance at Ol Pejeta Conservancy as a ranger patrols on foot.
A giraffe walks in the distance at Ol Pejeta Conservancy as a ranger patrols on foot.

Image credits: Dai Kurokawa/European Press Agency

Week-Old Baby Hippo and Its Mom at the San Diego Zoo

Meet Funani, a mom hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo, and her adorable newborn calf. Funani gave birth on March 23, 2015 and the baby hippo has spent the first days of his life nursing and learning to swim.

Baby hippos typically weigh around 50 pounds when they’re born and stay very close to their mothers for the first several weeks of their lives. In this video you can see momma Funani and her baby spending good quality time, bonding, playing and relaxing in the water.

Funani is a 30-year-old hippo who has raised four other calves at the San Diego Zoo, three females and a male. The sex of this new baby hippo has not yet been determined and won’t be until the staff and vets can get close enough.

No matter the sex, this baby hippo is heart-meltingly adorable. Watch the video to see just how cute he or she is!

Zebra Affection

Photo by Murray Isbister / CC BY-ND 2.0

Zebra

Sea Turtle in the Red Sea

Photo by Frank_am_Main / CC BY-SA 2.0

Sea Turtle in the Red Sea

Herds at Mt. Kilimanjaro

Herds of animals in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa
Photo by Diana Robinson / CC BY-ND 2.0

Herds of animals in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa

The King

We’ll kick off our featured photos with the animal that has been considered king of the animals by most civilizations for it’s great strength, predatory nature and majestic appearance: the lion.

The King

Photo by Murray Isbister / CC BY-ND 2.0