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About the piece:
Emma is fascinated by the relationship between species as it highlights how interconnected the natural world is. The large mammals of Africa are always impressive and exciting to see, but what about the little fellas hitching a ride? Oxpeckers are often spotted on rhinos, buffalos, zebras and giraffes. These cheeky looking birds feed on ticks, larvae and parasites helping to keep their host in good health. However, oxpeckers will also keep a wound open in order to drink the blood, so it is up to debate as to whether this is a case of mutualism or these comical, characterful little birds are parasites themselves.
At least 50% of the proceeds from this sale will support the charitable work of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.
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