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October 29, 2013

Ballerinas of the Bush: Gerenuks

The real prima ballerinas in Africa are traipsing daintily across the plains, graceful necks and long, whippet-thin legs extended in a sort of antelope arabesque. They’re gerenuks!

Hadza hunting
October 24, 2013

True Bushmen: The Hadza

There are right around 1,000 Hadza left in Tanzania (the only place this group lives), and some 300-400 of them live as true hunter-gatherers, sharing meat when they can find (and kill) it, and living off…

October 22, 2013

Hyenas: Nature’s Gender Benders

One myth that persisted long after the dark ages ended, however, was the theory that hyenas are born hermaphrodites. Sound implausible? Let’s take a look at the (confusing) evidence.

Tanzanian students see their first giraffe
October 17, 2013

Project MEMA Safari for Tanzanian Kids

That so many Tanzanians have to miss out on the very things that make the country so exciting for tourists just doesn’t feel right, which is why Thomson Safaris recently partnered with Project MEMA (Make…

Katie Ann at the International March for Elephants in New York City
October 15, 2013

My Experience at the International March for Elephants

On October 4, four of my colleagues from Thomson Safaris and I walked in the greatest demonstration in support of a wild animal to date: the International March for Elephants. Fifteen cities across the globe…

Thomson Safaris remembers Joyce Manda Maleo
October 10, 2013

Remembering Joyce Manda Maleo

Joyce was also a trailblazer. In a society that is still highly patriarchal, Joyce managed to rise to the position of chef. She was the only woman in our camp crews, but that didn’t slow her down; she earned…

October 8, 2013

Cry of the wild: Bush Babies

Around you, the night is black as pitch, except for the pair of massive, glowing eyes peering down from the branches above. You blink, and suddenly they’ve moved to a different, nearer branch. You hold your…

Tanzania's Olduvai/Oldupai Gorge
October 3, 2013

We All Have Ancestors In Tanzania: Oldupai Gorge

But in a more fundamental way, all of us have Tanzanian roots, roots that anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered buried deep in the rock and sands of Oldupai Gorge (an earlier misspelling named it…

Elephant herd from hot-air balloon
October 1, 2013

Animal Adoptions

Wild animals like that feeling of companionship, too, which is why they regularly “adopt” animals of another species. Sometimes the relationship is parental, sometimes it’s more like owning a pet, but…

September 26, 2013

The “Don’t Pack it List”

We spend a lot of time making sure travelers have everything they’ll need on a safari or a trek, but what about the things they won’t need? If you’re really looking to get the most out of your experience in Africa, feel free to leave behind the…

Toto's Africa gets fact checked
September 25, 2013

Toto Gets Fact Checked

We’ll admit it, we’re fans of Toto’s song “Africa,” too…which is why we wanted to help them get their facts straight in our infographic / lyricgraphic.

Zebras in Ngorongoro Crater
September 24, 2013

Zebras: Nature’s Sister Wives

At first, the other zebra wives might treat the new girl with open hostility, but over time, the group bonds, and will defend one another fiercely. Zebras are very aware of when a herd member goes missing, and…

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