Death by hippo poop: Scientists solve a fish massacre in the Mara River

In the Mara River in Kenya, fish die in the thousands every now and then. And the hippopotamus is to blame, a new study has found. Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius) spend a considerable amount of time in rivers to cool off their bodies. They also spend a lot of time defecating in the water, their tails […]

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African Lion pride in Maasai Mara

For us Maasai Mara happens to be one of the best national parks in the world and we try and visit the Mara every year for a few days. On this first game drive during one of our trips there, we went looking for the famous Cheetah brothers who were sighted close to the Kenya-Tanzania […]

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Madikwe: May 2010 (Part 3)

Hello everyone. It was with a shock that I realised that my last blog post was written in August! So much has happened – between hosting a Wild Eye photo safari in the Maasai Mara, jetting off to Hong Kong with my wife on assignment for Nikon Asia, and then attending the Wildlife Photographer of […]

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On The Hunt with land’s fastest predators

“Malaika is really special. I have never worked with a cheetah like her before. She is a wonderful mother and she is hunting every day.” These were the first encouraging words from Sammy Munene, as we sat beside a relaxed cheetah and her four cubs. The sun was just rising above Kenya’s Maasai Mara game […]

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How to watch the great migration of animals from Serengeti

Every year a million wildebeest, half a million gazelle and 200,000 zebra make the perilous trek from the Serengeti park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya in their search for water and grazing land. It is one of nature’s most spectacular sights – and one that few people are able to see […]

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Photos: slumbering lions win top photo prize

The king of beasts took this year’s top prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is co-owned by the Natural History Museum (London) and the BBC. The photo, of female lions and their cubs resting on a rock face in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, was taken by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, […]

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Cheetahs Lie Around Like Housecats, Saving Energy for Big Kills

Like your pet kitty relaxing at home, cheetahs and mountain lions exert as little energy as possible and rest up for bursts of activity, two new studies reveal Thursday. Perhaps more surprising, though, cheetahs spend only about as much energy in a day as a person does, the scientists found. The studies are the first […]

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Good News for Animals in Nepal: A Full Year Without Poaching

On World Wildlife Day, March 3, Nepal celebrated 365 days with zero poaching. No rhinos, tigers, or elephants were killed. It’s the second year of such success in Nepal. In 2011 the country also had none, and in 2012 it lost just one rhino to poaching. This achievement is particularly notable in the face of […]

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Ivory stockpile to be publicly destroyed as Obama seeks to end illegal trade

The ivory stockpile in the secure government warehouse – six tonnes of scarred tusks, glossy Confucius statuettes with $10,000 (more than £6,000) price stickers, coffee table items, and too many chunky cuff bracelets to count – represents millions of dollars and the slaughter of thousands of African elephants. On 14 November, at Barack Obama’s instruction, […]

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Google Earth and drones help save Kenya’s elephants

Conservationist Marc Goss touches “take off” on his iPad 3, sending a $300 AR Drone whirring into the air – his latest weapon to fight elephant poachers around Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. “It’s an arms race,” said Goss, whose green khaki clothing shields him from thorny acacia branches in the 30,000 hectares (74,132 acres) […]

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