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An extraordinary close-up of a rain spider ( Palystes sp.) in Ruira, Kenya © Robin James Backhouse
Thousands of wildebeest brave the currents and crocodiles of the Mara River. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Ana Zinger
While storm clouds gather, a lioness shifts into stalk mode. Liuwa Plain National park, Zambia © Andrew Macdonald
A portrait of a Mundari cattle herder standing guard amongst his cattle in the South Sudan © Joe Buergi
An African jacana takes flight. Chobe River, Botswana © Bruce Staples
The fossa – the largest carnivorous mammal on the island of Madagascar. Kirindy Forest, Madagascar © Callum Lootsma
African barred owlets at Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve, South Africa © Charlie Lynam
A luckless scrub hare lies stunned and frozen in the clutches of a hungry leopard at Goas waterhole. Etosha National Park, Namibia © Dora Vecsey
A group of elephant orphans at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust enjoy a dust bath. Umani Springs, Kenya © Ana Zinger
A lucky sighting of the world’s largest nocturnal primate, the aye-aye. This animal was feeding on a coconut left out to attract night visitors. Madagascar © Dr Sougata Halder
Four giraffe dwarfed by an impressive baobab tree. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania © Fabian Fridholm
A young male leopard cradled in the cavity of a massive Mashatu (nyala) tree. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Garry Mills
Morning reflection – lionesses guard a buffalo carcass while hyenas lurk hopefully in the background. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa © Garry Mills
Hidden Vlei – a beautiful scenic area found on the road towards the renowned Sossusvlei, Namibia. © Hesté de Beer
A Maasai giraffe tenderly cleans her minute calf. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Ana Zinger
Local Beninese women use the beach to spread lake grasses into fan-like shapes, drying them out for mat weaving. Here, guide Assou Cosme Segla lays on the mats as a size reference. Grand-Popo, Benin © Inger Vandyke
A portrait of a young boy from the Turkana tribe in Kenya © Joe Buergi
A close-up shot of a vibrant Southern tree agama. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Joschka Voss
A young male lion hidden in the lush green shade of one of Liuwa Plain’s few woodlands. Liuwa Plain National park, Zambia © Andrew Macdonald
How many tails can you count? Six lions quench their thirst while a black-backed jackal observes from a safe distance. Etosha National Park, Namibia © Dora Vecsey
A young Temminck’s ground pangolin (a “pangopup”) emerges with its mother late one summer evening to relocate burrows for safety and better foraging. South Africa © Kevan Dobbie
A gaping Nile crocodile lays basking in the sun. Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe © Mitchell Riley
A once-in-a-lifetime sighting of a Southern African python suffocating an impala before swallowing it. Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Mrisho Luge
A fascinating armoured lily weevil (Brachycerus sp.) photographed in Ruira, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
A flurry of horns emerge from the dust cloud created by thousands of migrating wildebeest. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Ana Zinger
The golden sunset highlights every wrinkle on a dust bathing elephant. Khwai Community Area, Botswana © Eben Van Heerden
Playful leopard siblings. Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Rod Watson
One of the Tano Bora cheetah males attempts to take down a young zebra on his own. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Suhaib Alvi
A journey of Maasai giraffe on high alert at the water’s edge. Komboy, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya © Tim Nicklin
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