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Mike Unwin - 23 Jan 2017

The Blue Wildebeest, a grazing herd animal has achieved fame as the key player in the Serengeti’s ‘Great Migration’, which is routinely described as the greatest animal show on earth…

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Mike Unwin - 17 May 2016

These scavenging raptors are the hyenas of the skies, playing a vital ecological clean-up role by disposing of decomposing carcasses. Broad wings allow Vultures to soar…

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Mike Unwin - 03 May 2016

The Eland, an ox-like antelope, is the largest in the world and belongs to the ‘spiral-horned’ subfamily, along with the likes of kudu and bushbuck. There are two…

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Mike Unwin - 19 Apr 2016

The Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena Australis) is best known from South Africa’s Cape, where good numbers arrive during the southern winter from their sub-Antarctic feeding grounds to breed…

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Mike Unwin - 29 Mar 2016

The Brown Hyena is a scruffier-looking and more solitary relative of the spotted hyena and confined to the southwest corner of Africa, frequenting areas where its larger cousin is rare or absent…

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Mike Unwin - 08 Mar 2016

Plains Zebra is the commonest of Africa’s three zebra species and the one familiar to most safari goers, whether it is migrating in thousands across the Serengeti, grazing the bushveld of the Kruger or crowding the dusty…

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Mike Unwin - 05 Oct 2015

Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) grows up to a metre long and 20kg in weight, this is the world’s largest porcupine and by far the largest rodent in Africa. These dimensions, however, are not as impressive as the sight of the animal itself…

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Mike Unwin - 20 Sep 2015

This powerful, handsome animal – a southern race of East Africa’s oryx – is synonymous with the Kalahari, and a herd of gemsbok cresting a red sand dune is one of the region’s iconic wildlife spectacles. Behind the impressive…

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Mike Unwin - 13 Aug 2015

These unmistakable waterbirds seem ludicrously proportioned, especially when flying overhead, dangling their long legs and neck. Two species occur in southern Africa: the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is the larger…

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Mike Unwin - 09 Jul 2015

A wild dog sighting is a highlight of any safari. Yet this endangered carnivore was once classified as vermin, reviled for its supposedly ‘cruelty’, and shot on sight by farmers and game wardens alike…

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