ASSORTED ANIMALS NOT THE BIG STARS with their own page, odd ones out but lovable all the same. Jackal, Masaai Mara National Park, Kenya.A baby or two, Masaai Mara National Park, Kenya.Lots of wildebeest gather to cross the Mara river, Kenya.Hyenas, Kenya's Amboseli National Park.In the ruins of 10th-14th century Sauran, in southern Kazakhstan, a tortoise strolls.Pilansberg National Park, South Africa.Little fellow looks like he has been in a fight. Axum, Ethiopia.A colourful bug catches a ride in Ethiopia.Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia, spider of unknown genus.A green tree frog does its best not to be seen, in the jungles of the Kinabatangan River, Malaysia.Yanchep National Park, Western Australia.A giant tortoise, Melbourne Zoo.Another zoo shot. I spent many an hour watching these guys.Butterflies are probably the least co-operative things alive when photography is concerned. Even in an enclosure like this, they just won't stay still.Bats, Kakadu National Park, in Australia's Northern Territory. Hundreds of them, maybe thousands. A bit smelly.Oman's Wadi Shab, swimming hole for humans and amphibians alike.A pair of lovers on a beach date, Oman.A sanctuary in the Nuratau mountains of Uzbekistan protects one of the world's most critically endangered sheep, the Severtsov sheep.A small gecko silhouetted on a menu board in Thailand.A fly. An orange fly, in Taiwan.With all the rain and sun and humidity, things grow big in Taiwan.A beautiful green bug in the mountains of Taiwan.I love squirrels, such happy beasts. This one, nice and close, in a bird watcing sanctuary in Bharatpur, India.After a heavy night's rain puddles on the roads in Namibia make for interesting driving.I guess it's some kind of squirrell, fluffing his tail up. Namibia's Etosha NP is one of the best places in Africa to see wildlife.A jackal warily approaches a waterhole, where lion, kudu, and springbok also gathered. Etsosha, Namibia.A warthog strolls past a pair of kudu at one of Etosha's waterholes.Rock dassies, aka hyrax, are often seen in southern Africa. Their closest relative? The elephant!One of the iconic desert species, the scorpion rears it tail in Namibia's Namib desert.Namibia's Cape Cross is famed for its huge cape seal colony, where thousands of them congregate. Before you see them, you will hear them, and before that, you will smell them!A young pup takes some early steps. Thousands of them are born in season, and some fall prey to jackals.A mother carries her young pup in among the masses of new families.A rare occasion when a butterfly stood still for me, in Bohol, Philippines.The Butterfly Farm is pretty small but has attached bungalows and makes for a delightfully peaceful stay.Getting the death stare from a water buffalo, in the Philippines.We saw plenty of these orb spiders hiking in Australia's Flinders Ranges. Harmless to humans, they say, but I'll keep my distance anyway.