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Wildlife Photographers on Instagram

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My own Instagram account at @davidlloyd


A Little History

Instagram is a little like Twitter where simplicity is the requisite, but with the emphasis on pictures over text. It emerged in October 2010 and got to a million users within three months, 10 million in a year, then surpassed Twitter’s 300 million users by the end of 2014, all in turn making billionaires out of its two student developers.

Undoubtedly this coincided too with the rise of camera phones and digital cameras. Initially Instagram was available only on the iPhone and it’s culture developed to be that of an online photo-diary for thousands then millions of people, photo-diarising almost every conceivable event – even idle moments of the day did not escape Instagrammers as evidenced by posts of coffees, lunches, pets, and bored-waiting-for-the-bus snaps of one’s own feet. Arguably it also gave rise to the selfie, and by extension the development of the selfie stick.

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Remembering Karanja

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Karanja was the Maasai Mara’s most famous of its forty-nine black rhinos, famous for his age but probably more so for his magnificent 34 inch horns which made him so easily recognisable from the rest.

He was easily the oldest rhino in the reserve and died of natural causes on Christmas Eve 2014 at the age of around 44 years old. He was a rare living link from an era when rhinos were still common, and just as much as it was a privilege to see him his natural surroundings, it becomes a relief to know, against all odds, that he completed his life naturally.

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