Geographical Location: Africa

November 29, 2021

Wild Cam: Capturing glimpses of small animal life

Most researchers turn to trail cameras to collect expansive shots of the large animals of the Serengeti plains or big carnivores on the prowl in the wilderness—or, sometimes, even cities....

November 10, 2021

Watch: Lemurs have rhythm

Indri lemurs use rhythm in their vocalizations, making them the only mammal besides humans known to do so. While all kinds of mammals make different sounds and calls, they lack...

October 20, 2021

Why adolescent giraffes ditch their initial social group

Adolescent giraffes keen on leaving their mother’s roost don’t always disperse far and wide in search of mating opportunities. In fact, some stay put and just switch social communities in...

September 22, 2021

JWM: Water holes could be pathogen hotspots for Cape buffalo

Cape buffalo could be contracting pathogens when they gather at water holes during the dry season in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, and biologists worry the problem will worsen with...

September 14, 2021

Mind-altering parasite makes hyena cubs bolder

Hyena cubs infected with the toxoplasma parasite, commonly found in domestic cats, become bolder in the face of lions, resulting in higher death rates. Toxoplasma gondii is the parasite that...

August 18, 2021

Models say this African gecko shouldn’t survive in Florida—so why does it?

Ecologically, Madagascar day geckos aren’t supposed to be in Florida. The species didn’t arrive until the 1990s, when it was introduced to adorn gardens in the Florida Keys. According to...

May 10, 2021

JWM: Giraffes develop life-long social groups

Female giraffes may eat from the same trees and drink from the same waterholes, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily come from the same social community. Masai giraffes’ behaviors are...

May 4, 2021

Watch: Cameras confirm rare dryas monkeys in Congo

Dryas monkeys prefer dense vegetation in thickets of secondary forest, which means the primates are difficult to detect in their native habitat in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of...

April 1, 2021

Wild Cam: The strength and limitations of community science

How good are you at spotting a giraffe? While the world’s tallest land animals might seem difficult to miss, community scientists commonly fail to see and identify the yellow-spotted ungulates...

January 4, 2021

TWS2020: Herbivores, lions in South Africa exploit fire benefits

Prescribed fires in South Africa temporarily benefit herbivores and the lions that prey on them after burns, according to ongoing research. “Our research shows that sometimes there can be community-level...