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Safari quizz: fun animal riddles

1. I have an unfair advantage when it is warm and sunny, and I use parts of my body to remain in the shade. I am…? A. An elephant. B. A ground squirrel. C. A giraffe. D. A hippo. 2. I can sometimes be confused with “Jabulani”, the World Cup 2010’s official match ball. What […]

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Top 5 funniest African wildlife videos on YouTube

1. The “Domestic” Hippo! Hippos are known to kill more humans in Africa than any other wild mammals. Jessica however, is the complete opposite and has never shown any signs of aggression. She’s such a doll, don’t you think?! 2. When Baby Dumbo Gets a Fright! Hilarious elephant video: a must watch! It’s the cutest thing ever… 😉 […]

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Top 10 most endangered animal species in Africa – Part Two

The following listing is based upon IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species! 6. Black Rhinoceros Scientific Name: Diceros bicornis. Status: Critically Endangered. Threats: Mainly poaching for its horn and “medicinal” value (China). Population: Has declined by over 90% over the last 60 odd years. Current estimation is at roughly 4180 black rhinos. Countries: Kenya; Namibia; […]

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Top 10 most endangered animal species in Africa

The following listing is based upon IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species! 1. Addax Scientific Name: Addax nasomaculatus. Status: Critically Endangered. Threats: Uncontrolled hunting and harassment. Also drought and the extension of pastoralism. Population: Less than 300 animals surviving in the wild. Countries: Chad, Mauritania, Niger. Also known as the white antelope and the screwhorn […]

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To hunt or not to hunt? That is the question…

To hunt, or not to hunt? That is the question (and a very tough one indeed…)!  The issue is extremely controversial, and can be associated with another concern: is hunting good, or bad? If you take the two extremes of the spectrum, animal rights activists (“anti-hunters”) will tell you that it is a total disgrace. […]

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The dung beetle: an outstanding planetary citizen

Ancient Beliefs In Ancient Egypt dung beetles, or scarabs, were worshiped. Egyptians believed that the scarab was a god that rolled the sun across the sky and buried it each evening. The sun emerged the next morning born anew. Dung Beetle Facts Insects part of the Scarabaeoidea family. Feed partly or entirely on feces. 3 dung […]

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The most majestic African eagles

Eagles are differentiated from many other birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and beak. Even the smallest eagles, like the Booted Eagle (which is comparable in size to a Common Buzzard or Red-tailed Hawk), have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, faster flight.

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First wild dog sighting in the Serengeti in 20 years

Jambo rafiki! Just got an incredible email the other day from Uwe Skrzypczak, a professional wildlife photographer currently spending some time in the Serengeti National Park! I am so excited to share with you what he’s experienced lately. Here’s what he has to say: On Friday, we had followed the gnu herds in vain (for over 6 hours) […]

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warthog love

When ‘mighty’ Pumba the warthog kills Simba

AN EXTREMELY RARE incident between a warthog and a lion… I stumbled across this amazing podcast the other day and thought I just HAD to share it with you guys! It takes place in the Masai Mara and involves two well-known animals of the African bushveld: “Pumba” (the warthog), and “Simba” (the lion). While in the “Lion King” Disney […]

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International spotlight: Zimbabwe rhino poaching court case a turning point?

Conservationists concerned with inconsistent sentencing of poachers! Zimbabwe – This month, Tichaona Mutyairi, a Zimbabwe rhino poacher with the infamous Mazhongwe gang, was sentenced to 17 years in jail after being captured during an exchange of gunfire with the police in October 2009. Although a regional court in the town of Masvingo took a strict […]

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