From Africa

Part II: Nuts About Hornbills: What’s So Special About Them?


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” -William Blake There are many fascinating things about these amazingly weird looking birds; a couple of them are pretty obvious their colorful and in some species huge casques and large bills. The other one, which is not so obvious, but very interesting, is…

Nuts About Hornbills: A Fascinating Evolutionary Story


The extraordinary habit of the male, in plastering up the female with her egg, and feeding her during the whole time of incubation, and until the young one is fledged, is common to several of the large hornbills, and is one of those strange facts in natural history which are “stranger than fiction.” -Alfred Russel…

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…