5 Fascinating Facts About the Black-Backed Jackal

5 Fascinating Facts About the Black-Backed Jackal

Mike Unwin, August 22, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
Jackals have never really made the safari A list. Derided in Kipling’s Jungle Book as ‘dish-lickers’, they seldom get the attention they deserve on a Big Five safari. Yet in many areas, these are the most abundant of the mammalian carnivores and the closer you look, the more compelling they become...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Leopard (Panthera pardus)

5 Fascinating Facts About the Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Mike Unwin, June 27, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
The leopard (after the lion) is the second largest of Africa’s big cats. Of all the celebrated ‘Big Five’ it has perhaps the greatest allure, due to its enigmatic combination of grace, power and elusiveness...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Giraffe

5 Fascinating Facts About the Giraffe

Mike Unwin, June 22, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
This towering tree-muncher occurs across subSaharan Africa in nine different subspecies. These are distinguished from one another by their different patterns of blotches, but all share the extraordinarily long neck – of course –and many other peculiarities besides.
5 Fascinating Facts About The Common Chimpanzee

5 Fascinating Facts About The Common Chimpanzee

Mike Unwin, May 30, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
Chimpanzees stand alongside gorillas as Africa’s only great apes and are the closest living relatives of humans. The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is the best known of two species – the other being the bonobo, which is smaller...
5 Fascinating Facts About The Shoebill

5 Fascinating Facts About The Shoebill

Mike Unwin, April 27, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
This huge, grey waterbird, also known as a whale-headed stork, derives its name Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), from its massive bill, which resembles a traditional Dutch clog, with a sharp nail-like hook on the end...
5 Fascinating Facts About The Nile Monitor

5 Fascinating Facts About The Nile Monitor

Mike Unwin, March 28, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
The Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) is a hefty reptile, also known as the water monitor, and Africa’s longest lizard, sometimes reaching lengths of over 2 metres – of which more than half is tail...
5 Fascinating Facts About The Caracal

5 Fascinating Facts About The Caracal

Mike Unwin, February 28, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
The Caracal (Felis caracal) is an elegant, medium-sized cat which is widespread in open country across much of Africa. Elusive and largely nocturnal, it is seldom seen on safari – although smaller reserves in South Africa’s Cape and Karoo have a good reputation for sightings...
5 Fascinating Facts About The Blue Wildebeest

5 Fascinating Facts About The Blue Wildebeest

Mike Unwin, January 23, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
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...
5 Fascinating Facts About Flamingos (Phoenicopteridae)

5 Fascinating Facts About Flamingos (Phoenicopteridae)

Mike Unwin, August 13, 2015 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
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...
5 Fascinating Facts About The African Wild Dog (Lycaon Pictus)

5 Fascinating Facts About The African Wild Dog (Lycaon Pictus)

Mike Unwin, July 9, 2015 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
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...