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Cutting through some of the most dramatic landscapes of East Africa, the Great Rift Valley is in the words of Anup Shah "a complex landscape of cliffs and lake basins, dotted with volcanoes,
within which a great diversity of species has evolved and continues to flourish".

Anup has documented the landscapes, people and wildlife of this region, from the Ethiopian highlands, to the Virunga volanoes, the soda lakes of Kenya and Tanzania, and the high plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. His varied photographic techniques, from low angle shots to aerial images and action sequences, reveal the dramas and secret lives of the key animal species.
Gelada baboon (Theropithecus gelada) mature male sitting on the cliff edge, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Gelada baboon (Theropithecus gelada) mature male sitting on the cliff edge, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November
Flamingos on shores of Lake Logipi, Great Rift Valley, Northern Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Flamingos on shores of Lake Logipi, Great Rift Valley, Northern Kenya
Wildebeest herds on the Serengeti, Tanzania  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Wildebeest herds on the Serengeti, Tanzania
Lioness silhouetted against sunset, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Lioness silhouetted against sunset, Masai Mara, Kenya
Aerial view of Lesser flamingos {Phoeniconaias minor} on Lake Natron, Tanzania.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Aerial view of Lesser flamingos {Phoeniconaias minor} on Lake Natron, Tanzania.
Giraffe {Giraffa camelopardalis} walking across savanna landscape, Masai Mara GR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Giraffe {Giraffa camelopardalis} walking across savanna landscape, Masai Mara GR, Kenya
Juvenile male Cheetah on bonnet of vehicle looking back under tail at photographer.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Juvenile male Cheetah on bonnet of vehicle looking back under tail at photographer.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) family, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, February  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) family, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, February
Low angle Warthog {Phacochoerus aethiopicus} about to wallow in mud, Serengeti NP, Tanzania  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Low angle Warthog {Phacochoerus aethiopicus} about to wallow in mud, Serengeti NP, Tanzania
African lion (Panthera leo) mature male approaching with curiosity, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion (Panthera leo) mature male approaching with curiosity, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March
Male Savanna baboon, olive race (Papio cynocephalus anubis) reaching out, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, August  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Male Savanna baboon, olive race (Papio cynocephalus anubis) reaching out, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, August
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) adolescent with two pups looking with curiosity, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, December  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) adolescent with two pups looking with curiosity, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, December
Lioness carrying cub, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Lioness carrying cub, Masai Mara, Kenya
Impala (Aepyceros melampus) chewing with Oxpecker bird hunting for insects. Masai Mara NR, Kenya, East Africa  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Impala (Aepyceros melampus) chewing with Oxpecker bird hunting for insects. Masai Mara NR, Kenya, East Africa
Leopard cub {Panthera pardus} Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Leopard cub {Panthera pardus} Masai Mara, Kenya
Young African elephants with trunks entwined, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Young African elephants with trunks entwined, Masai Mara, Kenya
Rear view of juvenile & adult White rhinoceros {Ceratotherium simum} Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Rear view of juvenile & adult White rhinoceros {Ceratotherium simum} Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya
Giraffe {Giraffa camelopardalis} head neck silhouette at sunset, Masai Mara GR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Giraffe {Giraffa camelopardalis} head neck silhouette at sunset, Masai Mara GR, Kenya
Common zebra mare with foals {Equus quagga} Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Common zebra mare with foals {Equus quagga} Masai Mara, Kenya
Two African elephant bulls establish dominance with ritual trial of strength Masai Mara NR Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Two African elephant bulls establish dominance with ritual trial of strength Masai Mara NR Kenya
Leopard cub playing with mother {Panthera pardus} Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Leopard cub playing with mother {Panthera pardus} Masai Mara, Kenya
African lion {Panthera leo} cub playing with sleeping lioness' ear, Masai Mara GR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion {Panthera leo} cub playing with sleeping lioness' ear, Masai Mara GR, Kenya
Warthogs 'head to head'. Kenya, Masai Mara  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Warthogs 'head to head'. Kenya, Masai Mara
Giraffe with young {Giraffa camelopardalis} Serengeti NP, Tanzania  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Giraffe with young {Giraffa camelopardalis} Serengeti NP, Tanzania
Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) at a water hole, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, February  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) at a water hole, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, February
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) approaching, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, December  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) approaching, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, December
Inquisitive African lion (Panthera leo) cub, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, August  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Inquisitive African lion (Panthera leo) cub, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, August
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd walking, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, December  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd walking, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, December
Inquisitive African lion (Panthera leo) cubs approaching with curiousity, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, August  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Inquisitive African lion (Panthera leo) cubs approaching with curiousity, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, August
African elephant {Loxodonta africana} low angle shot, Serengeti NP, Tanzania  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant {Loxodonta africana} low angle shot, Serengeti NP, Tanzania
African lion (Panthera leo) adolescent approaching with caution and curiosity, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, February  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion (Panthera leo) adolescent approaching with caution and curiosity, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, February
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) drinking from a water hole, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) drinking from a water hole, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March
African lion {Panthera leo} pride, low angle shot, Serengeti NP, Tanzania  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion {Panthera leo} pride, low angle shot, Serengeti NP, Tanzania
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) mother watching over cub feeding on the carcass of a Grant's Gazelle (Gazella granti) Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) mother watching over cub feeding on the carcass of a Grant's Gazelle (Gazella granti) Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March
African lion {Panthera leo} lioness head profile portrait, Masai Mara GR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion {Panthera leo} lioness head profile portrait, Masai Mara GR, Kenya
White backed vulture {Gyps africanus} head and neck covered in blood from feeding, Masai Mara GR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / White backed vulture {Gyps africanus} head and neck covered in blood from feeding, Masai Mara GR, Kenya
Male African lion {Panthera leo} trotting across his territory to see of an intruder, Masai Mara GR, Kenya. Lions can run at speeds of 50mph!  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Male African lion {Panthera leo} trotting across his territory to see of an intruder, Masai Mara GR, Kenya. Lions can run at speeds of 50mph!
Impala (Aepyceros melampus) leaping, Masai Mara NR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Impala (Aepyceros melampus) leaping, Masai Mara NR, Kenya
Eland leaping {Taurotragus oryx} Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Eland leaping {Taurotragus oryx} Masai Mara, Kenya
Silhouette of Leopard leaping {Panthera pardus} Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Silhouette of Leopard leaping {Panthera pardus} Masai Mara, Kenya
Herd of Wildebeest {Connochaetes taurinus} jumping into and crossing Mara River on migration, Masai Mara GR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Herd of Wildebeest {Connochaetes taurinus} jumping into and crossing Mara River on migration, Masai Mara GR, Kenya
Wildebeest herd drinking at Mara River, Masai Mara Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Wildebeest herd drinking at Mara River, Masai Mara Kenya
Young African elephants with herd, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Young African elephants with herd, Masai Mara, Kenya
Lions attacking Hippopotamus, Masai Mara, Kenya. Ssequence 3 of 5  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Lions attacking Hippopotamus, Masai Mara, Kenya. Ssequence 3 of 5
Wildebeest herd crossing Mara river {Connochaetes taurinus} on migration, Masai Mara NR Kenya, East Africa  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Wildebeest herd crossing Mara river {Connochaetes taurinus} on migration, Masai Mara NR Kenya, East Africa
Hot air safari balloon above Wildebeest herd {Connochaetes taurinus} Masai Mara NR Kenya, animals on annual migration  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Hot air safari balloon above Wildebeest herd {Connochaetes taurinus} Masai Mara NR Kenya, animals on annual migration
Common zebra (Equus quagga) crossing river Masai Mara reserve, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Common zebra (Equus quagga) crossing river Masai Mara reserve, Kenya
Wildebeest herd {Connochaetes taurinus} grazing on savanna watched by tourists in airballoons, Masai mara reserve, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Wildebeest herd {Connochaetes taurinus} grazing on savanna watched by tourists in airballoons, Masai mara reserve, Kenya
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