The giraffe is the tallest animal to walk on Earth in modern times – its height is on average 5 meters, the neck alone can reach 2 meters! A very funny fact is that a giraffe has fewer bones in its neck than a tiny sparrow!!! You would think that it is just the opposite […]




In some parts of the world, the seasons do not change. In the African savannah it is always hot. Savannahs are covered with tall grasses. The grass is very tall. It is taller than a man! It is yellow and brown because of the hot sun! There are some trees but they are not many! […]

via African Savannah (1st Grade reading) —


The Jakarta Post referred to the Surabaya Zoo as the’ Zoo of Death’. This zoo, which has lost up to 25 animals per month,  includes the following deaths: a Lion found hanging in its compound, a Giraffe which chocked on plastic wrappers it had swallowed that were  discarded by zoo visitors, a very rare Sumatran Tiger accidently poisoned, an equally endangered Orangutan hooked on cigarettes, the list goes on and on…

Sun Bears are so starved they eat their own feces, 150 Pelicans in one cage-cruelty, cruelty, cruelty…Starvation, maltreatment, poor health care are some of the reasons for the excessive number of wildlife residents’ deaths and sicknesses.


Indonesia has a serious responsibility to preserve those rare creatures found in the Indonesian habitat, not to mention a responsibility  to oversee the care of these animals in the country’s zoos.

The Surabaya Zoo should be closed if not already and kept closed , and its animals transferred elsewhere. So, too, should any other of the country’s zoos and animal care facilities that fail to provide a decent standard of care for the animals in their trust.



For starters, lets ALL of us

petition the responsible and other government agencies there to seriously tighten up their oversight and management of these dwindling populations of precious creatures…




Serengeti National Park!

After a torrential rainstorm the night before, the weather turned beautiful as we entered The Serengeti National Park and were greeted by a Marabou stork. Marabou stork doing a Bernie Sanders imitation. Serengeti is the Maasai word that means “endless plain”. It covers an area of 14,763 km and at almost every turn on the […]

via THE SERENGETI: IN SEARCH OF THE BIG CATS — westwardhowithapollo

Ngorongoro Crater…

The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest caldera, the remnant of a volcano the size of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is 14 miles wide and its rim is some 7500 feet above sea level. The Crater is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which runs from the eastern part of the Rift Valley to the plains […]

via NGORONGORO CRATER: A VERITABLE NOAH’S ARK — westwardhowithapollo

MOZAMBIQUE WILDLIFE- 70% Gone Since 1975!

SAD BUT TRUE! However, the government has recently established 3 new nature protection areas: Quirimadas National Park, Bazaruto National Park and Lake Niassa Reserve. Hope this all helps!

A local expression that has developed is ‘where have all the animals gone?’

Supporting the African Wildlife Fund can help…

African Travels…

No trip to the African continent would be complete without animals, and animals we have seen. At our stop in Port Elizabeth, SA we took a tour to Addo Elephant Park. It sure lived up to its name! Our guide’s name is Xolani and he is Xhosa. They use clicks in their language- the X […]

via That’s why we’re here — Where I’m At