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My review of “Burning in the Sun” – I loved this unique eco-documentary

“Burning in the Sun” featuring Daniel Dumbele. Note the film-festival awards across the top. My husband loped into the living room while I was watching the DVD, “Burning in the Sun”. He had hoped to turn on a baseball game, but

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Lions decline 90-95% in last 50 years

South African lion taking a break from his kill, a Cape buffalo. Photo: Sally Kneidel Lions extinct in 10-15 years? That’s the prediction of National Geographic explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The couple have studied and filmed Africa’s big cats

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Africa’s big mammal populations drop 59% in 40 years!

African elephants in Kruger National Park. Photo: Sally Kneidel Just saw a distressing news item.  In an interview published 1/27/11, scientist Ian Craigie says populations of big mammals in Africa have decreased 59% in 40 years. And those figures are

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Posted in Africa, Animal welfare / animal rights, Deforestation, Ecosystems, Endangered species, Overconsumption, Primates, Resources, Wildlife, Wildlife habitat, Wildlife survival Tagged with: , , , , ,

For orangutans, hunting may trump habitat loss as biggest threat

Most people are surprised to learn that unlawful traffic in wildlife and wildlife parts is the third biggest criminal activity in the world, after drugs and arms. The illegal hunting of great apes is so pervasive that it may threaten

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Posted in Africa, Animal welfare / animal rights, Borneo, Bushmeat, Deforestation, Endangered species, Human behavior, Indonesia, Jakarta, Malaysia, Primates, Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Wildlife, Wildlife survival Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

My review of the documentary “Dirt! The Movie”

I was asked to write a review of “Dirt! The Movie,” a documentary about our worldwide destruction of soil versus our absolute dependence on soil for our survival. The movie is an inspiring blend of interviews with scientists, farmers, and

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Posted in Africa, Agriculture, Climate change, Deforestation, Desertification, Film review, Food, Food, Gardening, Health, Livestock, Southeast Asia, Sustainable Living, Wildlife Tagged with: , , , , ,

New studies confirm that circumcision saves lives

Story and photo by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of http://sallykneidel.com I was intrigued by a story I saw in Science News recently about circumcision and its effect on HIV. Africa has been impacted by HIV more than any other continent. In

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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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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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