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. Highly recommended birding and wildlife sites include Selous Game Reserve, the Eastern Arc Mountains, Pemba and Zanzibar Islands and Arusha National Park. Destinations africa tanzania

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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Tanzania 1135 13. The most bird-rich northeast of India includes e.g. the Kaziranga NP and the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, respectively, together with the world’s largest Amur Falcon roost in Nagaland.

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Big Cat Week, day 4

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Ruaha National Park in Tanzania used to be a true paradise for wildlife gathered around the rich Ruaha riverbanks. Another fun sneak peek of Nat Geo Wild’s Big Cat Week! Tonight, Lions on the Edge! Premieres Thursday, December 9, at 9PM ET/PT. Now, the worst drought in decades is pushing all the animals on a march to find water.

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A Bird Rehabber Goes Birding. And Thwarts Mongooses.

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This is the reason I’m birding in Tanzania with no field guide. Four years later, happy, well-fed, and carefully instructed that wildlife was no longer on the menu, he was the Village’s walking field guide to birds. Birding bird rehabilitator mongoose Tanzanian birding wildlife rehabilitators The last time I visited my friend India, who lives in the hills above Karatu, I brought my own field guide and filled a notebook with bird names, descriptions, and sketches.

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

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A lot of destinations were mentioned, with Central and South America leading the way, New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia appearing only at the middle of the list, and African countries (South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar) lagging at the end of the list.

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. 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 ? Eucalyptus deglupta is a psychedelic beauty, with stunning, striated bark that spans nearly every color of the rainbow. Take a moment to check out how trippy this tree is.

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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.

Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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Thankfully the days of visiting Africa purely for slaughtering its wildlife have mostly come to a merciful end, and safari operators have adopted the Big Five term to market tours that offer sightings of the fortunate remanants of Africa’s once teeming great herds. As visitors’ and the public’s interests expanded from the Big Five, and an appreciation for lesser mammals, birds and smaller wildlife has became more widespread, the term Little Five was coined.

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. Both are in favour of large areas of land being set aside for wildlife.

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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? There is a reason we talk about wildlife and habitat conservation, not wildlife and habitat preservation. Booking were down by half in some wildlife tourist sites. 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.

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