White Giraffes in Africa?

By Dan Hopkins | July 10, 2018
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Leucistic Animals Back in 2015 a rare white giraffe was discovered in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Dr. Derek Lee, an ecologist with the Wild Nature Institute, first spotted the young calf while doing a giraffe survey in Tarangire.  Three years later while on safari in Tanzania, my group was fortunate…

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When is the Best Time to Visit Botswana?

By Dan Hopkins | June 30, 2018
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Botswana is a year-round safari destination with amazing wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people.  The winter season from June-September is often cited as the best time to visit Botswana, however each season has advantages and disadvantages.  While you can expect good wildlife any time of the year, ultimately the best…

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Hydroelectric Dam Threatens Tanzania’s Largest Game Reserve

By Dan Hopkins | June 13, 2018
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A proposed hydroelectric dam threatens Tanzania’s largest game reserve, the Selous.  The Tanzanian government plans to begin the massive dam inside the UNESCO protected wildlife reserve in July 2018.  In preparation for construction more than 2.6 million trees will be removed from the dam and reservoir site.  The dam will…

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Mountain Gorilla Population is Rising

By Dan Hopkins | June 9, 2018

Good news for the mountain gorillas!  A recently published survey of the mountain gorilla population in the Virunga Massif has found the numbers of these endangered gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) is on the rise.  The study was conducted in the Mikeno Sector of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of…

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