Travelling Companions ~ Cape Buffalo & Yellow-billed Oxpecker
There are large herds of Cape Buffalo in Chobe National Park. Lions in this area prefer to hunt buffalo which makes the herds skittish especially at dusk and at night. To give the buffalo more protect the animals swim over to an island in the middle of the Chobe river. The island also provides better grasses when the dry season kicks-in. The herds travel large distances to find enough nutrition and are often escorted by oxpeckers, who not only get a ride, but a meal of lice larvae and other grubs. The birds are tolerated because they provide a cleaning service to their hosts and act as early warning scouts to potential danger.
Media: Pastel on elephant dung paper
Framed size: 68cm x 52cm