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Boulders Beach penguin colony

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The hyrax is a herbivorous animal native to Africa and the Middle East. Often mistaken for rodents, they are more closely related to elephants and manatees. There are four different recognized species of hyrax.

(If you think these little guys are adorable, I highly recommend going to the wikipedia page and watching the short video of a hyrax chewing. You will not be disappointed.)

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Baby elephant enjoys a river bath, South Africa

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Most frogs are extremely vocal during the mating season, but the goliath frog is not.  In fact, it has no vocal cords, despite having excellent hearing!  During the breeding season, males will push rocks together into semi-circular nests where they will battle with other males to attract females.  The females will lay strings of several hundred eggs attached to masses of a single aquatic plant on the river bed.  Her tadpoles will feed only on this species of plant for the first three months of their lives before they metamorphose.  

Oddly, considering the adult frog’s giant size, the eggs and tadpoles are no larger than those of other frogs when they are young, though they grow to be quite large as they approach metamorphosis!

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Rather impressive lion.

Dinka Man Imitating Horns

Location: South Sudan

Photographer: Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

At puberty a Dinka male receives a namesake ox after which he is named. He believes that he and the animal are one being. He trains the ox’s horns from calf-hood into beautiful lyre shapes, and emulates these shapes with his arms as he walks alongside his beloved personality ox.

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Young baby jacanas are known as “downies” and are capable of walking and swimming as soon as they’ve hatched.  Their father will not feed them, instead guiding them to feed and demonstrating how to hunt and uncover prey.  He will also keep a close eye on them; shortly after hatching, the father will clear the eggshells out of the nest, possibly to deter predators, and will coo at and brood his new family.  If he cannot find one of his chicks, the father will call loudly to try and attract it, and if a predator is detected, he will scream to summon the chicks’ larger and more powerful mother.  He will guard and nurture his little family for 40 to 70 days.

Great Pyramids of Giza - Egypt

The pyramids of Giza are some of the most recognisable archaeological sites in the world. The pyramid is estimated to be made from around 2,300,000 stone blocks, that weigh anywhere from 2 to 50 tonnes each. All built around 2580 and 2510 BCE,  the Pyramids here amazingly all line up precisely, with the Constellation of Orion. 

Despite the extreme heat that Egypt experiences, the temperature inside the Pyramid of Khufu (the largest of the three pyramids) remains a constant 20°C.