Tag:endangered species

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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Wilderness Safari Photo Competition

Wilderness Safari Conservation The Wilderness Safari Photo competition has been running since 2017. This year’s photo competition raised ZAR200,000 ($18,000AU) for Children in the Wilderness. The donated funds were for Eco-Clubs and Eco-Mentor training. Wilderness Safari has made enormous progress through its ‘life-changing’ journeys to conserve and restore Africa’s Wilderness and wildlife for over 38 years. They have 40 camps spread over seven countries in Africa. Wilderness Safari prides itself in protecting wilderness areas and the flora and fauna they […]

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Eastern Quoll ~ very cute little marsupials

Eastern Quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus) are very cute little marsupials native to Australia.  Once found in south-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania, they were declared extinct on mainland Australia in 1967. Their extinction was due to feral predators, such as foxes, feral cats and dogs. Now, they are only found in Tasmania, as Tasmania is fox free, which has ensured their survival.  A few captive breeding programs have reintroduced small populations of eastern quolls back into mainland Australia in Booderee National Park (BNP), Jervis […]

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King Billy Pine Forest ~ a walk with giants

King Billy Pines (Athrotaxis selanginoides), also known as King William Pines, is a species of tree endemic to Tasmania. They only grow in the mountains of northwest and southwest Tasmania. Walking in King Billy Pine Forest truly is a walk with giants. King Billy Trees The trees were named in honour of William Lanne (c.1835 – 3 March 1869), the Oyster Bay Aboriginal tribal leader and the last full-blooded Aboriginal Tasmanian man, who was also named after the reigning King […]

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Tasmanian Devils ~ feisty carnivorous marsupials

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), also known as the “Tassie Devil”, is a feisty, carnivorous marsupial. They are the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world.  They were once found throughout mainland Australia and Tasmania but became extinct on mainland Australia around 3,000 years ago. It is thought that they were named ‘devil’ by early settlers in Tasmania due to the nocturnal screaming sounds they make.  Australia has a few captive breeding programs. Specifically, in the hope that captive breeding and release programs […]

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National Giant Panda Day 2021

March 16th is the day to honour the adorable black and white Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).  It is also a day to acknowledge National Giant Panda Day 2021 and raise awareness of the need to protect one of the world’s rarest mammals and a vulnerable species.  Giant pandas are endemic to China and are China’s national symbol.  They live in small, isolated areas in the mountains of central China, in the Qinling, Minshan, Qionglai Shan, Liangshan, Daxiangling, and Xiaoxiang Mountains of Sichuan Shaanxi, and […]

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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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