Into Africa

National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting takes readers Into Africa with pictures that go beyond being gorgeous. His expert eye and camera lens capture native wildlife in moments most people probably will never witness in real life. A chameleon strikes its prey--a grasshopper--with its body-length tongue, "which happens faster than the eye can see." A creepy-looking nocturnal lemur--called an aye-aye and known in Malagasy folklore as "a harbinger of death"--eats a coconut by "scooping out flesh with its bony fingers." The heartbreaking close-up of a zebra's green eye reflects the trophy hunters who killed it right before the picture was taken. Lanting's arresting photos, taken in locations including Madagascar, the Congo and Serengeti Plains, showcase the beauty, tragedy and circle of life. --Elyse Dinh-McCrillis, blogger at Pop Culture Nerd

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