DILEMMA by DianiRalph

I titled this photo DILEMMA due to the conflict between the awesome beauty of these magnificent creatures, and the fact that misguided superstitions are wiping them out!!
How is it that we humans are able to love something to death???
This photo was taken on a dark evening in the Nakuru National Park in Kenya. Many of you will recognise this as a part of a series and need not read further.
We had waited for a long time with this group (13 in total) when the sun suddenly burst out from a very dark and heavy sky for about 2 minutes during which I think that I took at least 50 shots 🙂
Tragically this group were soon thereafter decimated by being poached, and then many were relocated to other areas in Kenya for their safety.
Of the several times that I have been back to try and get more shots, we have only ever seen one or two hiding in the bushes 😦

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Still standing by pjkrebs

White Rhino
“Rhinoplasty” (surgically removing upwards of 90% of the horn) could save rhinos. In areas where dehorning has been practiced, poaching rates decreased significantly.
Because of its regrowth, experts recommend that dehorning should be repeated every 12-24 months.
It’s not a perfect answer, but considering the staggering rates of poaching in recent years, it’s a good start.

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Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) by EtienneOosthuizen

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Caught these two bulls on the side of the herd busy fighting, it started lightly but soon turned rather aggressive, the backlit dust helps create a wonder full mood of intensity

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The Last of the Mohicans by pjkrebs

The last European Bison died in the wild in 1919. There where only 50 specimens left in zoos across the world.
It was saved in extremis thanks to a reborn project accomplished by zoos, and now the population has grown to an estimated 4000 bison.
Today, zoos have become the last chance for many endangered species.

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Double Trouble by DianiRalph

These two little bundles of cuteness were just pulled out of the swamp that they had been playing in by their respective mothers. How they sat and seemed to complain to each other about having had their playtime curtailed was hilarious. Five minutes later there was a lot of dusting going on and the herd then sauntered away from the swamp.

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World Rhino Day – Hope by chrishpetersen

In order to protect her baby, this mother white rhino has retreated into the deepest thorn bush. I called the baby: “Hope”. I’m now hoping it will be there when I return this October.

September 22, 2015 is World Rhino Day. Yes, there is another worldwide day dedicated to drawing attention to the plight of this species. If we don’t stop the poachers who slaughter them just for horns to sell on the black market in Asia … there will be no hope.
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Hanging Out by DianiRalph

Another of the iconic Tsavo Red Elephants. I unfortunately was not able to zoom out any further to get more of the background in, but the nonchalant trunk hang is one of my favourites.

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Flamingo Touchdown by morkelerasmus

Recently I was able to photograph a flock of Greater Flamingos who have settled at a pond on a farm not too far from my house. I hope you like this shot of one of the birds coming in for a landing. I was lying flat in the mud next to the water to get a pleasing perspective and angle on the birds.

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