Exploring the Gorilla Kingdom

Would you like to explore the Gorilla Kingdom? Why not travel to Africa and get to explore the habitats where the gorillas live.

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Sexuality in Baboons

Baboons are fascinating to watch and on many occasions they have provided a highlight during game drives. I have often wondered at our fascination with their behavior and have come to the conclusion that it is a deep seated reminder of the innocence we as a developing species have lost. There are many traits in… Continue reading Sexuality in Baboons

Baboons and Water

I studied a troop of baboons in the Okavango Delta for over a year. The troop roosted in the trees on an island across from the lodge and every morning would move onto the main island, returning to their roosting spot in the evening. It was at the time of the arrival of the flood… Continue reading Baboons and Water

Lion Anatomy- Teeth

Lions, being carnivores have specialised teeth to suit their diet and life style. The large canines are the first thing you think of when you imagine a lion tooth. but the molars and pre-molars are modified into what is called a carnassial shear, and play an important role in lion feeding. Lions don’t chew their… Continue reading Lion Anatomy- Teeth

Lion Anatomy- The Eye

A lions eyesight is arguably their most important sense. Along with a highly developed sense of smell and incredible hearing, these apex predators have a big advantage over most of their prey. Their eyesight, all though no better than ours during the day is far superior at night, lions are said to be able to see eight times better than… Continue reading Lion Anatomy- The Eye

The Big 5

According to tourist brochures a modern day African safari is not complete without having spotted each member of the Big Five. Some companies even go so far as to award certificates to those guests who have experienced the big five on their safari. Hunting and photographic safaris The big 5 is a collective term used… Continue reading The Big 5

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Understanding dung

Today with all our gadgets we are able to cover great distances in a short space of time, allowing us to satisfy our need for instant gratification. People on safari want to view a wide range of big game in a matter of hours and feel hard done by if they miss something. We are… Continue reading Understanding dung

Back from Extinction

A breeding programme is under way in South Africa to bring back a species that went/became extinct in the 19th century. The quagga was a species of zebra that occurred in the southern parts of Africa but became extinct after severe hunting by the colonialists. The quagga only had stripes on its head and neck… Continue reading Back from Extinction