Animal Safari: Wildlife that makes you say WOW! [40 PICS]

July 14th, 2011 Permalink

Africa is not the only place on Earth to go on a safari, but it surely offers some of the best safari adventures around. Most of the African safari reserves have all the big five animals: the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. It’s now always easy to get photos of all on them on one safari, especially the nocturnal leopard. But these photographers did a great job of sharing with us the beautiful beasts they captured with their camera while on safari. So sit back and relax, let’s do some animal watching on this virtual safari. [40 Photos]

On Safari - Leopard in Heat

While on Safari in Africa, the photographer snapped a shot of this female leopard up in a tress and in heat. The male approached on the ground, but she “made an even louder racket and let out a loud bark at him.” So the male turned away and sauntered off. She jumped down and followed him. ;-) Photo #1 by Steve Jurvetson

male lion on a rock in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa, is renowned as perhaps the best wildlife reserve in Africa due to its density of predators and prey. People come from all over the world to watch the annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebras. This male lion is relaxing on a rock, soaking up some sun. Photo #2 by William Warby


Dueling Zebras

Dueling zebras, fighting it out at the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa. Photo #3 by William Warby

Elephants Africa Safari

These Elephants were seen during a safari at Kruger National Park which is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers 18,989 square kilometres (7,332 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. Photo #4 by Steve Evans

Sometimes traffic gets a bit congested when you are on safari

This giraffe was also at Kruger National Park, but this time the photographer noted, “Sometimes traffic gets a bit congested when you are on safari.” Photo #5 by Steve Evans

Cheetah

Cheetah seen on safari to Serengeti National Park in East Africa. Photo #6 by Stig Nygaard

Tarangire Safari - A Lion's love story

Taken at another wildlife park in Africa: Tarangire National Park Safari – A Lion’s love story. Photo #7 by Marcel Oosterwijk

Zebra, Wildebeests and flamingos

Zebra, Wildebeests and flamingos at Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Tanzania. Photo #8 by Stig Nygaard

Lioness sitting next to a dead tree, Masai Mara, Kenya

Lioness sitting next to a dead tree at Masai Mara. The Masai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, Africa. Photo #9 by Tambako the Jaguar

Giraffe standing among trees, in the national park of the Tsavo East, Kenya

Giraffe standing among trees in Tsavo East National Park. This wildlife sanctuary is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, Africa. Photo #10 by Tambako the Jaguar

Serengeti National Park - Hippo in Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti National Park – Hippo in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo #11 by Geof Wilson

Rhino with baby - Kruger National Park, South Africa

Rhino with baby – Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photo #12 by Violator1

Baby baboon Africa Safari

Baby baboon seen on safari to Kruger National Park, Africa. Photo #13 by Steve Evans

Africa Safari - Monsterious Crocodile, Kachikali, Bakau, Gambia

During an African Safari, the photographer captured this shot and said, “Monsterious Crocodile, Kachikali, Bakau, Gambia.” Photo #14 by Kevin Walsh

Wildebeest, storks and pelicans

Wildebeest, storks and pelicans as seen on safari at Tanzania. Photo #15 by Stig Nygaard

Male lion with his son, having a cuddly moment in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Male lion with his son, having a cuddly moment in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Photo #16 by Tambako the Jaguar

eww Hyena scavenger on safari

Ewww . . . Hyena scavenger. It’s a great safari capture by the photographer though. Photo #17 by Marcel Oosterwijk

Elephants in Ngorongoro Crater

Elephants in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo #18 by Geof Wilson

Leopard Mating Dance

Remember that leopard in photo #1? This is what happened after the female in heat caught up with the male. Romance? According to the photographer, this is a “Leopard Mating Dance. Kicking up dust and sending grass flying.” Photo #19 by Steve Jurvetson

Africa Safari - lion

Lion as seen while on safari to Kruger National Park. Photo #20 by Steve Evans

Two vervet monkeys preening each other's fur in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Two vervet monkeys preening each other’s fur in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Photo #21 by William Warby

Hippos Safari in Tanzania

Hippos in Tanzania. Photo #22 by Stig Nygaard

Lion and Thomson's Gazelles

Lion and Thomson’s Gazelles at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Photo #23 by Stig Nygaard

warthog Africa Safari

Pumbaa? Where’s Timon? Warthog as seen during safari to Kruger National Park. Photo #24 by Steve Evans

South African Safari - Elephant

Elephant as seen on south African safari. Photo #25 by Caitlan (TheLizardQueen)

Giraffes in Serengeti National Park

Giraffes in Serengeti National Park. Photo #26 by Geof Wilson

On safari - buffalo and bird

Buffalo with a bird buddy catching a ride at Tanzania. Photo #27 by Stig Nygaard

Tiger at Ranthambhore National Park in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan is among the most popular Tiger Reserves in the country

Not Africa this time, but instead at one of the largest national parks in northern India. This tiger was seen on safari to Ranthambhore National Park which is among the most popular Tiger Reserves in India. Photo #28 by Koshy Koshy

Young male leopard in the jackal berry tree, as he was lit by setting sun

Young male leopard in the jackal berry tree, as he was lit by the setting sun. Photo #29 by Steve Jurvetson

Lake Manyara - Elephants and Baboons

Elephants and baboons seen at Lake Manyara, near Tarangire National Park. Photo #30 by Marcel Oosterwijk

Buffalo and Elephant - Ngorongoro Crater

Buffalo and Elephant – Ngorongoro Crater. Photo #31 by Geof Wilson

Vervet Monkeys Africa

Black-face Vervet Monkeys as seen on safari at Tanzania. Photo #32 by Stig Nygaard

'The Last of the Mohicans' - Painted Wolf (or African Wild Dog) is Africa’s most endangered carnivore

‘The Last of the Mohicans’ – Painted Wolf (or African Wild Dog) is Africa’s most endangered carnivore. Photo #33 by Steve Jurvetson

Giraffe running in the plains of the Masai Mara

Giraffe running in the plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Photo #34 by Tambako the Jaguar

Wildebeests and flamingos

Wildebeests and flamingos. Photo #35 by Stig Nygaard

Warthog family in South Africa

Warthog family in South Africa. Photo #36 by Jacques S G

Masai Mara - The lonely Wildebeest

The lonely Wildebeest at Masai Mara. Photo #37 by Marcel Oosterwijk

Lion Country Safari 1971

Flashback to 1971, not Africa but California. The caption reads, “Lion Country Safari, Irvine, 1971.” Photo #38 by Orange County Archives

2 male lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Two male lions lounging in the sun at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Photo #39 by William Warby

Taken at sheldrick, elephant orphanage in Nairobi

Taken at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi National Park in Kenya, Africa. Photo #40 by Robert van der Steeg


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