Dreaming of Congo rainforest: Gabon, Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic

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Logging roads have opened up vast areas to commercial hunting, leading to industrial-scale poaching and a more than 60 per cent drop in the region’s Forest Elephant population in less than a decade.

Africa’s Barbets

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White-chested Tinkerbird is one of Africa’s avian mysteries, known only from a single specimen collected in 1964 at Mayau in north-west Zambia, close to the borders of Angola and the DRC. White-headed can be found in huge fig trees in woodlands of east and central Africa with a tiny isolated population in Angola. Barbets are a group of medium sized, chunky, generally colorful, frugivorous, hole-nesting near-passerines, that are popular targets for anyone birding in the tropics.

The Bee-eaters of Africa

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After breeding they also disperse over the rainforests and savannas of West and Central Africa, where they hunt for aerial insects. Two subspecies exist, the nominate breeds across Madagascar, the Comoros Islands and isolated parts of East Africa, whilst a more range restricted second form breeds in a narrow belt along the Cunene River which forms the border between Angola and Namibia.

Africa’s endangered species

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A foraging Northern Bald Ibis near Tamri, Morocco by Adam Riley Extinction, driven by loss of feeding habitat, nest disturbance, hunting and poisoning, seemed inevitable. Image by Adam Riley Ludwig’s Bustard This attractive dry country bustard ranges across western South Africa, Namibia and just into southern Angola. Habitat destruction, hunting and disturbance are further factors affecting the population.