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Five reasons you should see wild lions

“Wild lions are Herculean” according to Michael Schwartz. In this blog he give five reasons why these apex predators are the king of the megafauna in Africa.

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The African mammal atlas

Knowledge of the whereabouts of many African mammals is outdated and based on unverified anecdotes. Filling this crucial gap in that knowledge is the main aim of MammalMAP – the African Mammal Atlas Project.

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Pictures of the Month – June 2014

In the month of June we received some great images in our the Picture of the Month competition! Here are the favourite five photos as voted for by you, our fans.

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Rhino Conservation Awards recognise preservation efforts

Great boost for rhino conservation as HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco becomes Patron of the Rhino Conservation Awards and Barclays Africa joins as sponsor.

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Tourists answer our African travel survey

Africa Geographic is running an ongoing online survey aimed at finding out more about the modern day African traveller.

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An Irishman cycling through Africa

32-year-old Irishman, Derek Cullen, talks about his great solo cycle up Africa – from Cape Town to Cairo.

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Tips for an ‘epic’ Southern African odyssey

Some excellent travel advise: Christopher Clark tells us what to do, what to bring and what to expect on an overland safari in Southern Africa.

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What wild Africa means to me

Michael Schwarz describes the rhythm of the African Bushveld in Chobe National Park and the unexpected wild fauna that break the silence of the bush.

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An African colonising Europe!

After struggling to survive Britain’s cold winters for more than 300 years the Egyptian goose is undergoing a population explosion.

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The sounds of the bush

There is something special about the sound of the bush and while utterly indescribable, Janine tries her best to put it into words.

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The trouble with Africa’s natural resouces

Africa – rich in not only people, culture and abundant natural beauty, but home to a tremendous wealth of natural resources and potential. This eclectic African mix of society and nature is at times explosive, with nature and man competing for space and resources both above and below the ground. Here are some of the major conflicts happening around Africa.

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Chris is the only cuckoo to have provided scientists with three years worth of tracking data

Chris Packham cuckoo reveals migration secrets

A cuckoo wearing a solar-powered satellite-tracked tag is the first to provide UK scientists with migration data for three years running. Having flown more than 45 000 miles Chris, named after wildlife presenter Chris Packham, revealed overwintering in Angola for the first time.

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R255 million donation for anti-rhino poaching

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Nature Conservation Trust and South African National Parks announced an historic R255 million, three-year initiative to combat rhino poaching in Kruger National Park and test anti-poaching tactics that can be applied in other regions of Africa.

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Looking out for the little things

A game drive safari should not only be about the big five but the small creatures as well. Here are some often-forgotten animals in the African bush.

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Self-driving Africa: How not to get lost

Self-driving Africa has got to be the most rewarding way to see this incredible continent, here are some tips and tricks on how not to get lost while self-driving Africa.

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Giraffes: Now you see them – soon you won’t!

Giraffe are everywhere – aren’t they? This wide spread presumption of abundance is just one of the misconceptions that have lead one of Africa’s most iconic species to slip under the conservationists’ radar.

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Giraffes: Now you see them – soon you won’t!

Giraffe are everywhere – aren’t they? This wide spread presumption of abundance is just one of the misconceptions that have lead one of Africa’s most iconic species to slip under the conservationists’ radar.

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Enter the Mzanzi Trophy for the African adventure of a lifetime

This could be the adventure you’ve been looking for. The Mzanzi Trophy is an exhilarating road trip unlike any other.

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A sports academy for Zambia’s orphans

The Nomad Sports Academy is the only sports academy for orphans and underprivileged children in Zambia, offering these children not only a place to sleep and eat, but a chance to do something amazing with their lives.

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The 25 best guides in Africa

Safari guides hold it in their hands to make or break dreams, yet finding a good one can be vexing for the uninitiated. Graham Boynton has spent 18 months traveling through the bush with guides in 6 countries to come up with this list of his 25 top safari guides.

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10 fascinating facts about elephants

It is up to us to save elephants. To do this we have to start with education and knowledge, so in light of that here are 10 facts everyone should know about elephants.

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Augrabies Falls National Park

Scott Ramsay visits the Augrabies Falls National Park and discovers some of the best scenery in South Africa.

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Four African nations spurn ivory sales

The leaders of four African nations have pledged to honour a 10-year moratorium on sales of ivory.

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True love in Africa!

This Valentine’s Day we are celebrating love a little differently… in true African style! Here are a great selection of loved up images from the Facebook page – Africa, this is why I live here.

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Top spots for sundowners in the wilderness

An African sunset commands a moment’s silence. It stirs the soul and is best enjoyed with a cold gin and tonic in hand whilst on a game drive. Here are Robin Pope Safaris’ choices of 5 of the best sundowner spots in Zambia and Malawi.

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4 African cats you’d be lucky to see on safari

Here are 4 of Africa’s smaller cat species you’d be lucky to see on safari. These elusive wild cats, highly specialised for their own survival, are often categorised as vermin and persecuted as such.

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Parrots and people

The lives of parrots and people have been intimately entwined for centuries, if not millennia. Given the familiarity of many of us with some of Africa’s parrots it may come as a surprise that we still know so little about their lives in the wild.

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Baboon spiders: hairy monsters or furry friends?

Baboon spiders are placid, enigmatic animals that would rather keep to themselves than risk an encounter with human beings. And believe it or not, there are people who are fascinated by them…

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Kenyan ranger’s moving letter to American rhino hunter

A Kenyan grassroots initiative, Walk With Rangers, has spoken out against the controversial rhino auction held by the Dallas Safari Club that saw the highest bidder, Mr. Corey Knowlton, cough up a staggering US$350 000 to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia.

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A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays face extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks, rays and chimaeras are threatened with extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Nature Soundmap – hear the world like never before

A group of over 50 nature sound recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, a website aimed at showcasing nature’s most incredible and inspiring sounds.

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Dethroned by a fat fish

One cool winter’s evening Chad is lucky enough to witness an African fish eagle being brought down to size by a mere fish.

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5 santas in Africa

Here in Africa we do Christmas a little differently and our Santa tends to come in all shapes, sizes and forms. Here are 5 very merry Santas we found around Africa!

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 15

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 15, on 02 December 2013. Learn all about revolutionary mining techniques, bear baiting and some wonderful books that celebrate Africa.

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Jacarandas for Africa!

Jacaranda season covers Africa in an exquisite purple veil and it is during this time that all those living in areas graced by the violet carpets can truly say they live in one of the prettiest parts of the world.

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10 funny signs from Africa!

A selection of bizarre, confusing and down-right hilarious signs from around Africa….

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Flowers in the sky

The night sky of southern Africa offers some of the best stargazing on the planet and consequently, the indigenous people of the subcontinent have been exposed to a cosmic clarity since time immemorial. The book Flowers in the Sky gives insight into their stories.

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This is the Namib! This is real Africa!

In this world of high rises, townships, gigantic cities and technology it is hard to believe that untouched wildernesses like the NamibRand exist…

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Animal myths debunked

In an attempt to un-blur some of the lines between fact and fable, here are some African animal myths – debunked!

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Five tips for eco-friendly travel

Tips for eco-friendly travel in Africa and some ideas for travelling with green awareness in mind.

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African transport through the ages

You may have noticed that every month we feature a historical image on the last page of the Africa Geographic magazine. Today we bring you a fascinating selection of those images depicting African transport through the ages.

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In Africa we don’t need photoshop!

In Africa we don’t need your fancy photoshop – just look at these funny images of animals to prove that.

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Prince William – a custodian of the bush

Prince William recently honoured two conservationists for their work in Africa in the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards, find out more about these great men here.

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10 African animals in rapid decline

A number of Africa’s most famous, beloved and beautiful species are in rapid decline.  It is often shouted from the rooftops those animals that are listed as endangered or only have limited numbers left, and rightly so. However there are

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The numbers behind the Lost Apes

Over the years, humans have developed a fascination with the great apes which has unfortunately resulted in the capturing, selling and killing of these beautiful creatures for use in circuses, zoos, medicine and even as pets or bushmeat. In the

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Historical Africa

In the Africa Geographic offices, we often come across images that depict what it was like for our ancestors living in Africa. From classic vehicles off road in early game reserves to camels used as military transport and lions sharing

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