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Africa Geographic Editorial

20 August 2020

Mud, mud, glorious mud,
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
So follow me, follow,
Down to the hollow,
And there let us wallow in glorious mud. ~ ‘The Hippopotamus Song’ by Flanders & Swann

Thanks to our talented Photographer of the Year entrants whose images below celebrate MUD in all its glory and danger.

Monitor lizard looking out of the mud. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann
A young lion after a zebra meal in the mud in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Panos Laskarakis
A baby elephant that was stuck in the mud and eventually died – Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann
Butterflies look for moisture in the mud in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Vittorio Ricci
“The perfect catch” in Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana © James Gifford
Buffalo covered in mud in the Maasai Mara, Kenya © Chris Schmid
“Horror of drought” in Nsumo pan, uMkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa © Tanya Nadauld
The yellow eye of a muddy crocodile. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann
Leopard tortoise drinking at a waterhole in the Kruger National Park, South Africa © Gabriella Kiss
An elephant herd takes a mud bath in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Kevin Dooley
“Starvation” – lions fighting over a carcass in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Panos Laskarakis
A Cape buffalo in near-perfect dried mud camouflage rests during the midday heat, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Bruce Miller
A white rhino enjoys a cool mud wallow during the heat of the day. South Africa © Julie Escoffier
A crocodile waits patiently with a fly on its head – Mana Pools, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann

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