East Africa

October 02, 2009

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Did you know that the giraffe was actually named for its speed rather than its height? Giraffes were once believed to by a mixture of a leopard and a camel. Although they may look rather slow-motioned, giraffes can actually reach speeds of around 30 mph.

September 08, 2009

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The longest elephant tusk ever recorded measured 11 feet, 1¼ inches, and the heaviest ever recorded tusk was 230 pounds.

If  you want to photograph wild African elephants (and the rest of the famed "Big Five"), be sure to check out IE's Africa tours.

July 16, 2009

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Gerenuk means “giraffe necked” in the Somali language. So it’s not surprising that the gerenuk is relatively easy to identify on game drives because of its most prominent feature — a long neck!

If spotting a gerenuk is at the top of your wildlife wish list, head to Tanzania's Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Parks in the Masai Steppe or Kenya's Samburu Reserve.

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In Tanzania alone there are more than 30 ethnic groups, and International Expeditions' East Africa safaris are the perfect time to glimpse the daily lives of the Maasai tribe.

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 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 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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