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Although snowfalls are not uncommon in South Africa, particularly in high-lying areas, the sight of savanna animals such as elephants, giraffes and rhinos in the snow, is almost unheard of. That probably explains why a number of photographs of iconic African animals taken during a cold snap in South Africa went viral.

The photographs were taken in the Karoo region of South Africa’s Western Cape Province and by webcams in the Glen Harry Game reserve in the Eastern Cape Province. And, a guest at the well-known Aquila Game Reserve near Cape Town snapped rhinos in the icy weather as rangers kept watch over them. South Africa is the epicentre of the rhino poaching scourge that has caused the country to lose 7 130 rhinos to poachers in only 10 years.


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