Close to mom by Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie
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Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 400mm, 1/400, f5.6, ISO 400

Views: 141 1 March 2013

A zebra mare (Equus burchelli) and her very young foal stick close together. Zebra live in family groups of 1 to 12 mares with their foals and the herd stallion. The pregnant mare will give birth in close proximity to the herd, but once having given birth will chase any other zebra away from the foal. Through close interaction, sniffing and grooming right after birth, she is intent on imprinting only her unique stripe pattern in the foals mind, as this is how they recognize each other.

Although in close proximity to her family group, the fact that the mare was keeping her foal seperate from the herd gave an indication of how young this little foal was.

Hwange National Park, South Africa

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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