By Perla Copernik

Can You Imagine a World Without Elephants, Tigers and Rhinos?


“When more robust animals were enabled, by means of humans and their boats, to reach the havens or backwaters that island birds were inhabiting, they wreaked havoc… with the greatest single threat coming from the most ruthless predator ever to emerge on this planet: Homo sapiens. Quite apart from hunting and harrying, the human capacity…

The Mighty Elephant, the Real King of the Savanna


“The premature elimination of elephants over much of their range represents one of the most wasteful mammalian tragedies of the century” -Iain Douglas-Hamilton, 1987 I’m closing these series of posts exactly one year after my unforgettable trip to the Masai Mara,  and for the end I left the best, my absolute favorite animal, the sweet…

Giraffes The Gorgeous Blondes of the African Savanna


Watching a giraffe is like walking in New York or Chicago while looking in awe at those magnificent skyscrapers, but like skyscrapers against a bright sky, giraffes can be very tricky to photograph. They are too tall!! -P.C Giraffes are the tallest living animals on our planet, and their amazing height, combined with their peculiar…

From Dik-Dik to Eland, there is an Antelope for Everything


“One of the most impressive aspects of the African wildlife experience is the presence of up to a dozen different antelopes in the same area. Yet it was by taking measures to minimize competition by becoming different species that such a diverse array of antelopes came to exist in the first place.” -Robert D. Estes,…

Goodbye Clawed, Enjoy Savanna Heaven!


“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up.It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the…

And The Winner is The Secretarybird…


“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” Aesop, (620 BC – 560 BC) from The Jay and the Peacock Yes, I’m still talking about beautiful animals. How can’t I, after being in such an amazing place where nature is at its best? A sight to be seen, this peculiar and gorgeous bird…

And The Most Photogenic Animal in the African Savanna is?


The zebra… “There is a place where the grass meets the sky, and that is the end” -Maasai saying Now you probably wonder, why? or how did you arrive to this conclusion? Well, first as I always say when I begin a post about something that not everybody will agree with, this is my own…

The Greatest Spectacle on Earth…


“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature…” By Frank Lloyd Wright Yes, indeed…Every year millions of us along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles are responsible for the most spectacular mass movement of terrestrial mammals anywhere in the world. Thousands of people around the world come to the Masai Mara between…

Falling in Love with Black and White All Over Again…


“Life is like a good black and white photograph, there’s black, there’s white, and lots of shades in between.” -Karl Heiner My passion for photography began many years ago, too many to count, inspired by the B&W work of the great masters. Besides collecting portfolios by Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Amsel Adams and…