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2013 Animal & Nature Calendars

Now available – a selection of outstanding 2013 Animal & Nature Calendars. Subjects include African animals and landscapes, Arctic animals, birds, butterflies and insects, orchids, waterfalls, plus photography by renowned nature photographers.

For our selection of 2013 calendars now available for ordering online, see the Calendars page.

We also have an awesome collection of calendars for 2013 covering a wide range of subjects, from pop stars and glamorous pin-ups to popular TV shows that can be viewed at an eye-catching larger size.

Monkey Mother and Child

Vervet monkey female and juvenile

Mother vervet monkey dozes, her pale eyelids contrasting with her black face, while her baby, also dozing, snuggles up close, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Vervet monkeys are very common in Africa and are found in much of the continent, from Senegal to South Africa. They live wherever there are trees nearby as that’s where they sleep and hide from predators, so you won’t find them in deserts or at very high altitudes.

They can also be a nuisance in urban areas, where they raid gardens and will climb through windows in search of food, causing a huge mess. Of course, the monkeys were there first, so it can be argued that it’s the people who are intruding on their space.

Vervet monkeys live in troops of up to 20 or more, with each troop made up of families who sleep together at night in tall trees. There is a complex pecking order in each troop, with separate dominance hierarchies among the males and females.

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Elephant Enjoying Dust Shower

Elephant enjoying dust shower, Botswana
Caption: Elephant (Loxodonta africana) enjoying a dust shower, using its trunk to gather and then spray dust over its body, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

Wild animals can regularly be seen both dust and mud bathing. They usually roll in the sand or in shallow, muddy water and it’s comical watching the large mammals like rhinos and elephants rolling around like kids, apparently enjoying themselves.

But this behavior has a more serious purpose — the aim is to rid themselves of parasites like ticks and fleas. Elephants have the advantage of using their amazingly dextrous and flexible trunks to gather and spray their massive bodies with dust or water, so have the choice of outdoor shower or bath, using either sand or water.

The above photo was taken while on safari to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana’s Tuli Block region in the east of the country.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom; Focal Length: 105mm; Shutter speed: 1/320; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 400.

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Baobab Tree on Salt Pans of Botswana

Baobab Tree
Caption: Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata) in warm afternoon light on Sua Pan near Nata, Botswana.

Camera: Canon EOS 350D; Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55 zoom; Focal Length: 18mm; Shutter Speed: 1/500; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400

Location: Sua Pan lies within the Makgadikgadi Pans, a huge network of salt pans covering 12,000 sq km in Botswana’s interior.

The Makgadikgadi Pans are some of the largest pans in the world and once deep inside them, there are few landmarks to guide you. The starkly beautiful but desolate landscape is occasionally broken by small “islands” of grass and trees, as in the image above.

However, after the summer rains, the pans come to life, providing sustenance to migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest. If there is sufficient water, they also offer a temporary home to thousands of flamingoes (below:)

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Leopard Lounging in Tree

Leopard lounging on branche of massive mashatu tree

Caption: Leopard (Panthera pardus) lounging on branch of massive mashatu tree, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

Location: Mashatu Game Reserve is a private wildlife reserve situated in the Tuli Block region in the remote eastern corner of Botswana. Although not as well-known as the Okavango Delta or Chobe National Park in Botswana, the area is growing in popularity as a safari destination thanks to excellent wildlife viewing.

Large herds of elephants can usually be seen, together with predators like lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena that follow the migrating wildebeest and herds of antelope.

Leopard Art Print:
Leopard with Infant at Masai-Mara, Kenya
Leopard with Infant, Masai-Mara, Kenya; Art Print

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Lioness with Cubs

Lioness grooming cub

Caption: Lioness (Panthera leo) grooms her one cub while the other dozes contentedly next to her, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

About Lions and Lion Cubs:
Lions are the only true social cats, living in prides that are based on a matriarchal social structure with lionesses forming close, usually life-long bonds. Lionesses within a pride will nurse each other’s cubs, known as allo-suckling.

This means that some lionesses can go out to hunt while other mothers stay at home to care for the cubs.

At birth lion cubs weigh about 1kg (2.2lbs) and are completely helpless. Their eyes open after about 10 days and they can walk at 10 to 15 days and run at 25 to 30 days.

Lion cubs are weaned at seven to nine months, but are unable to fend for themselves before they’re 16 months old, although they start to eat meat at about three months. Cubs stay with their mothers for about two years, at which stage they’re old enough to join the pride on hunting excursions.

Lioness and Cub Photographic Prints:
Lioness with Very Young Cub (Panthera Leo) East Africa
Lioness with Very Young Cub (Panthera Leo) East Africa; Photographic Print
Photographer – Anup Shah
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Lioness and a Cub Resting in the Shade
Lioness and a Cub Resting in the Shade; Photographic Print
Photographer – Beverly Joubert
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Wild Dog on the Move

Wild dog on the move

Caption: An African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) moving at pace through the bush in Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

Photo Info: Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP); Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 95mm; Shutter speed: 1/30; Aperture: f8; ISO: 400.

African wild dogs, also known as Painted Dogs or Hunting Dogs, were re-introduced to the Tuli area in the far eastern corner of Botswana in November 2007 in the hope of establishing a viable pack in the region.

Wild dogs have in the past been hunted, shot, and poisoned as “vermin” and are now classified as endangered on the IUCN red list. Their numbers continue to dwindle and they’re now extinct in large areas over which they previously roamed, mainly as a result of habitat loss.

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Hippo Making Waves in Threat Display

Hippo breaching surface

Caption: Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) breaches the surface in a threat display to show who’s the boss, Santawani area, Botswana.

The picture above is of a bull or male hippo. He, together with a female and youngster, share one of the pools in the Santawani area adjacent to Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve.

Although the photographer was parked some way from the water's edge, the hippo made it clear this was his territory, warning intruders to keep their distance.

Adult hippos are dangerous animals, particularly when threatened, and should not be underestimated because of their clumsy and lumbering appearance. They can outrun a human on land, so should never be approached when they're sunbathing on riverbanks or near the water's edge.

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Colorful Meyer’s Parrot

Meyer's Parrot

Caption: Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) perched on a branch, Masuma Pan, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D; Lens: Canon 70-300 IS Zoom; Focal Length: 250mm; Shutter speed: 1/500; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 200.

Location: The above Meyer’s Parrot photo was taken in Hwange National Park, situated in the north-western corner of Zimbabwe. It is the country’s largest wildlife reserve, covering an area of 14 540 sq km (1,462, 000 ha). This massive expanse of wilderness, roughly the size of Belgium, is home to the greatest diversity of animal and bird species in Zimbabwe.

Hwange was declared a game reserve in 1928, largely because the area was regarded as useless for farming or other purposes. Comprising expanses of woodland and Kalahari sands that lack surface water for most of the year, it is only the provision of artificial water supplies that has allowed Hwange’s inhabitants to form stable breeding populations.

Today the park has huge herds of elephants, while large herds of buffalo, eland, wildebeest, zebra and impala can be seen congregating at the waterholes. Visitors can also expect to see the rare sable and roan antelope and, with luck, big cats like lion, leopard and cheetah.

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Martial Eagle on the Lookout

Martial eagle atop dead tree

Caption: Martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) keeps a lookout from its perch high up in a dead tree, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm USM IS telephoto zoom; Focal Length: 300mm; Shutter speed: 1/500; Aperture: f8; ISO: 200.

The martial eagle is the largest eagle in Africa, with a wingspan of 190-260 cm (6.25-8.5 ft). The female is considerably larger than the male. Both males and females have a dark head and throat, combined with a white, lightly spotted breast and belly and dark underwings. The legs are long and fully feathered.

The martial eagle flies very high — so high it can’t be seen with the naked eye. From such a lofty altitude this regal bird is able to scan a wide area for prey and then dive at devastating speed onto the victim. Martials are carnivores and their prey includes mammals like small antelope, hares, rabbits, hyraxes and warthog, reptiles as large as leguans, plus a variety of birds.

The above martial eagle picture was taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s flagship game reserve that offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.

Established in 1898, the park covers nearly 2 million hectares. As such, it is home to an impressive diversity of flora and fauna, including 507 different birds and 147 types of mammal. In addition to the “Big Five” – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino – there are also large numbers of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, antelope, and hyena. Less common but also seen by visitors on safari are cheetah and wild dog.

Kruger Park is mainly a self-drive destination with a good infrastructure of roads, waterholes, picnic sites, and restcamps. Accommodation options include chalets, cottages, bungalows, tents, caravan and camp sites or bushveld camps, bush lodges and private safari lodges. The official website is http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/.

Eagle Posters and Prints:
Eagle

Eagle Poster
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Dawn Flight

Dawn Flight Art Print
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