WATCH: SA photographer taps into the secret life of wildlife

2017-04-17 11:12
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Cape Town - Wildlife photographer Christof Schoeman is fascinated with how technology enables us to tap into the secret life of wildlife.

Recent footage taken in the Timbavati, part of the Greater Kruger National Park and home to the famous white lions often referred to as the Ghosts of Timbavati, shows exactly this.  

SEE: Ghosts of Timbavati

The footage shared by Latest Sightings sees two curious lionesses taking a GoPro hero3 for a wild trip. The lioness walks straight towards the camera, after seeing it lying on the floor.

She picks it up and takes it to a safe spot where she could explore this foreign object. The sighting ends when the lioness finishes playing with the GoPro and got bored. 

According to Latest Sightings, Schoeman has had a tradition of putting GoPros down in the bush, to see what cool sightings he can capture. "He has filmed almost all of the different types of species  interacting with the camera as the walk past it, leopard, lion, elephant, you name it!"  

After she left the camera lying in the grass and Christof followed the tracks of the lioness and went to go collect the camera. Although the lioness didn't decide to eat or break the camera, the gopro was full of scratches from the sharp canines of the lioness.  

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Schoeman says on his Facebook page, "Through my experience I've realised that wildlife photography captures the essence of Africa." He says his shares his images hoping that his images enthrall those who see it as much as it has him while capturing it.

Here are some other GoPro incidents shared by Schoeman:

GoPro close-up of a sleeping elephant that woke up and came for closer inspection!

Rhinos close-up, showing how majestic and truly beautiful these animals are. 

He also shares his spectacular images on Instagram. Follow Schoeman on Instagram here.