The oxpeckers have a symbiotic relationship with numerous animals of the brush. The birds find food on the hide of the animals and the animals, such as giraffes and Cape Buffalo, find relief from the insects from the birds. This same pattern is common in Yellowstone with cowbirds on the bison. The oxpeckers, however, are much more interesting looking birds.
Zebras often hang out with giraffes. They provide protection and warning to each other and they do not compete for forage as they browse at different levels of the bush.
|Plains zebras, note the tan coloration and stripes continuing around the belly|
Spotted Hyenas are not among the Big Five, but they are tough predators, Among predators, the Spotted Hyenas are second in size to lions.
The little domestic scene here belies their fierce predatory skills. The young pups rolled and chased and wrestled with each other like domestic puppies, and sought attention from both parents.
Members of the antelope family are the main prey for the hyenas, lions, and leopards. Impala, the super stars of the speed division are as common as deer in many areas of the US. And while they may seem common place to the guides and locals, they are beautiful animals as you can see in some of the images below.
|Steenbok, a tiny, delicate animal|
|Nyala with elegant markings.|
|Hippopotamus and two kinds of herons. The grey heron is easy to spot. The Goliath Heron is visible behind the tree.|
|How would you like this greeting you when you walked out of your tent? This is a Vervet Monkey|
|water monitor. There is nothing to give scale here but he was|
several feet long