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Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Bushtracks Supports Conservation in Africa

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What do you get when you combine The Amazing Race with the challenging terrain of the Zambian bush and conservation in Africa? The Elephant Charge! This annual fundraising event puts teams in four-by-four vehicles and motorbikes in competition against one other as they race to complete a grueling course of ten checkpoints in the shortest distance possible within the allowed eight hours. The proceeds benefit Zambian conservation organizations.

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Bushtracks Family Safari Guests Make AWF donation

Bushtracks Family Safari group, photographed by Peter Jaunich

It wasn't all fun and games for the 37 Bushtracks travelers who visited Manyara Ranch this summer. They also presented John Salehe, Director of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Fidelis Olekashe, the ranch manager, with a donation of $3,700 towards the Manyara Conservancy on June 26, 2017.

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A New EcoLodge for Your Rwanda Safari

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Bushtracks office may be 9,327 miles away from Bisate Lodge in Rwanda, but we feel a strong sense of connection to Bisate Lodge -- opening in summer 2017 -- which offers guests a chance to make a meaningful change and encounter mountain gorillas.

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Chimpanzee Trekking Guide Video, Part Two

Chimp Trekking, Greystoke Mahale, photographed by Samantha Barbitta

If you've ever wondered why people love primate safaris, watch top chimpanzee trekking guide, Mwiga Mambo in this video as he tells his story of a very clever female chimp at Greystoke Mahale.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Our Field Experts

Chimpanzee Trekking Guide Video, Part One

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Last month we welcomed one of our valued camp partners, Nomad Tanzania, to our office in Healdsburg, California. We were very fortunate that they brought along one of their top chimpanzee trekking guides from the Greystoke Mahale camp, Mwiga Mambo. 

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10 More Collective Nouns for African Animals

 

For those of us who love both words and animals, collective nouns --those anthromorphic and sometimes alliterative descriptions for groups of animals -- are an irresistable form of word play. Here are ten more for your amusement. 
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Our 10 Favorite Collective Nouns for African Animals

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What do you call a group of giraffes? A TOWER of giraffes! Read on for nine more of our favorite names for groups of African animals.

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What's So Big About Africa's Big Five?

Leopard, credit Mary Beth HattenQuick! Can you name Africa's Big Five? Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo are the members of this exclusive club. But what exactly makes them so special, and where can you find them?

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5 African Rhino Facts to Celebrate World Rhino Day

World Rhino Day is September 22. Since 2010, concerned organizations and individuals worldwide have used this day to celebrate the world's 5 rhino species, and to raise awareness about the illegal horn trade. 
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Happy World Lion Day!

Over the past couple of weeks lions have been in the international spotlight. Lions are facing threats like never before. There are fewer than 35,000 lions left in the wild. The greatest threats facing them are loss of habitat and prey, and conflict with local people. In northern Kenya where Ewaso Lions works, we face this grave reality every day. Just two weeks ago, we lost two cubs from the Ngare Mara Pride.

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African Lion Conservation and Ewaso Lions in Samburu

It's incredible how few people know that Africa's lions are disappearing. We hear a lot about the threats facing elephants and rhinos, but lions are quietly slipping away. Lions have declined by 90% in just the last 75 years. One of the main drivers is conflict with people, primarily over livestock depredation. When lions attack livestock, pastoralists may retaliate and kill lions.

Ewaso Lions, Lions Greeting

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Ethiopia Travel: The Bale Mountains, a Place Like Nowhere Else

Bale Mountains view from Bale LodgeThe Bale Mountains are to Ethiopia what Alaska is to the contiguous USA: a world apart where everything found there is like nothing found anywhere else. Ethiopia itself is like nowhere else, a cultural island with its own language, religion and history that can be traced back to the time of the Queen of Sheba.

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Support African Wild Dogs at Kachina Vineyards Event

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Painted dogs, also sometimes called African wild dogs, are incredibly social creatures. The dogs rely on each other and are one of the only wild species that care for their sick and old. However, the dog population has been threatened by poaching, road kills, and mining and logging activities that destroy habitat. There were once as many as 500,000 dogs across Africa, but now only 6,600 dogs are thought to remain. Zimbabwe, where Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) is headquartered, is one of the last strongholds.

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I Can’t Wait to Get Back to Africa

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I’m heading back to Africa next week on what I expect to be a very exciting, inspiring and productive visit. Although I always enjoy an excuse to head back home to southern Africa, this trip is all about conservation, and addressing how the African Wildlife Foundation can more effectively respond to the many threats facing Africa’s wildlife and wild places. 

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Celebrating Rhino Day

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September 22 is World Rhino Day, an observance first introduced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. Today zoos, wildlife conservationists, businesses and concerned individuals honor both rhinos and efforts to protect all five rhino species: black, white, greater one horned, Sumatran and Javan.

Of the five species of rhino, only the black and white rhinos are found in Africa. Ranging from 1 to 2 tons in weight, and capable of galloping up to 30 mph, adult rhinos have no predators except for humans.  Sadly, that one predator has been more than enough to decimate their numbers which, in the black rhino’s case, are down 97.6 percent since 1960. Of all of Africa’s endangered species, the black rhino is unique because almost 100% of its decline can be attributed not to habitat loss or human-wildlife conflict but to outright poaching.

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