In Gabon, I had the chance to meet the wild Western Lowland Gorillas living in the forest and swamps. Their population in only the Loango NP is around 1600. Gorillas are vegetarian apart eating termites and ants.This one is in the swamp is enjoying his Cyperacae root.
This Silverback is at the head of a group of 10. He weights 150 kg and is around 1.65 m hight . Sitting, he looks like a cube as he has short legs. It’s a big mass of muscles.
Boat trip in Gabon, Loango NP to discover the Forest Elephants crossing the river and sinking in the mud when walking in the marshes. The African Forest Elephant of Gabon is the smallest species. The bull has long tusks which grow their all life…They live in small family groups. The African Forest Elephants are said […]
The Red-capped Mangabeys are leaving in swamps, mangroves and valley forests.They are arboreal moving in groups along tree branches but also through the undergrowth. They have semi-terrestrial habits and quite far-carrying vocalizations which make them easily located. They feed on fruit, seeds, leaves, invertebrates…On the under pic , he is eating seeds of Sacoglottis gabonensis.
IUCN July 19th 2019, sadly they have moved from Vulnerable to Endangered due to hunting for bush meat traffic with the bordering countries and deforestation.
The dung Beetles are the world strongest insects and also animals. They can roll up to 10 times their weight and male Beetles can pull 1,141 times their own body weight which means for a normal human to drag 6 full double decker buses or 80 tons…no comment!!! The ball is made of poop mostly […]
The Moustached Monkeys or Guenons have a very colorful face. They live in forest near river, they stay between 5 and 12 m and cannot be seen from raptors.Their tail is longer than their body and is non-prehensile. They are mostly vegetarian and frugivorous. Females live in small groups guided by an old male . […]
The Central African Slender-snout Crocodile (Mecistops leptorhynchus)is a critically endangered species of crocodile (IUCN-2014), it is the last step before being extinct in the wild!!! Since 2014. The African Slender-snouted Crocodile has been divided in 2 species : West and Central African Slender-snouted Crocodile. Referring to Gabon, the Central African Slender-snouted Crocodile is threatened mainly by […]
Among my favorite birds, they are the smallest parrots on the African mainland They nest in cavity of trees like mopanes and acacias close to water. Monogamous, they like however to stay in small groups. They spend time foraging the ground eating grass, fruit and seeds. They were named Lilan’s lovebird from the beloved Lilian […]
Ile de France – Bougival – In summer they are purplish-green iridescent with yellow beaks. They prefer to live near human settlements. Traveling in large group, the species is partially migrant . They are gregarious and spend their time forming groups, which can reach more than one million of birds. they sleep in community dormitories […]
They always need an open space like a lawn, a field to feed of invertebrates or insects on the ground. Unfortunately they also love fruit and can fall on an orchard, vineyard by thousands being then very destructive.
Ile de France – Bougival – The short-toed Creepers and the common Creepers are similar, they can be identified mainly by the difference in their song, however, the short-toed Creeper is more present in Ile de France.…They are found in woodland and feed on insects, larves, or spiders under the cork of the tree.
It is a small passerine which climbs up and down the trunk of the trees making small hops like a spiral.
These birds belong to corvid species and are beautiful as their feathers reflect the UV light. When they communicate or are nervous they often raise their crest. They are very clever and can imitate human voice and more. They make their nest to breed high in a tree, up to 10m in coniferous but preferably […]
This trip to Zimbabwe took place in October and it was very hot. The daily temperature was around 40° in the shadow at noon and we generally left for safari around 4 pm. KANGA CAMP – Mana Pools NP. Kanga was a very nice place situated quite near the only pan of the area. The […]
It’s early morning, the weather is stormy when we leave the camp and the landscape is dressed in pastel colors, nature is waking up! The wildebeests are everywhere; we decide to stop the car and wait. After a while, a herd seems to be on the move to cross the river. We are in the […]
The “Heath River Centre Lodge” is on the Heath river, which marks the frontier between Peru and Bolivia; nothing to see except some local miners looking for gold. Soon after leaving, except the splendid crescent of the moon, the night was complete. The boat had no lights and followed the indications of someone lightening the […]
PARO : The landing in Paro airport was a bit impressive but the weather was good…After flying one hour or so above the huge white dissected range of Himalaya, the plane began to go slowly down but facing the mountains. I could not see any runaway to land but the very near slopes. I looked […]
After 7 hours drive from Kampala with a boring driver who did not say a word, we arrived at the hotel near the park of Bwindi at the end of the afternoon. The hotel was in the lush at the foot of the gorilla mountains. The view was beautiful and the number of rooms being […]
15/6 – After 2 hours of flights, we landed in Manado… For those who thought North Sulawesi is only a luxurious jungle, be prepared to a shock, Manado is just a big over crowded town with a lot of traffic jams. GARDENIA COUNTRY INN The traffic is everywhere, but the Hotel Gardenia Country Inn […]
I met some groups of the rare and very endangered Golden Langurs in Bhutan while visiting the Zhemgang area. It is a mountainous country with lush forests where they like to jump from tree to tree. The construction of bridges on the rivers allowing the langurs to cross on the other sides has caused a […]
Rapa Nui is the local name of Easter Island, famous by its mystery Moai statues The Moaïs are supposed to be the representation of the Chief of a clan or his Ancestor There are about 887 Moaïs on Rapa Nui. The culture Rapa Nui was at the top between 880 after JC to around 1680. […]
This picture shows miniature trees at the top of the volcanic chimney. What is surprising is that they are in fact adult birch trees of may be 20 years old or more. They should be of 20 to 30 m height with a trunk circumference between 40 to 60 cm. The composition of the chimney […]