Here’s a special #FridayFact with a family of animals that have a huge misconception around them... the Hyaenidae!! 🤗 They are pretty awesome! There are 4 extant species - from largest to smallest - Spotted, Striped, Brown Hyena & of course the Aardwolf Aardwolves are insectivores, and they only eat termites, The other hyena species are carnivores… Continue reading #FridayFact – The Family of Hyaenidae!
#FridayFact time!! Say Hi to The Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) ... And yes it’s named after that hammer-shaped head!🔨 The Hamerkop is currently placed in the pelican and cormorant group, Pelecaniformes They occur across Africa & Madagascar. Often preferring wetland and coastal habitats. They have a HUGE wingspan of almost a 1m long! One of the… Continue reading #FridayFact – Hamerkop
I'm sure a lot of people are aware of the term 'Citizen Science' but aren't quite sure about what it means and how you can be a 'Citizen Scientist'. Citizen science aka crowd science is basically when the general public give a helping hand in scientific research. It's a great way to engage the wider communities in science and… Continue reading Citizen Science – How you can be a non-scientist scientist!
As most of you may have seen I love taking photographs of nature and wildlife. I would consider myself still to be an amateur, especially when compared to the talented photographers in this blog post. Photography has been used for a long time by the media to spread messages about global events, but it has also… Continue reading The Power of Photography in Conservation
Introducing a rather shaggy looking antelope - The Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) As the name suggests these beasts have a strong association with water, but they're not truly aquatic or as at home in water as the Sitatunga or Lechwe. The long grasses of the water, however, are perfect for them to escape and hide from… Continue reading Second Instalment of #FridayFact
I know how scientists love their facts and I want to spread that factual-love to the rest of you. So every Friday I'll be writing a small blog of any animal in the animal kingdom from mammals to reptiles and insects to fish. For my first #FridayFact feature, I'll introduce you to the Red-billed Oxpecker… Continue reading A New Weekly #Scicomm Feature – #FridayFact
Rwanda.... an African country whose communities and wildlife have suffered from grievous civil war and unrest has an incredible success story to tell, the one of Akagera National Park. East Rwanda has been a tourism hot ticket for many years. In its heyday Akagera, opened in 1934 as Rwanda's first national park, was teeming with… Continue reading Akagera – A Conservation Success Story