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The Tribe Endangered: Number 2. Mrs C - Too Late

We start sadly
Because it ended badly 
Even before we begin
Cassowary was chosen 
Second to giant tortoise
To be a face in the tribe
One well known local was Mrs C
Jungle Queen of - where else
- the Cassowary Coast
Local personality for 50 years
She would have been the one
But she was already gone
Killed by a car after so long
Fondly regarded and now missed
Though the Cassowary Festival goes on
So in memory of Mrs C
Her mission ended at Mission Beach
We seek another to take her place
Endangered animal personality No.2
(Insert name here) the Cassowary
At the end suggest her name

Formidable ground bound bird
Flight not needed, fully capable to fight
Not many would face her in battle
Better to be friendly with this one
Better still leave her well alone
Don’t threaten her in her home
Brilliantly coloured not needing to hide
Glossy black with blue and purple neck
With red wattles and amber eyes dramatised
Battering her way through the forest on the run
With her horned axe-like helmet, casque
Not to mention her formidable toenails
Otherwise known as dagger-shaped claws
Your won’t want to see how she uses those
Ratite with an appetite for seedy fruit
Eating what falls, digesting
To deposit in her rambling 
Across her jungle habitat 
To propagate and spread the rainforest
For the next ones and the biodiverse
In the hot and Wet Tropics
of Far North Queensland
She and her kin decline with the Forest
As it is cleared and felled
Pushed out to pasture and human homes
She is a bird that lives 
In the dappled light and shade
Ancient rainforest dweller
Remnants of Gondwana, a different time
When the continent was lush
And teeming with life
Flightless but not helpless
Don’t you find out
Luckily, fruit eater and nothing else
Heavyweight champion of Australian birds
Emu may be taller but would take flight 
On foot rather than try to disprove!
To halt (her name) decline we have to turn it around
More trees in the ground, more range
More rainforest, more Cassowary 
More Cassowary, more rainforest
And all the rest that comes with its spread
That’s where Brett and Mr Miyawaki
Dig in and join in
And the WTMA people use their skills
To plant and preserve her home

Give Mrs C’s replacement a name
Or suggest an existing Cassowary
With personality, like Mrs C
To lend her face and her given name
To awareness of her plight
These birds that can’t take flight
Support the aspiration to delist her
Send her back the right way
Away from endangerment and extinction
To stay where her kind have always been
In the remnant rainforest
Eating seedy fruit....

A.E. (Anthony) Lovell
WTA - Wet Tropics Management Authority
Brett - Brett Krause, Tree Planter who uses the Miyawaki Method



  1 year ago
AESHLovell

‘The Tribe Endangered’ No. 1. George 

Where’s George today?

Elder statesman of the tribe

Perhaps its long-lived Chief

George we’ve already introduced

In another verse, but here he is again

Unknowingly enjoying his fame

He lives his life on a beach

An Atoll called Cousins

At a giant tortoise pace 

Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Aldabrachelys Gigantea

Lumbering around

In his mobile helmet home

OK, because that’s what he is

And that’s what giant tortoises do

The same driving rules as us all

Hunger and passing on genes

Links in an unbroken chain

But his cousins had theirs broken

Eaten out of house and home

By historically hungry sailors 

Only Aldabras remain, like George

But what’s in a name ?

A being worthy of living a life

Left to his own devices

Doing what giant tortoises do

Looking at the sea and sky

Searching for today’s meal

Or a rather attractive slow-walking rock

Hiding away when it gets too hot

More than a hunk of a ‘living rock’

Who likes to break things*

Plodding around for longer than us

Living more than a hundred years

Some even two or longer

That’s George’s life

On his island paradise

His home long before they were known

As the Seychelles

(Now open again)

George and his kind

Are not strictly endangered

Just limited in numbers and range

George is safe when tourists are around

Contributing to upkeeping his home

On YouTube amusing some of them 

Going into battle with a rival table

Or a pretender barbecue

Upstart, to be upturned

Or was that just an amorous advance?

Either way, short-sighted at a glance

Visiting his island keeps him in home

He carries his own house

Then visitation dried up interminably

That story can’t be told in one line

Just now begins the trickle back

Only two threats now are known

Drip feeding of existential funding

Or any change to his home

Just this little change of climate thing

That threaten his shores, not alone

George may well outlive us

But right now he needs help directly

Your money is your proxy 

Keeping the conservation going

Until you can greet him personally

It’s up to the rest of us in our homes

To ensure his home remains

An Atoll

Above the sea

For George to keep doing his thing

Master and Commander of his islandship

Defender of the realm of living rocks

Legend in his Aldabran mind

So remember to mind your table!

 

A.E.(Anthony) Lovell

  1 year ago
The Tribe Endangered

This is the introduction to a series on animals that are endangered or in decline, giving them a name so that we can give them a voice.

A.E. (Anthony) Lovell

Meet this tribe
These far flung ones
Precious ones we can’t let go
Little do they know
Their lives are in our hands
And in our plans
What is the plan for these friends
Endangered or in decline?
But they are not numbers
Or strange tongue twisting names
Linnaean Taxonomic classifications
They are sentient beings
We are sentient beings
We have that in common
But only we can control
Whether they get to keep ther home
In the wild, not in captivity
We want to see them in the future
In their natural estate
Not protected by being taken and contained
Effectively gone in the wild
On the shortlist to extinction
Let’s get them off the list
Let’s treat them with respect
As if their life matters
To them and us 
Directly and indirectly
We are their greatest threat
We’re giving them a name
And a face to go with it
And a tribe to recognise
These endangered ones banding together
Safety in numbers is their hope
And names as fellow creatures
Their rescue rope

We’ve anthropologised them
Within an inch of their lives
Some even further, now gone
Now we must anthropomorphise
To call them back from the brink
There are better ways in the future
Just recognise sentience
We have to lo and behold them
To hold them and keep them dear
With all the life on earth 
encircled on this sphere

The first is George...
He already has his name
Then it will be your turn
To give the others
Their names

  1 year ago
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  1 year ago
Bycanistes subcylindricus

The Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill is distributed to evergreen forests and savanna across equatorial Africa, in central and western Africa.

Females have a smaller casque and a black bill. The purpose of the casque is unknown for males, although suggested to be for sexual characterization. 

The black-and-white-casqued hornbill has very mobile eyes which is not a common trait in birds. 


This means that its eyes themselves can move in their socket, while other birds tend to have to move their heads to see. 

It is capable of displaying emotions through the feathers at the top of the head, which allows it to communicate its emotional state. 

Black-and-white-casqued hornbills are quite vocal, with a large repertoire of calls, one of which can be heard from a distance of 2km.

A monogamous species. Pairs commonly nest in naturally formed cavities 9 to 30 m high in large (>3 m circumference) rainforest trees. 


Due to the rarity of these nesting cavities, there is a high degree of intraspecific competition for nesting sites. In order to protect their nest, pairs seal the cavity with mud pellets collected by the male. Inside, the female lays a clutch of 2 eggs, which are white in color with pitted shells. The eggs are incubated for 42 days while the male delivers food to the female hourly through a small slit, regurgitating numerous fruits, mammals, and insects. The male can bring up to 200 fruits per visit. 

Usually, only one offspring is reared, with the chick from the second-laid egg dying of starvation. Newly hatched chicks have pink skin and open their eyes at 20 days of age. The offspring fledge in 70 to 79 days and can feed themselves by 40 to 72 days after fledging.

The diet consists mainly of figs, fruits, insects, and small animals found in the trees. Black-and-white-casqued hornbills are mainly frugivorous, with fruit comprising 90% of their diet, 56% belonging to Ficus species. They forage by hopping from branch to branch in the rainforest canopy and reaching for fruit with the tip of the bill, which they then swallow whole. This species is known to consume over 41 plant genera. The black-and-white-casqued hornbill does not consume water directly and seems to instead hydrate itself from the water contained in the fruits that represent most of its diet.

Black-and-white-casqued hornbills mediate seed dispersal of rainforest trees, by defecating or regurgitating seeds.

Carnivores, apes, monkeys, snakes, raptors, and humans all prey on these hornbills.

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  1 year ago
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  1 year ago
Marabou stork-Leptoptilos crumenifer

Marabou stork is a large, unusual-looking bird. In addition to hollow leg bones, marabou storks have hollow toe bones. In such a large bird, this is an important adaptation for flight. The African Marabou storks reach a wingspan of 2,6 m and a height of 1,5 m. 

Marabou storks are bald-headed. Males can be identified by their large air sacs. In addition, males are generally slightly larger and taller than females. Sexes are alike in coloration. A juvenile has similar coloration but is duller. Immature birds have a woolly covering on their heads and do not gain the black in their plumage until about three-years-old.


Its soft, white tail feathers are known as marabou. Its neck and head contain no feathers. The Marabou stork has a long, reddish pouch hanging from its neck. This pouch is used in courtship rituals. The naked 18-inch inflatable pink sac is particularly conspicuous during the breeding season. It connects directly to the left nostril and acts as a resonator allowing the bird to produce a guttural croaking. While usually silent, the Marabou Stork will also emit a sound caused by beak clacking if it feels threatened.


They mainly feed on carrion and scraps. Although it doesn't seem to be very sympathetic in human eyes, this behavior is of great importance to the ecosystem they inhabit; by removing carcasses and rotting material, Marabous help to avoid the spreading of pathogens. They are scavengers, they eat anything from termites, flamingoes and small birds and mammals to human refuse and dead elephants. They also feed on carcasses with vultures and hyenas.


Marabou storks are attracted to grass fires. They march in front of the advancing fire grabbing animals that are fleeing.


Marabous breed on the treetops, where they build large nests. It reaches sexual maturity when it is approximately four years old and usually mates for life. They are colonial breeders, their nests are a large, flat platform made of sticks with a shallow central cup lined with smaller sticks and green leaves. Usually, 2-3 eggs are laid during the dry season. Both sexes incubate; eggs hatch in 30 days. Their young are helpless at birth. Both sexes tend and feed the young. The fledging period is 3-4 months.


Marabou Stork defecates upon its legs and feet. It helps in regulating body temperature, and also gives the false appearance that the birds have lovely white legs. Like many birds, the Marabou Stork also pants when it becomes hot, again to lower its body temperature.


These are particularly lazy birds and spend much of their time standing motionless, though once they take flight they are very elegant, using thermal up-draughts to provide the needed lift. Like other storks, they fly with their especially long legs trailing behind, but unlike their cousins they keep their neck tucked well in and bent into a flattened S; this allows the weight of the heavy beak to be taken on the shoulders. #birdsofeastafrica. 

  1 year ago
7 Unique Experiences You Can Only Have in Uganda

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Uganda earned its status as a bucket list destination thanks

to the country’s most famous residents, the majestic mountain gorilla. The

thrill of trekking through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and spending time

in the presence of these extraordinary animals draws travelers from around the

world, but there’s so much more to Uganda than awe-inspiring apes.

This astonishingly diverse country which Winston Churchill

famously dubbed the ‘Pearl of Africa’ is also home to tree-climbing lions, some

of the rarest bird species on the planet like the African-Green Broadbill

and the spectacular natural scenery that will leave you in awe.

Are you an animal activists or you are a conservationist, or you are just a nature lover or both, If you’re ready to start planning the ultimate Uganda

itinerary, read on for a list of remarkable experiences from wildlife viewing

to cultural attractions that can’t be missed.

Elephant surrounded by grass and trees in Uganda

Spot four of the Big Five on safari in Uganda- © Godfrey

Elasmus.


1. Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest Reserve

Chimpanzee trekking offers a completely different experience

to a traditional gorilla trekking tour. Rather than observing gentle giants in

a quiet, intimate setting, you’ll follow a boisterous group of chimps as they

leap and scamper through Budongo Forest Reserve, heading in whatever direction

the agile animals lead you.

The reserve is home to nearly 700 of these playful primates

including six groups habituated for trekking. Knowledgeable guides follow the

chimps’ daily movements and lead groups of up to six people into their habitat.

Much like on a gorilla trek, it can take anywhere from 30

minutes to a full day to locate a group of chimpanzees, which provides ample

time for participants to learn about the forest’s ecology before spending an

hour watching a chimp family play and go about their daily lives in the wild.

Chimpanzee swinging from tree branches in Uganda

Add chimpanzee trekking to your Uganda itinerary-© Godfrey

Elasmus.


2. Look up for the tree-climbing lions in Queen

Elizabeth National Park

Not only is Queen Elizabeth National Park home to four of

the Big Five safari animals (lion, leopard, elephant, and Cape buffalo), it’s

also one of the few places on the continent where you can see a wonderfully

rare wildlife sighting: tree-climbing lions.

 Found in the park’s southerly Ishasha sector, lions ascend

the wide branches of acacia and sycamore fig trees to catch a cool breeze and

avoid insect bites on the ground-a unique behavior that’s rarely exhibited in

other lion populations. If your safari guide shouts “lions!” in this region,

remember to look up rather than out at the grasslands.

 When traversing the park, be sure to plan a stop at the

equator. Monuments on both sides of the road mark the exact spot of latitude

00, a perfect photo opportunity.

Lion in the grass in Uganda

Look for lions on the ground and up in trees in Queen

Elizabeth National Park-©Godfrey Elasmus


3. Spot rare bird species in Uganda’s parks

If you’re a birding enthusiast, prepare to be wowed: Uganda

is home to more than half of Africa’s bird species, and it’s one of the richest

birding destinations on the continent. Visitors from across the globe flock to

Uganda hoping to get a glimpse of more than 1,000 species, including several

found nowhere else on Earth.

 With the right itinerary, it’s possible to identify as many

as 200 species in a single day. Keep an eye out for the prehistoric-looking

shoebill stork, considered one of the most desirable bird sightings in Africa;

the colorful African green broadbill found in Bwindi Impenetrable National

Park; and one of the world’s rarest birds: the elusive Shelley’s crimson wing

(which can be found in Bwindi and Kibale National Park).

 Two birds sitting on a branch in Uganda

Uganda is an excellent destination for birding enthusiasts.


4. Ride the Nile to Murchison Falls

Majestic waterfalls draw visitors to Murchison Falls

National Park, and a boat trip along the Nile River to their base is one of

Uganda’s signature wildlife activities.

 The three-hour trip allows travelers to get up close and

personal with an abundance of wildlife, including hippos, Nile crocodiles,

elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and plenty of birds.

 This activity offers a new perspective on the traditional

safari, along with incredible photo opportunities. An early boat trip in the

cooler morning hours is often followed by an afternoon game drive and

sundowners, while a morning game drive and bush breakfast set the stage for an

afternoon boat trip.

 Murchison Falls, Uganda

Murchison Falls, Uganda -©Godfrey Elasmus


5. Whitewater rafting on the Nile

When it comes to adrenaline-fueled activities in Uganda,

look no further than Jinja, the undisputed adventure capital of East Africa.

 Of the town’s many activities from horseback riding to

kayaking and bungee jumping-nothing is more thrilling than whitewater rafting

on the Nile. This mighty river boasts class 1-6 rapids, making it an ideal

activity for first-time rafters, families, and adrenaline junkies looking for

an unforgettable adventure.

 Rafters on the lower-class rapids can enjoy a relaxing

float, swimming in the river’s warm pools along the way, while those opting for

higher class rapids can set off on a heart-pounding adventure filled with

plenty of thrills and spills.

The Nile River, Uganda-©Godfrey Elasmus


6. Get buzzed on a coffee safari

Uganda is quickly becoming the next up-and-coming

destination for specialty coffee in East Africa thanks to its high-quality

Arabica coffee plants.

A coffee safari in the Sipi Falls region or the Buhoma

sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a fantastic way to learn about

the country’s burgeoning coffee industry (and get your caffeine fix at the same

time).

 Directly benefiting local communities, these coffee tours

give visitors the chance to explore coffee farms, meet local farmers, and learn

about the stages of production from field to cup. Of course, a sample of the

plantation’s finest brew is included as well.

 Rolling hills and greenery in Uganda

Experience the beauty of Uganda’s rural regions-©Godfrey Elasmus.


7. Experience the culture of rural communities

Uganda’s culture is defined by its colorful communities and

more than 50 distinct ethnic groups. Each area of the country offers

opportunities for visitors to interact with locals and learn about their unique

customs and livelihoods.

 Activities like the Batwa Experience near Mgahinga Gorilla

National Park offer a glimpse into the living history of this tribe that once

called Uganda’s forests home. The Batwa are one of the oldest surviving

communities in Africa and have preserved many of their traditions.

The Ik reside on Mount Morungole

near Kidepo Valley National Park and welcome visitors who partake

in a challenging day-long hike to their isolated home.

 Due to years of isolation and their strong beliefs, the

Ik have been able to maintain their ancestral customs dating back

thousands of years and willingly share these with visitors keen to make the

trek.

 Thinking it’s time to make your dream Uganda trip a reality?

Head to www.interiorsafarisea.com now to explore a range of Uganda tours, and

get ready to cross these bucket list-worthy adventures off your list-©Godfrey Elasmus

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Amphibious Hippopotamus


Hippopotamus is also commonly known as Water-Horse. Hippos are the third-largest land mammal after the elephant and the rhinoceros. Weighing in at 1,500–1,800 kg (3,300–4,000 lb.), an adult male stands up to 1.5m (4.5 feet) at the shoulder, and, oddly enough, their closest living relatives are whales and dolphins. Hippos spend most of their days submerged in water to keep cool, as they have no sweat glands.

Though they have webbed feet, their huge bulk prevents them from floating and they cannot swim. Their size does not, however, prevent them from outrunning a human - hippos have been estimated to reach terrifying speeds of up to 30 or even 40km per hour on land.

An adult hippo can spend as long as six minutes underwater, and their raised eyes, ears and nostrils allow them to remain almost entirely submerged for long periods of time. After spending the day bathing, hippos venture out at dusk and spend the night grazing, travelling up to 8km (5 miles) and consuming up to 68kg (150lbs) of grass each night to maintain their enormous size.

When hippos sleep in the water during the day they generally prefer to sleep in areas of shallower water. They are not standing or floating when you see them sleeping but rather laying flat on their bellies. Despite being semiaquatic and having webbed feet, an adult hippo is not a particularly good swimmer nor can it float. It is rarely found in deep water; when it is, the animal moves by porpoise-like leaps from the bottom.

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Reflection of the pearl of Africa


Tourism is a recreational travel that people do, Uganda has

been one of the African countries that has attracted prominent number of

tourists from different parts of the world. Uganda the pearl of Africa is one

of the fastest growing economies in Africa, there are so many building blocks

of this economy but one of the vital one that she is proud of is her tourist

attraction that she exhibits to tourists, with a lot of nature, culture and

amusement to offer. A tree did not start as a tree it started as a seedling

sown in the soil and because of the rich nutrient of the soil and care given to

it, it turned it into a tree, there are companies that have thrived and are

still pushing hard to strengthen the tourism industry in Uganda. One of them is

Interior safaris East Africa, one of the veins of the heart of Uganda tourism.

Uganda

has one of the best climates in Africa and in the whole world, this has maintained her tourist

attractions which has made it possible for tourism to occur. One of Uganda’s

tourist attractions are national parks, Uganda has numerous national parks like

Murchison Falls National Park often known as Kabalega mostly visited by

tourists because of its natural beauty, it’s located in the northern region of

Uganda it is 1,344 square miles large this makes it the largest wildlife

reserve. Queen Elizabeth National

Park which is 1,978 square kilometers in size and Lake Mburo National Park etc.

Uganda also has unique eye-catching features in the national parks like trees,

different species of birds and mountain gorillas. Interesting and enjoyable

activities at your view from different parts of the parks which includes

birding, chimpanzee tracking, cultural visits like meeting pygmies from Batwa

who were the first inhabitant of montane rainforest, hot air balloon safaris

and boat cruise. Due to the magnificent hospitality that Ugandans give tourists,

has increased their interest in touring the country because they make them feel

at home. All national parks in Uganda have lodges and hotels at different

points of the national parks which provide the tourists with good care, great

meals and fancy accommodation. When it comes to the longest river in the world

don’t look farther because it’s here in Uganda as well as mount Elgon, these

are places tourists won’t stop talking about because they are enticing and rich

in nature.

Life

has been made easy in case you would love to tour Uganda; with the help of

Interior Safaris East Africa you can be anywhere you want to be. Interior

safaris East Africa has been in the center of the tourism industry in Uganda,

it was founded by Elasmus Godfrey Tumwesigye in 2013. It has its head office in

Uganda. Interior safaris East Africa cares so much about their customers to the

extent that we have Agents in Europe for tourists interested in bare a peek of

the pear of Africa and the great lakes at large.  Interior Safaris East Africa is surely the

right package deal to take you around Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania because it

comes With lots of surprises from their services, Interior Safaris East Africa

gives the best to its customers, and that’s why before tourists decide on the

place they would love to visit they first speak to a tour consultant from Interior

Safaris East Africa who will later give them advice about the package that will

fit in their budget that they will be comfortable with.

Connect now to be in a

place enriched with nature. 

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