South African wildlife wonders – A photo essay
Each week, we showcase some of the images from the group on our blog. This week, we've chosen a selection of wildlife images.
We begin with a group of female African elephants rescuing a baby in Addo Elephant National Park. Says photographer, Carolyn Eaton: 'Female elephants retrieve one of their young after he falls into the muddy waterhole. The other young were gently but quickly pushed aside as the mothers rushed to the front to save him. This drama played out in front of us as we held our breath – almost forgot to squeeze the trigger and take this shot! Meanwhile the "adolescent males" of the group stood away from their family, apparently unmoved.'
Next up we have a gorgeous close-up of a cheetah, the fastest mammal in the world and an endangered species.
A lovely photo of bontebok near Cape Point, in the Table Mountain National Park.
A beautiful photo of a lilac-breasted roller perched on a tree and enjoying the sunshine. South Africa is one of the best countries in the world for birding, with more than 800 species occurring here.
Zebras make good photo subjects just like this one enjoying the early morning.
A giraffe at Kudu Private Nature Reserve near Lydenburg.
The Mpumalanga province is renowned for its abundant wildlife. Expect to see animals such as these buffaloes, photographed in the Kruger National Park.
A baboon enjoys a leafy snack at the one of South Africa's most famous game reserves, the Kruger National Park.
Endangered African penguins are a popular sight at Boulder's Beach in Cape Town. There are fewer than 60 000 of these birds left in the wild, and they occur only in South Africa and Namibia.
Do you have great images of South Africa? We'd love you to upload your pictures to our Love South Africa Flickr group.