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September 9, 2014

Shakespearean Chimpanzees: Love, Power, and Tragedy in Chimp Society

Chimpanzees are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, and they share upwards of 99% of our DNA. It only stands to reason that we can see glimpses of ourselves in their behaviors, their societies…and…

September 4, 2014

A Child By Any Other Name…Wouldn’t Be Kuria

Naming Traditions among the Kuria People

The Kuria practice a tradition of firstborn naming. If a family’s first child is a boy, his name will be either Chacha, Marwa, or Mwita; girls choose between Bhoke, Robi, and Gati. That’s it; if you’re a…

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August 26, 2014

Moving On Up: Wild Dog Releases in Serengeti National Park

Protecting rare and endangered species isn’t just about changing attitudes towards wildlife conservation; sometimes it’s as simple as changing the where of wildlife. Like many African countries,…

August 21, 2014

An Adventurous Life, A HUGE Legacy: Frederick Selous

Frederick Selous helped chart the region that is Tanzania’s largest Game Reserve, expand the world’s zoological knowledge, and champion conservation, his legacy in East Africa continues today.

August 19, 2014

The Nose Knows: Amazing Elephant Trunks

It may just look like a Cyrano-length schnozz, but elephant trunks are much more than oversized snouts! These amazing appendages are integral to almost every part of an elephant’s life. That’s because…

May French Sheldon
August 14, 2014

Unladylike Behavior: Tanzania’s First Female Explorer

The backgrounds of Tanzania’s earliest western explorers were diverse, except for one important factor: They were all men. That is, until May French Sheldon came along in 1891. Not only did Sheldon set out…

domestication of zebra attempts
August 12, 2014

Wild Horses Can’t be Broken: Zebra Domestication Attempts

They’re closely related to horses, and they already sport a SWEET paint job, so why haven’t we been riding on zebras for the last few hundred years? Has no one ever thought to domesticate these seemingly…

crocodylus anthropophagus
August 5, 2014

Prehistoric Predators: Ancient Crocodiles of East Africa

Believe it or not, the crocodiles we know (and refuse to invite to the pool party) are a watered-down version of the originals. Even one of the more recent crocodilian ancestors, Crocodylus anthropophagus,…

Maasai Olympics
July 31, 2014

Trading Lions for Pride: The Maasai Olympics

The Maasai have a strong warrior tradition; young Maasai men aspire to feats of strength and physical prowess, and elevation to the rank of warrior involves a series of tests and rituals meant to prove a young…

baby animal names quiz
July 29, 2014

QUIZ: Bringing Up Baby—Infant Names in the Animal Kingdom

Almost as soon as we start learning the names of animals, we start learning the names of their young. It’s a natural tendency, reinforced by an entire genre of board-books for toddlers: “this is the cow,…

July 24, 2014

Pride of Place: Tanzania’s National Anthem

The national anthems of Africa are no different. Tanzanians everywhere rise and sing to “Mungu ibariki Afrika,” (Swahili for “God Bless Africa”), but the song isn’t originally—or…

July 22, 2014

Together Forever: Monogamous Safari Species

“Together forever” is a staple of most romance stories for humans, but in the animal kingdom, monogamy is much less common. Still, there are a handful of species that believe in a one and only, species…

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