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Ross Cheshire

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Ross was born and raised in Durban, spending many a family holiday in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal. It is here that his love and passion for the African Bush developed. He decided to combine his love of working with people and ...

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Such a diverse set of examples! I especially loved the close-up look of the hippo’s skin. You don’t see those details often.

Thanks, Ross, for the information about animal coats, their fur or skin.
Lovely pictures to demonstrate it.

Another fascinating blog. Nice job. Thanks.

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Great post Ross. I 💕 reading about adaptations and enjoying the photography as well.

Thanks for this interesting survey of fur/skin Ross! I have to say I was surprised that hippo skin is thin. I expected it to be thick in order to protect it from potential croc bites!!

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Ross your description of each of the four animals and their skin or coats as you put it, is so extremely important for us to know. Look at that beautiful waterbuck, my favorite buck, always looks so neat and tidy with their hair hanging so neatly. They love water and are usually seen near water or rivers so that they can emerge or cross over in the water. The hippos skin looks rough and very tough, they are mostly in the water. The majestic lion’s mane is stunning and the older they get the darker it gets. Oh the ele’s skin is so tough and rinkled . Nor wander they are always playing in the water and dust bathing themselves to prevent parasites. Amazing the different skin and fur, but God made each animal perfect for the environment in which they live.

Ross, thanks for sharing the information about the different animal skins. The adaptation of each species is certainly unique to their own environment.

Ross, Thanks for a very informative story. We leaned a lot from the details you provided!

You’ve presented such an interesting and informative post today. I never would have thought that hippos’ skin is so thin. Looking at them from the distance we usually get, they look to have a skin similar to rhinos, but just a different color. The hair adaptation of the waterbuck was also a surprise. Thanks for the lesson on animal costs.

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