African Animals
Halloween Candy - the Good and the Bad

Halloween Candy – the Good and the Bad

You’re passionate about wildlife, right?  That’s why I’m excited to tell you about this one simple thing about your Halloween candy purchase that will help solve one of the biggest threats to wildlife we face today. This is such a simple, feel good way to take action, that each and everyone of us can make a huge...
Africa's Unsung Conservation Heroes

Africa’s Unsung Conservation Heroes

Unsung Conservation Heroes, my most recent feature for Africa Geographic Magazine, highlights 15 amazing and dedicated people working – mostly unrecognized – to protect and save Africa’s wildlife.   Whether they are working out in the field, rehabilitating orphaned or injured animals, educating communities or visitors, saving lives, or conducting important research, all of these...
Kissing Giraffe at Giraffe Manor

Kissing Giraffe at Giraffe Manor

I’ve been in Africa many times on my birthday and this year my present to myself is staying here in Nairobi at the Giraffe Manor. It’s one of my favorite boutique hotels in the world because visitors can get quite intimate with the six endangered Rothchild giraffes roaming the Manor’s grounds.  Where else in the world...
Back to the Wild: Prospects Rebuffed

Back to the Wild: Prospects Rebuffed

You’ve probably read or seen the movie Born Free about Elsa the lioness. It’s an enchanting story to all of us who have ever dreamed of having a close relationship with a wild animal like George and Joy Adamson had with Elsa. But besides that, the story recounts the first successful release of a lioness back...
Can Camels Save Africa's Animals?

Can Camels Save Africa’s Animals?

Of all Africa’s animals cattle have always been the most important to the Samburu and Maasai tribal people of East Africa. As far back as they can remember, cows have represented wealth – the more african cattle an african tribal person has (some have 500 cows) the wealthier he is. To the African tribes people,...
One Happy Rhino

One Happy Rhino

Rhino have always seemed to be elusive, other-worldly beings. On the rare occasions I have seen a rhinoceros, in South Africa and Tanzania, I haven’t felt the emotional reaction I get when I see elephant, the big cats or even giraffe and zebra.   The rhino’s pre-historic coats of armor haven’t inspired warm and cuddly...
Rwanda’s 'Kwita Izina' Saves Baby Gorillas

Rwanda’s ‘Kwita Izina’ Saves Baby Gorillas

Did you know gorilla populations are increasing in Rwanda – a 26.3% growth in the number of mountain gorillas since 2003 – giving them the distinction of being the only great ape whose numbers aren’t declining?   Why are Rwanda’s gorilla populations increasing? It partly has to do with an annual celebration called ‘Kwita Izina’....
Elephants learning to avoid poachers?

Elephants learning to avoid poachers?

The Democratic Republic of Congos’ Virunga National Park is probably best known for the mountain gorillas that inhabit the southern areas. But Africa’s oldest park is also one of the few places where both the prototypical savannah elephants as well as forest elephants with small, round ears and straight sharp tusks pointed downwards, are found...
African Lions are in Trouble

African Lions are in Trouble

African Lions are in trouble, and you may be as surprised as I was to learn one of the biggest reasons why. If you’ve heard the recent news about Cecil, Zimbabwe’s most iconic and well-loved lion, you may be able to take an educated guess as to what one of the biggest threats to Africa’s...
Facts debunk common beliefs about Rhino Poaching

Facts debunk common beliefs about Rhino Poaching

Rhino poaching is at an all-time high.  At one point, hundreds of thousands of black and white rhinos roamed the African continent, but now numbers for both species are estimated to be less than 25,000.  Over the last few years poaching has erased decades of gains in African rhino conservation efforts, and put rhinos on...
Trade in Rhino Horn on the Decline

Trade in Rhino Horn on the Decline

A story published by The Guardian states that rhino horn is in less demand. This news comes at a time when rhinos have reached the ‘tipping point’ – when rhino numbers are declining from poaching faster than rhino are reproducing. “A poll conducted by Nielsen for the Humane Society International (HSI) and the Vietnam Convention...
Botswana Bans Hunting

Botswana Bans Hunting

In September at a Wildlife Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, alongside hundreds of other animal advocates, I celebrated the news, “Hunting has been banned in Botswana.” Botswana would join the ranks of the handful of other African countries legally prohibiting hunting. “We have endured 50 years or more of conservation by the gun in many...