Africa nature

Articles in ‘Africa nature’

What is that pink balloon on a marabou stork?

January 29th, 2012

The lowest point in Africa

February 11th, 2011

Elephant meat for dogs

February 5th, 2011

Giraffes at Arusha, Tanzania

January 4th, 2011

Tsavo lions only ate 35 people

November 2nd, 2009 New research claims to show that the infamous Tsavo lions only ate 35 people and not 135 as previously believed. The lions have become famous as the worst man eaters in history as they terrorized a railroad camp in Kenya for nine months in 1898. Now an examination of the lion’s stomachs has revealed they were less prolific. More here

Books about the Tsavo lions

The Lions of Tsavo: Exploring the Legacy of Africa’s Notorious Man-Eaters
This book has received excellent reviews:
  • Deftly written …Patterson’s book must now be considered the definitive Tsavo lion study. Patterson’s research at Chicago’s Field Museum and Tsavo National Park – the most important wildlife preserve in East Africa – have established him as one of the world’s leading experts on lions as well as an important conservationist’ – “Publishers Weekly”.
  • ‘It was a great relief to find this wonderfully thorough, scientific, and hugely accurate tome …the thrill of so many new details (and newly found photos) put together in historical (Darwinian) biological and ecological perspective. – Peter Beard, Photographer, Naturalist, and Author of “The End of the Game”.’ More
And for a slightly lighter read there is Ghosts of Tsavo: Tracking the Mythic Lions of East Africa
From the bestselling Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist, Phil Caputo, a riveting adventure travel narrative that tracks two scientists attempting to unlock the secrets of a unique breed of fierce, man-eating lions of eastern Africa. More

Discovery of giant web-spinning spider in Africa

October 21st, 2009

With a leg span of 12 cm and a body of 4 cm, the newly discovered Nephila komaci is the biggest orb spider in the world. It spins webs of up to 1 metre in diameter. The species has pronounced sexual size dimorphism, with particularly tiny males. Female spiders are thought to be larger in order to produce more young. The small size of the males might help them avoid being eaten by the females before mating. The Nephilia komaci is restricted to parts of Africa and Madagascar.  BBC

Lions being killed for Chinese medicine

October 20th, 2009 As wild tiger populations fall, poachers are turning to lions to feed the insatiable Chinese appetite for ‘potions’ made from big cat bones. Most at risk is the Asiatic lion found today only in the Gir Forest of India. Africa Conservation

Kenyan park becomes IBA

October 12th, 2009 Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its population of as many as 1.5 million non-breeding Lesser Flamingos has become the first National Park in Africa to be designated as an Important Bird Area. Some 450 bird species have been recorded in and around Lake Nakuru. Birdwatch

Not all bad news from Congo

September 30th, 2009

Deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

September 29th, 2009 Rainforest Project: Deforestation in DRC Very interesting series of images and notes by Spanish photographer Daniel Beltrá on deforestation and other environmental issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Greenpeace has estimated that the DRC risks losing more than 40% of its forests. The Guardian See also Daniel Beltrá‘s site