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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR
OF ODZALA-KOKOUA NATIONAL PARK,
REPUBLIC OF CONGO

camera
with thanks to
AFRICAN PARKS
and
SOPHIE SMITH
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A female western lowland gorilla climbs a tree in search of fruit in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Congo. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
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A shy forest elephant wades through the river before disappearing into the forest. ©Sophie Smith
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Musanga cecropioidesis. Odzala-Kokoua National Park is one of the world’s most botanically diverse areas, with more than 4,400 plant species. ©Sophie Smith
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A young female western lowland gorilla. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
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Great blue turaco. ©African Parks/Pete Oxford.
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Black and white colobus monkeys with a new addition to the family. ©African Parks/Pete Oxford
African green pigeons descend en masse to feed at the mineral-rich bai. ©Sophie Smith
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Left: Cleome afrospina. Right: Delicate fungus grows from piles of elephant dung. ©Sophie Smith
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An African crowned eagle takes flight. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
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A mother and her infant western lowland gorilla. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
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African forest buffalo are a common sight on the banks of the marshy bai. ©Sophie Smith
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Pygmy hunters prepare nets towards which they chase small forest animals such as duikers, hogs and rodents. ©African Parks/Pete Oxford.
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A guide photographs the gnarled bark of an ancient tree. ©Sophie Smith
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Grey parrots congregate on the bai to ingest the mineral-rich soil. ©African Parks/Pete Oxford.
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A young western lowland gorilla. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen

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SOPHIE SMITH is a Cape Town-based photojournalist. With a background in journalism, education, and marketing, she aims to use her photography to bring awareness to humanitarian and conservation causes worldwide, particularly in Africa. She also dabbles in wedding photography and portraiture but when she isn’t taking photos she loves road-tripping adventures with her husband, rock climbing, hiking, long runs and quality time with friends (especially when there is good food involved). This photo gallery was possible in collaboration with African Parks.

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