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The African Big 5      

 

The Big 5 were the animals people came to South Africa to hunt, back when that was still the thing to do.  These were the most challenging animals to shoot, so obviously the most desirable!  Nowadays, we shoot these and many other animals photographically, but it is still fun to look for these five:

 

Elephant

 

There were at least 23 elephants on parade near the Crocodile Bridge just before they closed the gates on our second day.  Everyone had the elephant parade song from Jungle Book stuck in their heads through dinner!

 

 

Buffalo

 

 

Rhino

 

The guys above are white rhinos.  The one to the left is a black rhino.  

 

White rhinos are grazers and black rhinos are browsers, so you can see they have slightly different head shapes.  

 

The latter is so rare that our guide was fumbling around trying to find his own camera when we happened upon it!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leopard

 

                       

It was while watching this fellow that we had our second flat!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion

 

 

 

Each of us had our own "Big 5," want to see some of our favorites?  More Mammals

Of course some of us especially like birds.  See Birds

Or would you prefer to see some shots of our flat tires?  On Safari

 

 

 

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