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A room with a view. Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary, Kenya. © Thorsten Hanewald | Lion’s Bluff Lodge

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Africa’s parrots + epic pics + classic East African safaris

If you live in South Africa or are familiar with South African current affairs, you’ll know of the dire situation concerning the country’s power grid, which is unable to meet the nation’s demand for electricity. This results in scheduled rolling blackouts across the country, known as “load-shedding”. While load-shedding is detrimental to the country’s economy, scientists from the Fitzpatrick Institute have identified its upside: these blackouts allow the unique opportunity to study the impact of artificial light on wildlife across a wide range of habitats and species.

As home ranges of most species can be studied in total darkness during the hours of load-shedding on one evening and bathed in light during the same time the next, there are ample prospects to study the impacts of artificial light on wildlife – from feeding behaviours to species interactions and more. The researchers have challenged the global research community to exploit this opportunity to shed light on how artificial light affects the behaviours of free-ranging animals. Every cloud has a light-diffracted silver lining…

This week, we take a look at the wonders of Africa’s diverse parrot species – see our story below. And don’t miss the drama, colour, splendour and gore of our Photographer of the Year entries for week 12. Brace yourself!

Taryn van Jaarsveld – Editor


Story 1
https://africageographic.com/stories/africas-parrots/
AFRICA’S PARROTS
Africa’s parrots are colourful characters that live in complex social groups. But they are among the most threatened of all bird families. Learn more about these fascinating birds

Story 2
https://africageographic.com/stories/photographer-of-the-year-2024-weekly-selection-week-12-gallery-1/
GALLERY 1
Photographer of the Year Week 12 entries are here! Winners will receive a safari & will have a lion research collar sponsored in their name

Story 3
https://africageographic.com/stories/photographer-of-the-year-2024-weekly-selection-week-12-gallery-2/
GALLERY 2
More epic Photographer of the Year Week 12 entries! Entries are now closed and winners will be announced in July. Watch this space


Travel desk TRAVEL DESK: 

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This eight-day luxury African safari offers an unforgettable introduction to the stunning beauty of Kenya’s diverse landscapes and endangered species. Encounter rare Rothschild’s giraffes up close, find the Big Five, and unwind in luxurious accommodation amidst breathtaking landscapes.
Discover Tanzania’s popular northern safari circuit, including Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti NP, and the idyllic serene beaches of Zanzibar. This safari offers a seamless introduction to the wonders of a Tanzanian bush & beach retreat. Immerse yourself in these iconic locations whilst exploring diverse landscapes and rich Tanzanian culture.
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COALITION – How YOU can make a difference

Do you have a friend who wants to go on an African safari? Refer them to Africa Geographic, and you’ll help protect African lion populations.

Here’s how:

  • If a person you refer to AG books a safari with us, both of you will be added to an AG lion COALITION, and AG will donate $250 towards the satellite collaring of a lion.
  • Each satellite collar costs $2,500. this means that once the COALITION reaches ten referrals – raising enough to purchase a collar – we finalise that COALITION and start building the next one.
  • Once that COALITION’s lion has been identified and collared, each COALITION member (including you) receives general updates from the research team about the lion – secure in the knowledge that they have made a decisive contribution to the ongoing survival of Africa’s free-roaming wild lions.

Find out more about COALITION here


WATCH: A little elephant calf – only a few days old – has had enough. Tired and hungry, the pink-eared calf throws a bushveld tantrum. Take a moment to enjoy a glimpse into a precious moment in the wilderness. (02:11) Click here to watch

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