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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Find Your Favorite Animal in Africa

 

On safari, a healthy dose of luck is always welcome. But to lay eyes on the iconic animals of your dreams, it’s best to find out which locations in Africa they most prefer. Bushtracks Trip Planners have unbeatable knowledge of the best game-viewing areas – and the luxury custom safaris to match.

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The Rarest Zebra in Africa

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African Wildlife Foundation's Canines for Conservation Program

We found incredible videos that highlight African Wildlife Foundation’s Canines for Conservation program, so we made them the focus of today’s blog post.

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The Ethiopian Wolf: The most endangered canid in the world

The superstars of the Bale Mountains in Ethiopia are the Ethiopian wolves. Until recently, it was suspected that the Ethiopian wolf was really a fox in wolf’s clothing, given its deep red color, lithe frame and thin muzzle that is adapted to a diet entirely of rodents (there are 11 rodents endemic to the area).

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See the variety of wild animals in Kruger National Park Visiting the same spot within a 45-day span

See what happened in 2010 when African Wildlife Foundation Leopard Research Officer Nakedi Maputla left a camera in Kruger National Park, South Africa for 45 days to estimate leopard abundancies. We think it is amazing just how many different wild African animals walked on the exact same trail in just over a month’s time.

 

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White Rhinos - A Fairy Tale

 

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Once upon a time there was an African unicorn. It was called the northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), but the last one died a long time ago, even though it was protected night and day by men and women with automatic rifles.*

In truth there still is one kind of unicorn left living in Africa, the southern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum) and a very unlikely Pleistocene beast it is … although there might not be any left alive by the time you have children.

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AWF and Bushtracks Expeditions Join Forces to Increase Conservation Impact

 

Graphic announcing new safari partnership between Bushtracks Expeditions and African Wildlife Foundation

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Bushtracks Expeditions have signed a three-year partnership that will offer one-of-a-kind African safari experiences while also raising visibility and resources for wildlife and wild lands conservation across the continent.

One percent of the safari cost paid by each guest traveling with Bushtracks will be invested in AWF’s conservation projects protecting critically endangered species and conserving vital ecosystems — all in partnership with and for the benefit of local communities as well.

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How the science of tracking secures Africa’s wildlife and their habitats

Screen Shot 2019-08-16 at 11.24.54 AMThough rooted in the ancient traditions of hunters and gatherers, CyberTracker has changed the face of conservation science. The field data collection tool is free, open-source, and compatible with an accessible and powerful software to manage law enforcement monitoring data — the Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (or SMART). Equipping wildlife management personnel with these tools is at the center of African Wildlife Foundation’s strategy to improve protected area management and sharpen conservation planning — here is why.

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East Africa’s mountain gorilla population now numbers more than 1,000

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According to the results of a census released last week, the mountain gorilla population in East Africa’s Virunga Mountains numbered 604 as of June 2016, up from from 480 in 2010. The population hit an all-time low of 242 individuals in 1981.

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Working With Conservation Organizations

 

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In our lifetime wildlife numbers in Africa, and mostly worldwide, have plummeted by a disturbing 90 percent. You can put it down to one overriding factor – the increased human footprint.

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Smithsonian Channel to air Desert Lion Documentary July 11

Desert Lion, Namibia, Flip StanderEarlier this year conservation filmmakers Will and Lianne Steenkamp generously shared the sequel to their Vanishing Kings documentary with a rapt audience of Bushtracks' guests at a private screening in San FranciscoMany of our attendees asked how they could watch the profoundly moving film again, or share it with friends, and we finally have an answer!

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

By: Gulliver

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

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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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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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