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10-25-2015, 11:53 PM   #2806
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Still, you got to see a Shoebill. Have not seen any in any of the zoos, animal parks or aviaries that I have visited over the years. And I would dearly love to see one!


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Here's a second image of the shoebill (only took two). It seemed rather calm, turning its head slowly to face me then turning away. It is certainly an odd-looking bird, but toucans and flamingos would look odd if we didn't see them so regularly.

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I'll get you back for that Mr WPRESTO meanie
A leopard emerges from under a culvert.
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Flamingo. The bill is really unusual, and the flexibility of the neck is impressive (FYI: comes from intervertebral joints that are saddle-shaped, with the surfaces in contact @ right angles to each other).


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Cow Elk grazing after the rut.
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Emerald toucanet

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A mating pair of lions. There was another male close by, but he was rather violently chased off. What a sight that was, but I did not have the camera ready.


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Mating? There's a lioness in the mood??

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10-27-2015, 12:13 PM   #2814
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Hold on there buddy, she has a beau
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Oh well. I can dream.

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Now we're talking!
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Here's a striped hyena, for image to image comparison. Never saw these in the wild, but this zoo specimen I found more handsome and certainly cleaner than almost all the spotted hyenas seen in the wild.

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Understandable. Not much by way of grass, twigs and other plant material to stick to their clothes. And probably does not have to dig and go in and out of a den.
Speaking of dens, here's one of the den I passed 5 days out of the 9 days I was in Kruger. Looked pretty clean too, no smell. Mom suckling a youngster, while the other is happy to just hang around. The older one is probably not a sibling, but the offspring of another clan member. I counted 4 different adults and a few youngsters. The den was under a culvert.
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Gorillas are rarely seen in the wild by tourists, except those exceptionally well-heeled. These big apes always look a bit unhappy in captivity, unlike gibbons who swing about and holler as if still in the wild.

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A baby crocodile I was fortunate to see. Probably one of the few survivors from a clutch- they do suffer from high predation. This in a small puddle next to a bridge. Parents were nowhere to be seen. Hippos on the other side of the bridge probably dictated it stays here.
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