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October 2017

The Cretaceous big five

In the first of a new series on the weird and wonderful origins of Africa’s wildlife, writer, zoologist and self-confessed dinosaur nut William Gray takes a virtual safari through the Cretaceous Sahara. A walking safari would have been ill-advised to say the least. In fact, even the most robust 4×4 …

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White mischief

Rebecca Phillips reports on leucistic baboons spotted in Ruaha Recently there was a media stir about the sighting of two rare white reticulated giraffe in Kenya; a mother and baby who share a genetic condition known as leucism, which gives them their unique colouration. Leucism differs from albinism in that …

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The sounds of Africa

Visitors to Africa from Europe often report a feeling, while they are there, of being subtly more alive. The sunlight is brighter and hotter than one is used to, the tastes and smells sharper, the colours more intense. The days seem to pass more slowly. Uninterrupted landscapes let the eye …

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Borana Lodge, Laikipia, Kenya

Successful eco-tourism enterprises across Africa harness the power of tourism to provide economic development for local communities while protecting our wilderness areas and the wildlife they sustain. There are numerous inspiring examples of this right across the continent; for us, one of the most intriguing is Borana, in Kenya’s Laikipia …

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The chongololo

After the first rains have moistened the soil the “chongololo” emerges. Behind a pair of probing antennae, a long, shiny, red-black, worm-like cylinder slithers slowly to the surface. Below, under decomposing leaf matter, lies its dark over-winter hiding place, now abandoned. Two groups, or clusters, of simple eyes swivel in search of …

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Ten new book releases

Here’s some new reading matter to feed your interest in Africa over the coming months, compiled by Henry Bevan Eyes Over AfricaMichael Poliza (31 July 2017)From deserts to cities to grasslands, let your imagination be captured by some of the world’s most stunning landscapes seen from an aerial perspective. This …

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