The Poachers' Legacy
A animal ill-fated by its most distinguishing feature (its horns) and human greed. There is growing pessimism that rhinoceros will not survive in the wild beyond the next decade. Death rates are starting to exceed the birth rates.
Persistent and pervasive poaching driven by a growing illegal market for rhinoceros horn in Asia (predominantly China and Vietnam) is driving the increasing death rates.
Rhinoceros in this reserve where these images were taken have been poached. Poachers have also been shot and killed in this reserve.
These images are white or wide-lipped rhinoceros. Its wide mouth is well suited to grassland grazing.
Black rhinoceros are not black as the image shows. More appropriately they are also known as hook-lipped rhinoceros. Its hook-lipped mouth is adapted for plant browsing.
Orphan Black Rhinoceros
This baby was found orphaned and taken to the David Sheldrick Trust in Nairobi.
Early morning light.
A hartebeest in the background.
A relaxed vervet monkey high in his fever tree perch. These yellow barked trees were named fever trees (before the cause of malaria was discovered) because they grew close to water where fevers were thought to eminate.
Impalas On The Run
Something spooked these bachelor impalas. Taken with a 600mm lens, handheld.
It has been a long day in the Aberdares and we were in a dash for the park gate before it closed for the night.
This leopard walked out of the bush about 200 metres ahead of us, proceeded to mark its territory and then sauntered down towards us. It was soon
too close to focus our long lenses and we scrambled for shorter kit.
Shrouded in the early morning mist.