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June 30, 2009

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Leopards were once believed to be a hybrid between lions and panthers, and the leopard's common name derives from this belief; “leo” is the Latin word for lion, and "pard" is an old term meaning panther.

One other interesting fact: Leopards have the ability to see in 1/8th of the light required by humans.

You can see leopards and the rest of Africa's "Big Five" on our Tanzania Classic Safari!

June 16, 2009

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Living on the Equator makes keeping cool a big priority for Galapagos penguins! Not only do they hold their flippers out to help the heat escape their bodies, to protect their feet from sunburn, Galapagos penguins hold their flippers over their feet when on land.

June 02, 2009

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The Egyptian goose was named for its coloring, not because of where it originates. We can observe these birds on safari in Kenya!

May 22, 2009

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Lions breed throughout the year, and when the female is in oestrus, the pair will mate two to four times per hour for up to three days. As the male tires, the lioness will move on to other pride males.

May 11, 2009

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The world's largest mammal, the blue whale, weighs about the same as 30 African elephants! The tongues alone of these giants can weigh as much as one elephant. Their hearts, as much as a car.

Blue whales reach these mind-boggling dimensions on a diet composed almost exclusively of tiny krill. A single adult blue whale consumes about four tons of krill a day during certain times of the year.

May 07, 2009

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Given a choice, a male giraffe will browse at the higher part of the tree or bush whereas females prefer to browse below six feet.

This is a useful identification tool in the field and helpful when you don’t have binoculars handy to see the male’s horns!

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