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Great Egret

Great Egret is otherwise known as The Great White Egret, Common Egret or Large Egret. Often seen as the one pictured below, standing on one leg only. The bird has a notable kink of its neck, curving it into an “S” shape when flying. Although we don’t see many land around Footsteps we know when […]

Western Red Colobus Monkey.

The Western Red Colobus Monkey, I really love these fellas. They grow to about 18 to 26 inches and have a slightly longer tail (approx 28 inches) With an average weight of 14 lbs, a large male can be as much as 24lbs. As we can see from the photos below they have a beautiful reddish-brown […]

Great Cormorant

The Great Cormorant is also a great fisherman. Often seen by locals as a major competitor for fish because not only are they great fishermen but also can eat as much as they catch. This big bird can stay underwater circa half a minute and dive to over five metres. Found just ten minutes from […]

Are you making plans yet?

We start making plans, then have to postpone, make more plans, postpone again. Its been a vicious circle this past year hasn’t it? I was reading through our previous updates which showed that we changed our plans continuously. First, we delayed our opening by a month, then another and then another until eventually, we had […]

Spiders in The Gambia.

The spiders in The Gambia are much like anywhere else in the world. I have never come across any poisonous ones like the kind you hear about in Australia. Whenever I think of spiders I’m reminded of a poem my Mum used to sing to me. “The incy wincy spider climbed up the water spout, down came […]

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern | Its name comes from the Latin and, like the name suggests refers to the Caspian Sea. The Caspian Tern is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. Their global population is approximately 50,000 pairs. While their numbers in most regions are stable, the Baltic Sea […]

Crocodiles or Alligators

Are they crocodiles or Alligators, I suppose we should get that bit right before we go further. There is a difference but most don’t know how to tell them apart. They are both scary as hell right. While they do share many of the same features, they couldn’t be any more different. Alligators have a […]

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