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Tanzania's gentle giant

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Tanzania on Canvas

Learn about the life and art of Peter Ray Mwasha

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Find out how Africa's fiercest predators made the cut

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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…

July 17, 2014

Eat Like a Tanzanian: Kashata Recipe (Coconut & Peanut Bars)

In Tanzania, a perennial (and ubiquitous) sweet snack is kashata, a coconut or peanut-based confection that’s somewhere between a bar and a candy. Whip some up at home and indulge your Tanzanian sweet tooth!

leopard tortoise
July 15, 2014

Down to the Bones: Animal Osteophagia

Ever wake up with a strange, overwhelming craving? Some of that might just be because those things taste good, but specific cravings can be our bodies’ way of telling us that we need a certain kind of…

Makonde Carving
July 10, 2014

The Carvings of the Makonde

One of the most immediately recognizable, and most widely admired, is the wood-carving of the Makonde people. The carvings often feature figures (a Makonde myth says that the mother of all the Makonde was…

Rock Hyrax in Tanzania
July 8, 2014

Guinea Pig Lookalikes, Elephant Cousins: Rock Hyraxes

Undoubtedly when the hyrax runs into his cousin the elephant, both of them are thinking to themselves “really? You’re a what-level cousin, now?” But believe it or not, this small, guinea-pig-like…

Strawberry Ice Cream Cone
July 3, 2014

Erasto Mpemba and the Physics of Freezing

A Tanzanian youth contributes a huge discovery to science

In 1963, Erasto Mpemba was just 13 years old, and was a student at the Magamba Secondary School in eastern Tanzania. Making ice cream in class, he noticed that the recipes that were hot seemed to freeze faster…

Sleeping giraffe
July 1, 2014

Don’t Lose Sleep Over It: The Strange Sleeping Habits of Giraffes

Giraffes, though, may be the strangest sleepers in the Serengeti. As babies, they lay down with their legs tucked beneath their bodies (lowering themselves to the ground is a serious process) and rest their…

June 26, 2014

Artistic Ancestry: Bimbi Statues of the Bembe People

Among the most recognizable forms of Tanzanian art are the various forms of wooden carvings that can be found around the country. Differences in the style, subjects, and decoration of these carved wooden…

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