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Dean de la Rey

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Dean grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember that far back!). He attended school in Pretoria, thereafter completing ...

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on Sensational Hippo Battle

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Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Incredible sighting–we’ve never seen hippos doing anything but “lounging” in the water.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean, awesome photos! I have never seen a hippo fight!

Jen Lum
Digital Ranger

This is a scene within photo footage I would have never expected to see! Yikes! The zoological information as well, about the hippos, is a new learning experience for the day! Something I would have never known about wildlife in the bush. Thank you!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Wow! What an epic encounter to witness, and on land no less. Your photos really tell the story, bloody mouths and all. Your guests must have been speechless….. I know I would be! Thank you for sharing this incredible drive.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Epic, jaw dropping images….no pun intended. I’ve seen male battle during rutting or territory, but none as dangerously ferocious as what you and your guests witnessed! I now have a even greater respect for their power and ability to kill with those jaws and teeth. Very bloody battle and one that everyone was fortunate to see.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Wow, that was an unbelievable sighting! And your photos, Dean, are beyond fabulous! You nailed them! Thanks for sharing this amazing sequence!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Feel sorry for the loser in this battle – had to leave and lick his wounds so to speak. Great pics Dean and a fantastic blow by blow from you. Thanks for sharing this epic battle with us.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Gruesome in the extreme , but memorable also. You wonder how animals recover from such savagery .

Cally Staniland
Explorer

Wow, what an amazing site to witness !!!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

It’s like two giant dinosaurs battling it out!!

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