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In Zambia's Bangweulu Wetlands we delve into the life of Shoebills, huge prehistoric-looking birds, with Cyril Ruoso and the rangers charged with protecting these curious birds. Poaching and brush fires take a toll on their population but thanks to rehabilitation refuges and release of adults back into the wild their numbers are climbing although with only 8,000 wild animals they are still classified as a Threatened Species. Since the management of the wetlands was taken over by African Park in 2008 the Shoebill Guard Programme employs local fishermen to ensure the safety of shoebill nests and to protect eggs and chicks being stolen for the illegal wildlife trade. Cyril is lucky enough to resemble one of the men that saved and fed one of his subjects. The bird allowed him to get close enough to capture these stunning portraits and to place a remote camera near a nest with the authorization of local authorities. These rare images including feeding, nestlings and biologists tagging the animals were published as a story package in the March, 2018 issue of Terra Mater Magazine.
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582325 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582328 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582329 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582318 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582327 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582326 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582323 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582347 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), native to tropical regions of central Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620471 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), native to tropical regions of central Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), native to tropical regions of central Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620470 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), native to tropical regions of central Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), native to tropical regions of central Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620474 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), native to tropical regions of central Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582319 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582348 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582320 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582344 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) feeding on fish prey, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582341 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) feeding on fish prey, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) feeding on fish prey, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582340 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) feeding on fish prey, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582321 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, measuring two month old chick, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582356 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, measuring two month old chick, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, banding two month old chick, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582355 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, banding two month old chick, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, on radio in tree, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582353 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, on radio in tree, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) and fisherman, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582352 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) and fisherman, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) in swamp near hut, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582357 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) in swamp near hut, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, banding two month old chick, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582354 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, banding two month old chick, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582351 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) biologist, Elijah Mofya, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) conservationist, wearing costume for rearing chicks to prevent imprinting, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582350 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) conservationist, wearing costume for rearing chicks to prevent imprinting, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582316 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) flying, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582346 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) flying, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) landing, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582343 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) landing, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582324 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582317 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) wading, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582322 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) wading, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) parent with two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582332 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) parent with two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) wading, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582345 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) wading, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) flying, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582342 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) flying, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582339 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) parent shading two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582331 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) parent shading two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) parent with two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582330 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) parent with two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582338 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582337 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582336 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582335 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick in defensive posture at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582334 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick in defensive posture at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
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00582333 Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) two month old chick at nest, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia© Cyril Ruoso
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