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Oregon Zoo’s Africa

Every time I enter an Africa exhibit of a zoo I hear Toto’s song “Africa” playing in my head and a tug on my heart strings for a continent I long to explore and Oregon Zoo’s Africa exhibit was no different. I arrived at the Africa exhibit with a hungry belly and decided to stop…

Tanzania Research Trip

Guest Writer:  Allison is a zoo blogger for Zoo Critic. I’ve always dreamed of going on safari, so when the opportunity arose to go to Tanzania for my university research trip abroad I took it. My project was focused on the aggressive interactions between hippopotamus and crocodiles. I was excited, my family was apprehensive as I…

Namibia

Volunteer With EHRA: Elephant – Human Relations Aid

EHRA:  Elephant – Human Relations Aid is an organization that runs elephant conservation and volunteer projects in Namibia, Africa.  “EHRA aims to find long-term sustainable solutions to the ever-growing problem of facilitating the peaceful co-habitation between the subsistence farmers, community members and the desert adapted elephants.” ~ excerpt from site Guest Writer:  Janet Gilmour is…

Kesho Park

Also out on Toronto Zoo’s savannah is Kesho Park Headquarters, a cabin set up like an African safari outpost, where visitors are surrounded by animal skins, horns and tortoise shells that can be touched, as well as pictures and information on conservation issues.  Interactive exhibits like this are great for adult and children alike and…

To the Heart of Africa

I’ve always dreamed of visiting Africa and one main reason is its diverse habitats that are home to some of the most amazing animals.  The closest I’ve come to Africa thus far is wandering the paths of Toronto Zoo’s Africa exhibits, from the depths of the African Rainforest Pavilion to the wide expanse of Kesho…