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

Killing for survival

The lioness got up from the elephant carcass and walked towards the waterhole. She was soon followed by two others. As the first lioness reached the water she charged the flock of turtle doves drinking at the waterhole, managing to snare one as the doves scattered in flight. The other two lionesses ran at their… Continue reading Killing for survival