Liliana Bobo: The Patron Saint of Central Park’s Feathered Set

Lillian Bobo feeds a flying pigeon in Central Park

I was so disappointed. I was basking in the glow of a wonderful wildlife moment and in she ruined it. Not on purpose mind you, I know that, but without warning my subject, a big, beautiful Canadian goose who was stretching and preening like a supermodel for my camera, abandoned me, leaving me bewildered and annoyed. […]

Systane and Zaditor: How to Beat Dry, Itchy Eyes When You Travel

Zaditor and Systane

Systane & Zaditor My eyes are often a nightmare when I travel.  They turn into dry, stinging orbs exacerbated by hot, windy, dry or dusty locations—Africa being a particularly difficult nemesis. It’s frustrating. Add in long plane rides, time spent in front of my computer, and lack of sleep, and I want to claw my […]

What do Cheetahs Eat? The Day I Found Out First Hand

Mother cheetah -- What do Cheetah's Eat

When I was on my first safari, I wondered, what do cheetahs eat? They’re big cats, but not half as big as a lion or a leopard. What’s large enough to keep one fed but small enough to be manageable during a hunt? My curiosity in cheetah cuisine was soon answered: gazelle. Sure they eat […]

Andrew Beck: Wildlife Photographer, Conservationist, Man about The Bush

Andrew Beck from Wild Eye SA

I was checking in at the Ole Sereni hotel in Nairobi when I heard the familiar sound of a South African accent behind me. I turned to find Andrew Beck grinning from ear to ear, his hand outstretched to shake mine. It was the first time I’d met Andrew in person though I’d known him […]

Why An Amboseli Safari Should be on Every Elephant Lover’s List

Herd of elephants in Amboseli Kenya

t was my first hour on my Amboseli safari and upon checking into the Serena Amboseli Lodge, the receptionist handed me a room key attached to a foot-long wooden club. “That’s in case the monkeys get too friendly,” she explained. I chuckled and threw her a smile, assuming she was making a joke. She grinned […]

AtholPlace Hotel & Villa: A Luxury Respite in Johannesburg

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I love luxury. I guess that’s not unusual. Who doesn‘t love luxury? But I don’t need luxury. If I made luxury a deciding factor in my choice of destinations, I wouldn’t have traveled to some of the remote yet remarkable places I’ve had the pleasure of exploring over the years.  Every now and then, however, […]

Wildlife Abounds on Safari in South Africa’s Timbavati Game Reserve

A leopard in the grass

We were in the Timbavati Game Reserve, spellbound, watching Rockfig Jr., the leopard with the aquamarine eyes, casually gnaw on her impala kill. We were 15 feet from where she lay with her prize, yet she behaved as if we weren’t there. Her glossy coat and white underbelly stood out against the looming twilight. Her […]

I Travel for a Living. I Never Get Jet Lag. Here’s Why

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“I’m jet-lagged.” If you’ve ever had the poor unfortunate circumstance to say this, you know how awful it can be. On a trip to Thailand, I had jet lag. Wait, let me rephrase that. I had debilitating, shoot-me-now jet lag.  I arrived in Bangkok dragging like a character from The Walking Dead, vowing never to feel […]

32 African Elephant Images For Animal Lovers

Majestic. Adorable. Formidable. Captivating. Intelligent. Compassionate. Protective. Funny. Magnificent. These are only a few of the words that come to mind when I think of the elephant—one of my favorite animals on the planet. I mean, who doesn’t love elephants? If there’s someone out there who scowls when an elephant is mentioned, I hope I […]