Watch elephants on Google Street View

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Elephants at Samburu. Screenshot from Google Street View.

Samburu National Reserve in Kenya is among my favorite wildlife areas, thanks to its rebounding population of elephants. And now I can revisit it every day thanks to a joint project among Google Maps, Save the Elephants, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service, Samburu County Government, and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

The project adds photographic maps of Samburu to Google Street View. You can get a bird’s eye view or watch elephants at ground level. Visit the links below to explore Samburu and learn more about the project! And if you’d like to see Samburu in person, please contact me to plan your safari.

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Featured Lodge: Azura Selous, Tanzania

walking-with-tree-azura-selous.jpg.1024x0Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature. Within this vast wilderness, Azura Selous offers an authentic African safari that is stylish, personal and filled with lots of wow factor.

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Meet Edward Kabagyo, one of Ujuzi’s Ugandan Guides

EDWARD KABAGYO copySince his childhood, Edward Kabagyo has had an avid interest in the animals of Uganda. For the last 15 years, Edward has been involved in wildlife and conservation within Uganda. Edward started his conservation career by caring for orphaned or injured animals, specializing in mammals and reptiles.

Working in direct contact with a huge variety of animal species, he has gathered wealth of knowledge on animal behavior. He is able to tell safari goers about the social structure of animal groups, reproductive behavior, hunting strategies, and myriad other interesting animal facts.

A member of the Munyoro tribe, Edward was born in the Hoima District in Western Uganda. He is married with three children.

“But above all was our superb guide and driver, Edward K., who enriched our experiences beyond beyond the abilities of a mortal. For example, on our first full day in [Murchison Falls National Park], we came across a group of other vehicles who had just seen a lion, and who were all parked together waiting for the lion to reappear. Edward, instead of staying with them, moved elsewhere, and within moments the lion emerged from the reeds and came right up to our vehicle, as through the two of them (Edward and the lion) had pre-arranged it. Every day, Edward accomplished similar feats. His knowledge of the beasts and the birds, the fauna and topography, is truly phenomenal, as is his ability to spot targets of interest from unimaginable distances.”
— Gary Barringer, 2013

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Featured Organization: Uganda Carnivore Program

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Petra Kilian-Gehring took this photo of a lion on an Ujuzi safari to Uganda.

Lions, leopards, and hyenas are among the most popular charismatic mega fauna in the world.  Unfortunately, their populations have declined significantly over the past 200 years, due mainly to the growing needs of an expanding human population.  The Uganda Carnivore Program works to monitor and conserve important predators, working primarily inQueen Elizabeth National Park to find solutions that meet the needs of both wildlife and humans.

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