by Matthew Sterne
on August 11, 2016
5 min read

Close-ups, action shots and affectionate moments; those seem to be the photos our Instagram followers enjoy the most.

And looking at this collection of striking photos we think they’re on to something.

These are 15 of our most popular Instagram photos from the past year.

“A lion snarls and gives me a stare. Taken on the Maasai Mara.” Credit: @brianscott_photography #RAtakeover ________________________________ #rhinoafrica #rhinogram #wildlife #wildlifephotographer #wildlifephotography #wildlifelovers #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers #nature #naturelovers #travel #travelgram #conservation #africanamazing #africa #protect #big5 #lion #picoftheday #amazingpicture #photooftheday

A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

“Having a word with mum” – © @elliottneep  ______________________________ #ratakeover #rhinogram #rhinoafrica #cheetah #cheetahcub #bigcat #bigcats #wildcat #africanamazing #africananimals #african_portraits #bigcatsofinstagram #naturephotography #masaimara #africansafari #funny #africanbeauty #wildlife #wildlifelove #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_perfection #nature #naturegram #naturelover #natureshots #natureaddict #safari #africa #affection A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

During your stay at Loisaba, you will be hosted by a team of traditional Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors. – Image credit @silverless @loisaba_conservancy _______________________ #rhinoafrica #rhinogram #propertyspotlight #maasai #travel #travelgram #traveling #safari #africa #eastafrica #africanamazing #african_portraits #naturelovers #naturegram #nature #naturelovers #hospitality #travelinspiration #visitAfrica #landscape

A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

“Playing around in some selective coloring on this image that I took a few years ago of this leopard leaping over a little bush.” ______________________________ Credit @russ_wildlife #ratakeover #rhinogram #rhinoafrica #bigcats #bigfive #leopard #leopardsofinstagram #africa #nature #natureza #naturegram #natheocreative #nature_perfection #naturelovers #photography #photooftheday #wildlife #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeaddicts #wildlife_perfection #wildlifephotography #snap_wildlife A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

Elephants at play – credit @brendoncremer #RAtakeover __________________________ #rhinogram #rhinoafrica #elephant #livingthedream #wildlifephotographer #tuskphoto #africa #africansafari #photosafari #wildlifephotographer ##botswana #wildlife #wildlifeplanet #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_perfection #nature #naturegram #naturelovers #love #bigfive

A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

Our #RAtakeover photographer @mijlof found this little lion in Antelope Park in Zimbabwe ______________________________________________ #ratakeover #kylemijlof #zimbabwe #antelopepark #nature #wildlife #africa #traveltoafrica #wildlifelovers #lion #bigfive #big5 #safari #wildlife_lovers #travel #rhinoafrica #rhinogram A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

Baby Kitui with step-brother Hope on @lewa_wildlife. Lewa conservancy has been home to many orphans of poaching over the years. Hope, left, unfortunately passed away some months ago due to a bacterial infection despite veterinarians’ greatest efforts. Baby Kitui however is growing bigger and stronger daily, hoping to be released back into the wild some day. Conservancies like Lewa play one of the most important roles in saving endangered species like the black rhino, providing them space and a protected area to live in. This moment captures the gentle, peaceful nature of these prehistoric-looking beasts. Credit @martinbuzora #RAtakeover  _______________________________________ #filmmaker #martinbuzora #rhino #rhinos #safari #wildlife #animals #cuteanimals #wildlife_lovers #africananimals #travelgram #traveltoafrica #rhinogram #rhinoafrica #big five #rhinoafrica #wildlife #wildlife_perfection #wildlifephotography #kenyadiaries A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

As I write these words, probably 2 or 3 more rhinos have been shot to death for their horns. There is a battle going on between the species and the poachers and unfortunately the rhinos are currently losing the battle. What we should understand is that it is not a local problem or the problem of rhinos only. We are on the same side with the rhinos and WE are LOSING as well. We should all be aware and we should act. NOW! – @burakdogansoysal #RATakeover __________________________ #rhinogram #rhinoafrica #wildlife #rhino #stoppoaching #nature #africa #extinction #kenya #bigfive #animals #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeaddicts #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_perfection #nature #natureaddict #naturegram #instagood #instanature #instasafari #photography #photooftheday A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

“You and Me To redress the balance of this page from the last picture posted, here’s one that shows that even giraffes realise the value of touch. 400mm, 1/500th, f/3.3, ISO100” ________________________________  Credit to @davidlloyd David Lloyd. ________________________________  #davidlloyd #africa #travel #ThursdayFunDay #TbackThursday #wildlifephotography #wildlife_seekers #bns_animals #ig_africa #bestnatureshot #rhinoafrica #ratakeover #followme #wildlife #animalsofinstagram #africanamazing #ig_exquisite #globaldaily #ink361_africa #igerssa #tlpicks #worldtravelpics #livetravelchannel #awesomeearth #wildernessculture #instagood #instapic #exploreafrica A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

“The Unbreakable Bond” ________________________________ Credit to @davidlloyd David Lloyd. ________________________________  #davidlloyd #africa #travel #WednesdayWisdom #WellnessWednesday #wildlifephotography #wildlife_seekers #bns_animals #ig_africa #bestnatureshot #rhinoafrica #ratakeover #followme #wildlife #animalsofinstagram #africanamazing #ig_exquisite #globaldaily #ink361_africa #igerssa #tlpicks #worldtravelpics #livetravelchannel #awesomeearth #wildernessculture #instagood #instapic #exploreafrica A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

“Looking over the Savuti marsh… his kingdom…” ________________________________ Credit @russ_wildlife #ratakeover #rhinogram #ratakeover #safari #wildlife #wildlife_perfection #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifephotography #photography #picoftheday #photooftheday #animalsofinstagram #naturegram #natheocreative #nature_perfection #travel #africa #lion #lionsofinstagram #bigfive #bigcats #lionsmane #Botswana A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

Tell me what you really think! Cheeky leopard working it for the camera. ———————————————— Photographed on the #Nikon #D800 + #Nikkor 17-35 f2.8 by @shannon__wild #RATakeover #rhinoafrica #leopard #wildlifephotography #wildlife #southafrica #selfie A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

“Imani at full stretch chasing down a Thompson’s gazelle, even with three large visible wounds she was still able to hunt successfully to feed her cubs.” Credit: @brianscott_photography #RAtakeover ___________________________ #rhinoafrica #rhinogram #wildlife #wildlifephotographer #wildlifephotography #wildlifelovers #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers #nature #naturelovers #travel #travelgram #conservation #africanamazing #africa #cheetah #picoftheday #amazingpicture #safari #photooftheday A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

 

“Imani at full stretch chasing down a Thompson’s gazelle, even with three large visible wounds she was still able to hunt successfully to feed her cubs.” Credit: @brianscott_photography #RAtakeover ___________________________ #rhinoafrica #rhinogram #wildlife #wildlifephotographer #wildlifephotography #wildlifelovers #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers #nature #naturelovers #travel #travelgram #conservation #africanamazing #africa #cheetah #picoftheday #amazingpicture #safari #photooftheday A photo posted by Rhino Africa (@rhinoafrica) on

Common #zebras #rearviews #masaimara #kenya. – credit @jameswarwickphoto #RAtakeover  __________________________ #rhinogram #rhinoafrica #zebra #wildlife #wildlifeaddicts #wildlife_perfection #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #nature #naturegram #natgeowild #natureza #africanature #africanportraits #africa #africanamazing #instagood #instanature #instasafari

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