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False Travel Zambia May 2008 Safety in Numbers The natural world is at its most spectacular when wild creatures gather in great numbers – drawn usually by a seasonal call such as the founding of a breeding colony, or the quest for food and water. Zambia forms the backdrop to some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife gatherings. The following pages show three such events, each captured by a different photographer whose skill with the lens is matched only by a talent for being in the right place at the right time.

False May 2008 Travel Zambia Straw- coloured fruit bats at roost, Kasanka Malcolm Schuyl Malcolm Schuyl, a UK- based wildlife photographer, took this image in December 2007 in Kasanka National Park, where the rainy season gathering of up to ten million straw-coloured fruit bats is one of the greatest known migrations of mammals anywhere on the planet. The bats head out en masse at sunset and then return at sunrise. “ There are bats everywhere,” says Malcom. “ So much so that it is sometimes difficult to know where best to point the camera!” In the frame