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Strange creatures…

One of the mighty Komodo dragons on Komodo Island in Indonesia. They are huge. I was lucky enough to find an adult and a young one on a kill.


Then in Pench National Park, situated in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in India, i was on a trip to the &Beyond lodges and I was lucky (very lucky) to spot tigers.

Surely one of the most beautiful creatures on earth.

The dohar, India's rare wild dog

And I was incredibly lucky, also to spot, the dohar, India's rare wild dog

A land iguana in the Galapagos Islands

And now for some iguanas in the Galapagos...not as big as the Komodo dragons but still very impressive.

And a blue-footed booby...

...another Galapagos special.

But maybe, this is one of my most favourite creatures, the South African Midrand Giant bullfrog.


He is a fantastic parent, and will often guide his tadpoles to water in times of drought by digging a channel for them and shepherding them to safety.



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Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers. From Tibet to Thailand, Patagonia to Peru, Kashmir to Kathmandu, St Helena to St Albans, the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, like Shakespeare’s Puck she has girdled the world. She continues to travel when and where she can but Johannesburg is home where she writes and blogs in print and on social media.

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