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The No. 2 Week of Sharks Returns! #SharkFest

SharkFest, television’s second-best-known week of sharks, returns to Nat Geo WILD on Sunday, July 23 at 8 PM ET. In addition, decorated Olympian Ryan Lochte makes a splash to help spread the word about the most sharks per square inch on television.

A large Lemon Shark gulps down a large tuna head in front of a crowd of divers, Fiji.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, SharkFest presents factual shark stories incorporating innovative research technology to reveal compelling insight on some of the most unique shark species in the world. With the help of scientists and shark experts, SharkFest will deliver the facts and raise awareness about these “jawsome” animals in more than 131 countries and 38 languages.

We are so excited, there are some seriously amazing shows lined up. Sharks are amazing, and the shark experts have so much interesting info to share. You are not going to want to miss it!

Shark v Predator
Premieres Sunday, July 23 8/7c
SharkFest kicks off with a look at the animals that dare to take on sharks. Seals, crocodiles, octopi, bobcats and even birds have gone head to head with these elite killers, and we’ve uncovered the footage to prove it. Watch rare moments when a shark ends up on the receiving end of an attack. It’s time for nature’s ultimate underwater showdown.

Tiger Shark Terror
Premieres Monday, July 24 8/7c
Every diver has been warned that sharks feed at night, but is this a myth or does the truth lurk somewhere deep beneath the waves? Professional shark diver Eli Martinez and scientist Matthew Smukall plunge into the nighttime world of Tiger Beach to investigate whether shark behavior changes once the sun goes down.

Mission Critical: Sharks Under Attack
Special Encore Airs Monday, July 24 10/9c
National Geographic underwater photographer and Instagram star Brian Skerry is on a mission to change the perception of our oceans’ greatest predators – sharks. After three decades capturing the world’s oceans on camera, Skerry knows sharks as kings of the oceans that keep these fragile ecosystems functioning, not as violent “Jaws”-like man-eaters.

Shark Swarm
Premieres Tuesday, July 25 8/7c
Across the vast oceans are underwater oases where sharks congregate in huge numbers. What is the attraction at these mysterious waypoints? Join shark scientist Riley Elliott on a unique expedition as he investigates some of the largest and most mysterious shark gatherings on the planet.

World’s Deadliest: Shark Frenzy!
Premieres Wednesday, July 26, 8/7c
The deep blue sea is a majestic place explored by many, but it also holds some of the world’s deadliest apex predators … sharks! These savage killers have one thing in common: the need to feed. In their quest, they use sheer force, technique and genetics to achieve their ultimate goal.

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Ghost of the Mountains

To bring Disneynature’s Born in China to life, filmmakers endure extreme environments to witness stories of some of our planet’s most remarkable animals. Go behind the scenes on one of the team’s most ambitious projects yet – to find and film the elusive snow leopard in China, on the highest plateau on Earth. The air is thin, the weather brutal, the terrain tricky, and the subjects nearly impossible to locate – and even tougher to capture on film. Ghost of the Mountains documents the crew’s historic and groundbreaking journey.

Ghost of the Mountains

Available Now for Purchase Digitally & On Demand
. Check out the trailer below, it looks amazing! The feature also comes with three bonuses:

Hiding Up High – A crew sets out to capture the remarkable migration of the chiru antelope, the highest-altitude migration in the world.

Disneynature: Get Inspired, Get Involved – Connect with nature and make a difference for wildlife with help from Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund.

Disneynature Dolphins Sneak Peek – Dive into a spectacular undersea world with Echo in this first look at Disneynature’s upcoming new adventure.

We can’t wait to watch! What about you?

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4 Famous African Animals That Have Made an Impact on the World

By Cristina Costea

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One of the most significant reasons people go on safaris is the animals. Getting to see the majestic African beasts in their natural habitat is one of the most precious memories a person can make in their lifetime. 

Unfortunately, poaching has greatly reduced the numbers of the big five and other majestic African animals. According to numerous statistics, including the African Wildlife Foundation, if the current poaching rates are kept up, rhinos, elephants and other African wildlife may become extinct within our lifetime.

Today, we’re going to take a look at 4 famous African animals that have left their print on the world, but who have been taken from us too early.
 
4. Wozani, the Black Rhino

rhinoImage source: Express.co.uk

The black rhino is a critically endangered animal, which means that there is pretty much only a handful of them out there. Wozani was a black rhino male that wandered from the Kruger National Park in South Africa and was shot to death by poachers. They took parts of his foot, his tail and his tusk.
It is believed that Wozani strayed from the park in search of his beloved mate, Busa, that had been killed by poachers a month prior to his death. Wozani was beloved by many, and what made him endearing was his cute face that looked as if he was getting ready to plant a big, wet kiss on someone’s face. Just look at that cute face!
Did you know that in 2014, a permit to kill one of the 18 black rhinos that Namibia considered past their prime and  a threat to younger rhinos was sold for $350,000? Apparently, the money went to fund anti-poaching efforts in Namibia. A bit ironic, isn’t it?
 
3. Huberta the Hippo

hippoImage source: AtlasObscura.com 

Huberta is one of the most famous animals in the history of Africa. Her strange name comes from the fact that people thought she was a male and called her Hubert. But following her death, it was revealed that she was actually a female, thus Huberta. What made Huberta famous and loved by many was her journey. In November 1928, she decided to leave her familiar surroundings and head towards the Eastern Cape. She traveled for three years, a total of 1,000 miles (1,600 km), becoming a symbol of hope and perseverance.

Nobody really knows why she up and left, maybe it was to look for a mate or to retrace the steps of her hippo ancestors, but what people do know is that her journey inspired many. Often the tales of African animals end on a sad note, and Huberta’s story is no different. Even though she was declared a “Royal Game” which made it illegal for hunters to kill her, she was still shot to death by poachers in 1931.
Following her death, she was taxidermied in London and returned to South Africa in 1932. Her story inspired Edmund Lindop to write the 1961’s children’s book Hubert, the Traveling Hippopotamus.
 
2. Satao the Elephant

elephantImage source: Wikipedia.org

It’s hard to imagine killing a majestic elephant for its tusks, but sadly, this happens so often that it is threatening the elephant population. After having roamed Kenya for 45 years, Satao, an African elephant with tusks so big that they almost reached the ground, was killed in 2014, his tusks were taken  from him and his face was mutilated to avoid identification.
 
In 2013 alone, over 20,000 African elephants were slaughtered for their tusks. Ivory sells for several thousand dollars per pound and Satao’s were estimated to weigh around 200 pounds (45 kg).

Here is the heartbreaking statement that let the world know of Satao’s death: “It is with enormous regret that we confirm there is no doubt that Satao is dead, killed by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries. A great life lost so that someone far away can have a trinket on their mantelpiece. Rest in peace, Old Friend, you will be missed.”
 
1. Cecil the Lion 

lionImage source: KTLA.com

Cecil the lion was one of the most famous lions on the African continent. It lived in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, where he was admired and protected. Cecil was born in 2002 and on July 1st 2015, Walter Palmer, an American dentist and big-game hunter killed him with a crossbow, after having lured him out of the park. Palmer allegedly paid a whopping $50,000 and was helped by two locals to track and hunt Cecil, a Southwest African lion.

The news of the murder went viral and the outrage helped add two subspecies of lion to the endangered species list. This means that American hunters will have a much more difficult time killing those types of lions, including Cecil’s subspecies, the Southwest African lion.

Walter Palmer walked away a free man after having killed Cecil and the government of Zimbabwe even mentioned that he is welcomed back in the country but as a tourist and not a hunter.
 
About Cristina Costea
Cristina is a writer for BookAllSafaris.com. She is a passionate traveler, cat aficionado and novice writer.

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50 Amazing Animal Facts infographic

Here’s a fun way to learn some new things about your favorite animals! Which facts did you already know? Were there any that were new to you? I thought it was very sweet about elephants sucking their trunks for comfort (we have more in common than we think).

50 amazing animal facts infographic

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