5 Fascinating Facts About the African Elephant

5 Fascinating Facts About the African Elephant

Mike Unwin, May 21, 2014 Categories: African Wildlife, The Big Five
The biggest of the Big Five – indeed the biggest land animal on the planet – this immense herbivore needs little introduction. Quite apart from its size, no animal with ears like kitchen tables and a nose that can pull down trees should pose much of an identification problem.
5 Fascinating Facts About the Secretary Bird

5 Fascinating Facts About the Secretary Bird

Mike Unwin, April 23, 2014 Categories: African Wildlife, Birds
This is one of Africa’s weirdest birds, strutting about the savannah with the head of an eagle and the legs of a stork. In reality it is a bird of prey, with a family all to itself, and its snake-killing prowess is the stuff of legend.
5 Fascinating Facts About the Nile Crocodile

5 Fascinating Facts About the Nile Crocodile

Mike Unwin, April 9, 2014 Category: African Wildlife
This massive reptile is probably the most feared predator in Africa – and with good reason: it is one of the very few animals for which human beings regularly feature on the menu.
Help Protect the Rhino

Help Protect the Rhino

Caroline Rees is an independent researcher who is carrying out a project to monitor the behaviour of six rhino recently introduced to the Okavango Delta. The results of this research will contribute to our understanding of the rhino’s behaviour following their release into this new environment and have...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Honey Badger

5 Fascinating Facts About the Honey Badger

Mike Unwin, March 12, 2014 Category: African Wildlife
Hard-nut or head-case? Either way, this stocky little member of the weasel family has a ferocious reputation that belies its modest size. Known for its tenacity and aggression, even big cats will think twice before taking one on.
5 Fascinating Facts About the Flapneck Chameleon

5 Fascinating Facts About the Flapneck Chameleon

How much weirdness can you handle in one animal? Chameleons have it all: skin that changes colour, swiveling eyes, an extendable tongue and the head of a dinosaur. No wonder these perfectly harmless lizards excite fear and superstition across rural Africa. This species is one of the most common...
A Wildebeest River Crossing in the Serengeti

A Wildebeest River Crossing in the Serengeti

Philip Briggs, February 18, 2014 Categories: African Wildlife, Animals on Safari, Mammals
Arguably the greatest wildlife spectacle in Africa, the migration of two million wildebeest across the Serengeti Plains climaxes with a series of perilous river crossings. The build-up to a Mara river crossing is tense and unpredictable...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Spotted Hyena

5 Fascinating Facts About the Spotted Hyena

Mike Unwin, February 11, 2014 Category: African Wildlife
‘Ugly’, ‘cowardly’, ‘thieving’… It seems that nobody has anything good to say about Africa’s commonest large carnivore. Look beyond the popular prejudice, however, and you’ll find a complex, efficient and versatile predator, with some fascinating secrets...
Operation Noah: Rescue of the Kariba Wildlife

Operation Noah: Rescue of the Kariba Wildlife

The people might have been safe but it was fast becoming clear that many thousands of animals were about to perish as they sought refuge on islands that were shrinking and sinking under the rising waters. And so Operation Noah was born.
5 Fascinating Facts About the Aardvark

5 Fascinating Facts About the Aardvark

Mike Unwin, January 10, 2014 Category: African Wildlife
This bizarre creature – the animal that opens every English dictionary – is unlike anything else you might meet on safari. Although fairly common, its shy, nocturnal habits mean that sightings are extremely rare.