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

Explore Masai Mara National Park

The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of ‘s finest wildlife reserve. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds, too, are prolific. Including migrants, well over 450 species have been recorded, among them, 57 species of birds of… Continue reading Explore Masai Mara National Park

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

Elephant Behaviour

In the natural cycle species mate with their own to ensure the survival of the species – this is the way of the wilderness – but as in most things there are exceptions to the rule. In today’s world man has interfered so much in the natural scheme of things that more and more ‘unnatural’… Continue reading Elephant Behaviour

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

Elephant Killers

“Do lions develop a taste for specific prey species?” I was asked this question during a safari, while we watched a pride of lions feeding on an elephant carcass. The elephant had probably died of old age and the lions, known for their scavenging, had picked up the scent of the carcass. I’ve observed lions… Continue reading Elephant Killers

Insects and Wildlife

During the days of the colonial expansion in Africa the wilderness, and in particular the wildlife, came under severe pressure from agricultural practices. Vast tracts of land were cleared of bush and game to make way for stock and crop farming. Game was wiped out without much hesitation, because of the dangers predators posed to… Continue reading Insects and Wildlife