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Recently we celebrated World Rhino Day. An annual event held on 22 September, the date brings people together from across the globe in a bid to save these loveable members of the Big Five. Sadly, the facts speak for themselves: over 1,000 of South Africa’s rhinos killed by poachers in 2013. This year the story […]

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How to Reconnect with the African Elephant

Guest Post by Les Churchman It’s taken me a long time to understand elephants even a little! Like most people of my generation I grew up occasionally seeing them performing in a circus, zoo or wildlife park. I didn’t enjoy these sad spectacles so later in life I watched every documentary I could to learn […]

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Top 3 At-Risk Animal Species in Africa

1. Rhino – The price per pound for rhino horn is valued at $29 500 + (worth more than gold or cocaine). – The total world rhino population has drastically declined: from 200 000 individuals at the start of the twentieth century to roughly 29 000 today. – Over 70% of the world’s rhinos currently […]

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Bushbaby’s Feast

Stilts Backpackers is not only famous for its tree house accommodation: it is also home to some interesting wildlife amongst the tree tops. If you’re looking for some close encounters with greedy bushbabies you should definitely spend some time in the area. The greater bushbabies are being fed every evening at 7 pm sharp, so […]

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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 trip to the Masai Mara… […]

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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 extended, 9 kg in weight […]

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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 alertness, curiosity, or can be […]

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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 cackles, giggles, growls, whines and […]

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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 (simply click on the “play” […]

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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 creatures, leading to some becoming […]

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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 10 selection is based on […]

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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 animal, the following is a […]

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