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Mom and me on a balloon ride.

Mom and me on a balloon ride.

It was my mother who encouraged my love of nature and wildlife and biology. When she asked what I wanted to do for my birthday I would say, “skip school and go to the zoo!” Mom agreed every time. She taught me how to dissect and understand the dead animals we found, (how many Mom’s would do that?) She helped me care for the injured creatures we found in the yard. She got me every field guide I wanted and even bought me my first 600 mm lens when I wanted to become a wildlife photographer thirteen years ago. My mom has always been there for me and has supported me every step of the way with her love and enthusiasm. You helped me become the person I am today. This gallery is dedicated to you, Mom, and to all the awesome moms in the world. Where would we be without you?
-Hal Brindley

Lion cub and mother. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Gentoo penguin and her two chicks, Antarctica
Black bear mother and cub, Alligator River NWR, North Carolina

If you look closely you will see purple stains on this little Black Bear cub’s nose and chin. He and his mother were eating berries together in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.

Some kids are always getting themselves into trouble, and baby elephants are no exception.
Kruger National Park, South Africa A polar bear mother may spend up to six months in the den without eating or drinking while she nurses her newborn cubs. Cubs nurse for up to two years and are completely dependent on their mothers for survival during this time.
Manitoba, Canada.
A baby Chacma Baboon riding on his mother's back in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

A baby Chacma Baboon catches a ride on his mother’s back as the troop travels through Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Gemsbok baby and mother. Kalahari Desert, South Africa.

A baby Gemsbok lies hidden in the grass until her mother comes back to nurse. Both males and females grow these incredible long horns, and you can see the baby’s horns are just starting to sprout. Kalahari Desert, South Africa.

Three-toed Sloth mother and baby. Cahuita, Costa Rica.

A baby Three-toed Sloth spends the first nine months of her life clinging to her mother while she climbs slowly through the treetops. Cahuita, Costa Rica.

Zebra mother and foal. Etosha National Park, Namibia.


This Great Egret mother has her wings full raising four demanding babies, but she handles it all with style and grace. Saint Augustine, Florida.



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Zebras fighting in Kruger National Park

Zebras fighting in Kruger National Park