Comfort in the Age of Social Distancing

In this time of social distancing and cancelled work assignments, I found myself looking through my archives for some kind of inspiration. When I landed on my wildlife images, I noticed how drawn I felt to photos of wildlife sharing affection and physical contact. Perhaps because these two things are so scarce in our own lives at the moment and we’re by nature such social beings, looking at photos of other species sharing physical contact feels especially meaningful and uplifting. I pulled together a collection to share with you all in the hopes that they will have a similarly positive effect on you.

African Wildlife
An infant elephant stays close to her older sibling while walking in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park.
African Wildlife
A lion cub “kisses” her sleeping mother in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park.
Mountain Gorillas
A three month-old gorilla demands attention from his mother while she tries to take a nap in the jungle of Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains.
I was touched by the sight of hundreds of penguins all arranged in their perfect affectionate pairs at Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
A female macaque monkey holds onto her infant in the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud on the island of Bali, Indonesia.
African Wildlife
Young male giraffes practice fighting in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park.
African Wildlife
Zebras graze close together while a lilac-breasted roller perches on one’s back in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park.
An elephant calf playfully wraps her trunk around her sibling at Amboselli National Park in Kenya.
Masai Mara
Hundreds of wildebeest crowd on the banks of the Mara River in preparation for crossing during the great migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park.
African Wildlife
A male lion growls at his attention-seeking cub in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park.
Galapagos Islands Wildlife
A male blue-footed booby tries to catch the attention of his female partner by performing a courtship ritual on Espanola Island in the Galaogos. Famous for their mating dance, the male booby will spread his wings and lift his blue feet high off the ground to impress his female partner with whom he mates for life.
African Wildlife
Hippos congregate in a river in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park.
A lioness carries her two month-old cub back to safety after it wandered a little too far from her in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya.
Two lionesses and a cub in the Masai Mara.
A two month-old lion cub looks up at two lionesses. Lionesses raise their cubs communally and cubs suckle indiscriminately from any lactating female.
Masai Mara
A young male lion rests his head on his sister’s back in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park.
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