September 12th 2013

The Fat Coneheads of Gorongosa

A few years ago I was at the Museum of Natural History in London to examine several type specimens of African katydids. One of them was the holotype of a conehead katydid Lanista africana, a species described by the infamous 19th century entomologist Francis Walker. (Stories abound about the quality of his taxonomic work, such as the time when he described the same set of insect species twice, each time giving them different names. This, of course, is not unusual and happens to this day, but in his case it was the same box of specimens which he first described in the morning, and then again after lunch, without realizing that he had already given them names.) What caught my eye was an inscription on the label attached to the specimen. In addition to the typical 19th century exactitude in the locality information (“From Africa”) it bore the following note – “Lived 18 months without food.”…

 

Read More: http://www.gorongosa.org/blog/bush-diaries/fat-coneheads-gorongosa


September 12th 2013

Arriving in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique at this time of the year, when the grasslands are bone dry and green has all but disappeared from the color palette of this immense ecosystem, I did not expect to see too many insects. Sure, there will always be ants and a bunch of grasshoppers, but the bulk of the insect fauna pretty much disappears until the onset of rains in November. The nights are quite cold when the atmosphere is devoid of the buffering layer of humidity and consequently few insects are active around the lights of the camp. But those that do come are often stunning. Some of the first animals that I spotted when I resumed my nightly patrols around the lights of the Chitengo camp were huge praying mantids Heterochaeta orientalis, whose head morphology immediately brought to my mind a scrawny, long-eared house cat, and that’s what I decided to call them. The Cat mantids are probably some of the largest in Africa, with the females’ body length approaching 20 cm. Males are about 15 cm long, which still makes for an imposing insect…

Read more: http://www.gorongosa.org/blog/bush-diaries/cat-mantis


August 30th 2013
“They say don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. For the last two weeks I’ve spent nearly every day following in the footsteps of Kenneth Tinley, for a total of about 20 miles…”Tyler Coverdale is a visiting researcher from Princeton University who is replicating the work of Kenneth Tinley from the 1970s to better understand how Gorongosa’s vegetation has changed over time. Read more from his blog:http://www.gorongosa.org/blog/bush-diaries/walking-tinley’s-footsteps

“They say don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. For the last two weeks I’ve spent nearly every day following in the footsteps of Kenneth Tinley, for a total of about 20 miles…”

Tyler Coverdale is a visiting researcher from Princeton University who is replicating the work of Kenneth Tinley from the 1970s to better understand how Gorongosa’s vegetation has changed over time. Read more from his blog:

http://www.gorongosa.org/blog/bush-diaries/walking-tinley’s-footsteps


August 29th 2013
   Behind the Scenes: This white-tailed mongoose poses for the trail camera! This mostly nocturnal mongoose is the largest in the mongoose family.

Behind the Scenes: This white-tailed mongoose poses for the trail camera! This mostly nocturnal mongoose is the largest in the mongoose family.


August 27th 2013
Gorongosa’s hippos are a vital part to the wetland ecosystem and they’re fascinating creatures. With the help of the visiting hippo researcher, Jen Guyton, we’re giving you an in-depth look at Gorongosa’s hippos on our website:

http://www.gorongosa.org/explore-park/wildlife/gorongosas-hippos

    
Thanks to Paul Kerrison for this photo!

Gorongosa’s hippos are a vital part to the wetland ecosystem and they’re fascinating creatures. With the help of the visiting hippo researcher, Jen Guyton, we’re giving you an in-depth look at Gorongosa’s hippos on our website:

http://www.gorongosa.org/explore-park/wildlife/gorongosas-hippos

Thanks to Paul Kerrison for this photo!


August 26th 2013
Piotr Naskrecki is back talking all about Gorongosa’s praying mantids. These may look like aliens from another planet, but they’re home is closer than you think…

    
http://www.gorongosa.org/blog/bush-diaries/empusids

Piotr Naskrecki is back talking all about Gorongosa’s praying mantids. These may look like aliens from another planet, but they’re home is closer than you think…

http://www.gorongosa.org/blog/bush-diaries/empusids


July 31st 2013
Gorongosa has wonders large and small. This painted reed frog is a stunning example of one of Gorongosa’s incredible small creatures.

Learn more about Gorongosa’s Micro World: http://www.gorongosa.org/explore-park/wildlife/micro-world

Thanks to Bart Wursten for this photo!

Gorongosa has wonders large and small. This painted reed frog is a stunning example of one of Gorongosa’s incredible small creatures.

Learn more about Gorongosa’s Micro World: http://www.gorongosa.org/explore-park/wildlife/micro-world

Thanks to Bart Wursten for this photo!


July 15th 2013
Observatorium: A Lenda da Gorongosa

oobservatorium:

"Nos principios dos tempos, Deus vivia com os seus povos nas montanhas da Gorongosa. Os seres humanos eram gigantes e não tinham medo de pedir favores especiais a Deus. Cansado por ser constantemente importunado, o Criador mudou-se para para o céu. Apesar disso, os gigantes persistiram, subindo à…


July 15th 2013
Behind the Scenes: A remote trail camera in Gorongosa caught this baboon yawning at the perfect moment and (bonus!) an extreme close-up of a warthog!

    
Check out more remote camera photos in our gallery: http://www.gorongosa.org/explore-park/gallery?media_type=All&gallery_tag=48

Behind the Scenes: A remote trail camera in Gorongosa caught this baboon yawning at the perfect moment and (bonus!) an extreme close-up of a warthog!

Check out more remote camera photos in our gallery: http://www.gorongosa.org/explore-park/gallery?media_type=All&gallery_tag=48


July 11th 2013
Get a taste of rural life in Africa by visiting Vinho community near Gorongosa National Park. A Gorongosa guide will take to you a school and a new local market. Experience first hand how your visit can make a difference in people’s lives:http://www.gorongosa.org/plan-your-adventure/activities/trip-vinho-communityThanks to Tish Grant of Bushfind for this photo!

Get a taste of rural life in Africa by visiting Vinho community near Gorongosa National Park. A Gorongosa guide will take to you a school and a new local market. Experience first hand how your visit can make a difference in people’s lives:http://www.gorongosa.org/plan-your-adventure/activities/trip-vinho-community

Thanks to Tish Grant of Bushfind for this photo!


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