The dramatic slowdown in global human activity caused by Covid-19 has been so profound that scientists have actually gone so far as giving it a name - ‘anthropause’.
During the first few months of lockdown you might have seen footage circulating of several unusual wildlife sightings: Herds of mountain goats wandering through rural Welsh villages, huge gangs of monkeys brawling on the streets in Thailand, and even cougars roaming through the streets of downtown Santiago. The lack of human presence has resulted in some surprising animal behaviour, and, for the first time on a truly global scale, has shown to what extent modern human mobility affects wildlife.
You may also be wondering what's been happening differently across the great wilderness areas of Africa whilst our activity has been reduced. Have baboons learnt how to drive Land Rovers and are now marauding across the plains of the Serengeti on four wheels? Are hippos making the most of the empty plunge pools in the Sabi Sands? Have lions and buffalo finally put their years of quarrelling aside now that humans are not constantly hoping for a battle?
Read on to find out...