Readers’ wildlife photographs

Joe Dickinson found some photos he’d sent me but I never put up (this happens sometimes due to the volume of my email). I herewith apologize and present Joe’s photos and narrative (his captions are indented):

Here is a fourth set (previously misplaced) from my 2012 trip to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia in south central Africa.

This female yellow baboon (Papio cyanocephalus) provides a comfortable and secure seat for “Junior” while she forages.  I don’t know whether she provided the shoot that Junior finds so intriguing.

This a male of the same species.

Obviously, here are some hippopotami (Hippopotamus amphibius).

More elephants (Loxodonta africanus).

And a couple of young elephants apparently having a good deal of fun in some mud.

We were excited to get even a brief sighting of a Cape hunting dog (Lycaeon rictus). Interesting that it is not included in the genus Canis.

And yet the black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) is lumped with wolves and domestic dogs.

This is a solitary young male lion (Panthera leo), probably ejected from his natal pride and hanging out alone unless/until he gets a shot at taking over a pride.

Termite mounds, built by managers of the genus Macrotermes, are a ubiquitous feature of African landscapes.

Here is a common warthog (Phacochaerus africanus).

Finally, a pod of hippos:



  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    These were a hit!

  2. Robert
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Why isn’t Africa the most popular tourist destination in the world?

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 9, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Probably because then it wouldn’t be.

  3. Merilee
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Great shots, Joe!

  4. rickflick
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Hippos do know how to relax.
    Thank for submitting these.

  5. Debbie Coplan
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Really exciting photos! The black-backed jackal is an animal I am not familiar with.
    The fur on top (black fur) looks like a rug sitting on his back. It looks like the black fur is denser and longer than the tan part.
    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful assortment.

    • Posted December 9, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      A nice looking doggie too!

  6. Desnes Diev
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Allow me to point a small typo: the latin name of the baboon species is “cynocephalus”, for “dog headed”. “Cyanocephalus” could mean “blue headed”, which would be more apt to describe male mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx).

    • Joe Dickinson
      Posted December 9, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for catching that. Not sure whether I’m responsible or it was my spell checker.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted December 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

        This was a very interesting typo – learned something for each word.

      • Posted December 9, 2018 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

        Another typo/spell check: Lycaon pictus, not Lycaeon rictus

  7. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Great stuff! And what an adventure that was. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Don Mackay
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    On a visit to Kruger National Park some years ago, we observed from our car a pack of hunting dogs tailing giraffe. They would have been 500m away. Ahead of the dogs was a large pride of lions also watching the giraffe. Suddenly the Dogs, having spotted the lions, came to a halt, had a chat among themselves, then trotted over to the road, and using the cars as cover circumvented the lions before continuing with their tailing of the giraffe.

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