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Photo of the Day - The Red-and-yellow Barbet (Trachyphonus erythrocephalus) is one of an incredible 42 species of African barbet. These colourful specials are found in broken, scrubby terrain around East Africa, where they nest in burrows and enjoy an omnivorous diet – feeding on invertebrates, seeds and fruit.

The photo seen here was taken by Adam Riley in Tanzania.

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Dog? Cat?
The hyena may look like a sort of dog, but genetically speaking the hyena is closer to cats than dogs. The hyena belongs to a family called Hyaenidae, and cats to Felidae, and they both belong to a genetic family called Feliformia. Dogs on the other hand don’t belong to the Feliformia family at all, making the hyenas closer to cats than dogs.

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An ecologist set up 225 camera traps in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. She was left with an enormous number of photos and the daunting task of sifting through them. Another ecologist had the idea of crowdsourcing the project; 30,000 people visited their site, and the volunteers found animals in more than 300,000 of the photos.

Here’s a small sampling of what they found (a cheetah, a zebra, a baboon, a Thompson’s gazelle and a southern ground hornbill, if you’re keeping score). See more photos and read more about the Snapshot Serengeti project here.

Photos: Snapshot Serengeti

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“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind. Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

-Francesca Marciano

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