Above photo in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda by Abigail Lubliner

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Africa's Wild Kingdom features the Serengeti Superstars
by Jerry W. Bird.

Jerry BirdLike a cinemascope movie, Africa's Animal Empire filled the scene, then fanned out in all directions on the ar horizon; to the Tanzania - Kenya border, or to Lake Victoria and beyond. And what performers these four legged actors were; prancing about like tv wrestlers, snorting and butting heads, as if they knew they were the star performers of our show. On a rocky knoll nearby, a pride of lions lolled lazily, like cruise passengers on deck chairs, surveying the situation, as they stood by for the evening dinner gong. Staring at us curiously, this shaggy crew was perfectly cast for the scene to follow, as were the two cheetahs lying couched in the tall grass near the Serengeti airport. In a few hours, traversing the countryside by Land Rover, courtesy of Serena's Serengeti Lodge, we were able to spot at least a dozen recognizable species, including several from the Big Five category. As a matter of fact, as seen from the air, every water hole from Arusha, to the Ngorongo Crater and Rift Valley, was surrounded by animals of every size and stripe.
Before she could land Regional Air's Twin Ottr, pilot Iris McCallum had to buzz the airstrip several times to scare away the critters. The next morning, following a 5 am breakfast in the bush, Muguette Goufrani and our North American travel media group drifted a few feet above the migrating herd in a hot air balloon. She will tell you all about it in our coming edition.

East African Wild Life Society
See a descriptive page on this worthy organization on our web site, with links to wildlife photos and the EAWLS Web Site.

African Wildlife Update
Here's a contact for those interested in the preservation of the species in Africa: P.O. Box 546, Olympia, Washington 98507-0546, email:

Uganda, The Emerald of Africa
by Abigail Lubline. More Photos->

Wildlife of Kenya: Return of the Bongo
Eighteen African antelopes bred in North America have arrived in Kenya in an effort to save the species from extinction in its native habitat, in the first ever 'repatriation' of large zoo bred African mammals.
Wildlife of Cameroon, West Africa
From an attractive Media Kit package we received from Cameroon Tourism while at the ATA 25th Jubilee Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Until then, we had no idea what a wide variety of animals and birds there are in this beautiful West African country.

On Safari: Harold's Defining Moment
"Thirty years ago," Harold Gordon of New York's Park Tours related, "I was on a minibus heading for Arusha Tanzania, when I spotted four tall, ungainly, but graceful giraffes galloping towards an acacia tree to munch on the green leaves. The bus stopped and we watched as they fed, wrapping their tongues around the thorns to reach the tiny leaves. These proud, funny faced, long-necked giraffes, each over 16 ft. tall, were almost within touching distance. I could see their the long eyelashes, as one turned to look at me. They were alive, we were both alive! The giraffe and I shared this earth together, and this eye contact was a defining moment, especially for a city boy like myself, who grew up in a world of concrete and steel. When I saw these four giraffes dancing on the African horizon, my life and career changed forever."

Our theme for the 4th EcoTourism Symposium in Abuja, Nigeria was "Preservation- Land- Culture-Wildlife." How timely that is when we see what is can happen right in our own backyards if we don't become guardians of these treasures. Coming from Western Canada and spending many days and nights in the Yukon wilderness, I've seen my share of wild animals up close. But until we flew into Kilimanjaro International Airport, and took a side trip from Arusha, Tanzania to the Serengeti Plain, did I realize what life must have been like on the Canadian Prairies 150 years ago. All the more reason for sound conservation practices today and in the future. The herds of caribou we used to spot swimming the Yukon river, were a puny troop compared to the seemingly endless stretch of wildebeeste and zebra we saw on our first safari.
Kenya lodge named after
Elsa, the lioness movie star from Born Free
Conservation and Ecotourism.
Dr. Doolittle talks to the Animals