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Do You Know What The Closest Relative Is To the Dassie?

Animal Pictures - Dassie looking up at Bettys Bay South Africa

When you are around rocky areas in South Africa, you will most likely see a few dassies running around. I myself find them too cute with their pointy nose and those button ears.

Dassies live in groups of 10 – 80 animals, they are generally most active in the mornings and evenings and their most striking behaviour is the use of sentries. One or more animals take up position on a vantage point and issue alarm calls on the approach of predators, making it hard to get close to them to take attractive dassie portrait shots.

As so many other animals though, dassies are quite used to being around humans in touristy areas, which has the advantage of making it easier to take a dassie photograph ; )

Would you have guessed that the closest living relatives to the dassie are the elephant and the manatee?

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I Wonder What This Young Baboon Is Thinking…

Animal Picture - close up of young baboon's face, Tokai Forest, South Africa

This young baboon looks quite sad, which he really wasn’t. The whole baboon clan was spread out over a wide trail at Tokai Forest in the Western Cape of South Africa, doing was baboons do best: playing, grooming, running around, chasing each other and watching what the rest is getting up to.

It’s a fun sight to watch and the little ones are really cute. I could have spent hours watching them, but I have to admit, the adults are somewhat intimidating and I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong foot with them.

But I got very lucky that day… coming across the baboons right at the start of our little photo walk was amazing. Especially because we headed out to capture  mountain bike riders racing down the steep trails. Well we got those too, but for me, the baboons where the highlight of the day.

What does this say about a good-planned photo walk? Well, again, to me it shows it’s great to find out what you want to shoot and plan it, but it’s even more crucial to be prepared and flexible enough to grab a fantastic opportunity when it comes your way.

I’m definitely very happy with the shots I got on that day. One of them you might have seen on my blog before. It’s another animal picture, a silhouette shot of two baboons grooming.

Young baboon in thought, Tokai Forest, South Africa

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