Dec 082016
 
14 Incredible photos of African predators in action

Africa’s iconic predators—lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs—are most known for being cunning, stealthy, and vicious. But these meat-eaters are often misunderstood. The fiercely loyal African wild dog lives in close-knit packs, caring for the babies of the matriarch and patriarch, communicating by touch, and nurturing those who are sick or injured. Vultures rarely attack […]

May 112015
 
Giraffes, Zebras Face Surprising Top Threat: Hunting

It’s no secret that elephants and rhinoceroses are in trouble, poached for body parts and meat that are sold worldwide. But a new study published today in the online journal Science Advances finds that other large plant-eaters, including zebras and gorillas, are in the same sinking boat. Hunting these animals for their meat—either for subsistence […]

Oct 132014
 
Dawn of the Striped Ones

It’s early on a summer morning in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. The first summer rains have just started to fall – so everything looks and smells fresh. There’s still a lot of cloud cover overhead from last night’s deluge…but there’s a gap for the sun to rise into on the Eastern horizon. As I drive […]

May 172014
 
Dusk Zebra

I absolutely love photographing wildlife in the soft light just before sunrise or after sunset. There’s a luminous soft glow and saturating mood that you just don’t get in any other kind of natural light. I literally don’t care what my subject is when I’m in this precious short window of light… This particular photo […]

Jan 112014
 
Seeing Double

What do you do with those animals that won’t stay out of your frame in the background? Many people like photographing their wildlife subjects against clean backgrounds with minimal distractions. There are even some that lambaste the presence of other out-of-focus animals in the frame as being “distracting”. Given, they CAN be distracting if they […]

Dec 272013
 
Kruger: December 2009 (Part 7)

Time to carry on with this trip report, wouldn’t you say? We had a good rest over lunch and headed out that afternoon – aiming to head south again from Shingwedzi and drive the Red Rocks loop. The local troop of Chacma Baboons along the Shingwedzi river provided some nice entertainment in the rainy weather. […]

Nov 102013
 
POLL: Should canned hunting in Arizona be banned?

A hunting organization based in Arizona is under fire for defending a controversial type of hunting that is against the law in Arizona. Records show the Safari Club International has lobbied Congress and spoken out against bills that would make the practice of hunting exotic game in fenced-in preserves illegal. The organization also accepts trophies […]

Oct 312013
 
Namibian government and people lauded for conservation successes

Global conservation organization WWF has recognized Namibia for its outstanding conservation achievements. The Namibian President, His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, is being presented today with a WWF Gift to the Earth Award – the second the country has received – by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former President of WWF International. The ceremony is taking place in the […]

Jun 302013
 
World’s Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

DNA shines a light back into the past, showing us things that fossils can’t. But how far back can that light extend? Some of the oldest DNA sequences come from mastodon and polar bear fossils about 50,000 and 110,000 years old, respectively. But a new study published online today in the journal Nature reports the […]

Mar 142013
 
Kruger: December 2009 (Part 1)

It’s time to catch up on my backlogged trip reports again. Back in December of 2009, my wife and I took a short break to visit the Kruger National Park. We wanted to avoid the crowds so we opted to head to the far North. With it being rainy season, we knew we were in […]