Hirola Gallery

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7:09 am on March 13, 2009, we see the first hirolas -- a female and young. Note the poor condition of the female. Also note a pair of chocolate brown lesser kudus in the background.



The first bull we encountered just a few minutes later.



Startled by our presence...






Grazing in the core conservancy area. Note good grass cover despite the drought.



An immature bull (note the horns are not quite lyrate yet).



The first breeding herd encountered at mid-morning.



A fully mature bull marking with his pre-orbital gland.



A side view of the same bull.



Another breeding herd...



Skittish while watering near a pond at mid-day.



A newborn calf watering.



A skull of a bull. Note the thick, wrinkled skin just beneath the horns. This gives mature bulls the appearance of furrowed brows.



A bull chasing a subordinate male.



A group of young animals.



A most impressive bull at dusk.

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These are beautiful photos. Hirola with lesser kudu in the background. That's elusive antelope times 2! Great catch of the galloper.

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Really stunning animals...

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Great and interesting photos!

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A few years ago SWARA published an article and photos by Paolo Torchio and his wife on their trip to Ishaqbini to photograph the Hirola. When their current plight (the Hirola's not Paolo and his wife's) was drawn to my attention by Paolo and Safaridude, I remembered those photos and decided to contact Paolo Torchio to see if he would contribute a photo or two to our new Hirola gallery. Obviously, there won't be many contributions for photos of this very rare antelope. To my surprise (many emails remain unanswered, I'd have to say!), Paolo replied the next day and agreed to supply some of his images for our gallery specifically to try to raise awareness.


I am very grateful, Paolo T, you have been most generous.


Of course, these images are copyright protected and belong to Paolo Torchio and have only been provided for this ONE use only.


Paolo is a well known Nairobi based photographer and his website can be found here








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Wow! The third photo almost looks like a painting!


The first two photos might have been taken in Tsavo East? (the translocated population?)


Thank you Paolo Torchio.

Edited by Safaridude

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Safaridude, Paolo did visit Tsavo East but I didn't think to ask if all images were from Ishaqbini or not. I'll see if I can find out just for interest.

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Thanks Twaffle for arranging these images via Paolo.

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