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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

New 50/50 Episode: 30th July 2012

TURTLES OF BANGLADESH During Kali Puja, an annual festival in Bangladesh, sacrifices are made to Kali, goddess of power. It’s a time of celebration and feasting and on the top of the menu is turtle. Many thousands of turtles are slaughtered indiscriminately

Visiting Save the Elephants in Kenya

The gunshot makes no sound. I’m only sure it’s been fired when the matriarch’s knees buckle under the weight of her one and a half-ton elephant mass. “In this kind of operation every minute matters,” the vet tells us. “No

Gorilla Doctors hold out hope for injured baby boy in Volcanoes National Park

Being wildlife veterinarians, the Gorilla Doctors are often challenged to determine the seriousness of an illness or injury in a gorilla by visual observation alone. Clinically, it’s ideal to perform tests and physical examinations on ailing patients to make definitive

Tracks of Giants – kayaking the mighty Zambezi to the half-way mark!

Yesterday afternoon, after an exciting day of kayaking down the mighty Zambezi River, we reached the Waterfront on the edge of Livingstone, Zambia. It brought to an end another incredible leg on the TRACKS expedition – 232kms down one of

Caracals count too: mesopredator research in the Cederberg

On a recent trip to the Cederberg with my 9-year-old son, I arranged to meet a young researcher working for the Cape Leopard Trust. I was keen to chat to her about the work of the CLT in the area,

Top 10 Picture of the Day entries – June 2012

Here’s our editor’s selection of the top ten picture of the day entries from June 2012: Submit your own best African wildlife image!  The best of the bunch for the month will be published in the magazine and the top

African Painted Dogs VS Crocodile

A mighty battle went down between two of Africa’s great carnivores, the African Painted dog and a crocodile. The crocodile already had a dead impala in the water when Wildlife ACT monitor Michelle Swemmer got to Bucanda dam on Thanda

50 / 50 Episode 2, 18 June 2012

Shark drama Once or twice a year, reports of shark attacks hit the media, often graphically headlined with phrases such as “Blood everywhere” or “Killer shark strikes again!” But no-one celebrates the remaining 364 days, when these apex predators that

Tracks of Giants: thank you and farewell Namibia

By Ian Michler It took us 27 days and 1,490 km to pass through Namibia. And as it so often happens on long journeys, individual days tend to merge the passage of time. As we left the Dobe border post

50/50 is back! New episode coming on 11 June 2012…

Take a look at this exciting lineup: Vodka Bears The practices of bear baiting and dancing bears were outlawed in Eastern Europe almost 12 years ago and we thought we’d seen the end of cruelty to bears… Not so. Deeper

Wild Kid shortlist: who is the wildest kid of them all?

Watch these video auditions of two of the shortlisted kids to be the WildKid tv series presenter: Graham Wiggill lives on a game farm in the Timbavati. Life in the wild has certainly never been boring for Graham and his

Cheetah Outreach – moving into the future

The first week of June is going to be an exciting week for Cheetah Outreach. They’ll be relocating from their current site at Spier wine farm to their new home, Heartland’s Paardevlei site in Somerset West.  I caught up with

Video highlights: Cheetah cub birth

The Africam broadcast of this event, which took place on May 2nd, was a tribute to the work being done at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in the name of cheetah conservation. The birth was the first installment in what

Ian Player: man of the wilderness

Growing up brought with it a certain disappointment for me. Perhaps because, as a child, I always believed that the hero wins, that the good guy comes through in the end. And even if he dies it’s always for a

Tracking endangered black rhinos in Africa’s heartland

There is concern that despite fact that humans have reduced the critically endangered black rhino numbers by well over 90 percent in the last century, rhino’s may actually be suffering the effects of more recent population increases in some reserves.

Turtles – something you won’t forget!

Our latest video about protecting the precious turtles of Mozambique.

World’s First Dedicated Rhino Orphanage Founded

Press Release: South Africa is to be home to the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial care-centre for baby rhinos orphaned by the shocking trade in poached rhino horns. The Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo

Cause an Uproar!

In support of Lion conservation, the National Geographic Society has agreed to donate 10 cents to lion conservation in Botswana every time this YouTube video is viewed. Share it with your friends and Cause an Uproar! Also make sure to

Africa’s Painted Dogs need your help

One of South Africa’s lesser known and rarely seen endangered species is our enigmatic African Painted Dog (Wild Dog). Few South African’s have had the honour of witnessing these elusive but magnificent creatures, and at present rates few ever will.

Of Sharks and Other Trophies

South Africa’s weekend press carried a sickening story of some angler posing triumphantly over a dying shark he had minutes earlier hauled from the waters around Mossel Bay. No doubt using the most sophisticated equipment to catch what is apparently

Baby Gorilla Rescued in DRC

In a victory for conservation, a poached baby gorilla was recently rescued by an undercover team in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thanks to a tip-off, three rangers managed to rescue the baby gorilla by posing as interested buyers,

The Transparency and Reflectiveness of Zoos

As social institutions with a history that dates back to 3500 BC, zoos are simultaneously transparent and reflective. Transparent in that there is no pretence to offering a  “natural experience” on its own terms as suggested by game parks. Reflective

Rhino Infographic

Today is World Rhino Day – people across the planet will take a stand against the illegal trade in Rhino horn. Editor of Safari, Paul Steyn, will join a peaceful protest outside Cape Town Parliament between 11.30am and 13.00pm today.

World Rhino Day. What are you doing?

The distressing killing of rhino has captured the attention of South Africans who have voiced strong opposition to their cruel and unnecessary slaughter. However, many people still feel helpless, and unable to do something small to make a difference. Here’s

News from Niassa: A family in the wild

“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet” Bob Dylan We like to feel the rain. We also sometimes get wet, as for nine months of the year we sleep in a Mozzie dome tent on a platform under

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