We write about the connections between environment, wildlife, food, and health. Diet choices worldwide are among the top three drivers of global climate change and habitat loss.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Yay!! Spotted a Giant Stag Beetle!
Giant Stag Beetle, Sally Kneidel
A rare treat -- a fabulous Giant Stag Beetle (Lucanus elaphus). My
fingertips for scale. Incredible!!! Saw this one at Little Sugar Creek
Greenway last week. The huge jaws are only on males, they fight for
females just like male elk, deer, and moose. Check out this video of 2
males fighting (a different but similar species): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r34FSI2HKPY
Take a peek at our African blog, about the village of Welverdiend next to Kruger National Park
The blog promotes ecotourism in this South African village, which helps create sustainable livelihoods for villagers and helps them to protect their natural resources and their traditional culture. Our visits to Welverdiend was have been among the most interesting days of my life (click on pic).
In 2010, Ken and Sally took off for Southeast Asia. Our goal: to investigate the illegal trade in wildlife that's rampant in Southeast Asia, and to see wild orangutans before they face extinction. See my posts from July 2010-Dec 2010. Or click here.
Ken and Sally studied in South Africa in 2007 and 2009 with the Director of OTS, South Africa. We learned so much about the threats to wildlife in southern Africa. We especially treasured our studies in two indigenous villages, where residents struggle to make ends meet with dwindling resources. Read our posts for info about planning your own visit or contact Sally directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for help with planning your trip.
Sally, Sadie, Ken and Alan spent a couple of months in the Amazon and the Peruvian Andes in 2008. Check out our posts about the indigenous people, places, hikes, and wildlife of Peru. We planned the stay ourselves and can help you plan a similar stay. Our Peru posts of July-October 2008 all have recommendations for bird guides, nature guides, a travel agent, buslines, taxi drivers, biological stations, and inexpensive hostels where we stayed - with contact information for all.