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World Cup beauty loses modeling gig after hunting photo outrage

Belgium teenager, Axelle Despiegelaere, loses modeling contract with L’Oreal, a cosmetic giant that: “no longer tests on animals,” after controversial hunting photograph, of her with a dead oryx, emerges during the World Cup.

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Jozini Dam swim for rhinos a success

Jay Azran successfully completed the first-ever attempt to swim 2.5km across the Jozini Dam along the South Africa–Swaziland border on Saturday 28 June 2014, braving hippos, crocodiles and tiger fish in the name of cross-border rhino conservation.

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Five reasons you should see wild lions

“Wild lions are Herculean” according to Michael Schwartz. In this blog he give five reasons why these apex predators are the king of the megafauna in Africa.

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The African mammal atlas

Knowledge of the whereabouts of many African mammals is outdated and based on unverified anecdotes. Filling this crucial gap in that knowledge is the main aim of MammalMAP – the African Mammal Atlas Project.

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Hope for Cape vultures

A story about the hatching of one of the Cape vulture chicks at VulPro, a vulture conservation organisation in South Africa’s North West Province.

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SANParks suspends conservation head

South Africa National Parks (SANParks) has suspended its head of conservation services, Hector Magome, it said on Tuesday.

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The story of a young Chinese conservationist

The story of a Chinese conservationist who is working to determine China’s role in the elephant poaching problem and coming up with solutions that can be implemented across China and Africa.

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Kafue: paradise waiting to be reborn

Kafue National Park, spoken of as the lungs of Africa, is doing great things for conservation with their Elephant Orphanage Project.

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Passing of conservation icon, Anthony Hall-Martin

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Anthony Hall-Martin, conservation director of African Parks, this morning, 21 May 2014.

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Breaking records for the love of birds

John Kinghorn set aside 2014 as his Big Birding Year, determined to break the record for the youngest person to see 800 bird species within a calendar year in the Southern African sub region.

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Swaziland: showing Africa how to save rhinos

If you’re concerned about the calamitous state of rhinos – and wildlife – in Africa, then consider what Ted Reilly has to say. Now 75 years old, Ted has worked his whole adult life for the protection of the Kingdom of Swaziland’s wildlife and its natural habitat.

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Fences and wildlife

The plains adjacent to the Boteti River, which flows into the Makgadikgadi salt pans, in Botswana, are home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Africa and conservation tourism is helping to preserve this wild area and its animals.

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Desert lion attacks

After our recent blog post showing tourists getting too close to a desert lion in Namibia, our attention was drawn to similar incident that took place about 8 years ago.

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Giraffes: Now you see them – soon you won’t!

Giraffe are everywhere – aren’t they? This wide spread presumption of abundance is just one of the misconceptions that have lead one of Africa’s most iconic species to slip under the conservationists’ radar.

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Giraffes: Now you see them – soon you won’t!

Giraffe are everywhere – aren’t they? This wide spread presumption of abundance is just one of the misconceptions that have lead one of Africa’s most iconic species to slip under the conservationists’ radar.

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Co-existence between cheetah and farmers

Cheetah Conservation Botswana, situated among farmlands in the Ghanzi area, has been studying and working to assure a secure future for the nation’s cheetah. The coexistence between livestock farmers and the cheetahs is really the key to their survival.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 25

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 25 which airs on SABC 2 at 19h30 on 24 February 2014. Learn more about lion conservation throughout South Africa, get the inside story of the Kruger Park elephant incident and find out how to track big game on a bush walk.

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Can Jackie Chan combat rhino poaching?

In an effort to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn a communication campaign aimed at Chinese and Vietnamese audiences was launched today featuring popular Chinese film star and martial artist Jackie Chan.

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Beware strong language

Is it a good strategy to insult trophy hunters? We discuss the barrage of comments that accompany pictures of trophy hunters on social media sites.

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Conservation stalwart retires after 42 years of service

After 42 years of dedicated service to biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape Province, CapeNature Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Kas Hamman retired on 31 January 2014.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 22

Here is the line-up for Episode 22 of 50‌‌‌ | 50 on 03 February 2014. Visit the Simalaha Community Conservancy and see how wildlife and local people can exist in harmony, take a trip underwater with new technology designed to conduct marine biodiversity surveys and meet some amazing nocturnal creatures in this week’s episode!

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A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays face extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks, rays and chimaeras are threatened with extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Black rhino hunt auction won’t help conservation

With around 1 800 black rhinos remaining in Namibia, Jeff Flocken argues that the Dallas Safari Club’s auction for a black rhino hunt is not the right call for conservation.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 15

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 15, on 02 December 2013. Learn all about revolutionary mining techniques, bear baiting and some wonderful books that celebrate Africa.

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Preserving the biodiversity of Agulhas National Park

Scott Ramsay spends a few day in Agulhas National Park, and while in the area, spends some time with local farmers to learn about the conservation efforts going on in the region.

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Victories against ivory poaching in Congo

Since the launch of Odzala-Kokoua National Park’s “poacher to protector” amnesty program last year, the eco-guard, now with former poachers in its ranks, have won two major victories in the battle against ivory poaching in the Congo. Read about it’s conservation developments here.

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Fighting rhino poaching together

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has launched an initiative that aims to get rid of illegitimate and ill-intended rhino anti-poaching operations.

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The number of springbok seen on annual game counts in the Kunene region of Namibia. Photograph courtesy of ≠Khoadi-//Hoas Conservancy.

Trophy hunting in the context of community conservation

A thought-provoking blog post about how a well-managed trophy hunting operation has a positive effect on both wildlife and communities.

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Shark conservationist goes naked to raise awareness

Written by: Catalyst Communications on behalf of Lesley Rochat From entangling herself naked in fishing nets to free-diving with sharks, South African marine conservationist Lesley Rochat has set out to prove that sharks are not the evil man-eating predators we

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World Elephant Day – time to take stock

Written by: Jason Bell – IFAW – Director Southern Africa / Elephant Programme Director Time is ticking by for Africa’s elephants. Monday 12 August is World Elephant Day. This presents an opportunity to reflect on the plight of Africa’s elephants and

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How Lions go from the Petting Zoo to the Dinner Plate

It seems to be the way that human beings are wired, but as soon as something exists in all its natural magnificence, it becomes a desirable item to own. Sometimes even just a part of it will do to satisfy

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Book Review: In the Pursuit of Solitude by Adam Cruise

Ignorance is bliss, as the old adage goes, and no-one can identify more with this saying than people in the conservation world. After reading In the Pursuit of Solitude, I am tempted to say that no-one knows this better than

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It’s all about the Long Run

I’m skeptical about big business and the lightly veneered “sustainability” PR spin that we so often see. And then there are the CEOs of cash-flush companies that defend a complete lack of investment into people and the planet, with statements like

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Victory for Animal Welfare: Zimbabwe Releases Captured Baby Elephants

Post courtesy Simon Bloch – Sunday Argus – January 20th 2013 A day after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force announced its intention to bring a high court application against the country’s wildlife authority for selling baby elephants to zoos in

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WWF’s 12 Essential Travel Tips that Are Great for Conservation

They criss-cross the globe in an effort to protect the planet’s wild places, so the World Wildlife Fund WWF staffers know a thing or two about how to travel responsibly. Here are 12 conservation-minded travel tips from members of this

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New 50|50 Episode, 14 January 2013

Sungazers Ivory and wild animal pelts and bones are in high demand. However, only certain species capture the eye of the media. Hundreds of thousands of rands are dedicated to the conservation some species while others have barely been heard

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New 50|50 episode, 7 January 2013

Princess Vlei Our country is often plagued by strikes and violent protests that leave nerves frayed and tempers flaring. But in the Cape a quieter battle is being fought between the poor residents of the Cape Flats and big business.

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Rachael Murton who heads up the Elephant Orphanage Project talking at the Dorchester to raise awareness of elephant poaching

Education To Stop Poaching?

Bbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. A low rumble resonated in my ears as I shut my eyes. Just for a second I thought I was back in Africa, but the round of applause that erupted brought me back into the room. Rachael was beginning her

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New 50|50 episode, 10 December 2012

Samangos Of the few species of primate in South Africa, the samango monkey is the least known. This is because samangos are limited to the canopies of mist-belt forests, which are threatened and becoming more and more fragmented. Two researchers

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Latest Rhino Poaching Statistics for South Africa

The latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 588 rhinos have been lost to poaching since the beginning of this year, with the total number of arrests at 246. The Kruger National Park has lost 362 rhinos to

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AfriCat North, looking after lions in Namibia.

31st October – 3rd November 2012. The 31st October was Halloween and I got a real creepy experience when I arrived at  Kavita Lion Lodge in Namibia. I met my first dead Zebra snake which had settled in Chalet 2.

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In the Tracks of Giants!

“The last roll of the dice!” This was one of the overriding themes at last night’s Africa Geographic reader event in Cape Town. Ian McCallum and Ian Michler attracted a large crowd to the Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre in

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24 Hours in Paradise: A Game Count in Zimbabwe

I’m tired but happy. I’ve counted 14 different species and there are literally hundreds of animals spread out before me, cropping the fresh emerald grass that is sprouting through the black ash left by a veld fire that tore through

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More battles for the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe

We featured Sharon Pincott’s conservation work with the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe in our March 2011 magazine. Sharon recently released a second book about her ongoing work, titled Battle for the President’s Elephants. Her courageous battles are ongoing. She is

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Chiefs and Elders stand over skulls and talk about all the elephants poached in the area. Photo Colleen Begg

Meeting face to face in Niassa

Ella was doing her home-schooling work the other day,  a lesson on the five senses. “What is a smell you like?”. “Flowers”, she says. “Ok, well what is a smell you dislike?” With no hesitation, “Dead elephants!”. She’s five and

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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

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