Tag:Wildlife Conservation

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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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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Australian White Ibis ~ wetland to urbanland

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), also known as Sacred Ibis, is a protected native bird of Australia under the State Wildlife Nature Conservation Act 1992. Harming an ibis is considered a serious offence. Sadly, The Australian White Ibis has become a very unpopular bird due to its urban migration and disturbance to the community. These birds have earned themselves several nicknames, such as bin chicken, tip turkey, dumpster diver, foul fowl, rubbish raptor, dump chook and winged rubbish rat, […]

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juvenile tassie devil in tree

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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saltwater crocodile

Saltwater crocodile ~ a stealthy, deadly and lurking predator

The saltwater crocodile, estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) or “saltie”, as they are most commonly called in Australia, are the largest living crocodilian species in the world. Their history dates back over 240 million years to the reptilian era. They are one of the oldest animals on the planet. Characteristics They are one of the biggest and fiercest predators in the world, reaching up to 6 metres in length and weighing in at around 1000kg. Their lifespan is approximately 70 years. […]

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Save the Elephant Day 2021

Save the Elephant Day 2021 is celebrated on April 16th. A day to honour and raise awareness of these magnificent animals. Furthermore, elephants are the world’s largest land mammal roaming throughout Asia and Africa. Unfortunately, the elephant population has decreased in African and Asian continents by 62% over the past decade. For this reason, elephants could become extinct by the end of the next decade (IUCN RedList of Endangered Species) (IUCN).  Approximately 100 African elephants are poached and killed daily for […]

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Haines Alaska Valley of the Eagles

Haines, Alaska, is known as The Valley of the Eagles. This is due to the large annual influx of bald eagles that descend on this location every November. Located at the northern end of North America’s longest and deepest glacial fjord, the Lynn Canal. Haines sits on a peninsular between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers.  The Chilkat (Tlingit) Indians called the area Dei Shu, which means End of the Trail.  About Haines, Alaska is a small town of 53.6 sq. […]

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