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5 Fascinating Facts About the #Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

- Unlike other large cats, the cheetah’s claws are only semi-retractable. They function more as running spikes, to give the animal traction during high-speed chases, rather than as killing weapons.

- A cheetah’s short nose and broad nostrils allow it to breathe while holding the killing bite on its prey’s throat, and also to maximise its oxygen intake during and after the exertion of a high-speed chase.

Read all 5 facts at www.safaribookings.com/blog/169

By Mike Unwin, Author of Bradt Guides to Southern #African #Wildlife
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5 Fascinating Facts About the African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus Vocifer)

- African fish eagles are kleptoparasites, which is to say they habitually steal prey from other species. Common victims of this piratical behaviour include goliath herons and saddle-billed stork.

- A fish eagle’s toes are coated in sharp barbs, called spiricules, which help it to grasp fish and other slippery prey.

Read all 5 facts at www.safaribookings.com/blog/162

By Mike Unwin, Author of Bradt Guides to Southern #African #Wildlife
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5 Fascinating Facts About the #African Rock Python (#Python sebae)

- Pythons are among the most primitive of snakes in evolutionary terms. They have two functioning lungs – more advanced snakes have only one – and small thorn-like projections on the lower body, known as pelvic spurs, which are thought to be the vestiges of hind limbs.

- African Rock Pythons lay 20–100 hard-shelled, elongated eggs in an old animal burrow, termite mound or cave. The female coils around her clutch, protecting them from predators and possibly helping to incubate them, and may guard the babies for up to two weeks after hatching.

Read all 5 facts at www.safaribookings.com/blog/139
 
By Mike Unwin,  Author of Bradt Guides to Southern #African #Wildlife
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5 Fascinating Facts About the Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus)

Read all 5 facts at http://www.safaribookings.com/blog/112 

By Mike Unwin, Author of +Bradt Travel Guides to Southern #African #Wildlife

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Running from a big male Hippo in Katavi National Park
http://www.safaribookings.com/blog/106

By Ariadne van Zandbergen, Professional #Wildlife and #Travel Photographer

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Leave only footprints, take only memories: A Responsible Safari Travel Checklist by Alan Murphy (Coordinating Author of Lonely Planet’s Southern Africa)

This week Alan examines responsible safari travel. Does your decision-making when choosing a safari, and when you are on safari, have repercussions for conservation? And what can you do about it anyway?…

Check the list at http://www.safaribookings.com/blog/104
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A Day in the Life of a Guidebook Writer on Safari

Think of the content packed into the guidebook you may be using now or (hopefully) in the near future. So many safari companies, so many lodges, camps, hotels etc...and what about the places to eat? How do you visit all that and see/research everything, everywhere?…

Read Alan’s Golden Rules at http://www.safaribookings.com/blog/97

By Alan Murphy 
(Coordinating Author of Lonely Planet’s Southern Africa)
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Exquisite shot of a giraffe trio in the Masai Mara National Reserve!
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