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Opposing sides join forces to save rhinos


An announcement made in Cape Town could mark the first step in reaching consensus on saving rhinos.

South Africa’s ban on rhino horn trade contested

© File, AFP

The world’s largest white rhino breeder has applied in the High Court in Pretoria to set aside the government’s ban on rhino horn trading.

Fair Trade Tourism to beef up certification criteria for voluntourism


Fair Trade Tourism certification criteria to address the potential exploitation of children and captive-held wildlife within the voluntourism sector.

Joint plan to save the rhino launched at Cape Town event

© Janine Avery

Lobbyists who are both for and against the legalisation of the trade in rhino horn join forces to present their joint plan to save the rhino.

Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit: women protecting wildlife


The Black Mamba Anti-Peaching Unit is the first of its kind. The majority of the team are women who not only are protecting wildlife but are educating communities that live on the boundaries of Kruger.

Bandit, the dog that protects rhinos and elephants


A very special anti-poaching dog working in Tanzania has been trained for conservation efforts by a British NPO working to prevent the extinction of the elephant and rhino.

The race to rescue a snared rhino calf

Bahati was captured by a camera trap, the snare visible around his neck

A young rhino called Bahati has been caught in a snare, which he has managed to snap but which has left him with deep wounds that needed to be treated as soon as possible. The Kenya Wildlife Service and rangers have been tracking him since Thursday morning but haven’t been able to find him yet. Keep your fingers crossed for this little rhino and prey he gets the treatment he needs soon!

Curious Khumbula the elephant


A very special elephant has charmed his way into hearts and taught a dissertation student at Pongola Game Reserve just how important it is to protect and conserve elephants across Africa.

Cape mountain trail set to become one of world’s top hikes


Arguably one of the world’s more extreme hiking experiences, the 650km hiking trail named the Rim of Africa is the longest mountain traverse in South Africa.

A hunting ban reportedly saps a village’s livelihood

Clockwise from top left, Cecil the lion; William Moalosi, a farmer and former hunting guide in Sankuyo, Botswana; an elephant in Botswana; and Othusitse Ndozi in Sankuyo, a village that used to get a steady income from hunting. Top left © Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, via Associated Press; Other photographs © Joao Silva/The New York Times

Since Botswana banned trophy hunting two years ago, remote communities have been at the mercy of growing numbers of wild animals that are damaging livelihoods and terrifying villagers.

Dogs aiding conservation in Namaqualand


Anatolian shepherd dogs in the Namaqualand National Park – an innovative project aiding in conservation.

The keepers of South Africa’s threatened plants


Meet the people who are monitoring and conserving South Africa’s threatened plants and find out how you can join their team!

7 photos that will have you chomping at the bit to go on a horse safari


Saddle up and read the reasons for why a horse safari with The Ant Collection is such a unique experience.

Rwanda names 24 baby mountain gorillas

A baby mountain gorilla is held by its mother on Mount Bisoke volcano in Volcanoes National Park, northern Rwanda.
©  Ben Curtis, AP

Thousands of people gathered in a town just outside of the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to name 24 young gorillas in a ceremony that highlights their need for protection.

Supporting conservation projects in Madagascar

An aye-aye

Madagascar’s biodiversity faces a number of significant threats but luckily there are a number of grassroots projects working to protect the country’s unique flora and fauna.

Want to save the rhino? Look beyond guns and trade


The arguments for why even talk of legal trade in rhino horn seriously compromises a current, cost-effective, proven and far more durable solution to the rhino crisis.

After the Cecil storm, 3 experts air their views

De Toit discusses anti-poaching tactics with his team in Zimbabwe. ©  Goldman Environmental Prize

In light of the uproar following the death of Cecil, three prize winners weigh in on trophy hunting.

Dereck Joubert responds to a hunter on the economics of hunting

© Pius Mahimbi

Dereck Joubert explains how the argument for hunting gets thinner each time it is tested.

iSimangaliso takes bold steps to safeguard rhinos

Dr Kock sawing off the rhino horn

Black and white rhinos in the Western Shores section of iSimangaliso have been de-horned in the hope of giving them a better chance of survival in areas where they are most under threat of poaching.

People unite for The Cape Leopard Trust

Chefs for conservation - Pieter de Jager, Christo Pretorius, Michelle Theron and Floris Smith

The annual Cape Leopard Trust luncheon was yet another success and raised ZAR450,000 towards the research and conservation of predators in the Cape.

The struggle of the Kalahari people

A San family in traditional dress. © Aino Tuominen

In 1997, the government of Botswana began evicting indigenous San and Bakgalagadi people from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Local and international advocacy groups have been fighting to enable the groups to return, arguing that the indigenous groups with traditional hunting and gathering lifestyles are far better able to preserve biodiversity than contemporary conservation approaches.

Additional Cape Town screenings for Blood lions film


Blood Lions – the new conservation film about canned hunting that is having a profound influence on the controversial industry of lion breeding.

Black rhino to be reintroduced in Chad

A black rhino and calf in Mkuze, South Africa. © Karl Stromayer/AP

Conservation group plans to move black rhinos from South Africa, where poaching is on the rise, to Zakouma National Park.

Relocating rhinos with MyPlanet


A rhino relocation experience changes the life of this blogger.

Dr Ian McCallum on the web of life and the wilderness


An interview with psychologist, poet and wilderness guide, Dr Ian McCallum in which he teaches about “web-of-life” thinking and how we can learn a lot about ourselves from the wild.

Collaring a lion for conservation

© James Bromley

With the aim of protecting livestock and conserving lion populations, Sosian Lodge has led the way in utilising a stronger metal-framed mobile boma design as well as providing much needed GPS collars.

The return of the rhino to Uganda


The white rhino is back in Uganda, and a walking safari is the best way to see this much missed member of the Big Five.

But first, let me take a lion selfie!


An exploration of the reality behind the lion breeding industry and the heavy implications of taking a ‘selfie’ with an adorable lion cub.

5 lies you need to stop believing about the lion cub petting industry


5 truths about the petting industry and its direct link to the canned lion industry…

7 things to look for when choosing a game lodge

© Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Some handy tips on how to go about choosing the best game lodge for you.

An interview with novelist Tony Park about Africa’s wilderness

Author Tony Park and his wife Nicola at their home alongside Kruger National Park.

The famous Australian novelist’s thoughts on the African wilderness, trade in rhino horn, hunting and what must be done to ensure that Africa’s wild animals survive.

Alternatives to canned hunting


Legal trade, breeding programmes and other economic measures could be effective alternatives to canned hunting provided ethical boundaries are in place and local people are allowed to benefit.

Excellent quotes and updates on Cecil the lion

© Wikimedia

Debate, drama and decisions in the wake of the death of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s iconic lion.

Teen calls on young people to get involved in conservation

Male lions, such as the one pictured above, are shot each day by trophy hunters around the world.

A teenager calls on young people across the world to stand up and act to save wildlife. Here’s his advice on how they can make a difference.

Conservation – just a new-fangled method of making money?

© Mira Nabulsi

The relationship between conservation and capitalism exists, but even the best of intentions requires effective implementation rather than false representation.

Wellness and wildlife at Mokuti in Namibia


If you’re looking for a place where you can feel right at home while also experiencing amazing wildlife encounters, Mokuti Etosha Lodge could be just the place for you!

Rhino horn cams? If only it were that easy!

© Shankar s./Flickr

The newest anti-poaching technology will sound the warning whistle for rhino poaching. But it won’t save rhinos in Africa.

Obama unveils more ivory sale restrictions


To ensure that the US is not contributing to the scourge of poaching that is decimating elephant populations across Africa, President Barack Obama tightens US rules on sales of ivory.

More ivory on sale in Hong Kong than anywhere else

Hong Kong ivory major threat to elephant survival

Hong Kong’s ivory trade is creating a significant loophole in international efforts to end the killing of elephants in Africa, and campaigners are urging the government to legislate a commercial ivory sales ban.

An interview with wildlife photographer, Greg du Toit

Elephant and photographer

Greg du Toit shares his favourite regions, animals and experiences in Africa’s wilderness, as well as his role models and advice he would give aspiring photographers.

KZN to host 2nd Youth Rhino Summit

Kingsley Holgate to host a 'fireside chat'

Youth Rhino Summit to be held in KwaZulu-Natal with the aim of motivating the younger generation to speak out against rhino poaching and global wildlife crime.

Female cheetah successfully released in Gondwana

Collared cheetah release

Gondwana are happy to announce the successful transition of a female cheetah into the wild.

Plan B for rhinos


Enjoy a talk in Cape Town that will discuss the solutions to saving rhinos.

What the Endangered Wildlife Trust is doing for threatened species


The Endangered Wildlife Trust is dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa.

A new black rhino calf for Lewa

Protected black rhino calf

Specialised rangers at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy protecting a brand-new black rhino calf.

Conservationists advocate sending rhinos to Texas

Relocating a white rhino from South Africa to Texas

With poaching at an all-time high, two conservation groups are trying to move 6% of South Africa’s white rhinos to Texas.

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