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Keeping track of cheetah

Nick Dall sets out in South Africa’s Mountain Zebra National Park to search for the world’s fastest feline, and learn about its behaviour and interaction with its cousin the lion I’m breathless and starting to sweat, despite the Karoo morning chill. Two Austrian tourists and I have spent the last …

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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 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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