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The unmistakable silhouettes of giraffe are a staple of an African savannah scene. Yet giraffe numbers are dwindling sharply. Data collected by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) reveals numbers have dropped by almost 40% in the past 15 years and there are just 90,000 left. Rose Gamble spoke to Dr Julian Fennessy, co-founder of the GCF, who recently helped translocate 20 giraffe across the Nile. We’re enormously intrigued to discover where a tracking collar is fitted on one of the giraffes in this picture!
We take you on a journey through a single day in the Masai Mara, using outstanding images from a spectacular book, Mara Magic. Photographers Paul Goldstein and Kyriakos Kaziras capture the wildlife of the plains, with a particular emphasis on cats; but it’s their images of Africa’s skies that are the most compelling or, indeed, magical.
Why visit? Namibia is a true one-off. It is named after the world’s oldest desert, which abounds with unusual dry-country life forms. The majestic scenery reaches its apex at Sossusvlei, where the world’s tallest dunes tower like rippled apricot mountains above cracked pans. The dry climate has helped preserve some of Africa’s finest ancient rock art, while the dramatic Atlantic coastline is renowned for its concentrations of seals and marine birds. Plus, there’s Etosha National Park, one of the continent’s top destinations for wildlife viewing and photography. Check out the country’s top sights and attractions.
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