The smooth-billed ani lives in a community and has communal nests. Several females will build a deep cup nest, lined with leaves. There may be as many as 29 eggs in the nest, but less than half will hatch. Anis will have up to 3 broods in a season, with the first chicks helping to feed the newer ones. The ani is a member of the cuckoo family. The ani has benefited from deforestation, it is a weak flier, but runs well on the ground. It lives in large gregarious groups. I really like anis.
The Southern Ground Hornbill, lives in in a family group, needs savannah and is the largest of the ground hornbills. The bright red patches of bare flesh are thought to protect the bird's eyes from insects as it forages. The landscape of the Chobe savannah is variable and fascinating. Elephants and termites are responsible for a lot of it's features.
This beautiful adult male lion with a black mane was with his brother. They are a known coalition in this part of Botswana's Chobe National Park. He is about 10 years old and in his prime. They were both totally relaxed and hanging out together. There is no doubt that he is smiling.