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World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015

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Wakkerstroom, South Africa: It’s a Lark

10,000 Birds

I’ve not made spectacular progress writing up my trip to Africa earlier this year, so perhaps I should get on that. I do have more to say on last week’s piece, but I need time to think about what people have been saying. Birding South AfricaWhite-throated Swallows. terrible shot of Barrow’s Korhaan. Pied Starling.

Yellow-billed Kites in South Africa

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Birds kites South Africa Last weekend I finally caved and bought a new laptop to replace the one that swan-dived off my bed last November. My desktop simply can’t cope with the number and size of images that modern digital cameras produce, and this meant that I was finally able to start sorting through my many photos I took on my trip.

33 Circus Lions Rescued In South America Will Fly Home to Africa


While in captivity, Read More The post 33 Circus Lions Rescued In South America Will Fly Home to Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Africa – Birding down Memory Lane

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Under that impossibly blue sky of Africa. Everything around you is new and the World is exciting again, or was it simply Africa? And, yes, I know. I did use the word “Africa” too many times. Trips Africa Botswana city birdsGaborone, Botswana; June 1999. Impossibly bright blue sky. It took me a while to ID it.

Making the Right to Clean Water a Reality in East Africa.

Elephant Journal

Susteq, an Unreasonable Institute 2015 startup, believes everyone has a right to clean water. In Kenya, with a population of 45 million, 17.5

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Review: Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa

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When I got to South Africa though I was struck with some indecision. In particular the GPS function didn’t seem to work in Botswana and Zimbabwe (I am, I have to confess, guessing there was a GPS function as it seemed to work in South Africa in areas with no signal. I may be mistaken). There had also been a number of splits.

Biggest Elephant in Africa Killed By German Hunter


The majestic creature, who was estimated to Read More The post Biggest Elephant in Africa Killed By German Hunter appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Tears on the Smiling Coast: How my Time in Africa Changed Me.

Elephant Journal

Adventure Arts & Culture Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Africa African politics college cultural differences culture Gambia politics smiling coast student study abroad touristIn the May of 2012, my mind was blown, my heart was scarred, and my soul was ignited.

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Big-game trophies not welcome aboard, says Delta

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airline with direct flights to South Africa, just put up a big roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies.

Google Invests in Africa’s Largest Wind Farm


In their continuing push to invest in renewable energy sources, Google is taking part in a major development in Africa: a wind power plant in Kenya that when completed will Read More The post Google Invests in Africa’s Largest Wind Farm appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment News Top News

Cape Sugarbirds in Kirstenbosch

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Earlier this year, Duncan wrote a charming piece about Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens  in Cape Town, South Africa. Birding Cape Sugarbird Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens South Africaalready buy into the value of such gardens for freshly-arrived birders and know Kirstenbosch to be one of the best.

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New report will help advance health and water conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Conservancy Talk

Another day, another report released here in Washington, right? The guidelines and launch event recording are available at: [link].

15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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live in the southeast of Europe, for a while lived in the south of Africa and also have extensively birded western and central India. And I remembered that, back when I was a boy, I wanted to live in eastern Africa. Which leaves only East Africa. Some regions are politically unstable, e.g. most of Central and Western Africa.

Bontebok Can’t Jump: The Most Dramatic Conservation Success You’ve Never Heard About

Nature Conservancy - Science

The bontebok occurred only in the Western Cape of southern Africa. The safaris we associate with Hemingway are safaris in East Africa.

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NatureNet Fellows 2015: Energy Tech from Clams, Rethinking Island Biogeography & More

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” The 2015 NatureNet Science Fellows and Their Projects. image courtesy of Sanaz Vihidinia). About NatureNet. and international programs.

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Is my Rhino Still Alive?

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The annual number of rhino poached in South Africa last year rose to 1,215, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told a media briefing in Pretoria two weeks ago. Conservation Africa Mammals poaching South Africa On average, over 100 rhinos were illegally killed each month. Cover photo: White Rhinoceros, Wikimedia Commons.

The Nemesis Cat Defeated!

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finally broke this nemesis cat in Mkuze in South Africa. Mammals Trips Gallery Leopard Madikwe Mkuze South AfricaIf I were to describe my long time wildlife nemesis, my ultimate dip of dips, I would reach for a nemesis cat, not a nemesis bird. Leopards were problem species for me. This perhaps isn’t too surprising. Here he comes.

Birding on a Busted Foot

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found out on my second day in Mkuze, a great game reserve in South Africa, earlier this year when on my first dark night, poor visibility, uneven ground and unsteady footing resulted in a twisted ankle and a day in camp keeping weight off it. Birding injury South Africawasn’t going to be seeing a Cheetah on my ass back at camp!

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Women Still The Best Weapon Against Poachers in S. Africa


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Falakhe’s Story

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Early starts are the rule when monitoring endagered species in Mkuze Game Reserve, in South Africa, but there’s a particular urgency to this morning’s start. Conservation Inspiration African Wild Dogs canids Mkuze predators South AfricaAnd Pippa, our biologist, was very concerned. Her concern was well founded. Resilience.

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“Two photographers recreated famous movie scenes in Dakar & Abijan, in Africa.” (NSFW)

Elephant Journal

Two photographers recreated famous movie scenes in Dakar & Abijan, [in] Africa. NSFW)  ( Famous movie scene in Africa “For the Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo, I really like that the model is wearing a white dress and gloves vs. the black dress and gloves Audrey Hepburn wore in the original.” [Source]

Brad Pitt May Star in Angelina Jolie’s Elephant Poaching Film ‘Africa’


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Students Create ‘Ranger Drone’ to Protect Rhinos in South Africa


As poaching rates for rhinos keep growing in South Africa, officials are looking for outside-the-box solutions to save the endangered animals. Read More The post Students Create ‘Ranger Drone’ to Protect Rhinos in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi. Surprisingly, one group of students might just have found it.

Taylor Swift’s Latest Music Video Will Benefit Wildlife in Africa


The singer is donating funds to conservation efforts in Africa through proceeds from her latest music video, “Wildest Dreams.” ” Swift debuted the video Read More The post Taylor Swift’s Latest Music Video Will Benefit Wildlife in Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Southern Pied Babblers

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While there as some very attractive members of the family (or families, scientists can’t make up their minds) in Asia, in Africa the babblers tend towards the restrained when it comes to plumage. Birds babbler Babblers South AfricaSouthern Pied Babbler ( Turdoides bicolor ).

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Sunny Solar Outlook For Middle East and North Africa

Green Prophet

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are expected to account for 70 percent of MENA’s total demand; each nation has unique motivations and strategies.

This Fur Seal is 4,000 Miles From Home. Here’s Why.

Nature Conservancy - Science

For answers, I turned to Greg Hofmeyr , seal researcher with the Port Elizabeth Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photo: © Ali Bwana.

The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

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But by then, all surviving Turtle Doves are already in Africa, and those less fortunate await in deep freezers for their final flight to Italy. Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. Ten years ago, those flocks were reduced to a few hundred birds. What happened next?

Saudi Arabian Solar Chosen by South Africa

Green Prophet

A Saudi solar project with gigantic storage could deliver solar at night in South Africa. First solar project for ACWA. In U.S. Oil Prices.

Good News for Elephants: How These Communities Reduced Poaching by 35 Percent

Nature Conservancy - Science

Most wildlife is actually found outside national parks; community and private lands support 60% of Africa’s wildlife. Photo © 2015 Ami Vitale.

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Whining self-pity…. or…. Pilanesberg leftovers.

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As the main title clearly shows, I shall greatly miss South Africa, but will always be grateful that I was given the opportunity to visit. Even in the days of roll film (remember that?), it was impossible to visit Africa without returning with less than 3 dozen reels. Birding Pilanesberg National Park South AfricaWarthog.

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Red-winged Starlings

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One must travel to Africa and Asia to marvel at their diversity, and it is in Africa that you may come across one attractive species, the Red-winged Starling. Starlings have a bad rap. This is perhaps almost entirely due to the Common Starling , a species that is, over much of its range, an introduced pest. This is grossly unfair.

Klipspringers in Madikwe

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Africa has a superabundance of antelopes, and one of the cutest and most unusual is the Klipspringer. My only sighting until this year had been a distant speck on a far off koppie in Kenya, but this pair (they live in pairs) came very close to my safari vehicle in Madikwe in South Africa. The males have horns.

Prespa Lakes National Park, Greece: the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world

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whose occupants have already left for Africa, but a clump of elaborate closed nests of Spanish Sparrows hang underneath it. Have you heard of it? Can you pinpoint it on a map? The Prespa Lakes National Park in Greece is well hidden among the mountains at the triple border with Albania in the west and the FYRO Macedonia in the north. Devas.

Village Weavers

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In many ways the weaver family is for Africa are similar beasts to the pseudowarblers of North America (sometimes called wood-warblers). In the meantime, in order to rectify this I present some images of the Village Weaver, a widespread African species that ranges from Senegal to Ethiopia and down to South Africa. Taking off.

Squacco Heron

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The stronghold for the Squacco Heron is Africa, but it will often be seen in countries north of the Mediterannean Sea, even wandering as far as the UK on occasion. The bill is usually greeny-yellow, tipped dark, but takes on a surprising blue for breeding, contrasting with the green skin around the eye. Birds heron Squacco Heron

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Camera Traps, Reef Restoration & Satellite Imagery: Meet the 2015 Science Impact Project Class

Nature Conservancy - Science

Anne Trainor (Spatial Scientist, Africa). Elizabeth Kalies (Director of Science, North Carolina). Photo © Bridget Besaw. Photo © Bridget Besaw.

Pee Power is making energy from urine in Africa

Green Prophet

It can also be used to create electricity in poor rural agricultural areas that are common in Africa and Asia; including many parts of the Middle East.

Finally, A Nature Documentary That Shows the Whole Picture

Conservancy Talk

Africa Mark''s Desk Editor''s Choice I love nature documentaries. Yet something always seems missing. Dr. M.

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