Big 5s

Anette Mossbacher

Photographer

“My favourite wild animal to photograph is the giraffe. Giraffes enchant me with their elegance and their graceful gait. Even when they run, they look stylish and somewhat like they’re moving in slow motion. With their charm and charisma, which can also be amusing, they hold our attention.

Every time I see these tall animals, I wear a smile on my face. Sadly, the numbers of giraffes are decreasing due to loss of their habitat and, of course, poaching.

On one of my game drives, I found a large herd of giraffes gathering around a waterhole beside the Etosha salt pan in Nambia. While I was photographing the elegant giraffes, a herd of zebras made their way from the bush to the watering hole. I lifted my head from the camera to see what was going on around my jeep. You never know what comes next with wild animals. One giraffe after another returned to their feeding grounds. Several giraffes were passing a zebra foal that was waiting for its mother. One stopped, turned around to look back to the others. It seemed like the giraffe was waiting for a friend. I grabbed the opportunity to take some photos of the tall giraffe and the small zebra – what a size comparison.

While I was happily taking the images, a second giraffe walked right into the frame from the left side. A scene with two tall giraffes creating an archway for a zebra foal briefly passed my thoughts. That it actually happened was just fantastic. Once again, we never know what will happen next in the wilderness.”

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My Big 5

    Giraffe
    Elephant
    Wild Dog
    Polar bear
    Bengal Tiger

Anette Mossbacher

Photographer

“My favourite wild animal to photograph is the giraffe. Giraffes enchant me with their elegance and their graceful gait. Even when they run, they look stylish and somewhat like they’re moving in slow motion. With their charm and charisma, which can also be amusing, they hold our attention.

Every time I see these tall animals, I wear a smile on my face. Sadly, the numbers of giraffes are decreasing due to loss of their habitat and, of course, poaching.

On one of my game drives, I found a large herd of giraffes gathering around a waterhole beside the Etosha salt pan in Nambia. While I was photographing the elegant giraffes, a herd of zebras made their way from the bush to the watering hole. I lifted my head from the camera to see what was going on around my jeep. You never know what comes next with wild animals. One giraffe after another returned to their feeding grounds. Several giraffes were passing a zebra foal that was waiting for its mother. One stopped, turned around to look back to the others. It seemed like the giraffe was waiting for a friend. I grabbed the opportunity to take some photos of the tall giraffe and the small zebra – what a size comparison.

While I was happily taking the images, a second giraffe walked right into the frame from the left side. A scene with two tall giraffes creating an archway for a zebra foal briefly passed my thoughts. That it actually happened was just fantastic. Once again, we never know what will happen next in the wilderness.”

Photo by Anette Mossbacher

My Big 5

    Giraffe
    Elephant
    Wild Dog
    Polar bear
    Bengal Tiger

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