One Love

Bob Marley’s “One Love” asked “What about – ? Let’s get together and feel all right”, perhaps we can take a few cues from the Animal Kingdom ūüôā
One love is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge, and images of interaction between animals from my recent game drives are my response to the prompt…

…….the journey continues …………..

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52 Photos Project : Black & White

Whilst on a game drive during a recent trip to the Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth, someone asked the ranger if zebras were completely vulnerable to attack from the Lions in the Park, due to their predominantly black and white colouring against the saturated colours of the vegetation. To my surprise, he answered that on the contrary they were very well camouflaged considering Lions could only distinguish things in Black & White. Bella’s prompt on the 52 Photo’s Project this week (www.52photosproject.com) is Black and White, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a little expriment to compare the results. I used a couple of images of zebras and one of a kudu from my trip and converted them to Black & White. These images, together with the original colour images, are posted as my reponse to the prompt………………the journey continues…………
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Friendly faces……………

As is becoming the norm with every Weekly Photo Challenge, there is always another post lurking in the background that is also relevant to the topic just waiting to get out there too :-). Somehow you just seem to remember other images that are also very relevant to the topic of the week. This week is no exception, with the topic – Faces, the possibilities are endless. My post yesterday was of faces from the Cape Town Minstrels Carnival, so I figured I should do something different for the second post.
So, todays images feature a new lot of personalities, only this time they’re from the animal world. Each, not much different to all of us, in that they all have a character of their own. Perhaps they knew this was a photo shoot to be put onto a blog, cause it appears as though each made sure that character just comes through in the images.
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Chacma Baboons are found here too….

We continue¬†with our little excursion¬†to Cape Point, and while here, we’ve talked about the fynbos, we’ve talked about the lighthouses, we’ve talked about the thundering waves, but we havent really talked about the animals that are found here.¬†

We touched a bit on the birds, of which there are at least 250 species here. The wide variety of habitats, ranging from rocky mountain tops to beaches to open sea makes the area suitable for such a large variety. Birds that are normally found in the bush are scarce here because of the scrubby nature of the fynbos vegetation, however when flowering, Proteas and Ericas do attract sunbirds and other species on the lookout for nectar.

Large animals can be rarely seen, though they are definitely there. There are zebras, eland and other antelope. Smaller animals such as lizards, tortoises, snakes and insects appear in much larger numbers. There are also smaller mammals like dassies, striped mice, water mongoose and the cape clawless otter.

Another significant member of the animal population¬†at Cape Point are the baboons. The Chacma¬†baboon on the Cape Peninsula are the only protected population of the species in Africa. I know! couldn’t¬†get away from the superlative ūüôā They subsist on fruits, roots, honey, bulbs, insects¬†and scorpions. Rather unusually for primates, they are sometimes seen on the beaches feeding on sand hoppers and shellfish. Large troops of these baboons can be seen across the park, and it is not unusual for traffic¬†to come to a complete standstill when a troop happen to be on the side of the road. A perfect photo opportunity. Sadly though, over the years humans have disregarded the age-old¬†rule of not feeding wild¬†animals. So,¬†in certain areas like Cape Point¬†baboons are beginning to see humans as a source for food.¬†It is quite a large problem as the baboons are now attracted to the sight of food¬†being consumed by humans and¬†actually aggressively pursue it. There have been many incidents where food has been taken¬†by baboons from vulnerable children, or from a momentarily not watched picnic table. Unfortunately, this aggressive behaviour has resulted in the possibility that baboons that have been accustomed to receiving food from humans being destroyed. Obviously a venue like Cape Point becomes problematic to manage as there are literally thousands of visitors and tourists passing through there every¬†week, so there is bound to be an incident every so often. The Park has special Baboon minders that are actually there to ensure that the Public do¬†not become victim to incidents, ironically to baboons who humans made accustomed to being fed. There are numerous attempts to create awareness around this and it is a very long uphill battle to overcome. There are organisations like baboon matters www.baboonmatters.org.za that are doing sterling work in creating awareness.

On a recent visit to Cape Point there was a troop of baboons hanging out in the parking area, the little ones were keeping themselves entertained playing with one another or doing acrobatics on the public telephone boxes, climbing up the stone wall or just having a quiet moment. Some of the adults seemed to be checking out the flavours of the rubber glazing beads on the cars or maybe it was the tree sap that may have gathered on the rubber. The journey continues……………………………………..

And so onto todays images, some of which are from the parking area………..