A big thrill when you’re exploring the savanna and open grasslands of the north and north-east of southern Africa is to come upon a small family of Southern ground hornbills. It’s special because they’re classed as ‘vulnerable’ in the Red Data Book of endangered and threatened species, but also because they’re so entertaining. Case in point: the hunting hornbills of Kruger National Park.
I’ve never seen them eating anything quite so big, but on a recent trip to Kruger, we came across four ground hornbills stalking the veld on the lookout for brunch.
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