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Eliza Deacon

Blog Entries by Eliza Deacon

Butterfly Time In Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Mahale Mountains National Park is brimming with butterflies again. The little rain showers we have had recently were enough to create the explosion in butterflies. This is not uncommon for this time of year, but the profusion of winged color never ceases to amaze. These delicate insects paint the jungle...

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An Encounter With An Infant Chimpanzee (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 7:00 AM

You can read a book or a magazine, watch a documentary or research on the web. Any preparation for your trip into the Mahale Mountains is probably for the best, but nothing can prepare a traveler for the intensity of a real life chimpanzee encounter.

Fortunate as we are...

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A Closer Look At The Great Migration

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2012 | 9:15 AM

The wonderful true story of Punda posted by Sacha & Tamlyn Toronyi:

It has been said that the Wildebeest Migration of East Africa is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, but has anyone mentioned the other animals which take part in this incredible display of courage and...

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The Grooming Hand Clasp

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Chimpanzee communities in the Mahale Mountains NP may spend up to 23% (!) of their daytime hours grooming. The purpose of all this grooming is to remove parasites such as lice and ticks, as well as to strengthen social relationships between individuals. Not a unique position to Mahale Mountains NP...

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Hunting For Lions In Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 7:00 AM

As another day shattered the darkness that the night brings we were on full alert, ready to capture all that the Selous Game Reserve threw at us. Heading on our first venture alone, we crawled along taking in every breathtaking view that we saw. As we cleared the first ridge...

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Baboons Make Joy From A Puddle (PHOTOS)

(20) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 7:00 AM

When in rains in the Selous Game Reserve of southern Tanzania, not all the animals look for cover. As this troop of Yellow Baboons show, a puddle and a sense of fun are enough to make for a memorable afternoon.

The so-called "green season" in Africa is...

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Oddballs Of The African Bush

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Like a lot of people, I'm always intrigued by the weirdos you encounter while on safari. I don't mean tourists dressed up all in pink or with three sets of binoculars hanging from their neck, though you certainly may observe such unusual specimens. I'm talking about wildlife sporting irregular appendages...

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A Happy Meal For The Chada Lion Pride

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 6:40 AM

A female elephant lay on her side, struggling to rise for an entire evening, suffering some unknown ailment. She was tuskless, leaving no motive for poachers to have shot her and we never found any signs of injury. By morning she had died and we found lions there, guarding what...

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Tanzanian Tug Of War Pits Leopard Against Crocodile (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 3:58 PM

It was an epic battle that pitted the power house of an ancient dynasty against a smaller, more agile opponent. Neither the Leopard or the Crocodile could pull the corpse of the Impala over to their side. The croc kept his feet well planted while the leopard struggled valiantly to...

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