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WiLDiMAGES - Andy Young Photography

I am an evolutionary biologist seeking to capture something of the world.

My research frequently takes me to Africa's wild places, but much of my photography involves hunting for peculiar mammals on other continents. I have a particular interest in camera trapping and noctural photography. My two primary subjects are Humans and The Wild.

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Amboseli, Kenya

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We moved down to Amboseli for the last few days of the course, with Kilimanjaro looming high through the clearing clouds as we approached.

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Our camera traps revealed one of the higlights of the trip - striped hyena visiting the camp rubbish pit. Other visitors included African civet and white-tailed mongooses.

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Laikipia, Northern Kenya

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I returned to Northern Kenya in January with our Masters in Evolutionary Biology field course. After a great day in Samburu, with good views of aardwolves and northern specials such as gerenuk, golden pipit and fan-tailed raven, we headed down to Twala in Laikipia to walk with an olive baboon troop used in Shirley Strum's long-term research on these fascinating primates. Thanks to the team at Twala manyatta for their kind hosting in this beautiful part of the world.

Maasai mara

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We returned to the Mara for the last few days of the fieldcourse, to take in the open savannah and big rivers. As ever it yielded a classic open grasslands experience with a few nice moments, including close views of serval, mating lions, a lioness and young cubs, hyena and lion activity around a de-tusked dead elephant, and nice views of genets on the trailcams that we set up in camp. 

Rift valley lakes

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As usual we ran our research projects in and around the Naivasha area and broke our stay with an overnight trip up to Nakuru. Both lakes were full to the brim after the strong rains this year, with large parts of Nakuru inaccessible due to the extremely high water. We had great views of a spotted hyena den, dozing lionesses and a confrontation between black rhino, as well as the more usual diversity of ungulates and bird life. No sign of the bushpigs that we picked up on last year, and still no sign of a striped hyena; everyone needs their nemesis beast.

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Meru National Park, Kenya

We spent our first few days of the MSc Behavioural Ecology field course up in the beautiful Meru National Park in Northern Kenya looking for some of the more unusual beasts of arid North.  We managed to find reticulated giraffe, lesser kudu, Grevy's zebra and a wonderful gerenuk; all new mammals for me. A few small volcanos also betrayed the underground activities of naked mole-rats, but sadly the sabre-toothed sausages themselves were nowhere to be seen. I'd love to come back here - its peaceful and wild.

Snows of Kilimanjaro

We rounded off the field course with a few days in Amboseli. The haze slowly cleared in our last few hours in the park to reveal the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro.

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Rift valley lakes, Kenya

We started the new year with the MSc behavioural ecology field course in Kenya. The water levels in the rift valley lakes are very high this year, leaving the flamingos struggling as the salinity drops. In the shrinking land between the rising waters on Nakuru and the park fence, we found these lions dozing in the trees - that's one way to stay away from the buffalo.

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