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Issue 84 (October-December 2018) Editorial highlights

WILDLIFE SPECIAL

A celebration of Africa’s amazing fauna in all its glory

The features for this issue will include:

The enduring appeal of big cats
Seeing a big cat in the wild is surely at the top of most people’s bucket list. But why is this? Will Gray tells us why observing lions, leopards and cheetah in the wild is so enthralling, and gives us an insight into how these animals behave.

Walking with wild dogs
Painted wolves are second only to the Ethiopian wolf as Africa’s most endangered carnivore; fewer than 7000 remain. But if you’re fortunate enough to come across a pack on foot, they’re guaranteed to raise your pulse. Brian Jackman recounts his experience of walking with wild dogs. Plus, everything you need to know about this extraordinary creature.

What we’ve learned about elephants
How decades of research, aided by modern technology, have given us a greater understanding of Africa’s favourite animal – and how we can better protect it and the people whose land it traverses. Special article by Emma Gregg.

River of life
If you spend a few hours sitting by the river, you’ll be amazed by the diversity of life around you – the animals that come and go, the birds that hover above the water, the fish, crocs and hippo beneath the surface, and those fascinating interactions you wouldn’t otherwise have noticed. Ann and Steve Toon encourage you to take the time to stop and stare in their depiction of the African river and all its residents.

Thirstlands
People think the desert is just an immensity of sand but, in fact, it’s full of wildlife. We take a look at how creatures are adapted for survival in the harsh conditions of Africa’s desert landscapes, from the Sahara to the Namib.

Wildlife of the forest
Africa’s forests are home to some remarkable flora and fauna that you wouldn’t encounter elsewhere. Scott Ramsay describes his time in the remote Odzala-Kokoua National Park, in the north-west of the Republic of Congo, and unveils a great insight into the unusual and diverse wildlife of the Central African jungle.

Why is Madagascar the way it is?
Nowhere is more extraordinary in its biodiversity than this island country. Nick Garbutt divulges how Madagascar broke away from Africa all those years ago to create a unique closed ecosystem – and what that did for the evolution of wildlife there.

In praise of primates
On a recent trip to Uganda, Mike Unwin saw 12 primate species, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, baboons and monkeys. In this seven-page article, he reveals the great appeal of tracking and watching these human-like species in their natural environment, their intriguing behaviour and social hierarchy, as well as the best places to see them.

All creatures great and small
Yes, the Big Five are astounding, but we encourage you to see the bigger picture on your next safari. Aside from the obvious there is also a host of wildlife out there to seek and admire, including the more common mammals, amphibians, insects and those elusive nocturnal animals – and often these creatures are the most captivating of all.

Tipping the scales: can we convince you to love snakes?
You might not believe it but there is a lot to respect about these unpopular beasts. They’re ingeniously adapted for survival, strangely beautiful, and undeniably rare and thrilling to spot. Steve Spawls explains why we should get excited about snakes.

The non-birder’s guide to birding
Unless you’re an avian aficionado, you may be one of those people who usually looks beyond the birdlife on safari. But Mike Unwin questions how anyone can help falling in love with Africa’s birds? The sheer variety of habitats means that the number of species is phenomenal wherever you go.

And much more…

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