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2017, Babies

First Place Wildlife Babies: Jennifer Steck - Watching the mother tending to her baby was such a sweet and emotional experience for me. Her gentleness with the baby was incredible. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda.Second Place Wildlife-Babies: Chris Swindal - This little lion cub plays ‘catch up’ with its other siblings and mom. Namiri Plains, Serengeti, Tanzania.Third Place Wildlife-Babies: Walter Diehl - ‘Baby Elephant with an Attitude’ in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. With ears flared, tail erect, and much trumpeting, the little elephant 'charged' to let us know that we were not welcome there.
Alyvia Mann - This was an amazing moment. The mother and baby white rhino had been hiding from us. You could tell they wanted their privacy, but we spotted them from afar and just had to get a bit closer. Sabi Sand, South Africa.Walter Diehl – Two baby mountain gorillas of the Kwitonda Group having a mid-morning snack in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Some of these babies seemed just as fascinated with us as we were with them.Lugena Wahlquist – Ringtail lemurs at Berenty Reserve in southern Madagascar. This cute pair were waiting outside of our open dining area in hopes to grab some of the fruit from our table. Baby hanging on for the ride!
Randy Potts – One of the cutest moments of our Tanzanian safari, this little guy allowed us to watch a family of 9 elephants enjoying an afternoon meal.Chris Donovan – Nursing mother and calf in dappled sunset light, Hwange National Park. This was the most peaceful and magical moment during our stay in Zimbabwe at lovely Davison's Camp.Chris Donovan – This inquisitive, rather wobbly young elephant seemed equally fascinated with us, though never venturing far from mother's legs. Hwange, Zimbabwe.
Elissa Warantz – Curious Wild (Painted) Puppy. In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, in the early morning just after the adult dogs had returned from a hunt to feed the pups. This little guy came right up next to our jeep, to check us out.Brad Nichols - We found a mother leopard and her two cubs. One of the cubs was extremely curious, often jumping from tree branch to tree branch. Here he is taking a brief rest. Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana.Jennifer Steck – Female gorillas typically have one baby every four to six years. Babies are reliant on their mothers for up to three years before they start braving the world on their own. Bwindi, Uganda.
Helen Reinhardt – Yawning is contagious. These two lion cubs took turns yawning, with their mother joining in one time. It was adorable. Maasai Mara, Kenya.Christina Mendelson – Taken while staying at Savanna Lodge in South Africa. We were out on an afternoon game drive when we came upon this mommy white rhino and her baby, who according to our ranger, was about 6 months old.Chris Donovan – Chacma baboon family time. One of the delights of early evening in Botswana’s Chobe National Park is observing large numbers of baboons at their most active and peculiarly human-like behavior before they settle in for the night.
Chris Donovan – A lioness comforts her irascible cubs, repeatedly driven away from a buffalo carcass by the feeding adult male. We watched this spectacle for some time as the light faded. Hwange, Zimbabwe.Walter Diehl – This baby mountain gorilla of the Kwitonda Group (Volcanoes NP, Rwanda) played peek-a-boo with me while being photographed. We were so close to this youngster and its mother that I had to take a step or two back to keep them in focus.Jessica Loding – This photogenic threesome was watching us watching them with the little one moving under the adults and around their legs. We were lucky to snap this photo at the perfect time. Vumbura Plains Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Helen Reinhardt – After safely coming down from a tree with his mother, this fuzzy little leopard cub was a lot of fun to watch.Jennifer Steck – Chimpanzees are social creatures who live in large groups. During my time in Uganda’s Kibale Forest, I joined a research team who was involved with the habituation and research of the group.Kay Jacobson - We watched these white rhinos have a little ‘who's the boss?’ interaction not far from our vehicle in MalaMala Private Game Reserve. Although it only went on for a few minutes, and ended without fanfare, it was very exciting to see!
Jennifer Steck – This chimpanzee mother will carry her baby wherever she goes for the first six months. After a year, the baby chimp will start taking care of themselves. Kibale Forest, Uganda.David Isenberg - The two juvenile giraffes were following in lock step behind two adult females. They were almost comically synchronized in their actions. We pulled up fairly close as they were feeding. Chitabe Lediba, Okavango Delta, Botswana.Larry Zimny – A baby hippo climbs on mom's back for a rest in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.
Walter Diehl – A baby mountain gorilla of the Kwitonda Group hanging around in Volcanoes NP, Rwanda. This little guy was quite full of himself, beating his chest in an act of defiance at our presence, which adults simply ignored.Elissa Warantz – Groups of elephants kept arriving at the mud hole and would wait respectfully until the previous group had left. The young males seemed to stay the longest and finally had to be shooed away by the newly arriving group. Hwange, Zimbabwe.Bryan Mehlhaff – Baby baboon in Chobe National Park. Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Chobe, Botswana.
Lisa Miller – We loved our time in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Wonderful gorilla trek with Francois to the Hirwa group.Steven Main – During our stay at MalaMala Main Camp, we saw the Big Five including this beautiful leopard. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand, South Africa.Alyvia Mann - This was one of my favorite moments on the entire trip. On a walking safari, we thought we would only see birds but we turned a corner and came upon a field full of giraffe. Kirkman’s Kamp, South Africa.
Jennifer Steck – This little three-year old came down out of the tree and proceeded to tap my leg and then use her back leg to push off my leg. When I asked the ranger about her antics, she told me she was just being ‘naughty’.Randy Potts – Late one afternoon our guide spotted several lionesses and their cubs all resting, playing and nursing in the grass. There were 13 cubs in total. This one needed a moment to itself and found a nearby log to sit on….while staring at us.Lugena Wahlquist – Sifkas (Dancing Lemurs) in the Nahampoana Reserve outside of Fort Dauphin, lower east coast of Madagascar: We walked around a corner to find mom enjoying a morning snack in a papaya tree. Baby surprised us by peeking out to watch us.
Lisa Miller – This mother stretched a protective arm around her youngster while foraging in a bamboo forest. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.Herb Wollner - Amboseli National Park in Kenya is known for its large herds of elephants. These elephants were there to greet us on our first day, on our drive from the air strip to Tortilis Camp. The baby elephant feels protected hiding beneath mama.Helen Reinhardt – We were lucky to happen upon a hyena den. There were a number of adults, and babies. This little one chose to snuggle on his caretaker’s head, and they both seemed quite content.
Marilyn Johnson – This little guy was 4 months old and wanted a playmate. He would hang from the tree and beat his chest while the adults chewed on bamboo. He was adorable and we all fell immediately in love with him. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.Larry Zimny – A leopard cub takes a rest after we watched her romping with her litter mate at the foot of a massive tree in the northern Serengeti.Susan Bender - Hiking to see gorillas and how they interact with each other in Rwanda was a trip highlight. This mother was taking care of her baby, seemingly enjoying herself while the others were feasting.
Nancy Gubman – During a walking safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley this young baboon stayed close to its mother.Lisa Miller – Mother and baby. A baby giraffe can weigh approximately 150 pounds and stand 6 feet tall. They can stand within 30 minutes after birth.