Torie Hilley@torie_hilley_fineart

Photography and artwork through the eyes of a conservationist. Contact me at [email protected]! Follow @torie_hilley for my normal life 😆

Up Close and Personal. I have a huge respect for elephants - more so than the big cats. They are truly gentle giants but when caught in a bad mood, you can feel their wrath. We had some pretty amazing encounters with some bulls, like this one, at Tembe. He was completely relaxed around us and didn’t seem bothered at all - and of course didn’t mind getting this close! #elephant #southafrica #tembe #tembeelephantpark #blackandwhite #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #wildlifeact #conservation #conservationphotography #canon #sigma #photoftheday #upclose #respect #love


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This male looks like he’s up to no good! He is one of 25 at iMfolozi and quite the character. While the rest of the pack was still waking up, this one came over to sniff us out and see why we were hanging around. Cute little guy! #wilddog #painteddog #africanwilddog @africanwilddog #wildlife #wildlifeact #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #photography #photoftheday #photographer #conservation #endangered #endangeredspecies #canon #africa #southafrica #imfolozi #sigmalens #research #mastersthesis #mastersstudent #behavior


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This beauty. Met her at Manyoni while she was adjusting to her new environment in a boma, waiting to be released into the reserve. Conservation a lot of the times is about managing a species as a metapopulation, like the cheetah at Manyoni. This female is bringing new genes into the reserve to ensure heterogeneity in the gene pool. #funfact #conservation #cheetah #southafrica #africa #photography #conservationphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #love #bigcats #bigcatconservation


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Sometimes you just need a video to really feel the moment. Happy World Elephant Day! What an amazing, heart stopping, and epic encounter! #worldelephantday #africa #southafrica #elephant #iphonevideo #epic #closeencounter #heartstopped #wow


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Happy World Lion Day!!! Here are the beautiful cats I had the pleasure of meeting from the four reserves I visited in South Africa. In order: Manyoni, iMfolozi, Tembe, and Somkhanda. #worldlionday #lion #southafrica #manyoni #imfolozi #tembe #somkhanda #bigcats #conservation #conservationphotography #conservationist #canon #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #photoftheday #photography #photographer


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Thought I throw this back to 2012. It’s not a photo this time, but one of my paintings I did in honor of a little lion cub I helped raised in Zimbabwe. She died shortly after I left, which left a hole in my heart. Now she will be remembered by those who loved her for forever. ❤️ #painting #oil #oilpainting #tbt #lion #lioncub #eyes #artist #artistsoninstagram #art #love #remember #africa #zimbabwe #conservationartist #conservationart


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Thinking back when I was in Somkhanda doing a lion call up and this female was so comfortable around us. Even though lions can bullies, they are still beautiful cats. #southafrica #lion #africa #somkhanda #lionconservation #bigcat #bigcatconservation #wildlife #wildlifeact #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #canon #canonphotography #photo #photography #photoftheday #photographer #sigma #love


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Today is the day! Master’s defense has finally come and I can’t wait to get it over with. “The Impact of Interspecific Competition on Wild Dog Dynamics on a Private Game Reserve, South Africa” 🍾🎉😭😅😬🤪🤓🤯🤬💪🙌 #wildlifephotography #wildlifeact #canon #wildlife #mastersthesisdefense #iseethelight #neartheend #wilddog #southafrica @africanwilddog @torie_hilley


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The African night sky always astounds me. I always catch myself looking up staring at the constellations and occasionally getting lucky to see a few shooting stars. You don’t see this many stars in the city that’s for sure! This shot was taken at Tembe Elephant Sanctuary. Just beautiful. #southafrica #tembe #tembeelephantpark #stars #milkyway #starshots #canon #canonphotography #nightsky #africa #africansky #love #wildlifeact


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Feeling nostalgic today. The view from Lion’s Head in Cape Town still takes my breath away. #southafrica #capetown #love #photoftheday #photo #lionshead #canon #landscape #landscapephotography #sunset #nostalgia #takemeback #hatestats


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We by chance came upon a cheetah kill one afternoon at Manyoni. It was the mother with her two older cubs and they were hiding in the grass, staying as concealed as possible. We waited patiently a good distance away to give hem enough space to enjoy their meal. The mother and one of the cubs moved deeper into the bush, while this one popped its head up just in time for me to capture her inquisitiveness. Cheetahs are just beautiful cats. #africa #cheetah #southafrica #wildlife #wildlifephotographer #wildlifeact #wildlifephotography #conservation #dissertation #masters #masterstudent #photographer #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #love #photo #photoftheday #bigcats @bigcatsconservation @bigcatsdiary


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While I continue to crunch away with my data from South Africa, I couldn’t help but reminisce when I first saw the wild dog pack at Manyoni. It was such an amazing feeling to see the pack and know you will be helping them, and the species, in some way. This may sound cheesy, but I like cheese, therefore I can be cheesy! 😆#africa #africanwilddog #africanpainteddog @africanwilddog #wildlifephotographer #photographer #southafrica #masters #mastersstudent #dissertation #predator #reminisce #takemeback #conservation #conservationist #conservationphotography


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