We Should Kill More Lions

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There are times when acting in the conservation interest of a species or ecosystem means that the welfare of specific animals is compromised, which is a fancy way of saying that conservationists sometimes have to kill animals for the greater good. Cheetahs would be quite happy with you shooting Lions as Lions are bastards that keep stealing their kills. Take the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

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The Storks of Africa

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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. Marabous have also learnt another trick, and that is to follow vultures and scavenge off the remains of Lion and other large predator kills.

White-backed Vultures are Proper Birds

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The vultures didn’t kill it, but they’ll clean up the mess. The populations remain stable in Ethiopia, Tanzania and southern Africa, but have collapsed in West Africa and have declined in other parts as well.

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Patch: An Urban Red-tailed Hawk (3 of 4)

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Having been gone for 5 or 6 months, she returned with a new style much less dependent on killing the prey on the ground. I’ll be in Tanzania when that post appears working on a new topic for January. (Check out Part 1 here) (Check out Part 2 here) This hawk was a fierce hunter. I’ve seen young Red-tailed Hawk s who just don’t have the hang of it, counting on luck of good fortune to present them with a careless gopher or a rare easy meal.

Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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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.

Africa’s endangered species

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A pair of Hooded Vultures in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania by Adam Riley. Rueppell’s Vulture scanning for a carcass at Ndutu, Tanzania by Adam Riley. An adult (left) and subadult (right) White-backed Vulture with full crops after feeding on the remains of a Lion kill, Ndutu, Tanzania by Adam Riley.

Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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The killing of Cecil was equated with murder, a moral crime rather than a symptom of a ecological problem. If tourists are too dim to tell Sierra Leone from Botswana or Tanzania, do we really want to rely on them to save Africa’s species? Hi there. I can’t help noticing that you’ve just posted an angry story about Cecil the Lion on your timeline.

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KwaZulu-Natal

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In 1856 Wahlberg was killed by an Elephant near Lake Ngami in Botswana without ever publishing an account of his travels, but fellow Swede Carl Sundevall catalogued his collection at the Stockholm Museum and described the birds Wahlberg collected. 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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