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Posts by Maxine Gaines

Maxine Gaines

I am a wildlife biologist, with a BSc Honours degree and 12 years of experience observing and studying leopards in the wild. My undergrad Degree was a BSc with Majors in Botany and Zoology from Wits University. I then went on to study a BSc Honours in Environmental Management through UNISA which I passed cum laude. I have 12 years of experience with observing and studying leopards in the wild, 10 of these at Londolozi Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands, Greater Kruger National Park. There, leopards were a particular interest of mine and I was one of three Leopard Specialist Guides for many years. After leaving Londolozi, I was privileged to work as a Guide and trainer of Field Guides for &Beyond (Then CCAfrica) up in East Africa. I was able to add to my knowledge of leopard behaviour in this very different environment. I am currently a student again enrolled at UNISA for an MSc in Nature Conservation, with Predator Behaviour and Conservation being the focus of my studies.

Hunting, Opinion Editorial, Wildlife

The official report into leopard populations reveals significant population reductions, and yet the SA government has announced a resumption in trophy hunting. Does this make sense? A respected biologist suggests not.


Africa Geographic