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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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World Monkey Day 2020

December 14th is a day to celebrate all of our “monkey” friends and non-human primates (apes, tarsiers and lemurs).  monkey and primate family tree About Monkeys Monkeys are cute and very entertaining. They have large brains, are highly intelligent and very vocal, making a wide variety of sounds depending on their situation. In addition, they are very humanlike in so many ways. For example, opposing thumbs, use tools (sticks and rocks) to perform many tasks, use leaves to scoop up […]

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World Rhino Day 2020

September 22nd is World Rhino Day 2020. According, it is a day for celebrating and raise awareness for the world’s last five remaining rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae): white rhino, black rhino, Indian rhino, Javan rhino, and Sumatran rhino.  Sadly, animals only get their designated annual Remembrance Day when they are almost extinct! At the beginning of the 20th century, over 500,000 rhinos roamed around Africa and Asia. Today, there are an estimated 70,000 rhinos left, of which 27,000 remain in the wild. Unfortunately, few […]

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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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Chameleons colourful and unique

Chameleons (Chamaeleonidae) are best known for being colourful and unique. In addition to their exotic colours and their ability to change those colours. They are also known for their interesting body features with crests and crowns, curled tails, grasping feet, unusual gait when walking, and their googly swivelling eyes. Chameleons are part of the Old-World Lizard species with evolutionary roots dating over 61 million years ago. Moist tropical rainforests and savannahs are the ideal habitats for chameleons. However, they can […]

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World Lion Day 2020

WORLD LION DAY celebrates one of the most majestic species on Earth. World Lion day is celebrated on August 10th. This day was designated as it also coincides with the Leo Zodiac sign. This day is to celebrate and raise awareness to save and protect lions in the wild from extinction. African lions (Panthera leo) are at the top of the animal food chain ~ their size, strength, determination, courage, and beauty make them one of the most “must-see” animals […]

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