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  • 1) Diictodon - by Angela R. Connor.
2) Fossilized skeletons of two adult male Diictodon that crawled into an underground burrow and curled-up together probably to conserve heat during winter hibernation.
3) Size comparison. Based on Figure 15 of "Functional aspects of the postcranial anatomy of the Permian dicynodont Diictodon and their ecological implications" by Sanghamitra Ray and Anusuya Chinsamy (Palaeontology 46(1): 151-183).
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Diictodon was a genus of mammal-like  synapsids lived during the Late Permian period, approximately 255 million years ago. Fossils have been found in the Madumabisa Mudstone  of the Luangwa Basin in Zambia  and South Africa as well as the China. Roughly half of all Permian vertebrate specimens found in South Africa are those of Diictodon. This small herbivorous animal was one of the most successful synapsids in the Permian period.
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Diictodon had disproportionally large heads that ended in a horny beak. Both males and females had a pair of tusks sticking out from the upper jaw, with those of the male being slightly larger.
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#evolutionsoup #evolution #paleo #paleontology #paleoartist #Homosapiens #hominid #art #artwork #illustration #Darwin #cave #bone #fossils #mammals #herbivorous #Permian #extinct #animals #science #anthropology #paleoanthropology #genus #species #synapsids #africa #skull #skulls
  • 1) Diictodon - by Angela R. Connor.
    2) Fossilized skeletons of two adult male Diictodon that crawled into an underground burrow and curled-up together probably to conserve heat during winter hibernation.
    3) Size comparison. Based on Figure 15 of "Functional aspects of the postcranial anatomy of the Permian dicynodont Diictodon and their ecological implications" by Sanghamitra Ray and Anusuya Chinsamy (Palaeontology 46(1): 151-183).
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    Diictodon was a genus of mammal-like  synapsids lived during the Late Permian period, approximately 255 million years ago. Fossils have been found in the Madumabisa Mudstone  of the Luangwa Basin in Zambia  and South Africa as well as the China. Roughly half of all Permian vertebrate specimens found in South Africa are those of Diictodon. This small herbivorous animal was one of the most successful synapsids in the Permian period.
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    Diictodon had disproportionally large heads that ended in a horny beak. Both males and females had a pair of tusks sticking out from the upper jaw, with those of the male being slightly larger.
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    #evolutionsoup #evolution #paleo #paleontology #paleoartist #Homosapiens #hominid #art #artwork #illustration #Darwin #cave #bone #fossils #mammals #herbivorous #Permian #extinct #animals #science #anthropology #paleoanthropology #genus #species #synapsids #africa #skull #skulls
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  • [BioVideo] ¿Cómo que ya nos vamos? Si me acabo de poner cómodo! 🐶😅
  • [BioVideo] ¿Cómo que ya nos vamos? Si me acabo de poner cómodo! 🐶😅
  • 154 2 1 hour ago
  • -DOMESTIC MONTH-
The #redwattlehogs are a breed of domestic #pig originating in the #UnitedStates. It is named for its #red color and distinctive wattles or tassels, and is on the #threatened list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy(ALBC).The early history of the Red Wattle #hog is not clear. The modern breed descends from animals found in East #Texas in the late 1960s and early 1970s by H. C. Wengler, who cross-bred two wattled red sows with a #Durocboar to start the "Wengler Red Waddle" line. Other animals were found, also in East Texas, about 20 years later by Robert Prentice, and became the Timberline line of #RedWattles. Prentice also crossed his Timberlines with Wengler's line to make the Endow Farm Wattle #Hogs. In the 1980s, three breed registries were maintained, but with no central breed association. In 1999, the American #Livestock Breeds #Conservancy found only 42 breeding animals belonging to six breeders.A Red Wattle Hog Association was started, which since September 2012 has maintained the pedigree book for the breed. The Red Wattle hog is listed by Slow Food USA in the Ark of Taste. (WIKIPEDIA)

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#conservationists#conservation#animal#farm#endangered#mammals#suine
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    The  #redwattlehogs are a breed of domestic #pig originating in the #UnitedStates . It is named for its #red color and distinctive wattles or tassels, and is on the  #threatened  list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy(ALBC).The early history of the Red Wattle #hog is not clear. The modern breed descends from animals found in East #Texas in the late 1960s and early 1970s by H. C. Wengler, who cross-bred two wattled red sows with a  #Durocboar to start the "Wengler Red Waddle" line. Other animals were found, also in East Texas, about 20 years later by Robert Prentice, and became the Timberline line of #RedWattles . Prentice also crossed his Timberlines with Wengler's line to make the Endow Farm Wattle #Hogs . In the 1980s, three breed registries were maintained, but with no central breed association. In 1999, the American #Livestock Breeds #Conservancy found only 42 breeding animals belonging to six breeders.A Red Wattle Hog Association was started, which since September 2012 has maintained the pedigree book for the breed. The Red Wattle hog is listed by Slow Food USA in the Ark of Taste. (WIKIPEDIA)

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    #conservationists #conservation #animal #farm #endangered #mammals #suine
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  • Gran actividad en la dehesa Extremeña. La berrea esta a tope
  • Gran actividad en la dehesa Extremeña. La berrea esta a tope
  • 142 12 5 hours ago
  • В современных степях засилье обыкновенных лисиц #vulpesvulpes -устоявшийся факт. Но мало кто, кроме пастухов и охотников знает, что здесь обитает ещё один представитель рода #vulpes -#корсак 
Небольшие размеры, чуть больше взрослого кота, и светло серая окраска, не такая рыжая как у лисиц, делают корсака идеально приспособленным для жизни в полупустынных и степных биотопах.
Наблюдаемая мной пара корсаков устроила в этом году выводковую нору всего лишь в 400 м. от животноводческой стоянки. Подрастающих щенят родители кормили общественными полёвками, жаворонками и сусликами из небольшой колонии у точки, которую в скором времени полностью истребили. Кроме того, корсаки повадились воровать гусят и цыплят, что не могло не вызвать конфликт с человеком.
В конце июня корсачата начинают исследовать степь у своей норы. В этот период они особенно уязвимы от преследования пастушьих собак. Щенки ещё не умеют мастерски петлять и срезать углы, как это делают взрослые особи,  поэтому молодняк часто становится добычей лисиц, шакалов, волков и даже орлов и филинов!
К сожалению, полноценных научных работ по корсаку практически нет. Поэтому непонятно состояние современной популяции корсака. Очевидно одно- деградация и уничтожение степных местообитаний, конкуренция с обыкновенной лисицей и охотничий прессинг делают корсака угрожаемым видом, включение которого в региональную красную книгу остаётся вопросом времени.

#калмыкия #mammals #animalphoto #animalphotography #rareanimals #steppe #grasslands #vulpesvelox #vulpescorsac #aridzone #predatorprey #animals #animalovers
  • В современных степях засилье обыкновенных лисиц #vulpesvulpes -устоявшийся факт. Но мало кто, кроме пастухов и охотников знает, что здесь обитает ещё один представитель рода #vulpes - #корсак
    Небольшие размеры, чуть больше взрослого кота, и светло серая окраска, не такая рыжая как у лисиц, делают корсака идеально приспособленным для жизни в полупустынных и степных биотопах.
    Наблюдаемая мной пара корсаков устроила в этом году выводковую нору всего лишь в 400 м. от животноводческой стоянки. Подрастающих щенят родители кормили общественными полёвками, жаворонками и сусликами из небольшой колонии у точки, которую в скором времени полностью истребили. Кроме того, корсаки повадились воровать гусят и цыплят, что не могло не вызвать конфликт с человеком.
    В конце июня корсачата начинают исследовать степь у своей норы. В этот период они особенно уязвимы от преследования пастушьих собак. Щенки ещё не умеют мастерски петлять и срезать углы, как это делают взрослые особи, поэтому молодняк часто становится добычей лисиц, шакалов, волков и даже орлов и филинов!
    К сожалению, полноценных научных работ по корсаку практически нет. Поэтому непонятно состояние современной популяции корсака. Очевидно одно- деградация и уничтожение степных местообитаний, конкуренция с обыкновенной лисицей и охотничий прессинг делают корсака угрожаемым видом, включение которого в региональную красную книгу остаётся вопросом времени.

    #калмыкия #mammals #animalphoto #animalphotography #rareanimals #steppe #grasslands #vulpesvelox #vulpescorsac #aridzone #predatorprey #animals #animalovers
  • 4 1 5 hours ago
  • The ultimate hunter and my favourite marine animal.

Intelligence, adaptability, strength; the Orca or more commonly known as the Killer whale, has it all. Although commonly confused for a whale, the orca is in fact the largest of the dolphin species. These predators range from the coasts of Norway all the way South to the Antarctic. Orcas have evolved with layers of thick blubber to survive the cold. Orcas are social mammals which allows them to use a variety of hunting strategies. Although their techniques vary from region to region, Orca pods have been successful hunters. Orcas are not only equipped with interlocking teeth meant for ripping prey apart, but can also reach speeds of up to 30 mph. This enables them to accommodate prey from seals to sharks and even other whales. 
These remarkable animals have evolved and thrived in open waters over the centuries. Captivity has however proved extremely dangerous for these large animals and a stand needs to be taken to stop this. Orcas need to be protected in the WILD, before humans become reason for their demise.
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#orca #killerwhale #mammals #animals #instaanimals #animalkingdom #planetearth #photography #nature #earth #love #likeforlikes #follow #natgeo #smiles #happy #nationalgeographic #love #instalike #wildlife #wild #wildlifephotography #animallovers #animalphotography #animalplanet
  • The ultimate hunter and my favourite marine animal.

    Intelligence, adaptability, strength; the Orca or more commonly known as the Killer whale, has it all. Although commonly confused for a whale, the orca is in fact the largest of the dolphin species. These predators range from the coasts of Norway all the way South to the Antarctic. Orcas have evolved with layers of thick blubber to survive the cold. Orcas are social mammals which allows them to use a variety of hunting strategies. Although their techniques vary from region to region, Orca pods have been successful hunters. Orcas are not only equipped with interlocking teeth meant for ripping prey apart, but can also reach speeds of up to 30 mph. This enables them to accommodate prey from seals to sharks and even other whales.
    These remarkable animals have evolved and thrived in open waters over the centuries. Captivity has however proved extremely dangerous for these large animals and a stand needs to be taken to stop this. Orcas need to be protected in the WILD, before humans become reason for their demise.


    📸: Google✌🏼


    #orca #killerwhale #mammals #animals #instaanimals #animalkingdom #planetearth #photography #nature #earth #love #likeforlikes #follow #natgeo #smiles #happy #nationalgeographic #love #instalike #wildlife #wild #wildlifephotography #animallovers #animalphotography #animalplanet
  • 153 6 13 September, 2019
  • Apex of the Arctic🥶

The polar bear is the largest land carnivore weighing in at over 450 kg. Although they appear white, polar bears have black skin and transparent fur. Their fur contains light scattering particles which traps sunlight. The light then bounces around in a process called luminescence, causing white light to be given off. Repeated luminescence helps the polar bear appear white to blend in with the Arctic environment. These predators have mastered different hunting strategies to enable survival in harsh conditions. A polar bear’s diet consists mainly of seals, which they hunt through either still-hunting or stalking. Still-hunting involves lying still near a breathing hole waiting for a seal to come up for air. This method is usually preferred as it consumes much less energy. Stalking  usually only occurs in seasons where seal pups are large enough to rest upon the ice, where the bear will creep in on them without being noticed.

Physiologically, a polar bear has evolved extraordinary ways to help them survive the harsh conditions. They retain over 84% of protein and around 97% of fat from digested content. They are also capable of lowering their metabolic activity comparable to that of an animal during hibernation, to help conserve energy. This has made it an apex and the most adaptable hunter in the animal kingdom.
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#polarbear #apexlegends #predator #arctic #ice #animals #instaanimals #mammals #animalkingdom #planetearth #photography #nature #earth #love #likeforlikes #follow #natgeo #nationalgeographic #love #instalike #wildlife #wild #chase #stalk #wildlifephotography #animallovers #animalphotography #animalplanet
  • Apex of the Arctic🥶

    The polar bear is the largest land carnivore weighing in at over 450 kg. Although they appear white, polar bears have black skin and transparent fur. Their fur contains light scattering particles which traps sunlight. The light then bounces around in a process called luminescence, causing white light to be given off. Repeated luminescence helps the polar bear appear white to blend in with the Arctic environment. These predators have mastered different hunting strategies to enable survival in harsh conditions. A polar bear’s diet consists mainly of seals, which they hunt through either still-hunting or stalking. Still-hunting involves lying still near a breathing hole waiting for a seal to come up for air. This method is usually preferred as it consumes much less energy. Stalking usually only occurs in seasons where seal pups are large enough to rest upon the ice, where the bear will creep in on them without being noticed.

    Physiologically, a polar bear has evolved extraordinary ways to help them survive the harsh conditions. They retain over 84% of protein and around 97% of fat from digested content. They are also capable of lowering their metabolic activity comparable to that of an animal during hibernation, to help conserve energy. This has made it an apex and the most adaptable hunter in the animal kingdom.


    #polarbear #apexlegends #predator #arctic #ice #animals #instaanimals #mammals #animalkingdom #planetearth #photography #nature #earth #love #likeforlikes #follow #natgeo #nationalgeographic #love #instalike #wildlife #wild #chase #stalk #wildlifephotography #animallovers #animalphotography #animalplanet
  • 206 4 1 September, 2019
  • Animal battles: Cheetah VS Gazelle

These two species are endemic to the plains of Africa and have been natural enemies from the beginning. Both these animals are naturally programmed to be mortal enemies. No one species always emerges victorious.

Cheetahs, the world’s’ fastest land mammal, can reach top speeds of 70 mph in just under 4 seconds. They are anatomically designed for speed. They have long, muscular legs, a flexible spine and a long tail for maintaining balance. Cheetahs also have semi-retractable claws which provides them with a firm grip during a chase. However, endurance isn’t their strong suit. They are only able to maintain their speed for around 20-30 seconds, before tiring out. This forces them to master the stalk and get as close to the gazelle as possible before the chase begins. They take the help of tall grass to avoid being seen. Precision stalking is just as important as the chase for a Cheetah. The Gazelle on the other hand is much slower and can only reach top speeds between 50-55 mph. However, they have a much higher endurance and have mastered a tactic known as the zig-zag motion where they are able to make sudden turns to outwit the predator. During an encounter, a gazelle only needs to survive for around 500 metres, after which a Cheetah’s body would not allow it to progress any further.

So who wins? 
As mentioned, there are a number of factors involved in making a hunt successful. Although Cheetahs have a success rate of over 55% (higher than any other big cat), many of their hunts are unsuccessful. Life is never easy out in the savannah for a predator or a prey.

Do let me know which Predator vs Prey you’d like to see next😊
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#cheetah #bigcats #gazelle #predator #prey #africa #animals #instaanimals #mammals #animalkingdom #photography #nature #earth #love #likeforlikes #follow #natgeo #nationalgeographic #love #instalike #wildlife #wild #chase #stalk #wildlifephotography #animallovers #animalphotography #animalplanet
  • Animal battles: Cheetah VS Gazelle

    These two species are endemic to the plains of Africa and have been natural enemies from the beginning. Both these animals are naturally programmed to be mortal enemies. No one species always emerges victorious.

    Cheetahs, the world’s’ fastest land mammal, can reach top speeds of 70 mph in just under 4 seconds. They are anatomically designed for speed. They have long, muscular legs, a flexible spine and a long tail for maintaining balance. Cheetahs also have semi-retractable claws which provides them with a firm grip during a chase. However, endurance isn’t their strong suit. They are only able to maintain their speed for around 20-30 seconds, before tiring out. This forces them to master the stalk and get as close to the gazelle as possible before the chase begins. They take the help of tall grass to avoid being seen. Precision stalking is just as important as the chase for a Cheetah. The Gazelle on the other hand is much slower and can only reach top speeds between 50-55 mph. However, they have a much higher endurance and have mastered a tactic known as the zig-zag motion where they are able to make sudden turns to outwit the predator. During an encounter, a gazelle only needs to survive for around 500 metres, after which a Cheetah’s body would not allow it to progress any further.

    So who wins?
    As mentioned, there are a number of factors involved in making a hunt successful. Although Cheetahs have a success rate of over 55% (higher than any other big cat), many of their hunts are unsuccessful. Life is never easy out in the savannah for a predator or a prey.

    Do let me know which Predator vs Prey you’d like to see next😊


    📸: Google✌🏼


    #cheetah #bigcats #gazelle #predator #prey #africa #animals #instaanimals #mammals #animalkingdom #photography #nature #earth #love #likeforlikes #follow #natgeo #nationalgeographic #love #instalike #wildlife #wild #chase #stalk #wildlifephotography #animallovers #animalphotography #animalplanet
  • 258 4 27 August, 2019
  • BIG FIVE. Let’s talk.

One of Africa’s most exciting attractions, the term Big Five was introduced by hunters for the species most difficult and dangerous to hunt (nope it has nothing to do with size). The Big Five includes the Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos (black and white) and the Cape Buffalo. The Big Five has now become a major selling point for tourism and hence the economy of Africa. However, due to poaching activities four of the Big Five species are considered endangered. Although it is the most hunted member of the Big Five, the Cape buffalo has been able to sustain its high numbers in the wild. It has also been considered the most dangerous of the Five. They are equipped with large horns and are capable of (and have be known for) killing lions. Lions and Leopards on the other hand have faced threats such as habitat destruction and poaching. Although one of the most exciting to see, day-time Safaris rarely catch a glimpse of lions (as they spend most of it sleeping) or Leopards (most elusive species). The African Elephant, the largest land mammal, is one tourists hope to see. They usually live in herds of related females ranging between 8-100 individuals. Males tend to be very aggressive and are one of the most dangerous animals to encounter. The last of the Big Five, the Rhino has almost been poached to extinction. With only a few species left in the wild, the Rhino has become one of Africa’s most loved species with conservationists making all efforts to protect them and bring up their numbers. The white rhinos are the second largest land mammals, however, the black rhinos have a reputation for being more aggressive. Although these animals are the most sought out species, tourists need to learn to respect their space and privacy, and appreciate species other than the Big Five as well. Take a minute to educate yourself on and appreciate all of nature’s creations🙏🏻
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#big5 #animals #bigcats #likeforlikes #follow #conservation #mammals #nature #antipoaching #wildlife #naturephotography #photography  #nationalgeographic #africa #wildlifephotography #naturelovers #planet #animalkingdom
  • BIG FIVE. Let’s talk.

    One of Africa’s most exciting attractions, the term Big Five was introduced by hunters for the species most difficult and dangerous to hunt (nope it has nothing to do with size). The Big Five includes the Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos (black and white) and the Cape Buffalo. The Big Five has now become a major selling point for tourism and hence the economy of Africa. However, due to poaching activities four of the Big Five species are considered endangered. Although it is the most hunted member of the Big Five, the Cape buffalo has been able to sustain its high numbers in the wild. It has also been considered the most dangerous of the Five. They are equipped with large horns and are capable of (and have be known for) killing lions. Lions and Leopards on the other hand have faced threats such as habitat destruction and poaching. Although one of the most exciting to see, day-time Safaris rarely catch a glimpse of lions (as they spend most of it sleeping) or Leopards (most elusive species). The African Elephant, the largest land mammal, is one tourists hope to see. They usually live in herds of related females ranging between 8-100 individuals. Males tend to be very aggressive and are one of the most dangerous animals to encounter. The last of the Big Five, the Rhino has almost been poached to extinction. With only a few species left in the wild, the Rhino has become one of Africa’s most loved species with conservationists making all efforts to protect them and bring up their numbers. The white rhinos are the second largest land mammals, however, the black rhinos have a reputation for being more aggressive. Although these animals are the most sought out species, tourists need to learn to respect their space and privacy, and appreciate species other than the Big Five as well. Take a minute to educate yourself on and appreciate all of nature’s creations🙏🏻


    #big5 #animals #bigcats #likeforlikes #follow #conservation #mammals #nature #antipoaching #wildlife #naturephotography #photography #nationalgeographic #africa #wildlifephotography #naturelovers #planet #animalkingdom
  • 205 3 7 August, 2019
  • Antelope appreciation post💁🏻‍♀️ *pic credits to my SA crew and google*

Antelopes are hollow-horned ruminants of the Bovidae family.

1. Kudu: There are 2 types of this species, the Great and Lesser kudu. They are relatively large and can weigh up to 300 kg. Kudus are easily identified by the white lateral stripes on their bodies. Males have long, spiralling horns, while most females do not possess horns.

2. Eland: The largest antelope in the world, the Eland weighs between 500-1000 kg. Both genders have horns, while females possess longer and thinner ones. Elands’ skin tends to become a dark, almost black colour as they age.

3. Impala: One of the most graceful animals on the savannah, the Impala can leap 10 feet into the air and cover a distance of over 30 feet. They are one of the few antelope species which rely on vocal communication. Only males have horns, and mark their territory through scent glands on their forehead.

4. Gazelle: This small species of antelope is easily identified by its distinctive black band which runs from the upper foreleg through to the upper hind leg. Along with being Africas’ most abundant antelope, the gazelle is also one of the three Bovidae species to migrate. Gazelles have a signature bounding leap known as stotting which they use to startle predators, and can then escape at speeds of 80 km/h.

5. Tsessebe: The fastest antelope in Africa, the Tsessebe is capable of reaching speeds of up to 90 km/h. Both males and females have horns. Males also have highly developed interdigital glands on their front feet to mark territories. 
6. Sable: One of the few antelope species to show distinctive sexual dimorphism, with males being a glossy black colour and females a chestnut brown shade. Males are exiled from herds once they reach sexual maturity.
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#antelope #animals #mammals #gazelle #impala #instaanimal #nature #naturelovers #africa #uk #beautiful #wildviewing #love #photography #natgeo #wildlife #likeforlikes #follow #naturephotoshoot #animalshots #wildlifephotography #nationalgeographic #animallovers #photooftheday #southafrica
  • Antelope appreciation post💁🏻‍♀️ *pic credits to my SA crew and google*

    Antelopes are hollow-horned ruminants of the Bovidae family.

    1. Kudu: There are 2 types of this species, the Great and Lesser kudu. They are relatively large and can weigh up to 300 kg. Kudus are easily identified by the white lateral stripes on their bodies. Males have long, spiralling horns, while most females do not possess horns.

    2. Eland: The largest antelope in the world, the Eland weighs between 500-1000 kg. Both genders have horns, while females possess longer and thinner ones. Elands’ skin tends to become a dark, almost black colour as they age.

    3. Impala: One of the most graceful animals on the savannah, the Impala can leap 10 feet into the air and cover a distance of over 30 feet. They are one of the few antelope species which rely on vocal communication. Only males have horns, and mark their territory through scent glands on their forehead.

    4. Gazelle: This small species of antelope is easily identified by its distinctive black band which runs from the upper foreleg through to the upper hind leg. Along with being Africas’ most abundant antelope, the gazelle is also one of the three Bovidae species to migrate. Gazelles have a signature bounding leap known as stotting which they use to startle predators, and can then escape at speeds of 80 km/h.

    5. Tsessebe: The fastest antelope in Africa, the Tsessebe is capable of reaching speeds of up to 90 km/h. Both males and females have horns. Males also have highly developed interdigital glands on their front feet to mark territories.
    6. Sable: One of the few antelope species to show distinctive sexual dimorphism, with males being a glossy black colour and females a chestnut brown shade. Males are exiled from herds once they reach sexual maturity.


    #antelope #animals #mammals #gazelle #impala #instaanimal #nature #naturelovers #africa #uk #beautiful #wildviewing #love #photography #natgeo #wildlife #likeforlikes #follow #naturephotoshoot #animalshots #wildlifephotography #nationalgeographic #animallovers #photooftheday #southafrica
  • 260 6 1 August, 2019