Photo of the Day

January 2, 2018

Mutualism Defined

Oxpeckers enjoy symbiotic relationships with hooved mammals in Africa, including Cape buffalo, zebras, and giraffes. The oxpecker removes ticks from hard-to-reach areas on the animals, and in return gets a tasty meal. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by Hymakar Valluri, National Geographic Your Shot

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