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Carel Loubser, desert-adapted lions, Namibia

Remarkable relearned behaviour shows the resilience of Namibia’s quite remarkable desert-adapted big cats. By Philip Stander. Image above by Carel Loubser, Shutterstock The image of a lion walking along an isolated beach has captured the imagination of many filmmakers,...

Day of the jackal

Jackal

Never again ignore this busy opportunist of the bush, for its presence usually reveals something intriguing going on. By Mike Unwin. Image by Paco Como, Shutterstock Yip, yip, yip! It was a jackal that announced my very first leopard...

Skimming the surface

Skimming the surface

Seeing is believing: Mike Unwin cherishes the fly-by of his high-speed fisher friend “Chip-chip, chip-chip.” A high-pitched, yapping call heralds a familiar evening fly-past. I look up to see four birds appearing around the bend, their long, elastic wings...

Sweet talk

Sweet talk

Seeing is believing: Mike Unwin falls for the tempting twitter of the greater honeyguide It’s early morning in Kafue National Park, Zambia, July 2008. I’m one of six on a guided morning walk, and our guide is a bird....

Pussy cat or predator?

Pussy cat or predator?

Seeing is believing: Mike Unwin takes a closer look at the African wildcat Shhh! There’s a predator approaching the waterhole. Through binoculars you can just make out see-saw shoulders in the grass and two ears trained on the drinking...

Body language of elephants

Body language of elephants

Understanding elephant behaviour, by Audrey Delsink, extracted with permission from the new 480-page book The Last Elephants. Elephants are intelligent and emotional and they want to be left in peace. Like humans, they have a personal space which they...

Bands on the run

Bands on the run

Seeing is believing: Mike Unwin admires the collective spirit of the banded mongoose Pandemonium on the savannah. A martial eagle grabs a mongoose. Swooping in from nowhere, the huge raptor snatches up the hapless creature in its talons and...

Pangolins at risk

Pangolins at risk

The pangolin is in grave danger of extinction, in part because people believe the myth that pangolin scales can cure diseases. Megan Berman of African Wildlife Foundation reports The world’s most trafficked mammal may vanish before many people have...

In praise of mothers

In praise of mothers

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Ann and Steve Toon pay homage to a few of Africa’s marvellous animal mums Protecting, nurturing, teaching, building a close bond, then letting go when the time comes; such skills are not simply the preserve...

Hamerkop: harbinger of doom?

Hamerkop: harbinger of doom?

It’s early evening in a rural Swazi village. A brown bird cruises low overhead in buoyant, unhurried flight. At its sharp kek-kek call, an elderly gent looks up and tuts in disapproval. Thekwane is not welcome here. Birdwatchers might...

The day of the jackal

The day of the jackal

Trot, trot, trot. Stop, sniff, spray. Trot, trot, trot… There’s no mistaking a foraging jackal. Restless and relentless, it jogs purposefully through the bush, its canine radar attuned to every rustle in the grass and scent on the breeze....

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