May 232017
 
10 of the Most Endangered Species on Earth

In 2006, the United States Congress designated the third Friday of May as Endangered Species Day. The day highlights the importance of protecting the most endangered animals on our planet. The World Wildlife Fund tracks the most critically endangered species today. These are ten magnificent animals who are designated as critically endangered. 1. Amur Leopard […]

Jan 112017
 
Facing 2017

Next month I’m celebrating the 2-year anniversary of my heart attack or, in medical parlance, my acute myocardial infarction. Having survived it at all, and especially having recognized my bizarrely mild symptoms in time so the damage was limited, makes me exceptionally lucky. Having the medical insurance to get superior care during the emergency and […]

Apr 182015
 
Mountain Gorillas Reveal Their Genetic Secrets

A team of genetic scientists, co-led by Dr Chris Tyler-Smith of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Dr Aylwyn Scally of the University of Cambridge, UK, has sequenced the whole genome of the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) and compared it with the genomes of three other Gorilla subspecies – the western lowland gorilla (G. […]

Feb 192015
 
In Photos: "Drunk" mountain gorilla punches wildlife photographer

Photographer Christophe Courteau was taking snaps of mountain gorillas in the forest of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park when the group’s 250 kg alpha male charged at him out of the blue. Amazingly, Courteau managed to get in one last shot of the incoming fist before the punch connected. Caters News Agency reports that the very […]

Feb 042015
 
New photos offer rare glimpse of the mysterious Saharan Cheetah

The Saharan cheetah is one of the world’s rarest big cats. At face value, that isn’t all that surprising. Deserts are harsh environments that support few large herbivores, which means there are even fewer carnivores around. But if we’ve learned anything about ecology, it’s that healthy ecosystems require the survival of apex predators; they keep […]

Jun 032014
 
RSPB uses drone to keep watch on Britain's vulnerable birds

Military technology used to hunt down insurgents in Afghanistan has been taken up by Britain’s biggest nature conservation charity to safeguard some of the country’s rarest birds. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is using a remotely controlled drone to spy on the nests of endangered breeds and monitor the progress of […]

Oct 142013
 
African gorillas are under threat from oil survey

Controversial aerial surveys aimed at finding oil under Africa’s oldest national park have been started by a British company amid fears that drilling in the area could seriously threaten the world’s last sanctuary for mountain gorillas. The moves towards possible oil exploration in Virunga national park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have been condemned […]

Mar 042013
 
The Thinker…

Staring deeply into the eyes of a silverback Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei), I truly wonder… what is in his thoughts? Volcanoes National Park, Virunga Massif, Rwanda Nikon D3s. Nikon 28-300 mm. ISO 800. f5.6 @ 1/180 sec. Lexar Media. © Dana Allen www.photosafari-africa.net www.facebook.com/DanaAllenPhotoSafari

Dec 042012
 
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)

Hope… This one-day-old baby Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is one of twins born last year in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. At the time it was believed to be number 781 of the total population of mountain Gorillas. Now a new census suggests that the total population has risen to 880, a growth trend that […]