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Meet 3 elephant angels

Three of the world’s leading African elephant conservationists offer hope and inspiration for saving elephants from extinction.

What’s a camel worth?

Interview with the Maasai and Samburu tribes to determine their views on owning cows vs. camels accordingly to practicality and tradition.

How to Kiss a Giraffe

Although this post is about Nairobi’s famous retreat, Giraffe Manor, it’s the manners of the resident giraffes that make the place so wonderful. As my readers know, I often write about animal encounters.  And, not surprisingly, Africa offers some of the best. Staying at Giraffe Manor is one of them. Late night visitor Most of […]

Whatever you do, don’t run!

Peter Allison is not brave. Despite this, he has been stalked by lions, chased by elephants, and courted by rhinos. At the age of 19 he tossed a coin between South America and Africa. Africa won. Within a few months his passion for wildlife was rewarded with work as a safari guide for lodges in […]

A Desert Romance

I had heard three things about camels: 1. Riding one is like being on a mechanical bull; 2. They are mean spirited; and 3. They spit green vomit at people. So, when the camel lifted his furry upper lip and came towards my arm with his huge, brown-stained teeth, my first response was to yell, […]

New facts debunk common beliefs about rhino poaching

Rhino horn poaching in Africa is at an all-time high. The recent wave of rhino poaching (up 3,346% since 2007) has erased decades of gains in African rhino conservation efforts, and put rhinos on the fast track to extinction. At one point, hundreds of thousands of black and white rhinos roamed the African continent, but […]

Richard Turere: Young Wildlife Hero

Richard Turere hates African lions, yet this thirteen-year-old Kenyan has become one of the wildlife heroes protecting African lions. Like most village boys his age, Richard is responsible for safeguarding his family’s livestock. “We are enemies, “ he says about the large-cat predators who come out of the nearby Nairobi National Park to prey on cows, goats […]

Life in the Masai Mara: Talking to Guide Book Authors

Last February while in the Masai Mara, I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Vicki and Adam Scott Kennedy, the authors of the just released African safari books: Animals of the Masai Mara, and Birds of the Masai Mara. Many people, including myself, dream of living and working in the African bush. But few people make it […]

In a Chimp’s World

We have been walking for only 10 minutes when a deafening scream silences the chirping, buzzing and other forest sounds that surround us. The calls act as beacons. As does the walky-talky Emmiti, our guide, carries to communicate with other trackers who set out before dawn to locate where the chimpanzees bedded down the previous […]

An African Love Story

Blogger Lori Robinson so enjoyed the warm, passionate autobiography of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Elephant Trust in Kenya, that she reviews it here for you. An African Love Story is Kenya-born Daphne Sheldrick’s memoir about how love for her country, animals and men, including her soul mate, would eventually define and focus […]

Visiting Save the Elephants in Kenya

The gunshot makes no sound. I’m only sure it’s been fired when the matriarch’s knees buckle under the weight of her one and a half-ton elephant mass. “In this kind of operation every minute matters,” the vet tells us. “No matter how many times we’ve done this, things can go wrong,” explains Iain Douglas- Hamilton, […]

A must-do encounter with chimpanzees

Nani, one of the lowest-ranking chimps at Uganda’s Ngamba Island Sanctuary, waddles towards me with her arms stretched to the sky in a child’s ‘pick-me-up’ gesture. She climbs me as if I were a tree, securing her short muscular legs around my waist and her long arms around my neck. I stroke her coarse black […]