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Focus on Research: An interview with Dr Michelle Henley, Director of Elephants Alive

Posted on Sun June 21, 2020.

Dr Michelle Henley is the Co-founder, Director & Principal Researcher for research team of Elephants Alive, which was founded in in 2003 under its previous title of Save the Elephants – South Africa.

Since then, Michelle has spearheaded the collection of over two decades of ground-breaking data on African elephants, with the aim of helping to secure their future on the continent and promote harmony between humans and elephants.

Recently, Elly caught up with Michelle for a fascinating chat about her time spent researching elephants in Africa, recapping some of her most memorable moments in the field and the lessons we have to learn from these gentle giants.

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Focus on Birds: The ever-observant Oxpecker!

Posted on Sun June 14, 2020.

"What's that bird sitting on the animals?"
This is a question we get asked regularly as guides when our sharp-eyed guests notice that some of the wildlife are seemingly carrying around a few feathered hitchhikers.

I love this question as it allows me to launch into my favourite facts and stories about these resourceful little birds: the oxpeckers.

As scientists delve deeper into the world of these avian anomalies, we are learning more and more about their relationships with other, larger animals and the unique niche they fill in their environment.

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More Klaserie Sands Safari Trivia to play at home!

Posted on Fri June 12, 2020.

We have been running a weekly, interactive Safari Trivia on our Facebook and Instagram stories since the lockdown began and it is proving to be extremely popular!

So, we thought we would give you the questions to run your own trivia game at home with your family or friends. Some of the questions are easier than others, but there's no doubt that you will learn something new by the end!

Get your players to write down their answers so you can add up their score at the end. The correct answers are at the bottom of the page. Good luck!

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How the elephant got its skin and other real-life 'Just So' stories

Posted on Tue May 26, 2020.

Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So' children's stories are among some of the British author's best-known works. Written back in 1902, these classics originally began as bedtime stories for his daughter and describe how animals came to acquire some of their most notable features.

Inspired by these literary tales, Elly has put together a series of real-life 'Just So' stories, based on some ground-breaking scientific discoveries, to tell you exactly why some of your favourite animals evolved their famous traits.

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Focus on Birds: Vultures, the unsung heroes of the bush!

Posted on Sun May 24, 2020.

Vultures are certainly not cute and cuddly, their apparent forboding of death giving them a rather sinister appeal. But these birds are actually extremely valuable and essential members of a healthy ecosystem and play a pivotal role in preventing the spread of nasty diseases in other animals.

Here, we delve into the fascinating lives of vultures and discover how they eavesdrop on other birds to find food, why they are able to eat rotting meat without falling sick, and what is contributing to the massive decline of vultures in the wild.

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