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Survey shows massive decline in Zimbabwe’s cheetah population

Colin the Scot

Zimbabwe’s population of endangered cheetahs has declined by around 85% in the last 15 years .

The effect of Lake Kariba’s changing water levels


A look at how the water levels of Lake Kariba affect the surrounding wildlife populations in Matusadona National Park.

Book Review: Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott


Every now and then a book comes along that breaks through the wallpaper of life and delivers its message intravenously. Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott does that – it is an intense read, inspiring and moving.

Empower local communities with African Bush Camps Foundation


Make a difference in the lives of local communities in Zimbabwe and Botswana by staying at African Bush Camps.

Play golf to support anti-poaching efforts in Zimbabwe


The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit has arrested nearly 700 poachers and removed more than 22,000 wire snares. Support their good work by donating or joining their annual fundraising golf tournament.

Pangolin poaching in Zimbabwe threatens species survival

Four suspects caught with a live pangolin in Matusadona National Park, February 2016. Photo Matusadona Anti Poaching Project

Despite numerous arrests and long-term sentences over the past year; it appears there has been an upsurge in pangolin poaching in Zimbabwe.

What you need to know before a safari in Zimbabwe


Plan the perfect Zimbabwe safari with this inclusive guide to what to bring, where to stay and when.

Zimbabwe wants trade ban on ivory lifted


Zimbabwe will lobby for the lifting of an international ban on ivory sales, saying it would allow the government to raise money to combat poaching and for conservation programmes.

Suspected Zambian poachers shot dead in Zimbabwe

News-Elephant Tusks

State game rangers in northern Zimbabwe shot dead two suspected poachers from Zambia this weekend.

Join us as we cycle from Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba


Go on an epic week-long journey through Zimbabwe on your bicycle.

Video: Cecil the lion’s adorable grandcubs

©Graham Simmonds

Eight cute lion cubs seen in Hwange – thought to be the grandkids of Cecil the lion.

Zimbabwe’s tough stance on pangolin trafficking commended

Ground Pangolin at Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.© David Brossard / Creative Commons Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Tough penalties in Zimbabwe appear to have deterred international traffickers, reinforcing the belief that strong enforcement is essential in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

IUCN urges EU to make informed decisions about trophy hunting

©Lord Mountbatten

A summary of the IUCN’s report on trophy hunting and the importing of hunting trophies to the European Union.

5 reasons a safari in Zimbabwe is worth the trip


From untouched plains to exceptional guides – here’s why you shouldn’t count out Zimbabwe when planning your next safari.

Lion culling: A paradox of banning trophy hunting?


Conservation Action Trust asks the question whether trophy hunting is helping or harming lion populations at Bubye Valley Conservancy as they announce a potential culling of 200 lions.

Money tips for travelling to Zimbabwe


Find out what currencies are accepted in Zimbabwe, along with some top money tips for your next safari.

Three lions poisoned in Zimbabwe


Three lions have been poisoned in Zimbabwe for killing cattle.

2 Italian hunters killed while on anti-poaching patrol with rangers in Mana Pools

An elephant at Mana Pools ©Vince O'Sullivan

An Italian father and son, professional hunters who lived in Zimbabwe, were shot dead by wildlife rangers while on an anti-poaching patrol in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Top tips for photographers traveling in Zimbabwe


If you love taking photos, Zimbabwe is a destination you shouldn’t miss out on. Here are a few things all photographers should consider when traveling to Zimbabwe to make the most of your trip.

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange – a lodge for the bucket list!


A special escape to the eco African haven that is Elephant’s Eye lodge in Hwange.

Mining power players linked to cyanide poaching incidents in Hwange

Godfrey Nyakudya

The MD of a Zimbabwean mining company has allegedly imported cyanide from South Africa without proper documents, linking him potentially to the deaths of elephants in Hwange National Park over the past few years.

Carnivores in decline due to land reform

Leopard killed by a snare around its waist ©Sam Williams

Population numbers of predators in Zimbabwe have dropped due to land reform.

Woman tragically mauled to death by lion at Victoria Falls


A lioness mauls and feeds on the dead body of a 52-year-old Zimbabwean woman who was trying to safeguard her livestock.

The hippos in the drought

©Karen Paolillo

How hippos are suffering in the drought in southern Africa.

Parties involved speak out about lion raffle

© Janine Avery

As news of a controversial lion raffle spreads, some of the parties that could stand to benefit from the hunt are speaking out about the hunt.

Zimbabwe to send more elephants to China

© Ryan Avery

Citing a “better and safer environment,” a high-ranking official in Zimbabwe states that more of the country’s wildlife will be captured and sent to China in 2016.

Raffle for lion hunt in Zimbabwe – also offered to non-hunters

© Janine Avery

Bubye Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe is raffling an 18-day lion safari. However, the winner can choose not to hunt the lion.

Local community rallies together to try to save elephants that are stuck in the mud


A tale of an attempt to rescue two elephants from the mud in Zimbabwe.

An African safari in a nutshell


The ins and outs of an African safari.

Baby elephant rescued from jaws of crocodile


A baby elephant gets the fright of its little life when a crocodile starts playing tug-of-war with its trunk!

Matobo and the ringing rocks

Looking at the ancient paintings

Exploring the beautiful landscapes of Matobo National Park and a quest to find the famous ringing rocks.

Victoria Falls has not dried up – here’s the proof

Vic Falls on 17 October 2015.

A number of photos have been circulating on the internet recently showing a very dry Victoria Falls but fear not, Vic Falls has not dried up!!

Clamping down on Hwange poaching syndicate

©Michael Sprague

Serious reforms in the wildlife industry are due in Zimbabwe as investigations into the cyanide poisonings in Hwange National Park continue.

Trophy hunting: a conservation concept vs. the reality

© Patrick Meier

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

Top cop fingered in elephant poaching saga

© Terry Feuerborn

A syndicate comprising police officers, Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers and Asians is behind the latest spate of elephant poaching in Hwange National Park.

Zimbabwe’s elephants ‘poisoned by dissatisfied rangers’

An elephant crosses the road in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe ©AP

Sources suggest that some of the 60+ elephants poisoned in the past month might have been poisoned by disgruntled and cash-strapped rangers.

The aftermath of Cecil – Interview with lion researcher, Brent Stapelkamp

©Scott Ramsay

An interview with Brent Stapelkamp, who has worked for nine years on the Hwange Lion Research Project, on what was illegal about the hunt of Cecil and what the effects have been.

More elephants poisoned in Hwange National Park

MAPP, via Facebook

22 more elephants have been killed by cyanide poisoning in Hwange National Park, which brings the total of elephants poisoned by poachers this month in Zimbabwe up to 62.

Crocodile kills 5 year old girl in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo

A 5-year-old girl is killed by a crocodile at a river crossing in Zimbabwe.

Buffalo with spear wounds attacks two people

©Nevit Dilmen

A 68-year-old woman in Zimbabwe has passed away after being trampled by a wounded buffalo that also attacked a 4-year-old girl.

Relief for an elephant’s painful penis problem

© Kariba Animal Welfare Fund Trust

A Zimbabwean elephant suffering from a leakage of fluid in the tissues around his genitals has been treated by vets from the AWARE Trust in Harare.

Zimbabwe elephant hunter identified as German property mogul


Animal rights group PETA says former friends of Rainer Schorr have identified him from photographs taken on the hunt of one of Africa’s largest elephant.

Hunted giant not Kruger elephant?


Bull elephant hunted in Zimbabwe is likely not Nkombo from the Kruger National Park.

Iconic elephant shot in Zimbabwe


An elephant with tusks estimated to weigh 120lb (54,4+kg) each was shot in the Malapati concession, located in southeastern Zimbabwe near Gonarezhou National Park.

Cecil the lion: No charges for Walter Palmer

Walter Palmer faced a huge backlash online over his killing of Cecil the lion

Zimbabwe’s environment minister said that the US dentist, Walter Palmer, could not be charged for an illegal hunt as all his “papers were in order”.

A local band on why Africa is amazing


The band GoodLuck answers some questions on what they are looking forward to at the Vic Falls Carnival, why they love Africa and what it means to be African.

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