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Hiking through the heather on Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Tanzania on Canvas

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African crested porcupine
December 31, 2013

The Bone Collector: African Crested Porcupines

Covered in long, extremely sharp quills which they will fluff up when threatened (in order to appear larger), porcupines attack backside first, with a flamenco-style foot-stamping as a prelude. These…

December 19, 2013

Eat Like a Tanzanian: Vitumbua (Donut-Cakes)

Add a new treat to your baking repertoire: vitumbua are a Tanzanian favorite. Easy to make (and even easier to eat), these muffin-sized morsels make a fantastic dessert at a holiday party, a heartfelt gift for…

Jackal pups in Tanzania
December 17, 2013

Fooling Nature: The Jackal

As many wildlife populations suffer from the effects of increased human presence and habitat destruction, jackals continue to thrive. Part of that success can be attributed to their strong familial bonds. One…

December 12, 2013

A Trip of a Lifetime Becomes A Lifelong Connection: Mike Rubenstein, Part 2

Dr. Michael Rubenstein went on a Thomson Safaris volunteering trip extension. By the time he got home, he knew he needed to return to Tanzania…

December 10, 2013

A Trip of a Lifetime Becomes A Lifelong Connection: Mike Rubenstein, Part 1

It’s common for us to hear from returning travelers that their Thomson safari or Kilimanjaro trek was a truly life-changing experience. But it’s much less common for us to hear about a guest whose…

sunbathing hippo
December 3, 2013

Nature’s Bathing Beauties: Hippos

Hippos are uniquely adapted to address the strong, African sun, since their skin secretes an oily substance which acts as a natural sunscreen. Though this secretion comes out colorless, it quickly turns a…

Coffee Beans
November 21, 2013

A Cuppa Tanzania

Tanzania is now the 19th-largest producer of coffee in the world, exporting over 50,000 tons of coffee every year, but it came to the coffee game relatively recently.

Tree pangolin
November 19, 2013

Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog, and…Scale of Pangolin?

Unsurprisingly, none of these mystical claims for pangolin powers have ever been proven, but that hasn’t stopped the slaughter; according to estimates extrapolated from seizures, between 100,000 and 200,000…

November 14, 2013

We Are The Champions…of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is known for many things: its history as a spice island, its blend of cultures from all over the world, its white sand beaches…and Freddie Mercury.

November 12, 2013

Black and White and Flying All Over The Place: Colobus Monkeys!

No superhero is without a fatal flaw, and the Black and white colobus monkey is no exception: though they’re surprisingly adept, they have no thumbs.

Fruit bat
November 7, 2013

What’s for Dinner? Unexpected Delicacies of Tanzania

It goes without saying that different cultures love different foods; where you’re born is debatably the primary influence on how (and what) you eat. Some of the following foods may not sound appealing to a…

Cheetahs in Ngorongoro Crater
November 5, 2013

Can Cheetahs Survive…Themselves?

To give you an idea of just how serious the inbreeding problem is in cheetahs, among related animals of most species, you can expect to see 80% gene similarity; related cheetahs have 99% gene similarity. Their…

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