It is a stormy day on the Chobe River as we head out in the tenders in search of African wildlife. While birds are sheltering from the rain the hippos are loving the wet weather. We spot a male hippo grazing on the banks of the river. When he sees us coming closer he trots towards the water […]
The cheetah is the fastest animal on land and unlike other big cats, cheetahs cannot roar. However, they are the largest cat that can purr on both inhale and exhale, like domestic cats. Half the world’s fastest cats will be gone in 15 years—and that’s being optimistic. 🐆
A herd of impala browses on low scrub next to my vehicle. Every now and then one glances up, and her huge obsidian eyes reflect the setting sun. The dominant male, a studly impala ram who has won his harem from other males, snorts twice with a spitting sound phaah, phaah. He chases first one […]
Collection of hides, shooting to clear farmland, killing by lions (themselves under siege), habitat destruction and just poor wildlife management by countries little able to manage themselves are all adding to the pressure on the world’s remaining 7000 or so cheetahs in the wild. Certain subspecies have all but vanished already.
Cheetahs have joined a long list of at risk species in Africa, such as elephants, rhinoceros, lions, giraffe and a host of other unique animals only found on the African continent.