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Banding hurts penguins, says new study in journal Nature

Text and photo by Sally Kneidel, PhD Attaching bands to birds is a longstanding method of studying bird populations. The bands allow researchers to collect data on birds’ movements and longevity. But scientists have been debating for 30 years whether

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Monkeys persecuted as “pests”

Vervet monkeys are regarded as pests in southern Africa, and are often persecuted the same way gray wolves were persecuted to local extinction in the United States. But vervet social behavior is in many ways very similar to our own.

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A sustainable, locally run, and off-the-grid resort in South Africa; great for birding

All photos and text by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of sallykneidel.com Children of the Hamakuya community. Community residents find employment at the small “green” resort of Tshulu Camp, bringing needed revenue into the village. My husband Ken consulting his bird guide

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We were lucky to see lions on a kill. But are lions disappearing from Africa?

We watched two lions work over a buffalo kill for 3 days. But we learned that lions are sharply declining in Africa – sad and scary news!

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In the African village of Hamakuya, we learned about life with limited resources

African village: we did a homestay in the Venda village of Hamakuya in South Africa, sleeping in a round hut of mud and cow dung, and eating caterpillars. It was one of the best times of my life. We learned that people can live with joy on very very little.

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Female hyenas, all hermaphrodites, bully the males and steal prey from lions

Female hyenas are all hermaphrodites and dominate the males. They’re also Africa’s 2nd most powerful carnivore. See our photos and story from June.

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