Chewing the Cud

Chewing the Cud

Africa. Not only is the giraffe the tallest mammal alive, it is the 2nd largest land animal (after the elephant) and the largest ruminant. The largest what? What in the world is a ruminant (other than a really cool word)? Well, ruminates soften their food in their...
Truffle Hunting

Truffle Hunting

France. Given a choice of touring Dijon, France on our barge trip or going truffle hunting, the choice was obvious (at least to me). A truffle hunt with a Lagotto, a dog bred to hunt truffles, was in order. There are hundreds of truffle types, but we were going to...
Largest Animal Rescue in History

Largest Animal Rescue in History

Africa. I never expected to see penguins frolicking in the warm surf, in Africa of all places. But there they were at the beach at The Cape of Good Hope, the Southern tip of Africa. The African Penguin, also known as the Black-Footed Penguin or the Jackass Penguin...
Hope in Chad

Hope in Chad

Africa. These beautiful elephants live in Botswana, a wonderful place I visited several years ago. But in Chad which is in Central Africa, just last month, 89 elephants were killed for their ivory. Thirty three were pregnant females and 15 were calves shot along side...