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Issue 84 (October-December 2018) Editorial highlights

WILDLIFE SPECIAL
A themed issue that celebrates the amazing fauna that makes us love Africa so much
In one of our most ambitious and fun projects in our 20-year history, this issue will include the following features (and more!):

The cycle of life
Understanding the natural ecosystem, and why wildlife and their habitats are so important for us all.

A wildlife lover’s guide to watching wildlife
What to see, where and when.

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? 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. Also: Q&A with Jonathan and Angela Scott.

Walking with wild dogs
Seeing painted wolves in the wild is guaranteed to raise your pulse. Brian Jackman recounts his experiences seeing them on safari, while photographer Nick Dyer shares his best pics and what he’s learnt from five years of following and photographing them. Plus, we explain how they’re adapted for survival, where they’re found and how they are being conserved for future generations.

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 them and the people whose land they traverse. Special report by Emma Gregg.

In praise of primates
On a recent trip to Uganda, Mike Unwin saw 12 primate species, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, baboons and monkeys. Here he shares his fascination with these animals and discusses their intriguing behaviour and the best places to see them.

All creatures great and small
Our tribute to the swathe of animals that often get overlooked in the quest to see the Big Five. Philip Briggs makes the case for the more common mammals, amphibians, insects and nocturnal animals we all see, but often don’t pay much attention to. To our great shame!

Tipping the scales: can we convince you to love snakes?
Much scorned and feared, snakes are certainly misunderstood. 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? You’ll never ignore birds on safari again!

Madagascar: evolutionary marvel
Nowhere is more extraordinary in its biodiversity than Madagascar. 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.

River of life
If you spend a few hours sitting by a river or waterhole, you’ll be amazed by the diversity of life around. Ann and Steve Toon encourage you to take the time to settle, take your time and absorb what’s going on around you.

Desert thirstlands
People think the desert is just an immensity of sand but, in fact, it’s full of wildlife. Conrad Brain takes 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, revealing the unusual and diverse wildlife of the Central African jungle.

And much more…

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