RIVERS, the Nile- EWM

The River Nile runs for 4199 miles (6758 KM) from its source in Rwanda to Alexandria, Egypt, to the Mediterranean. Including the Blue Nile, it flows through ten countries (Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan).

From highland jungle to desert, it is home to the Nile Crocodile, soft shelled turtles, poisonous snakes, hippos, a variety of fish (Nile Perch can weigh up to 175 pounds, tigerfish, lungfish, catfish, mudfish and eel).

It is habitat to many, many species of birds.

Important civilizations have come and gone along its route. Its route(s) have changed over many years, many times, and still today, it is the essential environmental factor wherever it flows.

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BEWARE OF HIPPOS AT NIGHT- Hluhluwe and Imfalosi Reserve.

After Durban, we had a long travel day to St. Lucia, the basis for our exploring of Hluhluwe & Imfalosi game reserve. We started our evening with a Zulu lesson where we learned several Zulu phrases. The only one I remember is Hello – Sawubona! We had to be careful if we walked around at […]

via Hluhluwe & Imfalosi Game Reserve — Life of Holly

Salt Water Crocodile

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Salt water (or Indo-Pacific) crocodile are widespread from the Indian sub-continent to islands in the western Pacific north and east of Papua/New Guinea. After years of over-exploitation the populations have rebounded, except in places like Sri Lanka & Palau where over hunting is still keeping those populations on the brink.

Human encroachment, poaching, bank erosion are still issues but overall the salt water species is not listed as endangered in any way other than in very local circumstances.

The salt water crocodile is very dangerous to humans who enter into their territory and people are well-advised to steer well away from this croc’s habitat.

Males of this species can exceed 20 feet in length and tip the scales at 3000 pounds.

The skin of this species is considered the most valuable by that trade! We should support campaigns working against this ‘skin’ trade if we are to help maintain healthy crocodile populations.