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Elephants - Up Close and Personal

Elephants – Up Close and Personal

Elephants are like us, but better, says Daphne Sheldrick. They share consciousness and emotions, elaborate communication and memory, and family and social ties similar to our own. In fact, elephants share more attributes with us than most other animals.   It’s the main reason elephants have become the poster child of the conservation movement. “We tend...
Animal Books

Animal Books

Do you love to read wildlife and animal books? I do. I read a lot of them. On these shelves you will find my favorites. These are the animal books I’ve read and loved.  My top recommendations. Thanks for using any of the links to buy the books. A small percentage of your purchase goes...
Magical Okavango Delta

Magical Okavango Delta

Much of Botswana lies within the arid Kalahari Desert. But in the north west of the country there is an immense inland delta river system, which spreads over 6,500 square miles (10,460 kilometers), called the Okavango Delta. Summer rains (Dec –Feb) in Angola flow into the delta from March – July, swelling the permanent waters...
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

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...
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...