An Interview with Herman Gerber, professional camera operator in the Sabi Sands. 1. Hi Herman! Please present yourself in a couple of words… I am a professional live wildlife photographer and 6th generation African. 2. You are currently working for Safari TV. Sounds really exciting! Is this some kind of “dream come true” experience you […]
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… 😉 […]
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; […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
Fabulous video that illustrates the real benefits of intriguing conservation measures! A great case-study where dogs are trained to scare away African big cats such as cheetahs.
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
Jambo rafiki! More often than not, I’ve seen people getting mixed up between crocodiles and alligators. While they both belong to the Crocodilia order, they are members of two quite separate taxonomic families. Besides, alligators DO NOT live in Africa! The following highlights the major differences between the two species. Jaw Placement Alligator: upper jaw […]
Jambo rafiki! More often than not, I’ve seen people getting mixed up between crocodiles and alligators. While they both belong to the Crocodilia order, they are members of two quite separate taxonomic families. Besides, alligators DO NOT live in Africa! The following highlights the major differences between the two species. Overview – You can’t see […]