November began with the moving story of an elephant herd – Amy Attenborough captured the photographs of the herd as they assist in every way they can, even lifting a wire snare with their trunks, caught around a young elephant’s foot. Their actions help to alleviate the tight pull of the snare, as seen below.
The action continued when two hippo bulls fought one another in a battle for territory – a sequence that is a reminder of the brutal force that these creatures are capable of.
Lastly, and more recently, we watched in awe as a nyala gave birth in the confines of Varty Camp, a glimpse into the intimate exchange between a mother and baby.
We have been fortunate to have seen and shared in these moments brought to us by guests and rangers.
Enjoy the very best of this action-filled month…
A brave leap. Lucien Beaumont
Two hippo bulls take each other on in a fight of epic proportions. Territorial males will allow other males in their waterholes as long as they show signs of subservience and typically a bit of yawning, flicking of dung and honking is enough to decide who the boss is before any conflict is actually needed. However, in this case, the two opponents were apparently evenly matched and both were vying for territoriality. Amy Attenborough
The effective power of black and white. Bruno Bervoets
The cleaning process was incredibly special to witness. Amy Attenborough
Under a starry Londolozi sky. Steve Gordon
Even the youngest elephants were seen helping. This one was desperately sprinting down the road trying to keep up and pull branches off the wire as it bounced down the road. Amy Attenborough
Ears alert as the Scar Nose male hears the distant call of a rival male. Trevor Ryan McCall-Peat
Intentions. Bruno Bervoets
The Experiment. Trevor Ryan McCall-Peat
A loving moment during feeding. Phil Judd
Photographed by: Lucien Beaumont, Trevor Ryan McCall-Peat, Phil Judd, Bruno Bervoets, Steve Gordon and Amy Attenborough.