Astounding Africa: Hippos in the Selous


The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is one of the last remaining great wilderness areas in Africa – it is bigger than the entire country of Switzerland. Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, the Selous is Africa’s oldest and largest protected area and remains one of the continent’s greatest wild places. Teeming with life—including elephants, giraffe, more lions than any other protected area on the continent, large packs of wild dogs and vast herds of buffalo—the Selous is a crown jewel of biodiversity and wilderness preservation. Photographer Robert Ross pays tribute to this great place in his heart-stoppingly beautiful book:  Selous in Africa: A Long Way From Anywhere.

Hippos of the Selous often spend their entire day semi submerged in pans where the water hyacinth helps to protect their thick but sensitive skins. Photograph by Robert J Ross

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Buy a copy of  Selous in Africa: A Long Way From Anywhere.

Listen to Peter Borchert and Robert Ross in conversation.








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Peter has a career in publishing and conservation spanning more than four decades. His most recent project has been the development of Untold Africa, a meeting place for intelligent, engrossing and entertaining dialogue for a global community of like-minded people - people who share a common passion for the wild places of Africa, the creatures that inhabit them, and the breadth of African culture. See more

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