Tanzania – Africa at its best

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Tanzania is without a doubt the quintessential African safari nation. A question I am frequently asked by birders and wildlife enthusiasts is: “ if I only visit Africa once, where should I go ?” Despite being a proud South African, my honest answer is Tanzania. This country boasts over 1,000 bird species, vast wildernesses, a superb network of protected areas, the greatest concentration of large game and predators on the planet, excellent lodges and friendly people.

Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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The bird-richest region of Africa is its equatorial East: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi (unlike the rest, the last one, Burundi, is politically unstable and not recommendable). Tanzania Tanzania has 1050 bird species, of which about 500 to 600 may be observed in 3 to 4 weeks.

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Will the threatened species make it through if there are no birding tourists to make those birds and their habitats valuable to local people just the way they are (as opposed to tropical timber)? And beating the previous Strycker record by 810 species? Colombia 1959 bird species 2.

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“Peacocks and Picathartes: Reflections on Africa’s Birdlife”

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And apart from local people, primate researchers sometimes spot it, but it is a species seen by fewer than ten living birders. The rest of the 216 pages long book is devoted to various African bird families and half a dozen individual species.

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2012?

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Corey will be experiencing birding bliss all weekend long at the mighty, mighty Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. I, on the other hand, will be lollygagging with the usual Western New York winter species. Northern White-crowned Shrike in Tanzania by Walter Kitundu a. This may read like something of a non sequitur, but have you ever seen a Rainbow Eucalyptus ?

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Approximately 2,300 bird species inhabit Africa, however as impressive as that sounds, much smaller South America boasts nearly 1,000 species more. Quintessential African scene from Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Africa boasts a fabulous and unique avifauna. Besides these truly African families, Africa abounds in a wealth of species in other more widespread groups; weavers, barbets, kingfishers, sunbirds, rollers, bee-eaters, and dare I mention them, cisticolas!

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A Brief Tour of Uganda, The Pearl of Africa

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In the days leading up to the Expo we’ve been touring the small East African nation, primarily visiting the big national parks in the south and west of the country looking for birds and other amazing wildlife. While Uganda does not have the international reputation of its neighbors Kenya and Tanzania, the experience there is no less extraordinary – and in many ways, particularly for the birder, it’s even more so.

We Should Kill More Lions

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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. I’m not just saying this to be an annoying gadfly on the backside of the birding and general wildlife community, although this is certainly a fringe benefit. Take the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. You protect an entire ecosystem that holds 350 bird species.

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Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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Tell me, what happens if we rip away hunting when hunting protects more wildlife land in Africa than national parks? Conservation is concerned about protecting populations, species, habitats, ecosystems. There is a reason we talk about wildlife and habitat conservation, not wildlife and habitat preservation. That conservation uses the death of the species it is trying to save is both paradoxical and not. Booking were down by half in some wildlife tourist sites.

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