Nov 142017
 
Batty about Serengeti’s foxes

At the Grumeti Tented Camp in the Serengeti, we usually gathered at the open air lounge before first light for a cup of coffee and a rusk or muffin. This was a traditional meeting to work out where to go for the morning and discuss what we hoped to see. There were very few vehicles […]

Nov 092017
 
Southern Ground Hornbills in the Serengeti

After spending some time on the eastern side of the Grumeti river in the Western Corridorof the Serengeti, we decided to venture on the western side between the Grumeti river and the Kirawari range of hills. We crossed the swollen Grumeti river across the bridge near the Grumeti Tented camp. Other than a few hippo […]

May 022017
 
Cheetah cubs were saved from the illegal pet trade just in time

Conservationists are applauding officials for taking swift action to rescue 10 young cheetahs from the illegal wildlife trade, who would’ve otherwise been destined to end up as pets. In all, 9 cubs and one adolescent were confiscated by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) with assistance from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). […]

Sep 192016
 
Vaccines may save Africa’s rarest wolves from extinction

During his 1991 field season, Claudio Sillero-Zubiri trekked through the rugged highlands of Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains for his PhD research, searching for the world’s rarest canid: the Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis). Fewer than 1,000 wolves remained, making conservation work on the species imperative. But even Sillero-Zubiri began having trouble finding them alive. Instead, he came […]

Sep 052014
 
Minimising the poisoning of migratory soaring birds: new guidance released

Soaring birds act as natural pest control for crops by feeding on agricultural pests such as rodents and insects. Yet throughout the Rift Valley / Red Sea region these birds are being poisoned by unsustainable agricultural practices. To counter this, the Migratory Soaring Birds project has released its “Guidance to minimize poisoning of migratory soaring […]

Aug 222014
 
Google Earth spurs discovery of a 'new' chameleon species

Google Earth has spurred the discovery of another new species. In this case, the creature is a pygmy chameleon, one of four previously unknown Rhampholeon chameleon species described from the remote ‘sky islands’ in Mozambique. The Mount Mabu pygmy chameleon (Rhampholeon maspictus) was discovered after Google Earth images of a tract of forest led Julian […]

Dec 172013
 
Sky islands: exploring East Africa’s last frontier

The montane rainforests of East Africa are little-known to the global public. The Amazon and Congo loom much larger in our minds, while the savannas of East Africa remain the iconic ecosystems for the region. However these ancient, biodiverse forests—sitting on the tops of mountains rising from the African savanna—are home to some remarkable species, […]

Jul 012013
 
The neglected giraffe: world's tallest animal in need of conservation assistance

Just two year’s before his assassination, Julius Caesar brought to Rome one of the world’s most astonishing living creatures: a giraffe. The animal was among Caesar’s spoils from his campaign in Egypt and according to the Roman writer, Dio, the giraffe, which was arguably the first to ever touch European soil, was paraded in the […]

May 092013
 
Working to save the mystery antelope that's little bigger than a pet cat (photos)

Little is known about the silver dik-dik (Madoqua piacentinii) population that roams the dense coastal bushlands of eastern Africa, but experts are working to learn more about the mysterious species. Weighing little more than a domestic cat, the small antelopes are found in a long, narrow coastal strip spreading across 250 kilometers (155 miles) from […]

Apr 202013
 
Primate call gives clues to human speech origins

A bizarre sound made by a primate could help to reveal more about the origins of human speech, a study suggests. Scientists have found that the gelada, a species that is closely related to the baboon, makes a gurgling noise that shares features with human language. They believe the monkey’s call could be similar to […]

Feb 122012
 
The Geladas of Ethiopia by Adam Riley

Geladas are the sole survivors of a once abundant branch of primates that historically foraged across the grasslands of Africa, the Mediterranean and India. These relics of times gone by now cling to a precarious existence on the sheer cliffs of Ethiopia’s mountains, from which each morning they materialize, to forage on nearby moorlands, before […]