About Tim Jackson

With degrees in zoology from the universities of Cambridge and Pretoria, Tim Jackson is mandated to keep his finger on the pulse of the science underlying African conservation and wildlife issues. His insights appear in publications such as Africa Birds and Birding, Safari interactive magazine and in Africa Geographic, where he is the scientific editor. Tim is passionate about travelling and enjoys nothing more than heading into the African wilderness with his trusty camera and notebook to uncover the latest developments and news in the world where wildlife and science collide.
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Can you identify this washed up sea creature?

Africa Geographic’s science editor Tim Jackson answers your questions about wildlife. Send yours to leni@africageographic.com and you could win one of Struik Nature’s books on African flora and fauna! Question: We were walking along the beach at Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape after a spring tide when we noticed a seagull pecking at something …

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Africa’s Animal Q&A

Africa Geographic’s science editor Tim Jackson answers your questions about wildlife. Send yours to leni@africageographic.com and you could win one of Struik Nature’s books on African flora and fauna! Question: We have observed male nyalas moving in slow motion, carefully lifting one foot and just as carefully setting it down again, as if they were …

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What is the function, if any, of a hornbill’s casque?

Africa Geographic’s science editor Tim Jackson answers your questions about wildlife. Send yours to leni@africageographic.com and you could win one of Struik Nature’s books on African flora and fauna! Question: What is the function, if any, of a hornbill’s casque? Kian Kista, via e-mail Answer: Now that’s a topic of much debate, and there is …

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Stand-up comedians – listen to these dassies!

Listen to this.  It certainly had us laughing in the office! When I first heard that rock dassies (or rock hyraxes if you like) sing I will admit to reacting with a good deal of scepticism, if not downright disbelief. It’s not that I haven’t spent any time watching dassies, it’s just that, well, I …

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Photographing from the vulture hide at Golden Gate national Park

The Golden Gate Vulture Hide: Photography Tips

Recently Tim Jackson and Morgan Trimble took a trip to try out the new Sasol-sponsored vulture hide at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Here he gives you the low-down from a photographer’s persepctive…   The hide You approach the hide, on top of a ridge, from a car park a couple of hundred metres …

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Africa’s Animal Q&A

Africa Geographic’s science editor Tim Jackson answers your questions about wildlife. Send yours to leni@africageographic.com and you could win a pair of Lynx binoculars! Question: Is it true that oxpeckers do not land (or forage) on elephants? If so, is it because there are no ticks on elephants? Justin Cohen, Gauteng, South Africa Answer: I’ve never seen an oxpecker …

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Africa’s Animal Q&A

Africa Geographic’s science editor Tim Jackson answers your questions about wildlife. Send yours to leni@africageographic.com and you could win a pair of Lynx binoculars! Q: If an impala, say, dies of natural causes like a disease, will the big cats, especially lions, still regard it as normal prey and eat it? Mike Eagar, via e-mail A: Bottom line, yes! …

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Fear of flying, or how Malawi got its new lions

Africa Geographic science editor Tim Jackson isn’t usually scared of flying. But then he isn’t usually sharing a seat with two (partially) sedated lions either.  It’s not every day I get an e-mail asking me to fly to Malawi from South Africa. So when the message came through to visit Majete Game Reserve, I didn’t …

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Giant Manta with remora leison

Myths about manta rays

Africa Geographic’s scientific editor, Tim Jackson, catches up with Andrea Marshall, director of the Marine Megafauna Association in Mozambique, and asks her about the top five myths that loads of people seem to believe about mantas. Myth 1: When giving birth, mantas eject their babies like popcorn. There is a famous communication from 1916, in the days …

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Meet the bone collectors: Tim Jackson chats to African dinosaur specialists

Africa Geographic’s scientific editor, Tim Jackson, is fascinated by Africa’s dinosaurs and recently asked some of the world’s leading dinosaur palaeontologists – bone-collectors to you and me – what hunting for fossils is really like. TJ: So what’s it really like to work on dinosaurs in the field? (Many fossils seem to be located in …

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