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The Chimpanzee  ~ Chimps

Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are classified as great apes, along with gorillas and orangutans. Chimps and humans share up to 98% of the same DNA, making them more closely related to humans than gorillas. Furthermore, chimps are the most intelligent animal after humans. Interestingly humans and chimps share many similarities. For example, they show emotions, but they are also problem solvers and able to create tools to help them survive. In addition, they have expressive faces, laugh, are affectionate, have big […]

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International Leopard Day 2022

Today, May 3rd, 2022, is the annual celebration of International Leopard Day. A day to celebrate leopards (Panthera pardus) while at the same time increasing awareness of their global persecution. Compared to other leopards, the African leopards are the smallest member of the ‘big cat’ family genus panthera (lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar).  Leopards are solitary, shy and elusive. Yet, they are one of the most sought-after animals globally, while at the same time, the most persecuted. Sadly, they are now extinct in […]

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Red Elephants

Surprisingly, the only place in the world to see Red Elephants is in Tsavo National Park (TNP). TNP is the largest National Park in Kenya, established on April 1st 1948. It is approximately 22,000 km2, situated halfway between Mombasa and Nairobi. However, the original park was vast, and therefore it was divided into two distinct parks to make it more manageable. They were renamed Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. The dividing line between the two parks […]

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Vultures nature’s cleanup crew

Vultures are nature’s cleanup crew. When one thinks of vultures, several connotations spring to mind. Specifically, scavengers, ugly, gross, vulgar, dirty and diseased, to name a few. We have all seen how these birds circle the sky before descending onto a carcass, devouring them. As an illustration of the image below, vultures’ heads are often covered in blood and guts. For this reason, vultures have earned themselves some unflattering names, such as cleanup crew and nature’s undertakers. Most people do […]

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MalaMala ~ ‘home of the Big 5’

MalaMala game reserve is one of the largest and the first privately owned and commercially operated Big 5 game reserve in South Africa. MalaMala is known as the home of the big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo). In addition, there are over 400 species of birds, a variety of other wildlife in this beautiful and pristine wilderness. Location The reserve is around 132 sq. km and shares a 50 km unfenced border with Kruger National Park and adjoins […]

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Big Tusker, Tuskless elephants in Africa

Tuskless Elephants in Africa

Tuskless elephants in Africa is increasing. The iconic feature of elephants is their large off-white tusks of varying sizes. These off-white ivory tusks are not only part of their uniqueness, but they perform a vital part of their survival. Both male and female African Elephants have tusks. However, only Asian male elephants have tusks. What are tusks? Tusks are elongated incisor teeth that grow out from an elephant’s mouth. Embedded deeply in the elephant’s skull is the internal part of […]

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International Hippopotamus Day 2021

There are two species of hippopotamus International Hippopotamus Day 2021 is 15th February, honouring the hippopotamus. While the origins of International Hippopotamus Day is not known, but as will all animal awareness days, it is an opportunity to learn more about this water-loving animal. The large common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) live in around 30 countries in Africa. The smaller cousin of the pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) is native to West Africa now classified as an endangered mammal. common hippopotamus Hippopotami are large […]

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International Zebra Day 2021

January 31st is designated International Zebra Day. These amazing black and white striped animals definitely deserve their own special day!  Zebras (Equus quagga) belong to the horse family along with donkeys. However, they are more closely related to donkeys than horses. Native to southern and central Africa, they live mainly in grasslands and Savannahs. Characteristics Length: 2.3 metres Height: 1.5 metres tall at shoulder Weight: 400kg Lifespan: 20-25 years in the wild, 25-30 years in captivity Communication: bark, bray and […]

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Wildlife Conservation Day 2020

Wildlife Conservation Day is celebrated on December 4th every year. Not only does this relate to the protection of plants, it also relates to all animal species and their habitats. Moreover, conservation efforts are made to preserve nature and endangered species for future generations. Animal welfare definition “Animal welfare refers to the animal’s physical and mental state. It considers how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare […]

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International Cheetah Day

December 4th is International Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) Day. A day to honour and raise awareness for the ongoing threats that cheetahs face daily. The word “cheetah” comes from the Hindi word “Chita”, meaning “spotted one”.  Cheetah habitats Cheetahs once lived throughout the Asian and African continents. However, their numbers have significantly reduced and are now confined to the dry open grasslands of Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly in natural reserves and national parks. Cheetah facts The cheetah has a small head with high […]

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World Gorilla Day 2020

World gorilla day 2020 is the day to celebrate Gorillas. It is the same day that Dian Fossey established Karisoke Research Centre in 1967.  A few gorilla facts Gorillas are the world’s largest living primates. Besides chimpanzees and bonobos, they are our closest living relatives. In addition, humans share 95 – 98% of DNA with gorillas. Moreover, these unique primates spend much of their lives on the ground. Gorillas are gentle giants and exhibit many human-like behaviours, such as sadness, […]

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World African Painted Dog Day 2020

As one of the worlds most endangered animals, celebrating World African Painted Dog Day is a way to educate and bring awareness to these incredible endangered animals. What is the African Painted Dog Given that the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) has many names, it is unclear. They are also called painted wolf, Cape hunting dog, African hunting dog, and painted hunting dog. Lycaon pictus means ‘painted wolf’, which describes the animal’s irregular, mottled fur in red, black, brown, white, […]

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