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 By : Pete Laver, PhDNRF Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoriapnlaver@gmail.com Group-living is a good anti-predator strategy for several reasons. One reason is the ‘...
 pnlaver@gmail.com Dr Peter Laver is a post-doctoral fellow with the South African National Research Foundation. He is based at the University of Pretoria where he is currently developing a biomonitoring tool to assess freshwater health using...
 BY : MITCHELL RILEYwww.spurwingisland.comThe early morning sounds break the dawn: the fish eagle’s call, coaxing everything to life. Iridescent reds and oranges paint the horizon as the sun slowly peeps over the blue hills.By this time I have...
 By: Rae Kokes, Principle Researcher - Matusadona Lion Projectrae@lionalert.org www.lionalert.orgI’ve recently begun a second season in the field in Matusadona National Park, continuing a population ecology study of the resident valley floor...
 https://www.facebook.com/ManaMeadowsPhotography Website: www.zambiatourism.com/The source of the Zambezi River is a spring in a tranquil forest in northern Zambia. Mana Meadows enjoyed the journey as much as the spiritual site itself.For...
 By : Eleanor Harvie www.conservationlowerzambezi.org www.facebook.com/clzafricaConservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is using cutting-edge technology to gather information about what scouts encounter during patrols, to produce a comprehensive...
 Fact file Large Grey MongooseScientific name: Herpestes ichneumonSize: body 48–60cm long, and a 33–54cm tail. It weighs 1.7–4kgLifespan: 12 years (captive specimens have lived to be over 20 years old)Diet: rodents, fish, birds, reptiles (...
 Fact file Selous' MongooseScientific name: Paracynictis selousiSize: body length between 39 and 47cm, a tail length between 28 and 40cm and they weigh between 1.4 and 2.2kgLifespan: UnknownDiet: feeds on insects, lizards, frogs, birds, and...
 BY : SHELLEY COXwww.africanbushcamps.comAs one of the most successful wildlife conservation models in Africa, Botswana has embraced the theory of bridging the gap between commercial tourism and community empowerment. By ensuring that the...
 By : Lynn KelloggLying in my tent, I listened to the low growl or snapping branches of elephants, the not so distant roar of a lion and the frequent whuuup of hyaena. American friends and colleagues asked why I wanted to go back to Africa,...
 BY:  JULIA JACKSONwww.icanoeforconservation.comwww.menoakwena.comTwo intrepid explorers are set to pioneer a canoe trail following the waters of the Okavango Delta from its highland source to its disappearance in the desert. Meet the team...
 FactFileThe meerkat or suricate Scientific name: Suricata suricattaSize: 25 to 30cm from head to rump. Their tails add another 19 to 24 cm to their length. They weigh less than 1 kilogram.Lifespan: 12 to 14 years.Diet: Scorpions (meerkats are...
  BY: LAWRENCE ALROYSet in rural India during the time of the British Raj in the 1800s, Rudyard Kipling’s stirring battle-tale of mongoose versus snake is a classic.Today’s parents should take some time away from their TVs and, armed with...
 BY : JULIA JACKSONwww.mulberrymongoose.cominfo@mulberrymongoose.comMulberry Mongoose is a small Zambian business that is both locally conscious and globally ambitious. Local women artisans handcraft jewellery and accessories in the heart of...
 BY : VICKY AUSTIN, Norman Carr Safarisreservations@chongweriver.netbookings@normancarrsafaris.comwww.chongwe.comwww.normancarrsafaris.com   www.mulberrymongoose.com     There are nine species of mongoose in Zambia, all...
 By : Frank and Lei Von Habsburgwww.prointelafrica.comfrank@prointelafrica.comlei@prointelafrica.comCompanies in Tete have become well aware that when it comes to business, the old adage still applies – location, location, and location. It is...
 ddjmarketing9@gmail.comPlaygrounds have an important role in the education of the young, but the Tete SOS Children’s Village playground was in need of a serious facelift. A group of concerned citizens decided that with some tyres, colourful...
   BY : JULIA JACKSON laura.pponto@gmail.comBored with the same old potjie competitions, Rudi Janse van Rensburg came up with the idea of a Boere Sports Day. An event where, for a small participation fee, multiple four-player ...
 The Great Elephant Census BY : ROBERT SUTCLIFFE Website:  www.elephantswithoutborders.orgFebruary marked the halfway point of the largest-ever census of savannah elephant in Africa, the Great Elephant Census (GEC). The ambitious two-...
 Fact file Water MongoosePHOTO : MIKE MYERS, WILDERNESS SAFARISwww.wildernes-safaris.com Scientific name: Atilax paludinosusSize: Its weight can range from 2 to 5.5kg with an average range of 2.5 to 4.1kg. From the head to the base of the...