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Raise a glass to Cecil the lion

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Enjoy a glass of wine in the name of Cecil the Lion, and help to support lion conservation in Africa.

I can’t afford to volunteer in my own country

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Does the future look dark for local conservationists?

Meet 3 elephant angels

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Three of the world’s leading African elephant conservationists offer hope and inspiration for saving elephants from extinction.

Protecting Kruger’s wild dogs

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Help Kruger National Park in South Africa protect one of the most important populations African wild dogs.

Video: I am a ranger

Here Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, is seen, sleeping as close to Ringo, a rescued baby southern white rhino, as possible, through the enclosure

The film I am a Ranger hopes to shine a light on some of the many unsung heroes working in conservation that are at the forefront of the war on poaching and conservation in Africa.

Bushmeat hunting alarmingly high in South Africa

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A recent study shows levels of bushmeat hunting in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are alarmingly high.

Missing the Mark: African trophy hunting fails to show consistent conservation benefits

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An analysis by the US House Committee on Natural Resources shows that African trophy hunting fails to show consistent conservation benefits.

Ben, the injured elephant gets follow up treatment at Bumi Hills

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An update on Ben, the injured elephant who went in search of help at Bumi Hills.

Is crowdfunding the future of conservation?

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After graduating from Bushwise, Carol Cerny has gone on to start her own crowdfunding campaign for rhino conservation.

Timbavati appoints new warden and general manager

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Bryan Havemann has recently been named as the reserve’s new warden and general manager.

Endangered African penguin killed as cars collide

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Two vehicles were involved in a car accident in Simon’s Town, South Africa, killing an African penguin and injuring a second.

Thousands support conservation at this year’s EleFest

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EleFest 2016, held to celebrate wildlife and conservation, was a great success.

Do hunters conserve wildlife?

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A debate for and against the motion “Hunters Conserve Wildlife”.

Giraffes join the herd at Lake Mburo National Park

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15 Rothschild’s giraffes have been relocated to Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda.

A conservation journey through Africa

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2 safari managers set off on an Africa conservation adventure to learn more about the continent’s wildlife protection efforts.

Support conservation education by volunteering at Ezemvelo

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Learn more about conservation and wildlife while getting hands-on experience with Ezemvelo’s volunteer programme.

Wild dogs and big cats under threat

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From habitat encroachment to trophy hunting and poaching, Africa’s predators are under constant threat. Find out what you can do to help.

Bicycle-powered cinema teaches children about wildlife

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This bicycle-powered cinema project is using education to bring about a cultural evolution to conserve wildlife.

Zambia Great Elephant Census results announced

"Poaching is like water – it moves to the path of least resistance. When one area is better patrolled, poachers go elsewhere so we have to keep the pressure on." Photo, Kenneth C. Coe

The results of the Great Elephant Census in Zambia show that the elephant population may be stable however there are large differences between different parts of the country.

Rhinos and elephants under threat

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Rhinos and elephants are in danger – find out more about what is threatening these precious creatures and what you can do to help.

Malawi’s president backs stop Wildlife Crime campaign

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In honour of World Wildlife Day, the president of the Republic of Malawi pledged his support for the nation’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign, highlighting the importance that is being placed on the crack down on the illegal ivory trade.

A hands-on rhino dart at Rhino River Lodge

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Rhino darting is a crucial part of rhino conservation and an unforgettable experience. Two lucky visitors at Rhino River Lodge managed to experience a rhino dart hands on.

Tackling illegal wildlife trafficking: It’s now or never

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With growing numbers in illegal wildlife trafficking, the time to act is now. Organisations from around the world are meeting to discuss what can be done to tackle the crime threatening our precious wildlife.

Managing the lion and the lamb

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A new method of anonymous online participation gets farmers and conservationists to agree on how to reduce conflict between livestock and carnivores in Namibia.

Video: The fight to save pangolins

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Watch this video to learn more about the pangolin – the most illegally traded mammal in the wild.

Nominate conservationists for the Tusk Awards

The 2015 Tusk Awards finalists

The Tusk Conservation Awards are calling for nominations for people you think are achieving notable conservation success and deserve recognition!

Anti-hunting lobbyists cost Namibia dearly

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Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism says that anti-hunting lobbyists cost the Namibian government US$650,000 last year after pressurising the United States government on the legal auction of a black rhino hunt.

Eland re-introduced to Cape Flats nature reserves

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Vital for the conservation of plant species and ecosystems, eland will be re-introduced into nature reserves on the Cape Flats – an area that was historically part of their natural range.

Prince William awards conservationists in Africa

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Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, celebrates the remarkable work of three of Africa’s pioneering conservationists at the third annual Tusk Conservation Awards.

Why you should care about thickets

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A thicket is a dense, almost impenetrable tangle of trees, shrubs, and vines, that is home to a host of biodiversity. Here is why you should spare a thought for thickets.

Hunters hold African wildlife to ransom

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What is the world’s wealthiest hunting organisation and the South African Department of Environment discussing behind closed doors?

Facts about fishing and seabirds this World Fisheries Day

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Taking a moment to reflect on the commercial fisheries that feed millions of people every day, but also consider the impacts of the fishing industry on marine ecosystems and seabirds.

The end of canned lion hunting looks imminent

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PHASA disassociates itself with canned lion hunting establishments as Blood Lions documentary makes waves in European parliaments.

6 things the Botanical Society is doing for plant conservation

CPUT students in the cycad garden at Kirstenbosch where there's currently a dinosaur exhibit to raise awareness about the plight of the cycad which is at risk of extinction. © Catherine Browne

6 things the Botanical Society is doing for plant conservation and 6 ways you can support them.

30 years of eco-education at Lapalala

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Over the past 30 years, the Lapalala Wilderness School has been a breathtaking outdoor classroom, where children and young adults are exposed to nature.

A green journey to employment with the Botanical Society

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The Botanical Society of South Africa shares the inspirational journey of one their new employees.

Get a 2016 calendar of beautiful birds

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Here’s the perfect green gift: a 2016 calendar of South Africa’s birds – proceeds of which go to Birdlife South Africa.

Trophy hunting: a conservation concept vs. the reality

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A look at trophy hunting as a conservation tool vs. the reality of what is really happening on the ground.

Celebrating 10 years of conservation in the Cape Winelands

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The history, and the future, of conservation and wine in South Africa’s Cape Winelands.

The illegal wildlife trade is the elephant in the room

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Prince William reflects on the illegal wildlife trade and how conservation is about people, not just animals.

Tracking desert-adapted rhino in Namibia with Save the Rhino Trust

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An incredible opportunity to spend time in Namibia with Save the Rhino Trust and an examination of why the small team have achieved significant success.

Bloody tsetse flies and Kingsley Holgate’s return to the source of the Zambezi

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Adventurers on the Heart of Africa expedition battle with the continent’s best little conservationists – the tsetse flies – while the source of the Zambezi brings back memories for Kingsely Holgate.

Opposing sides join forces to save rhinos

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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