Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

Elephants

Okay, so it turns out I have a lot of favorite animals and just like in last night’s post, Cat person, I have another picture to share. In fact, this animal is another one of the set I was given years ago by my grandparents.

This article, like tonight’s post states, is about elephants and is entitled “Killing Field to Haven” by Rachel Nuwer over at the New York Times. It’s nice to come across success stories for any species, especially one’s that are my favorite.

Elephant

Again, another great memory. Thank you Nana and Grandpa.

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Africa and conservation

I must say that after my grandparents gave me a set of five wooden animals including a leopard, antelope, elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros which were actually carved in Kenya, my love for these animals began.

Africa

So seeing this article on conservation in Namibia was refreshing in a small way. The article is entitled “Namibia: Africa’s Conservation Success Story” by Laura Moss over at the Mother Nature Network. Here’s hoping the animals in Namibia outlive my wooden animals and perhaps none the worse for ware than my collection.

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Before there was oxygen

Hard to believe there is much evidence when it comes to this planet and yet, there is some. This according to the article entitled “2.5-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Predate Earth’s Oxygen” by Stephanie Pappas over at Live Science. Turns out it’s just on the other side of the world in South Africa. Very cool (or hot), depending on how you look at it.

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A Christmas gift from Cecil

So the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the African Lion an early Christmas gift this year and will officially “list —two lion subspecies, one native to India and central and western Africa, and the other to eastern and southern Africa—as endangered and threatened, respectively”.

In addition, there will be”a special rule to ensure that trophies are not imported into the U.S. unless they are from countries with a management plan for lions that has been approved by the U.S. government”.

You can check this article over at the Born Free USA website entitled “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Final Rule on African Lions!” Born Free has been working on this issue for the last four years. What I think needs to be added is Thank you Cecil!

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Zebras at the science fair

As I’m sure I’ve talked about before, many years ago my daughter did a science fair project entitled “Black with white stripes or White with black stripes“? Since then, I always had an affection for zebras and so when I came upon this article on the Grevy’s zebras, I knew I needed to post it.

The article is entitled “Devil Tree Threatens the World’s Rarest Zebras” by John R. Platt over at the Extinction Countdown blog at Scientific American. Here’s hoping someone will come up with a solution to help our dear friends.

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Whales in Africa

Whales have always been one of my favorite animals, particularly as an adult. I’ve been fortunate enough to have several opportunities to visit the oceans over the years but that was back when I was much younger and unaware of their deeper beauty.

When I saw this headline, “When whales roamed in what is now Africa” over at the Environmental News Network via Southern Methodist University, it took me back. Seventeen million years back.

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Let it snow, let it snow

So today we got another inch of snow and then I came across this article, “New Study Shows How Helping Desert Soil Could Save Our Snow” by Sarah Jane Keller over at the High Country News. Needless to say it peaked my interest.

In part because I seem to recall reading a book several years ago on the origins of hurricanes (though for the life of me, I don’t recall the title) and how they frequently begin their journey’s along the coast of Africa.

I was also reminded of another book called Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland. Anyway, when I read this article, I found it timely what with those books and the weather this past week in the Midwest.

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