Around the world tour

Join us in circling the globe and touching down on the seven continents from the comfort of our homes. Watch LIVE cams to enter the real-time world of these wonderful and diverse places, and learn fascinating facts about each location. Because these cams are live, parental supervision is advised.

Destination: Africa

 

  • The African continent, the world’s oldest populated area, is larger than the USA, Canada and India combined.

  • Known for its diversity and richness of wildlife, Africa has a greater variety of freshwater fish and hoofed mammals than any other continent. Over 85% of the world’s elephants and 99% of its lions live in Africa.

  • Bigger than the continental USA, the Sahara desert is the largest hot desert on earth.

  • Over 750,000 zebra and 1.2 million wildebeest migrate through the Serengeti National Park, the largest wildlife migration on the planet.

 

  • There are 54 countries and 9 territories.

  • 1.1 billion people (15% of the world's total population) call Africa home. Over 50% of its population are under the age of 25. The population is anticipated to more than double to 2.3 billion people by 2050.

  • In Africa, there are fewer people with internet connections than in New York City.

  • With the exceptions of Ethiopia and Liberia, all of Africa was colonized by foreign powers. Before colonial rule, Africa comprised up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with distinct languages and customs.

GRACE Center, located in a remote area adjacent to the Tayna Nature Reserve, plays a critical role in protecting gorillas. The habitat is home to 8% of the remaining wild population (around 300 gorillas). Other endangered wildlife such as chimpanzees and okapi also call this place home. 

Meet the gorillas and learn about their lives and distinct personalities:

Grauer gorilla facts:

  • Grauer’s gorillas live only in the remote forests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa.

  • Grauer's gorillas (formerly called eastern lowland gorillas) are the largest subspecies of gorilla.

  • Reaching up to 550 pounds in weight as adults, they are the world's largest primate.

  • They are similar to mountain gorillas but have shorter fur, narrower faces and rounder nostrils.

  • Grauer’s gorillas are largely herbivorous but have been seen eating ants and other insects.

  • They live in family groups led by the dominant male silverback.

  • During the day spend their time feeding and resting.

  • They build new sleeping nests each night.

  • Grauer's gorillas are threatened by the lack of legal protection for their habitat.

  • Grauer gorillas and humans share sharing 98% of their genetic code.

Let's spend some time visiting the Mpala Research Center, situated in the highlands of central Kenya. This region is home to an estimated 550 bird and 100 mammal species. 

Facts:

  • To stay cool in the blistering heat, hippos spend most of their days in rivers and lakes. Their eyes, nose and ears are located on the top of their head, which means they can see and breathe whilst submerged in the water. See how many you can spot in the watering hole!

  • Grevy's zebras are the largest zebra species, and have thicker stripes and larger ears than other zebras. They prefer hot, dry regions and can often be seen on the open plains with other grazing animals such as wildebeest, ostriches and antelopes.
  • While Nile crocodiles' diet consists mostly of fish, they'll eat nearly anything that crosses their path, including zebras and gazelles. With the average adult measuring 16 feet in length and weighing 500 pounds, they truly are a sight to behold!

Look for:

  • Grevy's zebras

  • Elephants

  • Hippos

  • Giraffes

  • Leopards

  • Nile crocodiles

  • Gazelles

For projects for younger kids, look for Nigel the koala. 

BIG hint! You'll find Nigel in What's different? • Play portal • We Puzzle Together for Tots

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