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2016- Week 48
- (Added 13. Nov. 2016 - 11:00)

Marks for artistic impression? Yes, this is a camera trap shot :-)



2016- Week 47
- (Added 6. Nov. 2016 - 11:00)

We all know about the postures that giraffe have to use to be able to get their heads low enough to be able to drink. However, many other species adopt postures that look quite ungainly and seem poorly suited to making a quick getaway… What is fascinating about this image is that both the kori bustard and the common duiker are kneeling in order to drink, but their knees bend in opposite directions!



2016- Week 46
- (Added 30. Oct. 2016 - 11:00)

Some species really don’t like sharing waterholes…



2016- Week 45
- (Added 23. Oct. 2016 - 11:00)

I never cease to be amazed at the heights that some of these antelope achieve when fleeing…



2016- Week 44
- (Added 16. Oct. 2016 - 09:12)

We often see antelope with crooked horns, but rarely any effect that is as extreme as is seen in this Oryx. Why do some individuals have asymmetric horns? One hypothesis is that this results from a developmental instability arising from an early parasitic infection. Oryx females with horn asymmetries were found to be in less good condition, and out-competed at waterholes. Subsequently they were less likely to breed. Similarly, males with horn defects were found to have less access to reproductive females. So not too promising a future for this individual…




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