24 mountain gorilla babies born in last year

Umugwaneza is one of 24 mountain gorillas born in the past year. Photo courtesy of the Rwanda Development Board.
Umugwaneza is one of 24 mountain gorillas born in the past year. Photo courtesy of the Rwanda Development Board.

This month, Rwanda celebrated its eleventh Kwita Izina — an annual ceremony in which mountain gorillas born in the previous year receive names. The ceremony brings international attention to the endangered gorillas of the Virunga Mountains.

Twenty-four babies received names in this year’s ceremony. You can see the full list with photos of each baby at the official Kwita Izina website.

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Today is World Rhino Day

A white rhino grazes at Lake Nakuru National Park. Photo taken by Kathy Overman on an Ujuzi Safari to Kenya.
A southern white rhino grazes at Lake Nakuru National Park. Photo taken by Kathy Overman on an Ujuzi Safari to Kenya.

Please take a few minutes today to help protect endangered rhinos around the world. If you are able, consider a donation to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, which is racing against time to save the northern white rhino. There are only four northern white rhinos left in the world.

You can read more about Ol Pejeta’s work here.

Find additional organization that work for rhinos, and other ways to help out, at World Rhino Day’s Facebook page.

Big boy! Our find of the day with only 33 living in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
A black rhino enjoys browsing in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. Photo taken by Ujuzi African Travel.

Featured Lodge: Manyara Ranch Conservancy, Tanzania

sundowners at Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Much more than a place to sleep, Manyara Ranch Conservancy is a destination unto itself. Managed by and benefitting the non-profit African Wildlife Fund, the Conservancy lies in the Kwakuchinja wildlife migration corridor and is situated right next to Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

Zebras and other herd animals often wander through the camp during sundowners (cocktail hour), providing plenty of entertainment as the evening begins. The Conservancy has a variety of wildlife habitats, including open savannah, acacia woodland, bush and riverine forest. As for human habitats, six exquisitely furnished tents have electric lights available at all hours, and the en suite bathroom includes flush toilet and shower with hot water on demand.

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Ngorongoro crater key to understanding predator-prey relationships

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A lioness walks along a river in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Photo by Ujuzi African Travel.

It’s common knowledge that the more predators have to eat, the larger their population grows. But that common knowledge was challenged in a study published in Science that found when prey populations double, predator populations don’t increase nearly as much.

The study looked at animal dynamics in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, the Kalahari Desert, and other ecosystems throughout the world.

You can read more about the study here:

12 Great Sources for Learning More about South Africa

&Beyond Ngala Tented Camp, Ngala Private Game Reserve on the western edge of Kruger National Park, South Africa
An elephant grazes at Ngala Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Photo courtesy of &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp.

Ujuzi has several trips planned for South Africa. If you’re looking to learn more about the country, its people and wildlife, here are some good places to start.

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