Jane Goodall Live

4 The Love Of Animals

Newly found 8mm footage discovered in Jane’s home attic will be revealed during the evening which offers an intimate portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon, whose work from her maiden research trip to Africa in 1960 to the present has transformed our perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Her work at Gombe Stream became the foundation of future primatological research and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.

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The Storks of Africa

10,000 Birds

A Marabou Stork arriving at its roost tree, Serengeti, Tanzania by Adam Riley We’ll start off with the largest and ugliest of them all (measuring up to 60in (152cm) in height, a weight of 20 lb (9 kg) and a wingspan of up to 12ft), the Marabou Stork. Yellow-billed Stork portrait (note the pink flush indicating breeding status), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania by Adam Riley The Yellow-billed Stork has a closely-related sister species in Asia known as Painted Stork.

Africa’s Barbets

10,000 Birds

This remote region of Cryptosepalum forests is little changed by human hands (somewhat of a rarity in these times of devastating habitat destruction) yet this species has not been relocated despite extensive searches by birders (including myself). The next isolated populations are several thousand miles northwards in Malawi, northern Mozambique and the Rondo Plateau in southern Tanzania. Image taken in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

It is an animated website aimed at educating and inspiring children about endangered species, and all of our characters actually exist in a real-life camp in Tanzania which protects black rhino and wild African hunting dogs. Thanks so much—Amanda (one of the Dotty Humans Hello Keith, Mylan, and Jonathan We stumbled across your very worthy site and read some recent posts. you have a very interesting blog!

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What is a Palm-thrush?

10,000 Birds

As noted in their entry the Handbook of the Birds of the World, they are unusual in their close association with palms (hence the name) and in building mud nests (in palms or human buildings). They are also found in patches of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also north through Zambia, the Congo and Tanzania (just poking into Kenya).

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

10,000 Birds

Birding here is a joy, further augmented by the world’s most intact mammalian megafuana, fascinating tribal cultures, breath-taking scenery and the cradle of human history. Quintessential African scene from Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Africa boasts a fabulous and unique avifauna. Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears. Better yet, offer up your eyeballs because we have a powerhouse post here that deserves, nay demands your full attention.

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Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

10,000 Birds

Prime destinations for seeing African Elephant in the wild include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Uganda. Elephant Bulls in the Ngorongoro Crater by Adam Riley A matriarchial herd of African or Bush Elephant in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park by Adam Riley The little – elephant shrews are a group of 17 small to medium sized insectivorous mammals that have confused taxidermists since they were first described.

We Should Kill More Lions

10,000 Birds

Take the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. With no permanent habitation inside its boundaries, human disturbance is low. Lion shooting over three years brought $75 million into the economy of Tanzania alone. Assuming you have a passing interest in wildlife, or at the least you know someone that does, and chances are in the last week or so you’ve become aware that some lady from America shot a lion.

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Ethiopia’s Endemics

10,000 Birds

Besides birding, Ethiopia offers superb mammal viewing (it can’t boast the volumes of Kenya & Tanzania to the south, but it does have some fascinating species), jaw-dropping scenery, fascinating history and culture (from tribal groups whose lives have little changed in thousands of years, to medieval castles and rock-hewn churches where ancient Christian ceremonies are still performed.)

Summer Books for Kids (and the rest of us)

10,000 Birds

We see a Puerto Rican Parrot flying over the heads of two humans (the authors, it turns out), their yellow and white shirts shining like beacons in a landscape of forest and olive and emerald greens and cobalt blues. This is a story that offers a lot to children, specifically as a story of parrots in Puerto Rico and more generally as an introduction to the concept that human activity affects the world around us and that dedicated men and women can in turn create positive change.

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10,000 Birds

After one 3 year stint, they left with 131,405 specimens including birds, mammals, reptiles, plants and even human remains (which were only recently repatriated for burial in Africa!) The nearest population to them is several thousand miles north in Malawi and southern Tanzania. “ There is, perhaps, no better place in the world for birds than this country.

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