The Majestic African Black Panther

By Penny Baldwin-French on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 05:02 PM

Black panthers are a symbol of courage, strength and personal leadership, and are revered by many throughout the world. 

Because of their rarity, unbridled strength and power, it’s no surprise that these majestic, solitary creatures have woven their way into African mythology.

African Black Panther

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Getting to Know Africa: The Magnificent Serengeti

By Penny Baldwin-French on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:53 AM

Take a Photo Safari through Serengeti National Park

When you think of an African safari, chances are images of the Serengeti spring to mind.  Nothing quite imbues the grandeur of Africa and its wildlife as the vast open plains of the Serengeti. 

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Getting to Know Africa: The Okavango Delta

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

The Okavango Delta:  Gorgeous Lushness in the Desert

 In southern Africa, the Kalahari desert—a large, semi-arid, sandy savanna—stretches through much of the country of Botswana.  There is only one river in this area—the Okavango. 

River deltas typically lead to the sea, but the Okavango never quite makes it there.  Instead, it dumps its water onto open land, flooding the savanna with much-needed water for the surrounding plants and wildlife.

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Getting to Know Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 01:37 PM

When you think of the unparalleled natural beauty of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro no doubt springs to mind. 

Located in northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak juts up dramatically from the midst of a vast savanna.  It’s made up of three volcanic cones—Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira.

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Getting To Know Africa Series: The Journey to Aldabra Atoll

By Penny Baldwin-French on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 02:21 PM

Hundreds of kilometers off the coast of Madagascar exists a special place, which has remained relatively untouched by humans. 

There are numerous islands scattered in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, and among these is the Aldabra Atoll.  This island ecosystem—which belongs to the Seychelles—consists of four islands surrounding a large shallow lagoon.

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African Wild Dogs: A Beautiful Animal on the Brink of Extinction

By Penny Baldwin-French on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 01:38 PM

There are thousands of animals currently on the endangered species list, many of which call Africa home.  One such animal fighting for its survival is the often misunderstood, African wild dog.

The African wild dogs’ numbers are dwindling fast.  They once roamed much of the continent, but today can only be found in a few small pockets scattered throughout Africa.  It’s estimated that there may be as few as 3,000-6,000 left.

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Get To Know Africa Series: Wildlife Abounds In the Kenyan Lake System of the Great Rift Valley

By Penny Baldwin-French on Sat, May 09, 2015 @ 06:48 PM

Imagine seeing upwards of a million and a half vibrant-colored flamingos congregated on the shores of a single lake.

Well, it’s not an uncommon occurrence in the Kenyan Lake System of the Great Rift Valley.

The Kenyan landscape is dotted with 64 lakes.  And nestled near the equator are three very special lakesLake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita.

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Get To Know Africa Series: The Unbelievable Beauty of Cape Floristic

By Penny Baldwin-French on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 02:27 PM

About 25 miles south of the bustling city of Cape Town, tucked near the southern tip of South Africa, is one of the most gorgeous and unique displays of plant life in the world. 

The Cape Floristic Region is one of just six designated floral kingdoms worldwide.  Africa is proudly home to 129 World Heritage sites, spread over 37 African countries.

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Serval Cats: Africa's Lesser-Known Big Cat

By Penny Baldwin-French on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 01:31 PM

Africa is home to an incredible array of fascinating animals—among them many of the world’s most majestic big cats. 

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Serengeti Migration: Examining the Path of the African Zebra

By Penny Baldwin-French on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 02:17 PM

Each year, millions of Serengeti wildebeests migrate across the African continent. But they are not the only ones. A number of different groups of animals move throughout Africa in a similar pattern each year, with the goal being to find water to drink and land to graze.

Zebras are one of the largest of the secondary groups that are part of the Serengeti migration each year. In fact, more than 200,000 zebras participate in this amazing journey each year.

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