Archive for the ‘Living’ Category
They Are Sometimes Known as the “Ugly 5″
When it comes to animal spotting, most people are well aware of the “Big 5“, or perhaps even the “Little 5″! However, did you know anything about the “Ugly 5″? Chances are you don’t… Well, I don’t blame you as I only found out about the expression on my latest ...
What are Groups of African Animals Called?
Ever wondered what the collective noun is for groups of African animals? Here's a list of some of the most obvious (and not so obvious) ones.
Story of the Lemur
How Did Lemurs Get to Madagascar? Lemurs arrived in Madagascar around 62 to 65 million years ago by rafting on mats of vegetation at a time when ocean currents favored oceanic dispersal to the island. Range in Size - The Indri can reach 3.9 ft (1.1 m) with its legs ...
What Sound Does a Zebra Make?
While it might not “sound” that obvious, zebras do indeed produce noises. Some of them are very close to what horses sound like, yet they also have a very distinct high-pitched noise that makes them very special! Generally speaking, zebras either bark, bray or snort. Such sound signals may express ...
Do Hyenas Really “Laugh”?
While it may seem like hyenas are “laughing”, the sound they produce is actually used to communicate. Such funny noises may express excitement, nervousness (when confronted by lions for instance), and it is often produced when the animal is on the prowl for food. Other typical hyena sounds consist of ...
What Does a Hippo Sound Like?
I’ve decided to start a little animal sound “concert”. In other words, each week I will feature a different safari sound. Today’s sound of the wild is from our hippo friend. What does a hippo sound like? Hippos grunt, groan, roar and make loud wheezing sounds! Enjoy the hippo show ...
Africa’s Endangered Safari Hit List
Guest Post by Chris Mears. Africa is awe-inspiring beauty wherever you decide to safari, but our main reason for travel on the continent is ultimately concerned with wildlife. Unfortunately, poaching and the destructive behaviour of we humans is having a massive impact on the lifespan and population of many well-loved ...
Top 10 Best African Wildlife Videos on YouTube
If you’re like me and you love “African wildlife action”, you’ve probably spent endless hours glued to your screen on some of the amazing footage out there! Today I’d like to share a compilation of the best African wildlife videos I’ve ever come across (so far) on YouTube. The top ...
Wild Animal Close Encounters: Dos and Don’ts
If you should ever come across a bloat of hippos or a pride of lions when touring the Serengeti, consider yourself most fortunate. With that said, proceed with caution. While you’re far more likely to encounter a “foreign transaction fee” when visiting an African nation than getting attacked by an ...
Who Said Marabou Storks Only Ate Carrion?
While this assumption is partly true (marabou storks are indeed frequent scavengers), the “ugly bird” also eats other things such as frogs, fish, smaller birds and insects (like these flying termites). Looks rather yummy, doesn’t it? Did You Know? With a wingspan of up to 4 m (2.5-3 m is ...