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2018, Babies
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First Place Wildlife Babies: Eric Gurwin -To be able to spend any amount of time with such small leopard cubs was something I’d always hoped to be able to do and that moment finally arrived. We were so fortunate! MalaMala, South Africa.Second Place Wildlife Babies: JP Norvell - Newborn gorillas weigh around 1.8 kg and are helpless and dependent. They travel places clinging on the backs of their mothers until they are 4 years old. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.Third Place Wildlife Babies: Stuart Hahn - We were fortunate to have a mother baboon come to the water hole with her baby clinging to her chest. The baby tried to drink but was not quite able to reach the water. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.
Darlene Knott - We enjoyed being at Davison’s Camp in Hwange! We watched several herds of elephants. The little ones tumbled all over each other until they were piled high - always surrounded by the older elephants.Stuart Hahn - We were able to spend some time with a large troop of baboons at the Mashatu hide. It was great to see some baboon family interaction. This family was very engaged with the young baby.Mark Knott - We came upon a lioness tending her 2 playful cubs. She looked us over closely to see if we were a threat to the cubs. Picking one up in her mouth and the other following, she moved them to a safer location.
JP Norvell - Trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to see a family of gorillas in the natural habitat was a lifetime memory.Dave Reilly - The gestation period for a female elephant is 22 months and when the calf is finally born, it weighs an estimated 200 pounds.Chris Swindal - The first afternoon at Duba Plains, we found the Tsaro pride on the very first game drive; two lioness and six cubs. The cubs were very playful and relaxed, almost posing in the golden light of the setting sun.
Dave Sharpe - While staying in the Kati Kati Bologna Mobile Tented Camp in the Serengeti National Park we witnessed this family of giraffe is enjoying the shade of an acacia tree. This was taken near the end of our wonderful adventure.Madeline Maloon - This wild dog pup looks sweet and innocent but we watched its' adult pack members hunt and catch an oryx. Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa.Paul Zupon - We spotted a lioness with 3 cubs and our guide, noted that there was another lioness with cubs in the area and from the same pride and that he thought they would unite to raise the cubs together.
Stuart Hahn - We were fortunate to have a large troop of baboons come down to the water hole at Mashatu during a windy day. The wind provides the dust and the baboons provided the laughs and excitement.Terry Gray - We chose Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve for its rhino population and weren't disappointed. As we had been enjoying several adults and were leaving, this mother and baby surprised us. Thrilling!Michael Maloon - Lion cubs are born with brown rosettes (spots) on their fur which will fade with age. Tswalu Game Reserve, South Africa.
Eric Gurwin - In all my 40 years on safari, I’d never seen such a young leopard cub and then to see three at once was over the top. These four-week old cubs all joined their mother to nurse is a moment I will never forget!Chris Swindal - We were lucky to find the Tsaro pride before sunrise. Just as the sun edged over the horizon, the two lionesses stood up, moved into the open and sat down atop a small hill to watch the sunrise. Duba Plains, Botswana.Terry Gray - Twelve 2-month-old wild dog pups enthusiastically greet one of the pack adults as it regurgitates the pack's morning kill for the pups' breakfast. DumaTau Camp, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana.
Carrie Burhenn - Early morning sun highlights the cute fuzzy fur of a brown hyena pup eating a breakfast of dried Cape buffalo hide while the sibling waits for a chance to share. Botswana, Kwando Reserve.Carolyn Luce - The littlest lion is a celebrity at Little Vumbura Camp! She had been separated from her pride for nearly a week and, against all odds, managed to sustain herself. Everyone was astounded when ‘Survivor’ found her way back home!Darlene Knott - At Mashatu Camp in Botswana, we were treated to two mornings in the hide. This little elephant had his fill of drinking and was enamored by the dust. A much larger elephant walked by and framed him perfectly.
Chris Swindal - While in my tent I saw several vervet monkeys. This curious infant slowly walked up a pole to get a closer look at me. The monkey's mother saw what was happening and pulled her baby toward her to rescue it from me.Eric Gurwin - Leopard cubs weight 17-21 ounces at birth and are blind. They depend on their mother for food and do not venture far from their den for the first three months of life.Nancy Lind - We enjoyed watching this relaxed mother and her baby. Our guide explained that the gestation period for a giraffe is 14 months and when born, babies average 6 feet tall and begin nursing within an hour of birth.
Chris Swindal - This Tsaro lioness awkwardly tried to pick up the cub by placing her jaws completely over the cub's head. The cub jumped back and gave the lioness the cutest look as if the say, ‘mom!!.... what are you doing?’David and Katrina McIntyre - We found the Amahoro Group in Rwanda and this mother and her 23 day old baby. It was amazing to watch her. She was very protective of her baby but was also proudly showing her off to us.Dave Reilly - Baby elephants stay close to its mother for the first few months and drink their mother’s milk for about two years, sometimes longer.
Helen Reinhardt - We watched a pack of 22 wild dogs go through their greeting ritual with a lot of squealing and racing around. The older pups are play-bowing and to play it safe, the little guys on the ground responded by cowering submissively.Madeline Maloon - During our time at Mashatu Game Reserve’s photographic hide, we watched what seemed to be hundreds of elephant taking turns drinking and wading in the waterhole. They looked much larger from ground level.JP Norvell - Young baboons always find some time for play and grooming (or in this case - fur tugging). Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Mary Ellen Cvek - A mother rhino and her perky youngster, one of many rhino sightings at Sabi Sands, South Africa, including a close encounter just outside the lodge earlier that morning.Michael Maloon - Lion cubs play while mom keeps a watchful eye on them. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.Madeline Maloon - These two cheetah cubs were very playful but also trying to get mom to get up and hunt. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.
David and Katrina McIntyre - Female baboons have a gestation period of six months and usually give birth to only one offspring at a time. Baby baboons weigh about 2 pounds at birth and cling to their mother as they grow.Jeremy Hearne - Our guide, Arnold, spent over an hour tracking the desert-adapted elephants near Twyfelfontein in Damaraland, Namibia. We came across a herd of about 20 elephants and spent over an hour just observing and admiring them!Lisa Schwerdt - We landed at Little Kwara airstrip and upon arriving our guide took us to the painted dog den. The adults had recently come back from a kill and the pups were feeding. Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Bill Webb - Following these cheetahs, they had not eaten in almost a week. The mother finally made a kill, only to have it stolen by a lion. The next evening she killed an impala and they were finally able to eat. Maasai Mara, Kenya.Nils Jacobsen - Tanda Tula’s resident elephant herd. The babies had just had their daily spa treatment - a mud bath to protect against the sun and insects. Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa.Ronnie Cantor - A mother’s love - There’s something so sweet about this mama giraffe walking protectively with her child.
Eric Gurwin - The opportunity to spend time with this female and her cubs was not only amazing but quite emotional as well. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.Mary Ellen Cvek - One of 12 wild dog puppies we enjoyed in the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, South Africa. After spending time at the den, we followed the adult members of the pack on an incredible and successful hunt.Steve Gershwind - The skin of an elephant may look more wrinkled than an elderly person but these wrinkles actually keep their skin healthy and hold in moisture. Maasai Mara, Kenya.
David Gulliver - Our second Rwanda gorilla trek was to the Agashya Group. They were in dense bamboo and this 2 month old was the star of the show, playing and exploring his surroundings.Janis Webb - On the way back to Mara Intrepids Camp one evening, we came across this baby giraffe and mother. The baby was still trying to nurse but the mom was not very accommodating. Maasai Mara, Kenya.Helen Reinhardt - Elephants seem to have such a good time in the water. This little guy was having a hard time staying upright in the mud. When he toppled, his family quickly came to his rescue, hoisting him up with their trunks.
Chris Swindal - We had been watching the Tsaro pride be lazy all afternoon. This cub was stalking another cub from behind this mound. I managed to catch him as he suddenly launched toward the other cub. Duba Plains, Botswana.Helen Reinhardt - This baby baboon looked right at us, demonstrated his impressive climbing skills, and then dove into his mother’s arms and began nursing. All within a few seconds. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Carrie Burhenn - An entire breeding herd surrounded our vehicle while calmly eating fallen figs as we watched the cows and their calves with their endearing and complex social behavior. Mana Pools NP, Zimbabwe.
Anne Vallotton - Known as the Splash Pride, two lionesses had 3 six-week old cubs each. This cub was fascinated with using paws and nose to play with them rather than settling in to feed.Helen Reinhardt - A tender moment between a mother giraffe and her very young baby. The baby’s umbilical cord is still visible.David Gulliver - This herd was seen on our drive through Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park. They wandered around our vehicle and were completely at ease with us being there.
Julie Neuburger - We enjoyed watching the lion cubs climb up and down the tree as their mothers relaxed in the shade after enjoying a big meal of sable. Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana.Lisa Schwerdt - This pup latched on to an impala ear, but didn’t seem to know to do anything with it but to prance around with it. Another pup wanted to share and a mighty tug-of-war would ensue! Okavango Delta, Botswana.David Leschensky - We photographed these young male lions in the Serengeti. It looks like they were enjoying watching us as much as we enjoyed watching them.
Darlene Knott - We sat with our guide at MalaMala watching a herd of elephants eating. This little elephant wanted to show his prowess by scaring off that big vehicle he spotted! He charged at us several times throwing as much dust as he could.Helen Reinhardt - This cheetah cub and his sibling were tucked safely under a bush while their mother went out hunting. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Paul Zupon - Lighting was perfect in Hwange on this game drive with low morning fog on the tree line and reflection from the water pools. The picture was taken with my iPhone (which is surprising as I had 2 other cameras with me).
Michael Maloon - During our time at Mashatu Game Reserve, we had some wonderful cheetah sightings. The scruff on the back on the cub is called a ‘mantle’ and helps protect them from predators.Helen Reinhardt - These wild dog pups ventured away from their den and spent time playing on an old termite mound. It is always a thrill to witness these endangered animals. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Charles Mittman - This lioness started grooming the cubs. I took a series of photos and as I clicked the shutter for this one a prayer popped into my mind. ‘I sure hope this exposure is correct, because this is a special moment.’
Phil Schaefer - On perhaps our best day of an altogether fabulous trip, our Singita Sweni guides found these 6-week old cubs. Nature’s protective coloration was effective, but they were attracted by the activity of a nearby kill.