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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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Baboons Grooming – An Animal Picture Of A Different Kind

Wildlife Photography, silhouette photo of baboons grooming in Tokai Forest, South Africa (Photos by Angelika)

With baboons coming close into Cape Town’s suburbs, they make great subjects for an animal picture. Although I wouldn’t dare to get too close to them, they are quite used to people and with that, they don’t get scared away easily. They are still a hard subject to photograph though, as it seems like they never keep still.

While being out and about in Tokai Forest, one of the many Table Mountain National Park forests on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, I came across a large group of baboons. The whole troop occupied the wide trail I was walking on. To be honest, it was quite an intimidating sight. Good thing I wasn’t by myself¬† and the forest itself was busy with joggers and bikers alike.

I took lots of pictures of the baboons, although due to the low light conditions and their fast moving around it wasn’t an easy task. After quite a while and having taken lots of images, I still wasn’t happy with what I got so far. So I thought I’ll try something else. A different kind of animal picture.

The big trees of the forest allowed only a few sun rays to shine through and I got the idea to try a silhouette shot, rather than aiming to capture the baboons under the low light conditions. Scouting for a spot where the sun came through, I found the two baboons you can see above. The smaller baboon grooming a big male. Quickly changing my camera settings I adapted an angle that I thought would work for the animal picture I envisioned and quickly shot a few photos.

It was perfect timing, because right after I took those pictures, the group scattered away into the forest, away from the trail.

Checking my images at home I really fell in love with this picture of the two baboons. I think the light works perfectly in favour of portraying the intimate moment between these two baboons.

Animal Picture taken in Tokai Forest, South Africa

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