Bloomin lovely! Spring has arrived for these animals as they frolic in a field of flowers
Spring has arrived for these African animals as they’re pictured in a sea of yellow flowers.
From a baby elephant to a baboon the animals can be seen sniffing, eating and frolicking in the field of wild flowers at Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.
The cheerful images were taken by a number of photographers on recent visits to the game reserve.
Ruth Nussbaum and her boyfriend Kyle De Nobrega who live at the reserve captured some images of the animals just last month.
Ruth said: “After the much awaited rains, we always know that the bloom of this flower, the Tribulus, will follow shortly after.
“Since we have spent some years at this reserve we are well aware that these flowers are favored hugely by the elephants, so out on drive to find wildlife any wildlife to photograph foraging on the flowers we stumbled upon this very relaxed herd of elephant.
“We kept a safe distance and enjoyed being in their presence amongst the flowers.
“It’s an unusual and beautiful phenomenon that occurs in our part of the bush. I
“It was fantastic to have been here to observe and capture it.”
Photographer Kim Wolhuter was also lucky enough to photograph animals amongst the flowers including ostrich, elephants and baboons.
He said: “Most of my pictures taken in the last week or so. Some about a month ago.
“Many animals feed on the flowers, the leaves, the seeds, the whole plant. Including me.
“The flowers are always around at this time of year, sometimes earlier too.
“It’s often the first plant to colonise an area. It’s a very quick growing plant that responds quickly to rain but growing in these inherently dry areas it germinates, grows, flowers and produces seed very quickly.
“The flowers add a stunning beauty to the place when they’re in flower, the aftermath of them is not so cool.
“They produce a seed that’s very spiky. Once the plant dies, the seed dries out and becomes very hard and those spines are hard.
“I walked with baboons last year when they were feeding on the plants.
“When they first germinate the baboons happily feed on the green leaves. When the flowers are out the baboons go crazy eating flowers at a rate of about two per second.
“I tried to match them but couldn’t pluck as fast at them. The flowers have a sweetish taste to them.
“I worked out the troop of around 60 baboons I was following were eating at least half a million flowers a day.”