African Diaries / Marilin Lodge On The Islands off of Mozabique


This is a British Series which takes us on several trips to African Reserves. It’s a bit over the top and not my taste, but at least we do get to see a little bit of Africa.

Show text: For longs years it was gripped by a bitter and cruel civil war. The scars still show but the people are happy, upbeat and industrious. Now peace is like a port after stormy seas. The African sun follows its own clock and once set you’d best hurry. Sailing in a dhow with lateen rigged sail and harnessing the wind as centuries of seafarers have before, the flat seas of the Mozambique Channel are entirely unique. An unforgettable experience! The Mozambican water is clear and the richly populated reefs swarm with green turtles, butterfly fish, angel fish, sea anemones… an underwater paradise and a fisherman’s delight!

African Odyssey – Return to Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

It is the magic of the river with it’s huge flood plains that have lured us back. Huge swilring dunes at sunrise w/patterns on the sand tell a story of wildlife that emerge on ly at night to feast. It’s images such as these that pulled me back to Lower Zambezi.

This edition is all about the vast amounts of water, within the park at this time of year. Bring along with it, an explosion of life.

On this edition we will see: Giraffe herds, Springbok, Gemsbok, Water Birds, Elephants, King Fisher, Hippos,

African Odyssey – Masa Mara

One and a half million wildebeest accompanied by vast numbers of zebra will attempt the crossing of the Mara River. An awesome sight as many get swept away or are taken by crocodiles in the fast flowing current. We also follow a pair of mating lions as they go through the process of mating 100’s of times, while two competing males follow the couple, waiting for a chance to mate as well.

On this edition we will see: Hyenas, Lions, Wildebeest, Antelope, Elephants, and many more.

African Odyssey – Victoria Falls/Hwange

We drive through the Zambezi National Park to Hwange National Park a 15000 square kilometres of Kalahari Sand country and home to a wider diversity of animals, because of the lack of predators. There are no lions in this park, Leopards are the only predator left in the park and is way to small to take down the large prey species, like the water buffalo. This is home to the great Victoria water falls.

On this edition we will see: Rhino, Buffalo, Zebra, Elephants, New Born Baby Elephants, termites.

Dr. Bob Arnot Explores An Elephant Reserve In Botswana

The former on air NBC reporter Dr. Bob Arnot has moved on to his own reality show he called Dr. Danger. I am not sure if I can get into that name, but the show seems to be doing well and is now in it’s second season on the Mojo HD Network. Dr. Arnot, travels the world looking for dangerous / adventures stories to tell.

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Great Northern | East of Wilton

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I’m outnumbered by the West of Lincoln posse at G Living, and when it comes to commuting – sure, cycling to work beats bumper to bumper traffic. But when it comes to music, being East of Wilton (self-coined, you like?) literally rocks. Silverlake and its surrounds is the epicenter of the L.A. music scene — home to cool bands and artists like Silversun Pickups, Lavender Diamond, not to mention Elliott Smith. East of Wilton is where it’s at to catch a live gig any night of the week. Not to mention the annual Sunset Junction festival.

We were all utterly spoiled by Great Northern’s performance in our kitchen studio this week. I mean, when do you get a slice of Spaceland in your own space? Our private concert consisted of two melodic tracks from their Trading Twilight for Daylight album, “Just A Dream” and “Home”, which is getting massive airplay on KCRW and Indie 103.1 FM.

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African Odyssey – Deception Valley Lodge, Botswana, Kalahari

Botswana, from the caravan ride i t appears to be a desertw/no sign of any surface water, yet it supports a vaired wildlife population. A refuge for bushmen,the last of hunters and gatherers descendents of Southern Africas earliest residents

The Spinning Green Skyscraper By David Fisher

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Many believe that if you can think it and picture it in your mind, you can build it. Italian architect David Fisher is employing that philosophy with his plan for the world’s first moving skyscraper. Although Fisher hasn’t ever built a skyscraper, and there’re some discrepancies with his professional background, he’s pressing on with his swirling skyscraper. (video after the jump) Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Animal Rights Special on National Geographic

Should animals have the same rights as humans? The National Geographic show Inside Base Camp presents the controversial proposition of animal rights. Guest include professor Steven Wise, the author of Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights.

From Wikipedia: Wise’s position on animal rights is that some animals, particularly primates, meet the criteria of legal personhood, and should therefore be awarded certain rights and protections. His criteria for personhood are that the animal must be able to desire things, to act in an intentional manner to acquire those things, and must have a sense of self i.e. the animals must know that s/he exists. Wise argues that chimpanzees, bonobos, elephants, parrots, dolphins, orangutans, and gorillas meet these criteria. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Aquaculture Contributing To Declining Salmon Stocks

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Apparently hairy mammals are not the only ones that fear the words “louse” and “lice.” Sea lice, the insidious parasite that infects adult salmon, is leaving many salmon farmers in the Broughton Archipelago northwest of Vancouver, BC scratching their heads.

In a report released last month in the Journal of Science, lice that flourishes on salmon farms is infesting juvenile wild salmon as they journey out to sea. The problem is pretty simple actually. Sea lice usually only infects salmon out at sea and dies off as adult fish make their way into fresh water where the lice cannot survive. Juvenile salmon are protected from contact with lice until they are out at sea where they are bigger and stronger. The large farms close to river mouths are exposing the juveniles to lice when they are too small to survive an infestation and wild populations are declining rapidly as a result.

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African Odyssey – Uganda, East Africa, Semliki Wildlife Reserve

A remote area of diverse terrain and vegetation. Lake Albert where we hope to find the rare and elusive Schubyll. Semliki Lodge is a haven in the middle of a vast savanna. We stay at the reserve lodge, which is a classic safari lodge, with an open plan and thatched roofs.

African Odyssey – Sausage Tree Camp-Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

On this addition of African Odyssey, we fly into Jeki Air Strip followed by a 40 minute drive to camp observing the dry, wide open savannah. Sausage Tree Camp-Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia. We camp in rustic tents and enjoy the calmness of strolling along the river in the African bush.

The animals here in the park seem relaxed and worried about poachers. The local lions have a very unique trick, they can climb trees. In the rest of Africa you never see this, and in fact many animals climb trees just to escape lions.

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