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Rebranding environmental crime as a crime against humanity

Environmental crime is hindering Africa from seeing economic growth, destroying the future of the people.

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Elephant charges tourists in Kruger

A bull elephant charges a group of tourists on a walking safari in Kruger National Park.

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A desert elephant siesta

During our recent Africa Geographic visit to Namibia, we shared a rather special moment with a family of desert elephants, as they settled down for a mid-morning siesta.

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Demanding an end to the slaughter of rhinos and elephants

The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER) is taking place in more than 120 cities across the world on October 4 this year. It will see the delivery of memoranda of demand and proposed changes to South Africa’s legislation delivered to key government representatives across the globe.

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No more welfare protection for elephants?

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has proposed amendments to the Elephant Norms and Standards, intending to remove all welfare-based provisions relating to elephants.

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Six elephant poachers arrested in Niassa

A significant arrest of six suspected poachers took place on 7 September 2014 at Niassa National Reserve.

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Photographing gentle giants

Bryan Pereira of Exposure Tours tells us the best way to photograph elephants.

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Richard Leakey in the Mara region. © Graham Boynton

Leakey’s last stand: The final battle of Africa’s elephant king

The man who saved the African elephant in the 1980s is returning to the fray. This time nothing will stop Richard Leakey except the grim reaper.

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Man trampled to death by elephant

A body of a male was discovered in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site on Saturday the 23rd August 2014. It is believed that he might have been trampled to death by an elephant.

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Lions vs. crocodile fight

An extremely rare event, when lions take on a crocodile, is captured on camera during a trip to the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya

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Elephant rolls car in Kruger

Local tourists get involved in an accident involving an elephant in the Kruger National Park.

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Kruger from the air

Scott Ramsay spends the day flying with the anti-poaching team over the Kruger.

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General Jooste (left) briefs some of Kruger's section rangers, who are at the frontlines of the war against poachers.

Interview with Kruger’s anti-poaching chief

An interview with Major-General Johan Jooste, the man in charge of anti-poaching at South African National Parks.

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The heart warming story of two orphaned elephants

Over the last month the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has welcomed two new orphaned elephants, rescued from well and a herd of cattle

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Too close, too personal. This hippo was a few meters from me at one of the pools on the Biyamiti River.

Kruger – lions, kingfishers and on foot with ellies

Scott Ramsay’s travels take him to the Kruger National Park, a landmark area in the history of wildlife conservation.

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An elephant, wild dog showdown

An exciting showdown between an elephant and a pack of wild dogs at Zimanga Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu Natal.

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Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again

Breaking news: in what seems to be a recurring trend, another elephant has been poached in the Northern Kruger, close to the Zimbabwe and Mozambican borders.

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Elephant attacks trophy hunter

A Namibian professional hunter sustained multiple injuries when a young elephant bull attacked him in the Uukwaluudhi Conservancy.

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Call for trade embargo against Mozambique for failure to address poaching issues

Two international environmental organisations have called on the US government to implement trade sanctions against Mozambique for its official complicity in the ongoing rampant slaughter of elephants and rhinos.

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A Namibian’s view on hunting in his home country

Namibian John K Kasaona gives a local’s view on the Namibian hunting debate.

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Senator Raymond J. Lesniak stands with advocates from Elephants DC and the Humane Society after the historic passage of New Jersey's ivory and rhino horn sales ban. The elephant pictured is Satao, the largest tusker in Kenya recently slaughtered by poachers. © Rebecca Nowalski.

State legislators make elephant history with unprecedented ivory ban

The New Jersey State Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill banning ivory and rhino horn sales on Monday, making New Jersey the first state to take a definitive stand against wildlife trafficking.

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Kenya’s biggest elephant killed by poachers

Satao, the world’s biggest elephant, is dead. Satao, who was killed by poachers at Tsavo East National Park, in southeast Kenya and was celebrated as one of the last surviving great tuskers.

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Poaching onslaught in Garamba National Park

African Parks has ramped up their anti-poaching efforts in DRC’s Garamba National Park after 68 elephants were poached using chainsaws and hand grenades.

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Trading the lives of desert elephants for votes

A source inside the Namibian government has apparently leaked information about the sale of hunting permits for rare desert elephants as an effort to garner more votes.

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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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Sleeping elephant woken up to be shot

The sickening footage of the shocking moment a sleeping elephant in Zimbabwe was woken up by American trophy hunters and shot.

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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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Elephant calf devoted to dying mother

The story of an elephant calf’s utter devotion to its mother in her dying days.

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The bull elephants of Tembe are among the finest specimens on the African continent. I have written about them before, but it's worth mentioning again: the Tembe elephants carry some of the biggest ivory in Africa, and according to elephant expert and wildlife veterinary surgeon Johan Marais, they are only second in size to those found in Tsavo.

Tembe, land of giants

Tembe Elephant Park in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal is one of Scott Ramsay’s favourite protected areas. In 300 square kilometres of sandforest, woodland and swamps, you’ll find some of the biggest tuskers in Africa.

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First elephant poached in Kruger in 10 years

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on 15 May 2014 the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years.

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Elephants help calf cross river

Incredible footage showing a mother elephant enacting a remarkable rescue for her tiny elephant calf who got swept away while crossing a rain-swollen river.

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Chinese political advisor dismissed over ivory trading

A political advisor from east China’s Zhejiang Province has been dismissed from her post on suspicion of involvement in ivory trading.

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New poaching onslaught on Garamba’s elephants in DRC

The recent thrust of elephant poaching in the DRC could emanate from the Lord’s Resistance Army base.

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A baby elephant rescue at Tarangire

The story of a baby elephant rescue at Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

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Born Free USA exposes the bloody ivory trade

Born Free USA has released a report that provides an accurate and complete picture of the depths of the infamous ivory trade, and its findings are truly alarming.

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Lions trap hyena inside a dead elephant

The African Impact Mara Naboisho Volunteer Project recently had an incredible encounter in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy when a group of lions trapped a hyena inside the carcass of a dead elephant.

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Conquering the arch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium

Steven Entwistle will walk over the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban wearing the standard diving dress of the early 1900s diver, weighing 70 kgs, to raise funds for the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization to help build the first rhino rehabilitation centre in Zululand.

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A crossing of giants

This blogger recounts a magical experience with elephants in Amboseli National Park.

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The cutest charging elephant calf!

This video shows a young elephant calf charging a vehicle and then very quickly realising that this might not be such a good idea after all.

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Ban on ivory imports into the USA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the intention to stop all commercial trade in African elephant tusks and rhino horn, starting with a suspension on the importation into USA of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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Biggest elephant in Southern Africa dies

It is with deep sadness and regret that Tembe Elephant Park has announced the death of Isilo the elephant. Isilo was the king of the elephants and wildlife in the Tembe Transfrontier Park on the South Africa/Mozambique Border and was known as the biggest “tusker” in Southern Africa.

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CSI African style: Dead elephant kills huge croc

This blogger comes across a strange situation in the Okavango; one dead crocodile, attached to one dead elephant.

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Baby elephant wanders into South African living room

A 10-day-old runaway baby elephant found herself in the front room of a ranch in Zululand, South Africa.The elephant is thought to have traversed 30 miles of nature reserve before ending up at the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve.

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Tourists get way too close to Kruger elephant… again

Die Burger reports that a group of Italian tourists were spotted approaching a large elephant at the Afsaal picnic spot in the Kruger National Park on Wednesday.

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2 lions vs. 12 hyenas

A group of twelve hyenas take on two lions in Botswana’s Chobe National Park for their share of an elephant kill.

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Namibian elephant in farmlands subject of hunting debate

A bull elephant has been making its way across commercial and game farms in the Hochfeld and Omitara areas of Namibia and has been the subject of concern after a recent advertisement surfaced to have the elephant hunted.

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