viernes, 18 de mayo de 2012

Pictures: Biggest Conservation Area Created in Africa

King of the Delta

Photograph by Roy Toft
A male African lion wanders Botswana's Okavango Delta, part of a new international conservation area that will be the world's largest, organizers announced earlier this month.

Victoria Falls

Photograph by James L. Stanfield
Situated on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls (pictured) is the world's largest waterfall and is easily accessible to tourists. (See more waterfall pictures.)

Morning Snack

Photograph by Michael Poliza
Silhouetted by the morning sun, antelope graze in Zambia's Kafue National Park, part of the newly launched conservation area.

Elephant Nuzzle

Photograph by Beverly Joubert
A young African elephant nuzzles another in Botswana's Okavango Delta. KAZA now shelters approximately 325,000 elephants—nearly half of the continent's total population.

Underwater Garden

Photograph by David Doubilet, National Geographic
A diver explores an underwater cavern created by floating papyrus in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Lunch on the Go

Photograph by Roy Toft
The new conservation area is home to more than 600 species of birds, such as the European bee-eater, seen above catching a snack in Botswana's Okavango Delta. (See a picture of an Okavango sunset submitted to National Geographic Traveler's 2011 photo contest.)

Speedy Cat

Photograph by Chris Johns
Thousands of species will be given new freedom to roam throughout KAZA, including cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, wild dogs, lions, buffalo, hippos, and leopards. (Pictured, a cheetah racing through Botswana's Okavango Delta.)

Pretty in Pink

Photograph by Beverly Joubert
A flock of lesser flamingos gathers on Botswana's Chobe River, which runs through Chobe National Park (map), now part of KAZA.

Hippos From the Air

Photograph by Michael Fay
Hippos dot the clear water of Namibia's Upper Okavango River.
Poaching is still a struggle in many parts of KAZA. (Related: "Elephant Pictures: Killed Female Highlights Poaching Rise.")

Hyena at Sunset

Photograph by Pete McBride
A spotted hyena surveys a watering hole in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Birds of a Feather

Photograph by George Steinmetz
Cattle egrets congregate in trees in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Midnight Snack

Photograph by Beverly Joubert
Lionesses feed at night in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Credits: National Geographic 
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