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Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Bushtracks Donates Southern Africa Safari at the San Francisco SPCA 150th Anniversary Celebration

By: Gulliver

Bushtracks auction lot San Francisco SPCA 150th Anniversary Entrance

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Bushtracks' owners David and Carolyn Tett joined San Francisco's animal welfare advocates, government officials, and local luminaries (including those of the canine, feline, equine, and porcine variety!) to celebrate 150 years of rescuing and caring for animals with a gala celebration at San Francisco City Hall.  David is pictured introducing the Southern Africa safari lot donated by Bushtracks.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Does Uganda Gorilla Trekking Help the Gorilla Population? Census Underway

gorilla, Volcanoes Safaris UgandaFrom now until mid-May the Uganda Wildlife Authority will be conducting a gorilla census to better help manage and protect its endangered mountain gorilla population. The census team is optimistic about finding more habituated gorillas which would contribute to an increase in the overall population.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Destinations

Bushtracks to host a private screening of Vanishing Kings: Desert Lion Legacy

Desert Lion, Will and Lianne Steenkamp

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  Bushtracks will host a private screening of the film Vanishing Kings: Desert Lion Legacy in San Francisco with African filmmakers Will and Lianne Steenkamp on hand to answer questions about their award-winning documentary.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Safari Spotlight: African Wild Dogs

Safari Spotlight: African Wild Dogsphoto taken by Bushtracks guest, Corey Goodman

For many first-time safari-goers an African wild dog sighting can be as memorable as the Big Five. Seeing the interactions of a multi-generational pack evokes hints of domestic dogs, but Lycaon pictus has a grace and wildness that is all its own. Read on for five facts from our friends at the African Wildlife Foundation, and a learn about a fascinating conservation project in Botswana.

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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

Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

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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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Destinations

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

chimpanzee, Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

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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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Our Field Experts

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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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Our 10 Favorite Collective Nouns for African Animals

giraffes, Solio Lodge Laikipia Plateau Kenya

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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