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2010, Wildlife

Beth Auerbach - Lions are visual animals with eyes well adapted for use at low light, allowing for successful nocturnal huntingBarbara Belkin - Young leopards will remain with their mother up to 24 months oldPaula Benell - Male cheetah are very sociable and will group together for life. These 'coalitions' tend to be brothers although single males may join an existing group
Sarah Bumpas - Using a tree to its fullest advantage, this leopard gazes out across the plains in search of prey and predatorsSarah Bumpas- An estimated 1.4 million wildebeest travel as a herd during the 'great migration' as they search for grassSarah Bumpas - A female elephant endures 22 months of pregnancy before giving birth to its young. Calves weigh approximately 250 pounds at birth
Ronnie Cantor - Although a plant eating mammal, hippos are one of the most aggressive animals in AfricaEvan Chu- Leopards are known for their climbing skills and spend much of their days lounging in the crook of treesEvan Chu - Meerkats are on the constant lookout for predators from the sky such as hawks and eagles
Mike Deets - Within a herd of elephants, there is a female matriarch that is in charge of the familySteve Dennis- Head rubbing is a form of greeting among lions and is a common social behavior in a prideSteve Dennis- The mane on an adult male lion is unique among cats and makes the lion appear larger during confrontations.
Steve Dennis - Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours a dayCarin Ganjon - An elephant's tusks are its second upper incisors and grow continuously throughout a yearCaron Ganjon - When a zebra foal is born the mother keeps all other zebras (including family members) away for the first 3 days until it learns to recognize her by sight, sound and smell
Barry Hamann - Female cheetah typically have a litter of 2 or 3 cubs who live with her for up to 2 yearsKent Hawkins - Lionesses are the predominant hunters in a pride and use their surroundings, like tall grass, to their advantageKent Hawkins - The great white shark is the largest predatory fish in the sea. They can be seen off Cape Town's coast
Archie Hendricks - An elephant's large ears are crucial for temperature regulation. The slight breeze created helps cool the blood that enters the ear before circulating back into the bodyRahn Huffstutler - The migration of the wildebeest has no beginning or end, it is a continuous search for food and waterRahn Huffstutler - The great migration moves in a clockwise direction and covers over 1800 miles across the Serengeti and Maasai Mara
Christie Jago - Baby elephants begin eating leaves and vegetation at 4 months of age but continue to nurse from its mother for up to 2 yearsCathy Kasper - Prides of lions consist of related females, offspring and a small number of adult malesIke Koziol- Leopards have very sharp eyesight and can spot prey at a distance of 1.5 kilometers (.93 mile). They also have keen sense of smell and hearing
Abby Lazar - A juvenile lion climbs an acacia tree to get a bird's eye view of the surrounding areaLeigh Lofgren - Vervet monkeys provide continuous entertainment in camp with their cheeky behaviorLeigh Lofgren - Rhinos are herbivores and are characterized by their thick protective skin, small brain, and large keratin horn.
Leigh Lofgren - The world's fastest land mammal (reaching speeds up to 75 mph) is vulnerable to extinction throughout AfricaLeigh Lofgren - The fur of a juvenile cheetah is thicker and darker than its mother which helps with camouflageLeigh Lofgren - The fur of a juvenile cheetah is thicker and darker than its mother which helps with camouflage
Alan Lutz - Chimps live in groups called 'troops' that can number from 30 to 80 membersAlan Lutz - Infant gorillas stay with their mother for up to 3-4 yearsAlan Lutz - Mountain gorillas are herbivores and prefer a diet of stems, leaves and shoots although they sometimes ingest small insects
Barbara Lyndrup- A zebra foal is born brown and white (to aid with camouflage) and will nurse for up to a yearBarbara Lyndrup - The migration of the wildebeest is famous for the river crossings which take place in Kenya's Mara Triangle across the Mara and Talek RiversMargaret Maxwell - Wildebeest take a leap of faith across the Mara River in search of food
Margaret Maxwell - Female lion cubs will remain with their pride as they age and all females within a pride are relatedMargaret Maxwell - A cheetah hunts by vision rather than by scent. Termite mounds offer an elevated vantage point to seek out preyBettina McLeod - Oxpeckers and Cape buffalo have a symbiotic relationship. The birds feast off the ticks and flies on the buffalo's hide while the buffalo gets an early warning signal against predators from the birds
Bettina McLeod - A cheetah's black 'tear marks' keeps sunlight out of its eyes and aid in hunting and seeing long distancesScott McMillan - Elephants can suck up to 15 quarts of water in through its trunk at one time and then blow it into their mouth or spray it on its body to stay coolMatt Morley - Over 200,000 zebra and gazelle join the wildebeest in their annual migration across the Serengeti and Maasai Mara
Luann Moth - Giraffe give birth standing up with the infant falling almost 5 feet to the ground. The baby is able to stand and walk within 30 minutes of birthJohn Nichols - Gorillas are the largest living primates and are endangered species due to heavy poaching and destruction of their habitatJohn Nichols- Lionesses give birth to 1-4 cubs in a secluded den and then integrate them back into the pride at 6-8 weeks old
John Nichols - Giraffe are most vulnerable against predators when drinking. They only need to drink once every several days, getting most fluids from vegetationMark Nickelsburg - Gorillas have a full range of emotion including fear, greed, joy and loveMark Nickelsburg - Young gorillas spend much of their day playing, climbing trees, chasing one another and swinging from branches
Mark Nickelsburg - Gorillas have a unique nose print that researchers use to identify individualsMark Nickelsburg - A lioness rests on a tree limb; some researchers believe it's to avoid tse-tse fliesMark Nickelsburg - Zebras have to be constantly alert to predators such as lions and hyenas
Maureen Noland - Although lions prefer dry land, sometimes it is unavoidable during the seasonal rains and annual flood in Botswana's Okavango DeltaJohn Norvell - An elephant's trunk is used socially to greet one another like a handshakeJohn Norvell- Leopards are opportunistic hunters and owe their success to running at speeds up to 36 mph, carrying their kills up trees and its ability for complete stealth
John Norvell - A lion's 4 canine teeth are its most offensive weapon and are used to grab and kill its preyJohn Person - One of the greatest risks wildebeest endure during their migration is crossing the Mara River. Many perish by being trampled or eaten by crocodilesJohn Person - Cheetah are daylight hunters and benefit from their incredible speed and spotted coats to camouflage against its prey
Kristin Provost - These young elephants are members of a breeding herd. As they mature, the females will remain with their family members while the males will depart and roam on their ownKristin Provost - Lagadema (pictured here) is perhaps Africa's most famous leopard and resides near Mombo Camp in the Moremi ReserveJulie Reich - Lion populations are decreasing with an estimated 30-50 percent decline over the last two decades.
Michelle Ross - The ultimate solitary predator, adult leopards come together only to mateAlan Savitz - Lions vary in size from Eastern and Southern Africa with lions in the south being 5% heavier than their relatives in East AfricaBruce Schadow - Male lions patrol a territory covering about 100 square miles
Bruce Schadow - Lion cubs are born with brown rosettes (spots) on their fur which will fade with ageBruce Schadow - Africa wild dogs hunt in packs and 80% of their hunts end in a kill, making them one of the most successful carnivores in AfricaBruce Schadow - Adult leopards are capable of killing prey up to 10 times its own weight (for a large male - they can kill an eland)
Merilee Shipman- Cheetahs have semi-retracting claws giving them extra grip when they runSkip Shipman - The DNA of gorillas is 98%-99% identical to that of humans and are the next closest living relatives to humans after two chimpanzee speciesSkip Shipman - The DNA of gorillas is 98%-99% identical to that of humans and are the next closest living relatives to humans after two chimpanzee species
Skip Shipman - The giraffe is one of the tallest, strongest and most peaceful animals on earthIra Smith - The horn of a rhino is made of keratin, the same type of protein that makes up hair and fingernails. This white rhino is recognizable due to its flat broad mouth used for grazingBeverly Stevens - Tree climbing lions can be seen in several parks in East Africa including Tanzania's Lake Manyara and in the Ishahsa region of Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park
Beverly Stevens- Male lions weight range from 330 to 550 pounds at adulthoodAnne Vallaton - A leopard's distinctive dark spots are called 'rosettes' and the pattern is unique to each leopard ('Lagadema' is pictured here - taken at Mombo Camp in Botswana)Debbie Wong - Mother leopards will hid their cubs in dense brush or hollow tree trunks when hunting
Cathy Wright - Zebras are black animals with white stripes and the pattern is completely unique to each individual