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Adventures Near and Afar

A Cultural & Wildlife Safari Through Botswana

Join Bonnie Fladung for this cultural and wildlife safari to Botswana. Bonnie is the co-author of "When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer," which has received many accolades, including Book Authority's "One of the Best Wildlife Books of All Time" and National Geographic's recommendation as the book to read before going on safari in Africa. While researching her books, Bonnie had the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see how game parks operate in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. She also traveled to Morocco where she studied the art of storytelling with the last of the master storytellers, and became fascinated with the craft of oral storytelling and ancient cultures.

 

On this trip to Botswana, Bonnie hopes to share her love of storytelling. For those who are interested, there will be time every day between game drives to work with her on projects, whether it's keeping a trip journal or diary, sketching the wildlife and scenery, or creating a photo essay of your pictures. About the safari

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"The uniqueness and splendor of the African elephant is brought home in this wonderful and inspiring story..."

A great review of "The Elephant's Euphonium"

By Lois C. Henderson of Bookpleasures.com

 

"Written in verse, this children's book is a refreshing foray into the world of the elephant, as centered on the young elephant, Khula, son of the famous Tusker, Isilo, who put Tembe Elephant Park, situated on the Mozambican / South African border, on the map. Written in rhyme and composed with a clear awareness of the age range at which it is directed (6- to 8-year-olds, primarily), the story tells of how Khula's musical talents lead him to interact with the grey-crowned crane and the bateleur eagle. When he grows older, and foraging for food becomes more of a priority, his mother knows that he is about to leave his family grouping to join the herds of bachelor elephants roaming the Park. However, before he goes, she takes him to see the remains of his father, King Isilo. Khula, thus, comes to realize the precious nature of his tusker inheritance, and vows to pass it on to his offspring in turn." Read full review

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"When Eagles Roar" made it to the Best Wildlife Books of All Time

I'm happy to announce that my book, "When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer" made it to BookAuthority's Best Wildlife Books of All Time.
BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honor to get this kind of recognition. Thank you for all your support!  Read More 
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A Big Year of Bird Reading

Co-author James Currie
How exciting! "When Eagles Roar" is one of the top recommendations by the "Afternoon Birder" - a blog that recommends everyone read one book about birds every month this year!

https://theafternoonbirder.com/books-about-birding/

The "Afternoon Birder" is a Birding, Travel and Wildlife Blog.
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One of the best books about or featuring birds!

Another accolade! "When Eagles Roar" is recommended by Bookscrolling.com as "One of the best books about or featuring birds!" We are #12 in the list of 58+ books!

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A sneak peek at the latest artwork

Isilo
My illustrator is working hard on the watercolors for "The Elephant's Euphonium." Coming soon!!
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Large Tusker Update

An update from my co-author James Currie:

"The death of Satao 2 earlier this year reminds us how urgently we need to do something. When I started this documentary there were approximately 40 big tuskers left. Just three years later, its believed that there are now only 22 remaining on our beautiful planet. Our filming trip last September to Kenya reminds us how much these guys need our help."  Read More 
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Lava At Night

A massive collapse at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii's Volcano National Park on New Year's Eve resulted in 26 acres falling into the ocean. I took this dramatic photo of the lava lake surface at Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook at the Jaggar Museum in mid December.
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African Roundtable: Selected Topics from an Emerging Continent

On Safari!
April-May 2017
African Roundtable: Selected Topics from an Emerging Continent (OSHER at Dartmouth)

I will be co-leading a class at Dartmouth College with Norman Miller (Professor Emeritus at the Geisel School of Medicine).

Much of our fascination with Africa today starts with the human story, the evolution of our ancestors, the "invention" of medicine, art and religion, and the contemporary relations between humans, animals and their environment. Africa is also a complex 21st-century continent and our focus will include two sessions on modern politics and economic development including foreign aid issues.

Drawing on local expertise, the course co-directors have selected six specific themes that illustrate these universal topics: (1) African Prehistory and the Modern Fossil Discoveries in South Africa; (2) African Traditional Medicine and Cross Cultural Healing; (3) Indigenous Religion, Spiritism and Witchcraft, as seen in African art; (4) Contemporary Issues of African Wildlife and Conservation; (5) the Role of Foreign Aid and Non-Governmental Organizations; and (6) Key Political Trends in Today's Africa.

Invited guests include Dr. Jeremy DeSilva (Anthropology), Ambassador Roland Kuchel (Zambia and Eastern Europe), Dr. Nelson Kasfir (Political Science).  Read More 
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Morocco by Donkey!

The best way to get around the holy city of Moulay Idriss! Donkeys are used to transport everything - people, shopping, luggage, beds, fridges, and furniture. Due to the hilly nature of the streets, it's the only transportation game in town.

Dar Zerhoune, the award-winning inn in the heart of the city, sponsors a community project offering free veterinary care for the local donkeys each month.  Read More 
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