Baboons are found from the savannas of western and eastern Africa, to the cape in southern Africa, as well as the tropical rainforest of central Africa. This male Olive Baboon (Papio anubis) was resting in the dense jungle of Kibale National Park in southwestern Uganda. I think the reason so many people love primates is because their facial expressions are similar to ours. To me, this male looks like he is relaxing, day dreaming about something. That of course is anthropomorphizing him, but in a way I think that’s ok, because it lets people connect with the animal.
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Olive Baboon (Papio anubis) male in rainforest, Kibale National Park, western Uganda
Aren’t Atlantic Puffins just the cutest? These amazing seabirds are the penguins of the north, at least that’s what they remind me of. Like most seabirds, they really only come ashore to breed. This individual was photographed on Skomer Island in Wales. The Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) build their burrows into the soft earth between the flowers, to which they return to feed their chicks or to roost at night.
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Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in breeding plumage, Skomer Island National Nature Reserve, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
I feel like bats tend to get a bad reputation. Most of that I think is because they are different and we don’t understand them. Mammals that fly, often using echolocation, and hanging upside down when sleeping. I took this picture because this Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) is so cute. Hopefully with pictures like this one, people will start to change their mind about these amazing animals.
This Borneo Pygmy Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) mother and calf were grazing along the Kinabatangan River in the state of Sabah, in Malaysian Borneo. The rainforest corridor is quite narrow along the river here and these elephants routinely push into Oil Palm plantations but on this day, the whole herd was feeding right along the river. I was accompanying researchers as they were checking their live traps when we came upon them. Even they, who spend every day on the river, where exhilarated to see them. We spent three hours watching these guys and it never got boring. I never had the chance to see them the last time I was in Borneo so getting to observe them this time was a real treat.
This male Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) would routinely feed on the flower nectar of this ornamental tree planted in Tawau Hills Park, in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Like clockwork, he would show up at 6:15am and feed for fifteen minutes. It was amazing seeing this brightly colored bird quickly fly from flower to flower, feeding on the nectar they provided. Another amazing treat to get to witness.