It is time to head out once again on the tenders for an afternoon of wildlife spotting; today we are hoping to see savannah elephants. The African elephant is the largest animal that walks this earth and their herds wander through 37 countries in Africa. There are two subspecies of African elephant, the savannah elephant […]
11 November 2017 – Tsendze How fantastic to wake to the sounds of the dawn chorus in the bush. It was already getting light at 4:30 am and that’s when the gate opens. But we had no intention of making such an early start. I went to shower at the ablution block just after 5 […]
The Mudumalai National Park lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains) about 150 km north-west of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu. Sharing its boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala, the sanctuary is divided into five ranges – Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota.
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The most recent CITES gathering was in Johannesburg in early October 2015. Over 90 representatives […]
Image Credit: Photograph by Khunkay
A family of wild elephants are seen walking down a road inside Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.
The park is the third largest in Thailand and covers an area of 300 square kilometers.
In 1984 the park was made an ASEAN Heritage Park, and on July 14, 2005 the park, together with other parks in the same range and in the Dong Phaya Yen Mountains further north, was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name, “Dong Phaya Yen–Khao Yai Forest Complex”.
via Khunkay on Wikimedia Commons
A newcomer like me gets knocked down a lot’ … Michael Nichols’ photograph of orphaned elephants in Kenya. Click here to see full image. Photograph: National Geographic Creative/Corbis
Interview by Kate Abbott
These baby elephants have all lost their mothers. They were either killed by ivory poachers, or they fell in wells while trying to get water. The babies are at an orphanage in Nairobi.
When a new one comes in, it’s utterly traumatised: only one in 10 survives.
The most bizarre thing about these orphans is that the older ones take care of the new arrivals. The elephants lying down are just two years old, but they’ve become matriarchs – 20 years too soon.
The one with its foot up is nine months old. His elders are lying there saying: “Hey, you can get on us!” This is exactly how they play in the wild. Being sociable and protective…
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Look at the picture above. Somebody please tell me why some men see those majestic animals and their first thought is to kill them? I will never understand it, but then I am a lover of nature and do not seek to destroy that which I love. This week, Trump & Co, in their determined […]