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Free Resources: National Geographic Online Focuses on Africa

Posted Aug 26, 2005
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The National Geographic Web site takes a long look at Africa, in partnership with the magazine's Africa-themed September issue.

An interactive map of Africa containing more than 50 of the magazine's full-text articles—including each story from the September issue—appears online at The map portal connects to a warehouse of articles, photo galleries, and multimedia features.

A National Geographic Web camera is focused on Pete's Pond, a remote watering hole in Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve. The camera offers 24/7 access to at least 50 species of animals, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, hyenas, and cheetahs.

Students can track the animals that visit the watering hole with a species checklist; an online animal gallery provides more information on the observed animals. The watering hole WildCam is located online at

The online diary of conservationist and adventurer Mike Fay appears at Mike is embarked on a Megaflyover of Africa, charting the continent's last wild places by plane. His diary features dispatches, video, and a photo gallery from his expedition. Lesson plans and activity ideas are also included.

Teacher resources on Africa and a variety of subjects—including hurricanes—appear online at This page features magazine-related teaching resources, including grade-specific lesson plans and lists of additional National Geographic resources for each article. Also included are online forums that enable teachers to share classroom tips.

National Geographic Society, 800/647-5463 or

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