Is Pumba a common warthog?

  Original photo: Warthog by Schwingi is licensed under CC BY 2.0 BY: Zaytoen Domingo Everyone knows one of the most beloved Disney characters, the Lion King’s Pumba the warthog. But do we know how closely related he is to the real-life common warthog? The character of Pumba is based on a real-life species of warthog, the common...

Save the Frogs Day: Why you should hop on board to save the frogs

Original photo: “Frog” by Frank Winkler is licensed under CC BY 2.0 BY: Zaytoen Domingo SAVE THE FROGS! is an amphibian conservation organisation that created Save the Frogs Day in 2008, to run worldwide educational workshops on the importance of frogs. Find out why this organisation made the leap toward frog conservation. The frog population has been experiencing major declines...

How did the zebra get its stripes? And other zebra facts and folklore

BY: Zaytoen Domingo Single-hoofed, black-and-white striped equids known as zebras can be found in the African bushveld. These beasts are closely related to horses and donkeys, but have an interesting story of their own.  Telling stories to your guests is an important part of your role as a field guide, so it’s a good idea to...

A day in the life of a field guide

BY: Zaytoen Domingo Have you ever wondered what a wildlife professional does in a day’s work? Let’s talk about a day in the life of a field guide. A field guide is a specialised person who conducts tours for people visiting nature reserves. A field guide’s job is to teach visitors about natural environments, wildlife that...

How the fever tree got its name

Original photo: “Serengeti 24”by Abeeeer is licensed under CC BY 2.0. BY: Zaytoen Domingo Once upon a time, a storm raged fiercely above the Atlantic Ocean. And on this ocean was a ship. Meanwhile, in Africa, the tall fever tree tightened its armoured roots in the soil. And so the scene is set for a heroic African tale. ...