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Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen

An easy and entertaining read.
This charming 1978 work of non-fiction, is all the more fascinating because Marguerite, the New Zealand nurse who married a Petra cave dwelling Bedouin, remained happily married until her husband passed away, and still lives in Jordan today.  Marguerite and Mohammed had 3 children, two of whom live in Jordan, and one in Dubai.  For anyone who wants to learn about Bedouin culture, this is an easy and entertaining read.

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Mujadara

Simple and tasty.
Mujadara is a popular and tasty rice and lentil dish, cooked in many countries throughout the Middle East. This is how it’s made in Jordan…. 2 cups white rice 2 cups brown lentils, soaked overnight in water, drained vegetable oil, for cooking ½ cup vermicelli noodles 2 lb brown onions, thinly sliced ½ tsp salt Place the rice in a large bowl, cover with boiling water and leave to soak for 30 minutes, then drain well. Place the drained lentils in a large saucepan and cover with 4 cups…

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Jordan Trail

Hikers in Wadi Rum
Iconic walks are trending, and the Jordan Trail is an exciting recent addition. But traveling Jordan on foot is a practice that is as old as time. For thousands of years, ancient paths and trade routes have cut across the land. Linking Um Qais in the north and Aqaba in the south, the 400 mile trail travels through 52 villages, and offers incredibly diverse landcape and stunning vistas.  Petra, Wadi Rum and the Red Sea are enroute. To walk through Jordan is to walk through History.…

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Did You Know… honey badgers are known as aggressive, ferocious creatures?

They are also inquisitive and persistent in their quest for food. Watch the video below to see how one pair went in search of a late-night snack at Chamilandu Bushcamp! Honey Badger & Hyena raid Chamilandu Kitchen from The Bushcamp Company on Vimeo.

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leopards like to get as close as possible to their prey before attempting to kill?

At this time of year, with long grass and lush vegetation covering the valley, predators are able to conceal themselves much more easily and make good use of the favorable conditions.

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the distinctive mane of adult male lions is a unique feature among cat species?

It is thought to serve several purposes…. It makes the lion appear bigger and helps to intimidate other lions during confrontations. It may also help in attracting females and can also protect the vulnerable neck area during any fights. The size and color of the mane is affected by various factors… genetic precondition, maturity, climate or habitat.

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Lion cubs are extremely vulnerable to other predators such as leopards and hyenas,

but often the main threat is from other lions? In order to protect their young from wandering and invading lions, and to successfully raise their young, females rely on protection from their resident males. Males keep invaders out of their territories by patrolling, marking and roaring, and they will even fight if they encounter a strange male.

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a leopard’s face is surrounded by sensitive whiskers?

The leopard uses the whiskers to judge how far away objects are. The most important ones are on the sides of the face and these help the leopard to feel its way in the dark, or when it is walking through tall grass.

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the play of lion cubs often imitates the behavior that they will use as adults?

Play is an important way for cubs to learn stalking, killing and fighting as well as to form strong social bonds with their companions.

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Leopards are known to prey on a wide variety of other animals, and are opportunistic

in their hunting habits?  Leopards are renowned for their strength and agility, which enables them to carry their food into the high branches of trees.

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