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Absolutely Incredible True Story About a Lioness and Baby Baboon

This is so precious.

Photographer Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth were on a game drive in the northern Botswana’s Selinda area when they came across a big troop of baboons charging through the bush.
"30-40 baboons were heading in our general direction making a lot of noise," Lisa recalls.
The baboons were obviously frightened by something and they all scampered up trees, shouting, alarming, and making a big scene. It quickly became clear what the problem was: two large lionesses came out of the tall grass and rushed the baboons into the trees, soon joined by two more lionesses.
"Between the baboons shrieking and the lionesses communicating with deep guttural roars, it was a mad scene," Lisa says.
But then the real chaos began! One brave baboon descended the dead tree and tried to make a run for it. but got snapped up in the jaws of a lioness.

The lioness grabbed a female baboon on the run. But there was something else there. As the baboon lay dying in the jaws of the lioness, a little baby (less than a month old) slowly disengaged from its mother’s body. Photograph by Evan Schille.

Instinct took over and the baby tried to make a go for a tree, but did not have the strength to climb. At this point the lioness noticed the “little guy” and went over to investigate. Photograph by Evan Schille.

Instead of snapping the baby up in a deadly movement, she started to play with the baboon. Photograph by Evan Schille.

The lioness was inquisitive and gentle at the same time. Photograph by Evan Schille.

After a while she picked up the baboon softly in her mouth and walked away, then settled down with the baby between her paws. Photograph by Evan Schille.

In a strange behavioural twist, the baboon started to try and suckle the lioness. Photograph by Evan Schiller
What happened next blew our minds - the baby, in another instinctual moment, held onto the lioness’ chest and tried to suckle.

Photograph by Evan Schiller

The lioness got distracted-this time by two male lions who arrived on the scene. Their advances, however, were met with aggression by the lioness. Was she defending the baby baboon? Or just uninterested in their mating advances? Photograph by Evan Schiller
Here’s where it gets interesting: Waiting in a nearby tree is a big male baboon, who is obviously intent on saving the baby. The male lions were causing such a ruckus that it presented a short window of opportunity for the brave hero to descend the tree, grab the baby and head back to safety.
The father baboon had to make a move. Holding the baby, in all sorts of contorted positions, he tried numerous times to climb down the tree. He tested the lionesses’ interest with each descent. Photograph by Evan Schiller.

The heroic male baboon, having just saved the baby from the lions, cradled him in his arms. Photograph by Evan Schille.

"I was touched by how gently the father baboon held this little baby who was in tough shape after its ordeal."

Life is fragile and no matter how much we fight to control its outcome, all we can do is live in the moment.”

Thanks to Lisa Holzwarth and Evan Schille for sharing your wonderful experience.


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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Stop the illegal slaughter of Leopards

This is just mind boggling.

I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone in their right mind would get satisfaction from harming these beautiful Leopards.

It really makes my blood boil.

Please sign the petition, it only takes a minute of your time.

We have to speak up, the poor Leopards can’t do it.

Read below it’s disgusting behavior.

Bruce Watson (middle) has killed 109 leopards and 57 lions !!!!

He was born in 1977 and at the age of 18 became the youngest person ever to get a full professional hunter’s license in Zimbabwe. After joining Swanepoel and Scandrol Safaris he guided up to 300 days a year throughout Ethiopia, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In addition he helped guide clients in Tajikistan, Australia and the Arctic Circle. Cliff has guided clients to over 115 different species of game in Africa, and up to date he has taken 109 leopard and 57 lions. His company, Rifa Safari Area, recently started with Bruce Watson, has one of Zimbabwe’s top areas for the next 10 years.


(Pictured:Cliff Walker, Bruce Watson and Doug Scandrol)

Shame on you so called men.

Please sign the petition.


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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Mesearni Snake Park Clinic, They Save Many Lives in Tanzania

The clinic here at Meserani Snake Park treats over 15 hundred patients per month all FREE of charge. They come from far and wide.
They treat everyone from your common cold to more serious issues such as snake bite victims and serious burns. You name it they fix it.
More often than not if a patient has been sent to the local hospital regarding anything snake related, they will send the patient to the snake park clinic, it is more equipped to deal with these issues and has all the anti-venom on hand.
All the proceeds from the Maasai Cultural Museum go to fund the clinic, as well as visitors that visit the park and drink in the bar. 
At the moment there is a boy here around 15 years of age. He  was herding his cows, a buffalo charged him and caught the inside of his leg and crushed all the bones in the leg. They had to amputate his leg from the knee down. He is very lucky to be alive, they think the reason he survived, was because he had some dogs with him and they distracted the buffalo.
The snake park are in the process of getting him a prosthetic leg.
The girls and myself went to visit him the other day and took him a nice cold soda. He was ever so grateful.
While we where there the nurse showed him a video of other people around the world that have had limbs removed and how they can still lead a very active life. He was so happy after watching the video, big smiles on his face. What a brave young man.
Downstairs in the clinic is a men’s ward and a ladies ward each with it’s own en suite and Television. There is 2 exam rooms, equipped with everything you could imagine. Upstairs is a flat for volunteer doctors and nurses to stay and help in the clinic.
A lot of the medical supplies are donated from overseas which help a lot.
I’m not joking when I say they have saved many, many lives here. If your visiting the snake park at any time your more than welcome to visit the clinic. They really do a fabulous job caring for their patients. Your in good hands at the snake park!! :)
Tania Bale

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Tanzania Safari

Day 1

Hi all arrived safe and sound, had a great  trip  over to Tanzania, 5 planes plus a 4 hour entertaining road trip, dodging camels, cows, donkeys, goats and sheep strolling across the road on their way back to their village after a day out grazing in the wilderness,  

It took us approximately 36 hours to get here from New Zealand, all worth it though.

We arrived at Meserani Snake Park in the evening, all totally exhausted so it was off to bed for us.

I’m traveling with my 6 year old twins on my own, so even that can take it’s toll

Day 2

Bit jet lagged, wide eyed and bushy tailed, woke up at 4.30 this morning, listening to the creatures of the night, amazing sounds.

Had a lovely cooked breakfast yum, yum, have had about 4 cups of delicious Africafe coffee, god that’s the best coffee ever!

Had my morning  groom with my buddy Shawawa, she’s so cute.

Wildlife Anti poaching department confiscated her and bought her to the park to be looked after.

She comes from Southern Tanzania so it would be virtually impossible to introduce her to another troop of baboons. Baboons are very tribal and do not take lightly to strangers joining their troop. She would be injured in the process. Shawawa is very well looked after and loves the interaction with the visitors to the park.

The Snake Park looks awesome, so nice to be back and see everyone again.

We’ve got our summer gear on, sorry had to rub that in lol, we just left -8 back home.

Look we even have a gym in my lounge, no excuse now not to exercise.

We have some friends here from New Zealand, they just climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level, they are pretty impressed with themselves. Thumbs up to them.

They have a beer here called Kilimanjaro, and a t-shirt that says, “If you can’t climb it drink it” I won’t be climbing it so I guess I better drink it..

Look what I found in my room!!! I’m such a girl lol, I had to get Ma to get this little fella out haha, We all know what eats frogs around the snake park!!!!

So for the next few days I’ll just be chilling before the adventures being.

Chat soon


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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Lion and Wildebeest Encounter – Rare Footage!

Lion and Wildebeest Encounter – Amazing Footage!

by Dalene Ingham-Brown, Overlanding Africa.Com

Witnessing a lion attack during a game drive is one thing, but seeing a wildebeest fighting for its life for over 7 minutes and breaking free from the clutches of a lion’s jaws is something incredibly rare to witness.

The team at Ranger Diaries published this amazing video of the encounter. It’s sad, heartwarming and an inspiration to never give up, no matter how impossible the situation you are in may seem.

What an extraordinary event. Lucky wildebeest.

Thanks for letting us share your story Overlanding Africa


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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Words of Appreciation Dedicated to Meserani Snake Park

This project work is dedicated to Mr. BJ for his kind filled heart for making Meserani Snake Park a home for us and all other university students who wished to conduct their practical training in the snake park.

This is project is to show you that we appreciate the chance you have offered us, hopeful this work will be useful to you in advertising Meserani snake park all over the world as it is surely a place with unique attraction, for me its a splendid deposit of culture and nature all mixed up together magnificent way that can blow hearts away with joy that they have experience the view of reptiles like no other and understanding maasai culture that deep to the extent of feeling part of it.

For we have seen how hard you work in helping the local people fight against poverty, ignorance and diseases. You inspires us a lot BJ for the lives that you have touched in million numbers of way. The most inspiring part is when you have empowered women as their the main pillar in society development, We promise to be a good ambassadors of Meserani snake park..

Cheers to you for what you have achieved and best of luck for the upcoming achievements. We will forever be honored for the chance you have given us.

Words of appreciation from Erca G. Uisso, A University Student from Dodoma.

Kind  regards

Tania Bale
African Art Online.Com

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The Africa You Need To Know

Africa is not a country. It is the world’s second largest continent and the second most populous, after Asia. Occupying 20 percent of the Earth’s land area, it measures roughly 5,000 miles from north to south and about 4,600 miles from east to west. This makes it about four times the size of the United States.

Africa’s population of about 890 million is slightly less than 14 percent of total world population. Its peoples belong to thousands of ethnic groups and clans. Some of the more widely known ethnic groups in Africa are Arab, Ashanti, Bantu, Berber, Dinka, Fulani, Ganda, Yoruba, Hausa, Kikuyu, Luba, Lunda, Malinke, Moor, Nuer, Tuareg and Xhosa.

Africans are by no means homogeneous. There is no African culture. Africans have diverse and varied ways of life. They behave differently from country to country, ethnic group to ethnic group and clan to clan.

There is also no African language. Africans speak about 2,000 languages. Among Africa’s most widely spoken languages are Swahili, Hausa, Yoruba, Bantu, Akan, Arabic, Koma and Songhai.

And far from being a perpetual laggard, Africa has made and still makes quite significant contributions to the world order. History 101 says Africa provided the slave labor that developed the New World and enriched the Old World. Today, Africa provides columbite-tantalite, the mineral from which the computer chips that drive the 21st century’s high-tech global economy are made.

Algeria, Egypt, Libya and Nigeria are the major petroleum and natural gas producing countries in Africa. They account for about 20 percent of the world’s petroleum needs. Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa together produce 50 percent of the world’s diamonds. Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe together produce nearly 50 percent of the world’s gold.

Africa also contributes 70 percent of the world’s cocoa each year, 34 percent of the coffee and 50 percent of the palm products. The United States imports 30 to 60 percent of key African products; French industry depends on Africa for over 90 percent of its uranium, cobalt and manganese, 76 percent of its bauxite, 50 percent of its chromium and 30 percent of its iron ore; and British industry depends on Africa for 80 percent of its chromium, 65 percent of its lubrication oil, 55 percent of its manganese and 54 percent of its cobalt. China imports nearly 30 percent of its oil and gas from sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa is the continent longest inhabited by human beings. There are two competing theories to explain how mankind spread across the globe from Africa.

The “Out of Africa” theory suggests that between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago, modern man (Homo sapiens) emerged from Africa to slowly populate the rest of the world, replacing any human species that were already there.

The other theory suggests that modern humans arose simultaneously in Africa, Europe and Asia from one of our predecessors, Homo erectus, who left Africa about 2 million years ago.

Proponents of each theory, however, agree on one point—that all humans alive today could share common ancestry with a being in Africa who lived 120,000 to 220,000 years ago.

History is emphatic that Africa is the cradle of civilization. Egypt, Ethiopia and the ancient empires of Mali, Songhai, Kongo, Oyo, Kanem-Bornu and Ghana are among Africa’s early civilizations. The Nile Valley is also acclaimed for the inventions its African inhabitants bequeathed to modern civilization.

Africa boasts of having some of the best brains in the world. According to the United States Census Bureau, Africans are the most educated ethnic group in the United States.

But what do the Western media say Africa is?

This dehumanization of Africa has become a matter of concern not only to Africans, at home and in the diaspora, but also to teeming non-Africans who have suckled at Africa’s generous breasts.

Very interesting read indeed. Seems to me Africa is a very wealthy Country. Where does all the money go?

This article was written by,  African Business Forum Consortium please help support their forum on Linkedin.

All the best
Tania Bale
African Art Online.Com


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