Solar-powered safari lodge is a gorgeous green retreat in Botswana

April 12, 2017 by  
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Elevated on stilts, the sustainable and cocoon-like lodge takes its inspiration from the pangolin, an endangered scaly animal native to the African bush. The architects clad the curvaceous facade with natural and locally sourced shingles and woven saplings in a bid to minimize the building’s environmental footprint. The building is entirely concrete-free and a solar panel farm powers the electricity. Related: Photographer Zack Seckler Snaps Rare and Beautiful Aerial Photographs of Botswana Wildlife Curved shapes find their way into the interior of the lodge as well, where the 12 suites take on the appearance of suspended weaverbird nests and large timber arches evoke a cathedral-like character. The building opens up towards the river to allow for natural ventilation and lighting, as well as wildlife views. The interior has minimalist décor to keep the focus on the landscape. + Sandibe Okavango + Michaelis Boyd + Nick Plewman Via Contemporist

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Solar-powered safari lodge offers sustainable luxury digs in Botswana

May 8, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Solar-powered safari lodge offers sustainable luxury digs in Botswana Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African bush , botswana , concrete free , luxury safari lodge , Michaelis Boyd , Nick Plewman , Okavango Delta , Pangolin , safari lodge , Sandibe Okavango , solar panel farm

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Scaly Anteater Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

July 29, 2014 by  
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Scaly anteaters are so in demand for their meat and scales that the animal is being poaching to extinction. Pangolins look like walking pine cones and can be found across Asia and Africa, but they are so popular as a meal in Vietnam and China that all eight species have recently been upgraded to threatened. In fact, it is getting so hard to keep up with demand that a thriving poaching trade between Asia and Africa has popped up. Read the rest of Scaly Anteater Being Poached to the Point of Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: endangered species , Pangolin , Pangolin being eaten to death , Pangolin endangered , Pangolin meat , Pangolin poaching , Pangolin red list status , Pangolin threatened , Scaly anteater , scaly anteater endangered , Scaly anteater poaching , scaly anteater red list status , Scaly anteater threatened , worlds most traded animal

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Chinese Ship Carrying 22,000 Pounds of Illegal Anteater Meat Crashes into Protected Reef in Philippines

April 16, 2013 by  
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Last week, a Chinese ship crashed into a UNESCO protected reef in the Philippines . As if illegally entering the seas around the World Heritage Site wasn’t enough, authorities found almost 2,000 dead pangolins on board, a protected species also known as a scaly anteater. Pangolin meat and scales are thought to have healing properties in China, and they sell for hundreds of dollars per kilogram. The 12 crew members are currently being held under chargers of poaching and attempted bribery, with further charges concerning trespassing in protected waters and damaging coral pending. Read the rest of Chinese Ship Carrying 22,000 Pounds of Illegal Anteater Meat Crashes into Protected Reef in Philippines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chinese paochers , Chinese ship crashes into reef , eco design , green design , Pangolin , smuggled pangolin , sustainable design , Tubbataha Reef , UNESCO protected reef Philippines        

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