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How to “spot” leopards of the Serengeti

An Africa visit is incomplete without a trip to the Serengeti Plains. Camping in the Serengeti is an experience of a lifetime: you are close to nature like at no place else! The safari is an exciting proposition as well. You can spot Leopards, Cheetahs, Lions, Elephants and other animals within no time on a […]

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What makes the mountain gorilla so special

Scientific Name The Latin name for mountain gorillas is Gorilla beringei beringei. Habitat The mountain gorilla inhabits the tropical rainforests of Central and Eastern Africa; in Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park), the Democratic Republic of Congo (Virunga National Park), and Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest). Species The mountain gorilla is one of […]

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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 amā€¦? A. An elephant. B. A ground squirrel. C. A giraffe. D. A hippo. 2. I can sometimes be confused with ā€œJabulaniā€, 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 killĀ more humans in AfricaĀ 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…Ā šŸ˜‰ […]

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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…)! Ā 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 sunĀ 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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