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A bark-mantis camouflaged on…bark. Langata area, Nairobi, Kenya. © Karim Kara
‘Would you pass me a napkin please?’ – a member of the famous cheetah coalition of five, Tano Bora, in the middle of a zebra meal. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Aditya Nair
A hyena calculates the effort versus reward of tucking into a calloused elephant foot. Khwai, Botswana. © Shaun Malan
Contemplation. Mahale National Park, Tanzania. © Ana Zinger
Giant emperor moth ( Pseudoimrasia deyrollei). Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
Hippobotanist. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Antionette Morkel
A little egret executes a perfect wingbeat, feathering the surface on a cloudy afternoon. Randburg, South Africa. © Bilal Mosam
A diademed sifaka posing with a somewhat amusing expression. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. © Callum Lootsma
A resident lion pride has specialised in crocodile hunting on the lakeshore. The vultures aren’t fussy about what they clean up. Matusadona National Park, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. © Caroline Landrey
Wizened wonder – a chimpanzee looking up to its companions in the canopy. Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Christian Passeri
A black crake observing neighbours in the Musiara Marsh. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Dave Richards
An African wildcat hunting for unsuspecting sociable weavers. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Dean Polley
A brown hyena can’t believe the temerity of a thieving black-backed jackal. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Gonnie Myburgh
A striped leaf-nosed bat ( Macronycteris vittatus), usually pale grey but, in this case, a rare and gorgeous orange form. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
Mane shower. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Guillaume Niger
A southern speckled sand snake and a large mouse that climbed the wrong tree. Samburu National Park, Kenya. © Jane Wynyard
Listening and looking. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Jenny Rood
‘I think they’ve seen us’ – tree squirrels caught mid-game. Kruger National Park-South Africa. © Joschka Voss
A crafty rock monitor lizard. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. © Zander Rautenbach
Back or front? Hips do lie. Caterpillar of unknown hawkmoth species shows its rear end. Langata area, Nairobi, Kenya. © Karim Kara
Nestward-bound after a hard day at work. Kolwezi, Lualaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Kirkamon Cabello
Can’t talk now…… frog in my throat! Green night adder with amphibious supper. Kogatende, Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. © Marc Mol
The marsh owl has light orange ‘windows’ in its primary feathers that, when shot in the right light, show up very brightly. Bapsfontein, South Africa. © Mattheuns Pretorius
Mozambican long-fingered bat ( Miniopterus mossambicus) emerging from the Codzo Cave. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
Luluka, one of the Maasai Mara’s well-known leopards, with her disobedient cub. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Nitin Michael
Protection. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Paolo Torchio
Pied kingfisher with breakfast frog. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Gonnie Myburgh
Mozambican student, Rosa Félix Tivane, releasing a paradise flycatcher after recording its biometric data. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
Detail of a crocodile fish eye, the underwater master of disguise. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique © Ricardo Ferreira
Silhouettes in solidarity. Ndutu Conservation Area, Tanzania. © Alex Felez Buchholz
A lion licks her chops mid-meal. Khwai, Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Shaun Malan
Two harlequin shrimps devour their starfish prey, immobilised by clipping the soft tube feet attaching the starfish to a firm surface. Sodwana Bay, South Africa. © Veronique Pretorius
An ultraviolet-illuminated rock scorpion living in a cave that was home, a few thousand years ago, to a group of San people. Chikukwa Cave, Chimanimani Mountains, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
In Madagascar, whale sharks are called marokintana which, in Malagasy, means ‘many stars’ – an apt name for such a beautiful animal. Nosy Be, Madagascar. © Veronique Pretorius
A brown noddy takes off from paradise. Bird Island, Seychelles. © Yann Corby
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