Photograph by Chris Johns – A young elephant nuzzles its mother during a visit to the drought-depleted Zambezi riverbed
Photograph by Michael Nichols – Tiger carrying cub, India
“Jaws that can crush a backbone become a tender conveyance as Sita totes a cub to a new den, a constant chore to safeguard her young from leopards, wild dogs, and other tigers. Hiding cubs well is critical, since she may be away hunting for 24 hours or more. Sita is living proof that this endangered species can flourish if only given enough room and enough prey.”
(From “Making Room for Wild Tigers,” December 1997, National Geographic magazine)
“Motherly Love” brush-tailed possums by Lesley Smitheringale
Photograph by Jack Burtt, My Shot – Mother Seal and Pup, Galápagos
‘While hiking in the Galápagos among a colony of seals, we came upon this mother and pup sharing what appears to be a “tender moment.”
Photograph by Michael Gehrisch, My Shot – Red-Necked Grebe and Chick
A newly hatched red-necked grebe relaxes, safe under mom’s wing. It’s been a long day and there’s still so much to see.
Photograph by Joel Sartore – Mother Wolf, Wichita, Kansas
A Mexican gray wolf snuggles with two pups at the Sedgwick County Zoo. At one time, gray wolves were among the most widely distributed mammals on Earth. However, by the early 1900s, unchecked trapping, poisoning, and hunting of these highly intelligent predators drove the species to the brink of extinction.
(Text adapted from and photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Return of the Gray Wolf,” May 1998, National Geographic magazine)
Photograph by Sam Abell – Horses, Enbland
“‘Uncheckt shadows of green brown and gray,’ poet John Clare wrote of the moors, land that ‘never felt the rage of blundering plough.’ On Exmoor, hedge banks faintly trace the far hill. Supporters hope they won’t vanish over the horizon of time.”
(From “Britain’s Hedgerows,” September 1993, National Geographic magazine)
Photograph by Michael Nichols Loango Hippos, Gabon
A mother and her calf hippopotamus cool off in the “Land of the Surfing Hippos.” Loango National Park got that nickname from the resident hippopotamuses’ habit of swimming in the ocean and body-surfing to and from feeding grounds.
(Text adapted from and photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Gabon’s Loango National Park: In the Land of the Surfing Hippos,” August 2004, National Geographic magazine)
Photograph by Marc Abrahms, My Shot – Lioness and Cub, Kenya
Taken on a recent trip to the Masai Mara in September of 2009.
Photograph by Vijai Kalathur, Your Shot – Mother and Baby Koala, Australia
The mother and baby koalas decided to climb down from the tall eucalyptus trees to get a close-up look of the visitors to their home at the Koala Conservation Center in Phillip Island, Australia.
Photograph by Robert Heil, My Shot – King Penguin and Chick, South Georgia Island
South Georgia Island has king penguins, and, in this location, there is a colony of a quarter million of the wonderful, colorful animals. Here a mother king penguin guided her chick, which still sports its somewhat comical-looking baby feathers.
Photograph by Robert Parviainen, My Shot – Kangaroo and Joey, Australia
A kangaroo mum with her baby in the pouch. Taken at Hanging Rock, outside Melbourne, Australia.
Photograph by Tim Laman – Orangutan Family, Indonesia
“A fistful of mother’s skin and hair keeps one-year-old Bekti aloft as she rides on Beth, who is hurtling herself through the forest. It will likely be almost seven years before Bekti will have a younger sibling, one of the intriguing aspects of orangutans that has lured me [anthropologist Cheryl Knot] to Borneo to study their reproductive cycles and social patterns.”
(From “Orangutans in the Wild,” August 1998, National Geographic magazine)
Photograph by Mary McClain, My Shot – Giraffe Mother and Calf
Solstice is the name of the new baby giraffe at the St. Louis Zoo. It was born in December, on winter solstice. I was hoping for a shot of baby and mom nuzzling. While I waited (for almost two hours), the zookeeper told me I might never get a shot of that. I did, finally, get this shot, which I really like. Solstice is three months old in this shot.
Photograph by Chris Johns – Cheetah Mom and Cub, Bostwana
“For a [female] cheetah the real danger is not losing a kill but losing her cubs. Ninety-five percent of cheetah cubs die before reaching independence. Hyenas kill them out of hunger, lions apparently out of bad habit. … Female cheetahs deal with the threat by constantly moving, preferably before their rivals even know they’re around. They coexist as phantom species, slipping into temporary vacancies between prides of lions and packs of hyenas.”
(Text adapted from and photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Cheetahs: Ghosts of the Grasslands,” December 1999, National Geographic magazine)
Photograph by Flip Nicklin – Bay Polar Bears
A low, orange sun shines light on a polar bear and her cub.
Photograph by Michael Nichols – Baby Gelada, Ethiopia
“Once they’re three months old, geladas ride their mothers jockey-style. Females have just four or five babies in a lifetime but invest a lot of time and energy taking care of them—it’s a ‘quality, not quantity’ strategy, says biologist Chadden Hunter, who has spent parts of the past six years with the animals in Ethiopia.”
(From “Final Edit,” November 2002, National Geographic magazine)
Maternal Care by John Hayes, not sure what kind of rodent this is
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