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smithsonianmag:

The Pink Lake of Senegal

Lake Retba lies just north of the Cap Vert peninsula in Senegal. The coloring, which can change to purple depending on the time of day, is caused by bacteria that thrives in the high-salinity environment. - From Amusing Planet.

Photo by: SPL / Barcroft Media

Ed note: Lake Baikal and more of the weirdest lakes in the world.

the world is just awesome.

(via smithsonianmag)

Earth’s Prized Corals Discovered

A new survey of coral populations in the Western Indian Ocean reveals the home to the second most diverse population of corals on the planet.
Blues seem bluer in this vividly hued coral paradise.

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Madagascar’s New Animal Haven

The newly established Makira Natural Park is now Madagascar’s largest protected area. The hope is that the park will protect hundreds of unique species that live in the northeastern part of the island nation.
Makira Natural Park now represents the center of biodiversity conservation for the nation.

there are more cool animals…

Lions on the Loose in Kenyan Capital

Big cats are under pressure as one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities creeps onto hunting grounds.

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World’s Largest Preserve Forming in Africa

Elephants have no respect for lines on a map, especially the artificial national boundaries established by Europeans after carving up Africa into colonial empires. But national boundaries have kept elephants and many other animals cooped up in southern Africa.

The nations of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe agreed to ease some of their own border controls in order to create what will be the world’s largest conservation area, reported PRI’s Living on Earth. A chunk of land the size of California will include a variety of habitats and allow wildlife to migrate to greener pastures in the dry season and keep their feet dry during the wet season.

Africa’s iconic wildlife — elephants, lions, crocodiles, leopards, rhinos, hippos, and buffalo — are expected to bring in tourist dollars. Without the incentive of tourist revenues encouraging conservation, the animals were just a danger and a pest to locals, who had to fear elephants raiding their crops and lions stalking them at night, without the legal right to hunt problem animals.

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Lions (and Elephants) Captured in the Wild by Beetlecams

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas prefers to take close, wide-angle shots of animals from the ground.

Usually he’d quietly crawl up to them, but that would be too dangerous.

So he started building a prototype for a mobile camera called a “BeetleCam.” It resembles a large beetle as it moves and offers a beetle-like perspective.

keep reading for more images and more details on Will Burrard-Lucas’ camera

newshour:

From an interview with Jeffrey Brown in 2005:

Thirty years ago, Wangari Maathai had a simple idea: To plant trees. 

mothernaturenetwork:

Wangari Maathai, savior of trees, dies
Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, died Sunday after a long struggle with ovarian cancer.

An inspiring woman. Here’s her mission in her own words.

kateoplis:

Kenya’s Orphan Elephants 

Amazing.

Here’s more on Kenya’s orphan elephants. Gearing up for Elephant Appreciation Day—Sept. 22