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Issue #227


Celebrating the animals around, above and alongside us.

On the cover: American pet photographer Seth Casteel made a global splash when he released his underwater dog images. We hope that this edition will have the same effect in South Africa.

Perts in the City

Pets in the city

Seasoned South African photographer Juhan Kuus encounters some of the not-so-wildlife in Cape Town’s urban jungle.

Addo Elephant National Park - Eastern Cape - South Africa

Best of both worlds

Photojournalist Scott Ramsay explores Addo, the only national park in South Africa where you can find the Big Seven – that’s the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks.

Ava Beagle Mix

Good, Clean Fun

Offering an endearing, unique perspective on man’s best friend, Seth Casteel’s underwater dog images entertained and bewildered animal-lovers around the world. We feature a selection from his latest series, Underwater Puppies.

Staying Alive

Staying Alive

For every animal in the wild – be it predator or prey – survival is an ongoing struggle. Acclaimed photographers Greg du Toit, Skye Meaker and Brent Stirton capture the conflict.

Frequent Flyers

Frequent Flyers

The sky is a canvas for bats and birds, and these animals are the ultimate artists. Wildlife photographer Greg du Toit takes us up, up and away into their world.

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