Heading for the wilderness of Manna Pools with friends Jon and Nisse next week has inspired me to think about the animal tidbits we've learned over our last eleven months on the African continent. As we prepare for another respite in the bush lands, here are some things you may not know about African wildlife:
-A group of giraffes is called a tower. Recent travel buddy Abbie was desperate to see a large one on our trip. No worries; the family all came out to say goodbye just as we were leaving Hwange National Park.
-A group of standing zebras is called a herd or a zeal. A group of moving zebras is referred to as a dazzle.
-Rhinos are one of the most endangered animals in our country, due to loss of habitat and poaching. To help the population, rhinos in almost all national parks are preemptively de-horned. This prevents poachers from killing the whole animal for one piece. Many a fashionable rhino, like these guys we saw in Lake Chivero National Park, is walking around without a horn.