The Queen of the Night.

The Queen of the Night
Image Credit: Photograph by Seyms Brugger, South Africa.
This image was a once in a lifetime experience, photographed from an underground hide at Zimanga Private Game Reserve in South Africa.
While one when can only dream that a pride of lions would come to drink, it became a reality when the local pride arrived just before 1900 hours
Source: The Queen of the Night | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

The Punkosaur, small and Bristly.

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This stylish dinosaur predated the punk movement by 200 million years. Pegomastax africanus had sharp bristles and stabbing, self-sharpening fangs.
Its remains were chipped out of red rock from South Africa.
The 2-foot-long dino weighed less than a modern house cat in the flesh. But Paul Sereno, a paleontologist and professor at the University of Chicago, believes it was a plucky survivor.
“I think the bristles would have made it look at least a little bigger than it was — perhaps they could poke out more strongly when excited,” he said.
via 10 Unbelievable Dinos That Really Existed : Discovery News.

Under an African Sky.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Carey Nash, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
A Hamar woman and her son stand beneath a dramatic sky in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley.
“After walking from our tent along the riverbed, we met up with this nearby village and the beautiful people [who] lived there,” writes photographer Carey Nash. “We felt so welcomed.”
Source: Photo of the Day: Best of June | PROOF

The Serval, the Leaping Wild Cat.

serval_cat_leapsFound among the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, the serval looks like a cat on stilts.
Immediately recognizable by its long legs and large, rounded ears, this graceful feline’s stretched-out look is perfectly suited to detecting and pouncing on prey in the tall grass.
Capable of jumping 12 feet into the air, servals can nab fleeing birds in mid-air and get the drop of scurrying small mammals.
And this cat’s genetic legacy isn’t restricted to the savannah.
Cat breeders have created a domestic cat-serval cross called the Savannah cat, and they’ve become accepted enough that The International Cat Association now recognizes them as a championship breed.
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via Ten Amazing Small Wild Cats | Science | Smithsonian.

Chaos as Wildebeests cross Mara River, Tanzania.

1st Place, Wildlife by Pim Volkers.
It was early morning when I saw the wildebeests crossing Tanzania’s Mara River.
The layering of dust, shade, and sun over the chaos of wildebeests kicking up water gives this picture a sense of mystique and allure.
It’s almost like an old painting—I’m still compelled to search the detail of the image to absorb the unreal scene.
Image Credit: Photograph by Pim Volkers / National Geographic Photo Contest
Source: Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic