I have a(n) (ir)rational fear of primates (that includes you)

When I used to work at a zoo, the primates used to torture me (explained in detail here, but suffice it to say they were very mean), and I rapidly developed a primate phobia. Admittedly, I’ve always been somewhat afraid of humans, which are also primates. Humans are arguably the most dangerous, lethal, and unpredictable […]

African Buffalo

I think this is the last charismatic megafauna from Kenya that I have to post about. Well, I suppose not many people think of African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) as charismatic. But I think they’re pretty cool looking, and I enjoyed seeing them in the wild. Also, fierce! Interestingly, many people refer to this buffalo as […]

A break from graphs with giraffes!

Seriously, though. I’ve been making too many graphs. I’d much rather be watching giraffes. These guys are really so much fun to watch (spot the oxpecker) This is the biggest giraffe I saw…it was huge! They have an awkward beauty about them I should add smug giraffes to my smug lizards calendar (even though they’re […]

Elephant farts

Here’s a thing I didn’t know about elephants (but I guess I should have known): elephants fart! And man is it funny when they do. (this is an Asian elephant, but it sounds just like this…though they replay it a bunch of times (couldn’t find a better video and didn’t want to spend tooooo much […]

Chasing elephants in Tsavo

Well, not actually chasing per se. I worked with a grad student in Kenya who was studying the foraging choices of elephants. What kinds of plants do they like and what nutrition do those plants have? Her project involved driving transects through Tsavo National Park and then trying to watch elephants eat for an hour […]

Playful juvenile elephant

One of the things I learned about elephants is that they are incredibly playful and intelligent animals. They could see us watching them at the watering hole and occasionally they would try to interact with us. I especially liked this little juvenile elephant that danced around on the far side of the watering hole. He […]