West of Khorixas, Namibia
Soaring with a flock of Kelp Gulls off South Africa’s southern coast.
A troop of olive baboons basks in the relative airiness of a forest road. You can see how they might get a little claustrophobic after a few weeks on the jungle floor.
Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda.
The Fynbos of South Africa's Western Cape, a region one-sixth the size of Colorado, are home to more than 9,000 species of plants, 6,000 of which are endemic. They're also stunningly beautiful. Here, stars are sprinkled across a midnight sky in the hill country north of Botrivier.
For families living on the southwestern shore of Uganda's Lugogo River, crossing to the northern side can mean a trip of 60 miles or more by road. A steady stream of water taxis provides an alternative. Each round trip requires poling a distance of nearly two miles, laden with men in business suits, families of four, or entire motorcycles.
It doesn't matter where you're from, what color your skin happens to be, orhow much money you have. Joy and wonder are human capacities everywhere. Lugogo Swamp, Uganda.
A young girl prepares to wash clothes along the edge of Uganda's Lugogo River. Average per capita water consumption in Uganda is about 15 liters per day. (Per capita water consumption in the U.S., by comparison, is nearly 600 liters per day.) Even this small requirement demands that many women and children must spend hours each day acquiring and transporting water, often on foot over distances of many kilometers. This is just to meet basic requirements for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. This can have widespread effects on childrens' attendance at school, as well as their ability to devote time after school to studying. The long-term impacts on Uganda's future generations is enormous...
An Angolan Giraffe browses in the eastern portion of Namibia's Etosha National Park. Despite their long necks, giraffes have the same number of cervical vertebrae as most other mammals, including humans, seven.
Poaching has long been a problem in Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park. As recently as the early 1970s, 20,000+ elephants are thought to have roamed the area. By the mid-1990s, the number had dropped to less than 300.
Among other methods, poachers set snare traps along banks of the Nile to catch animals as they come down to feed or drink. The snares often encircle elephants' trunks. The harder the elephant pulls, the tighter the wire binds, cutting off circulation and, eventually, the trunk. After a quick search back through our images, I couldn't find a single photo of an elephant that hadn't lost part of its trunk to a snare. The river is now patrolled within Murchison Falls by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, which trains ranger teams to make arrests and collect hard evidence to ensure convictions. Since the 1990s, elephant populations within the park have gained ground, having risen to nearly 1,500 individuals in the intervening years.
The ancient camel thorn trees of Deadvlei are thought to have died in the 1300's when the climate shifted and 1,000 foot tall red dunes diverted the path of the Tsauchab River a couple of kilometers to the north. The desiccated limbs of the camel thorns have stood motionless, pointing skyward ever since. Europeans had yet to colonize the Americas at that point, and the Ming Dynasty was just beginning in China. I wonder if we'll still be around in another 700 years... Hopefully the trees still will be. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.
Botrivier, South Africa
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