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Conservation Planning Students react to Saving Wild:

Conservation Planning Students react to Saving Wild:

My friend Stephanie Moret teaches Conservation Planning classes at University of California, Santa Barbara. She added my new book, Saving Wild, Inspiration from 50 Leading Conservationists to her classes’ required reading list and told her students to write an essay on their reaction to the book.   Here are three excerpts of the insightful, brilliant,...
On Safari in Africa: One With Nature

On Safari in Africa: One With Nature

When I’m on safari in Africa I stand up on the seat of the open topped landrover, letting the dry winds tossle my hair and flip my hat almost inside out, breathing in the air and earth of the place of human’s ancestral beginnings.   East, west, north and south, against a limitless horizon, I...
Giraffes: Passion, Candy and Kisses

Giraffes: Passion, Candy and Kisses

It’s an unexplainable phenomena. Through all the years I’ve been leading safaris in Africa, with no understanding of how or why it happens, each group has more sightings of one specific species of animal than another.   For instance, on one trip it was cheetah. Almost every time we went out on our wildlife drives...
Elephant Conservation Safari with Lori Robinson

Elephant Conservation Safari with Lori Robinson

  Elephants are the most loved of all the animals of the African continent yet they are being poached for ivory, meat and body parts at the rate of 95 animals per day; on course to become extinct by the end of the next decade.   Unique Elephant Conservation Focused Safari During this special elephant...
Daphne Sheldrick says, "Elephants are like us, but better."

Daphne Sheldrick says, “Elephants are like us, but better.”

I’ve heard Daphne Sheldrick, the world’s expert on raising orphaned baby elephants, say on many occasions that “Elephants are like us…but better.”   Growing up I only knew elephants from reading Babar The Elephant books, and going to zoos. Later I would see my first wild elephants in Africa.   But it was while visiting...
Picture Yourself on Safari [video]

Picture Yourself on Safari [video]

As you read this I am probably in flight somewhere between the United States and East Africa. I’m heading back to Kenya and Tanzania, the two countries in Africa (out of the eleven I’ve visited) where I have spent the most time. While I’m there I will be mostly out in the bush, out of...
The Perfect Safari Hat

The Perfect Safari Hat

So you’re going on a Safari, maybe for the first time, and you’re looking for the best safari hat. You’ve come to the right place. I’ve been traveling to Africa for 30 years, and have been designing and leading tours to Africa since 2004. There is a lot to know before you go. This post...
One Happy Rhino

One Happy Rhino

Did you know Rhinos cry? And rhino like to be tickled? Rhinos 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...
Glimpse into Jane Goodall’s Gombe

Glimpse into Jane Goodall’s Gombe

Exactly fifty-five years ago this month (on July 14th) twenty-six year old Jane Goodall and her mother Vanne arrived on the sandy shores of Gombe Stream National Park to conduct (under the direction of Dr. Louis Leakey) ground breaking behavioral research on chimpanzees. Jane’s patience, tenacity, and love for animals as well as her unconventional...
Your First Safari

Your First Safari

They say you never forget your first time. That’s certainly true for me. My first safari happened in 1985 in Namibia’s Etosha National Park.  My South African boyfriend, Tony, and I had spent the day driving through the park. I saw my first lions, wild dogs, elephant, wart hogs, zebra, hyena. I was beyond excited. Little...
Animal Lovers Meet and Greet

Animal Lovers Meet and Greet

In July of this year 21-year-old Annais Rittenberg was tragically killed when a tree fell on her at a campsite in Yosemite National Park. Her story, and her aunt, are the inspiration for this post. Like you, Annais was in love with wildness- wild places and wild animals. Recently, on what would have been Annais’...
The Best African Park you’ve Never Heard of

The Best African Park you’ve Never Heard of

iSimangaliso. You’ve never heard of it, right? Yet it offers some of the best animal experiences of all the African parks. North of Durban, South Africa, iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, and after reading this I’m sure you’ll agree it’s an apt description of this unique, relatively undiscovered South African park.   Serengeti. Maasai Mara....