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March countdown begins with a great competition

The countdown to this Saturday’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos has kicked off this week with the announcement of a fantastic, world-wide competition, valued at US$60 000!

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Walking with a myriad of wildlife in Tsavo

Join us on a great walk through Tsavo as we come across elephants, lions, hyenas, crocodiles and much more…

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Hefty jail term for ivory smuggler

The highest penalty ever imposed in South Africa for the illegal possession of ivory was handed down when a man was sentenced 10 years’ jail and a R5 million fine for possessing one ton of poached elephant tusks.

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Ramping up support for elephants and rhinos

In just a few short weeks the world will be taking to the streets in support of our endangered, iconic wildlife species, courtesy of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, which takes place on World Animal Day – October 4.

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Elephants, communities and conservation

Gail Potgieter talks about making your footprint count for conservation when touring Africa.

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Taking to the streets for elephant and rhino

On October 4 the entire world will be turning out in force in support of the planet’s most iconic, and threatened species; elephant and rhino.

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Help save Tanzania’s woodlands by sponsoring a bee-keeping project

Alamnyak Thaddeu has big plans for a bee-keeping project in his Loiborsoit community in Tanzania.

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A world without elephants? Blame China.

Who is to blame for the continued trade in ivory? China? America? Thailand? Japan? Vietnam? Africa?

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iSilo - whose name meant "King of Kings" - when I photographed him two years ago. He was Southern Africa's biggest tusker, and arguably its most iconic creature. He reportedly died of natural causes earlier this year and his tusks were hacked from his face by poachers before rangers could find his carcass in the thick sand forest.

Death of the kings – Tembe’s elephants in danger

In Africa today there are probably no more than 40 giant tusker elephants, in South Africa, the last of these giants live in Tembe Elephant Park in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal

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How to relocate an elephant

“An elephant can’t resist a watermelon; it’s an easy job to lace it with deadly chemicals” when “a herd of elephants can cost you $10 000 in crop destruction in a night.” In order to help rural farmers and elephants alike KWS is translocating elephants to remote Kenyan reserves.

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A photographic competition of ‘elephantine’ proportions

In order to create awareness about World Elephant Day on the 12th of August Africa Geographic has set up a photographic competition with excellent prizes to be won. May the best Elephant photograph win!

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Namibia ropes armed forces into poaching war

Namibia’s cabinet has approved a request by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to allow the country’s security forces to be involved in the fight against poaching and other crimes threatening the country’s wildlife.

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Emotion and desert elephants

Dr Margaret Jacobsohn gives her thoughts on the Namibian desert elephant hunting debate.

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Success with bees, chillies and elephants

A community elephant project in Tanzania has reduced elephant poaching numbers by more than half in two years. Martina Polley investigates how working outside of wildlife reserves is as important as working within them.

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Alleviating poaching by sidestepping Tanzanian government

Tanzanian game ranger discusses his fears about the rise in elephant poaching in Selous Game reserve.

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NSCPA and Knysna Elephant Park speak out about abuse allegations

The Knysna Elephant Park and Elephants of Eden respond to the NSPCA animal cruelty charges issued against them.

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Zimbabwe’s Presidential Elephants in peril

Sharon Pincott, who worked for 13 years under the banner of The Presidential Elephant Conservation Project protecting the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe has announced that she has closed down her project.

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Animal cruelty charges for Knysna Elephant Park

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has laid animal cruelty charges against Elephants of Eden, the Knysna Elephant Park, for cruelty to elephants.

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Criticisms of the Environmental Minister’s views on ivory trade

Criticisms have emerged following Edna Molewa’s, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, remarks on the ivory trade and how it relates to a possible trade in rhino horn.

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Olifants River lives up to the name

A truly spectacular site as multiple breeding herds descend on Kruger’s Olifants River for an elephantastic pool party!

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Mana Pools: Africa’s forgotten paradise

Far removed from any urban landscape, Mana Pools is a creation of nature still pure and splendid, untouched and wild. Mana Pools allows one the rare privilege to travel back in time to an Africa we all wish we knew, an Africa free of human encroachment, an Africa of our dreams.

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Magic at a waterhole in Etosha

Rachel Lang has a magical encounter with elephants at a waterhole in Etosha National Park.

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To bee or not to bee

Farmers along the perimeter of Serengeti National Park have tried various elephant-deterring techniques, from beating tin cans to lighting fires, most of which haven’t appeared to work. But now there are beehive fences which appear to be doing the job!

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The elephant killing fields of Selous

Some 481 miles to the southeast of Tanzania’s iconic Serengeti National Park lies the lesser well-known Selous Game Reserve. But for many species in the Selous, all is far from well. Results from a wildlife census conducted in October and November, 2013, show a dramatic decline in elephants in particular.

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Is the Serengeti safe? Ask an elephant.

The elephants of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park may have figured out where danger is – and where it usually isn’t. Scientists examine the stress levels of these gentle behemoths of the savanna to see if they have an innate sixth sense.

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On safari with Robin Pope

Robin Pope is probably the most experienced and respected safari operator in the whole of Africa. His speciality is mobile camping and walking safaris, but his superb permanent camps and bush lodges are unrivalled.

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Chobe elephants march to Gaborone?

Chobe elephants have been trying to find an ancient route to their former habitat in Gaborone over the past week.

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Chobe elephants use lodge plunge pool as waterhole

An amazing encounter as a group of elephants show up right in front of a lodge room at Ngoma Safari Lodge and drink out of a private plunge pool!

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Elephants use lodge plunge pool as waterhole

An amazing encounter as a group of elephants show up right in front of a lodge room at Ngoma Safari Lodge and drink out of a private plunge pool!

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Artist retreat for elephants

A group of artists, specialising in wildlife, gather to create greater awareness about elephant poaching in Africa.

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10 fascinating facts about elephants

It is up to us to save elephants. To do this we have to start with education and knowledge, so in light of that here are 10 facts everyone should know about elephants.

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With a New Year in China comes a new campaign

The Chinese New Year saw the launch of a widespread public awareness campaign, urging people not to buy ivory as gifts and return peace to elephants.

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Elephants cross highway using new underpass

When is a tunnel not a tunnel? When it’s a trunk road. This tunnel, which connects two wilderness areas in Kenya, has just opened and for the first time elephants have been spotted using it.

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China to destroy ivory

The Chinese government plans to destroy several tons of confiscated ivory and other wildlife products demonstrating the Chinese government’s commitment in combatting the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 19

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 19 on 6 January 2014: The Southern African elephant population has, to date, been largely unaffected by the mass poaching slaughters happening around Africa

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Only 6 signatures – how successful was the Botswana Elephant Conference?

In the wake of the Elephant Summit held in Botswana in early December where urgent measures to halt the rampant illegal ivory trade were adopted one is left asking if it is enough?

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Mourning elephants in the Maasai Mara

A bizarre elephant death ritual plays out in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve as a herd of elephants pay respect to an elephant carcass.

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Listening to Africa’s elephants

Take a listen to how a forest full of microphones can fight poaching and help save Africa’s elephants.

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Rescued elephant returns to say thanks

Baines’ River Camp recounts the dramatic rescue of an elephant calf and follows up on how the young bull is doing today.

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Are Etosha elephants green, white, grey or brown?

Etosha, meaning ‘Great White Place’ consists of a large mineral pan of pale greenish-white clay, silt and mineral salts and it is here where an abundance of elephants can be found.

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50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 9

Here is the line-up for the 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 9, on 21 October 2013. Learn about elephants in parking lots, electronic waste and monitor lizards.

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Rare elephant behaviour at Etosha

In Etosha National Park this blogger was privileged to see elephant behaviour so rare that not even elephant scientists have often witnessed it in the wild.

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Magical Mana Pools

Two Land Cruisers arrived followed by a cloud of fine-grained Africa dust. As the cruisers came to a halt doors swung open wide and an army of big smiles were ready to experience Mana Pools National Park.

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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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Walking with Giants in Tsavo

This was a true safari – from a bygone era!  Africa Geographic guests recently spent 5 days following elephants in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. The 80km route winds through the park, following the Galana River and the wise old matriarchs

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IFAW Ivory Trade – A free interactive magazine

This is probably the most fun you can have while learning. For the first time here is a fantastic summary of what’s really happening to/with elephants – and it’s written in common-speak so even I can understand. AND its digital

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