Playtime in the Animal Kingdom

04-01-2014 // NWF Staff

Spring is here! We're all excited to get outside and have some fun now that the weather is improving – and that includes our furry and feathered friends, too. Entrants to the National Wildlife® Photo Contest have captured some fantastic photos of animals having fun over the years. Take a look at a few of our favorite images of animals at play below.

Peekaboo, I see you!

Common Squirrel Monkey, 2013 Honorable Mention
Photo by Cindy Young

Common Squirrel Monkey


Baby Sandhill Crane, 2012 Second Place
Photo by Scott Helfrich

Baby Sandhill Crane


Jumping Locust Hide and Seek, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Minghui Yuan

Locust playing hide and seek, mom...come play!

Lion Cub, 2013 First Place
Photo by Michel Hagege

Lion Cub playing with Mom's tail

Probing Ringtail Lemur, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Simone Sbaraglia

Curious Lemur


Meeting New Friends

Sea Lion and Lightfoot Crab, 2013 Youth
Photo by Cecina Babich Morrow

Sea Lion Pup with Sally Lightfoot Crab


Giraffe with Yellow-billed Oxpecker, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Billy Dodson

Giraffe with Yellow-billed Oxpecker


Lizard Lookout on Marine Iguanas, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Bill Lamp'l

Resting Lizards in Galapagos


Heading Out with the Top Down

Squirrelly Driver, 2013 Second Place
Photo by Tammi Elbert

Squirrely driver

All of these photos were entered into the National Wildlife® Photo Contest. The 44th Annual Photo Contest is now open! Click here now to enter your own photos!


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