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Video: Adorable sand cat kittens spotted for first time in wild

On a recent expedition to Morocco, Grégory Breton, director of Panthera France, captured stunning (and viral!) videos and photos believed to be the first-ever sighting of wild sand cat kittens in their African range.

66 Giraffes join thousands of other animals exported to China

Sixty-six giraffes arrived in central China’s Henan Province in the early hours of Sunday, on a chartered flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, according to local sources.

News wrap: Hippo deaths + donkey population crisis

In this week’s news wrap we have an anthrax outbreak in northeast Namibia where hippos and buffaloes are dying; NGO African Parks expands its conservation management in Chad; the world’s donkey population is in crisis due to China’s increased demands; and two elephants die – one from a suspected lightning strike, and the other shot by Kenyan authorities.

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Tourists early to hit the roads outside Satara rest camp in the Kruger this morning were greeted by the rather macabre scene of a large elephant carcass in the road – presumably killed by a lightning strike.

Giant Kenyan elephant killed by authorities on suspicion of killing farmer

Giant elephant Little Male Amboseli Kenya © Amboseli Trust for Elephants

One of the last big elephant bulls in Africa was shot and killed by the authorities because it was suspected he had killed a farmer.

News wrap: Young elephants mistreated + woman bitten by hyena

Elephant kicked during capture in Zimbabwe

In this week’s news wrap we have news from the UK of a proposed ban in all sales of ivory, regardless of age; the Duke of Cambridge praises Africa’s true heroes at the Tusk Awards; a woman is bitten by a hyena after trying to break up a fight; a video of young elephants bound for Chinese zoos mistreated during their capture; and lions thrive after a successful translocation.

Prince William salutes Africa’s true heroes

Mrs Graça Machel awards Brighton Kumchedwa at the Tusk Awards

Last night saw a large crowd of conservationists gather in Cape Town for the Tusk Conservation Awards to pay tribute to a few of Africa’s true heroes – the men and women who continue to dedicate their lives to conservation at ground level.

Video: Young elephants kicked and slapped during capture for Chinese zoos

Elephant kicked during capture in Zimbabwe

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away.

Watch: Lions thrive after translocation

A lion is caught on a camera during the release into Somkhanda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A pride of three lions are thriving in their new home, Somkhanda Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, after a successful translocation.

Join this year’s global march for elephants and rhinos

Logo for Global march for elephants and rhinos

On Saturday, 7th October, the fourth annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos will be taking place in cities all over the world.

First wild black rhino born in Rwanda in over a decade

The eastern black rhino calf and mom in Akagera National Park, Rwanda © Augustin Manirarora / African Parks

On World Rhino Day, African Parks shared the exciting news that a rhino calf has been born in Akagera National Park in Rwanda – the first wild rhino birth for over a decade.

Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

The white giraffes in Kenya © Hirola Conservation Program

A pair of giraffes with leucism, a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time in Kenya.

Laos: The fastest growing ivory market in the world

Seized ivory in Bangkok, Thailand

A new report has revealed that China’s neighbouring country, Laos, has now become the fastest growing African ivory market in the world.

Lions escape from Etosha, kill livestock

A number of goats dead after lions attacked

Lions from Etosha National Park in Namibia have reportedly escaped into the neighbouring Sesfontein Constituency and have managed to kill 19 goats in one night.

‘Iconic tusker’ shot by trophy hunters in Zambia

A large bull elephant shot by a trophy hunter in Zambia

A large bull elephant, described as an ‘iconic tusker’ was trophy hunted in Zambia this weekend – the biggest elephant trophy in decades.

Trophy hunting company appointed to manage state game reserve

A pair of cheetah in South Africa

The North West Parks Board has conservationists worried after it awarded a 25-year contract for the co-management of a state-owned game reserve to a company specialising in trophy hunting and stuffing animals.

Namibia hopes for 80% drop in human-wildlife conflict

The National Policy on Human Wildlife Conflict by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism addresses the human-wildlife conflict that occurs all too often between wildlife and the rural communities and farmers in Namibia that share the same land. It is important that such a policy exists as the human-wildlife conflict will never disappear, but at least it can be effectively managed.

Cape vulture colony remains undisturbed by roadworks

According to the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), no evidence of disturbance to the Msikaba Cape vulture colony can be found after the construction of the Msikaba and Mtentu bridge haul roads.

News wrap: Rhino horns smuggled as trinkets plus elephants tragically killed

The past few days have seen a report revealing how rhino horns are now being processed into trinkets for smuggling, the nine elephants that tragically died in a freak electrocution accident, the chaotic scenes of congestion on Kruger roads, and the announcement of the passing of an old bull elephant.

9 Elephants die in freak electrocution accident

In a tragic accident, 9 elephants have died in a freak accident after being electrocuted by power lines near Sua Pan and a village called Dukwi in Botswana.

News wrap: Elephants saved plus confiscated rhino horn investigation

The three bull elephants relocated on flatbed trucks out of the farmlands in Limpopo Province, South Africa

The latest news surrounding wildlife in Africa, from three bull elephant being saved, to the ongoing investigation into the recently confiscated rhino horns.

Rhinos in the news this week

The past few days have seen a failed attempt to smuggle five rhino horns out of South Africa, a poacher sentenced to 20 years in jail, and SANParks suggesting that we pay an extra fee to visit national parks that have rhinos.

5 Escaped lions on the loose in Gauteng

lion and lioness, wildlife, South Africa

What was initially believed to be a single male lion on the loose in the area of Fochville in Gauteng for the past six weeks, has turned out to be a pride of five.

Rare black oryx, valued at R8m, poached for food

Three young men appeared in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for allegedly poaching an extremely rare black oryx, believed to be the only one of its kind in South Africa and valued at around R8 million.

Online rhino horn auction met with “disappointing” results

rhino horn, rhino, wildlife

John Hume’s first three-day online rhino horn auction was met with “disappointing” results as there were fewer bidders than expected.

New life for elephants in Nyika National Park

elephants leaving container, boma, translocation, Malawi

In early August, 34 elephants were translocated from Liwonde National Park to Nyika National Park, Malawi, in an effort to bolster the viability of the resident herd and fast-track recovery of critical numbers.

Malaysia seizes nearly $1 million in trafficked wildlife at airport

malaysia-pangolin-ivory-© Aqeela / TRAFFIC

Malaysia makes its eighth seizure of African pangolin scales and elephant ivory this year as a shipment was intercepted last Sunday.

No hunting permit for Kebbel the lion, says Namibian minister

male lion, Kebbel ('XPL81'), Namibia ©Inki Mandt

Amidst international and local pressure, Namibian Minister of the Environment and Tourism (MET) Pohamba Shifeta has stated to the Republikein newspaper that he has not issued a permit to trophy hunt Kebbel, the last remaining adult lion in the Sesfontein Conservancy in Namibia.

Rhino poaching: “We can make a difference,” say Vietnamese youth

The Wild Rhino demand reduction campaign focuses on tapping into the minds of Vietnamese youth and motivating change before it is too late to still save Africa’s iconic rhino.

Guests safe after elephant rolls vehicle in Namibia

© Gondwana Collection Namibia

In a rare elephant charge in Bwabwata National Park in the Zambezi region, Namibia, one of Namushasha’s game drive vehicles was overturned.

Tsavo ‘Super Tusker’, Ndawe, dies after multiple spear wounds

©Taru Carr-Hartley (left), ©Clifford Pickett (right). Source:

Ndawe was the missing link, the proof that we were looking for. We were sure that elephants made the long journey between Tsavo and Amboseli, and he was the confirmation.

Ivory kingpin arrested in Mozambique

The notorious leader of an East African ivory poaching network – Mateso Albana Kasian – has been arrested in Mozambique. Mateso was wanted by both Tanzanian and Mozambican authorities for orchestrating the slaughter of hundreds, possibly thousands, of elephants across southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique since 2012-2013.

Aardvarks taking a beating from climate change

aardvark, Kalahari Desert, South Africa

The aardvark, a highlight for anyone on a game-viewing African safari, will become increasingly rare as the world warms and dries, and the consequences go well beyond a decline in aardvark safari encounters.

Tragedy as trained elephant kills handler in Vic Falls, and is subsequently shot

two elephants and their handlers, Adventure Zone, Vic Falls, Zimbabwe

A 50-year-old trained elephant handler has been killed in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, after he was trampled to death by a domesticated elephant bull.

Hluhluwe lions recaptured after escaping

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo) has recaptured the eight lions that recently escaped from Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Kruger lions shot dead

The three lions that escaped from Kruger National Park in South Africa have been shot dead.

Search continues for escaped lions from Kruger NP

SANParks, Kruger National Park

SANParks, together with Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) officials, made every effort yesterday and overnight to lure and catch the four lions that were first sighted wandering near the N4/Crocodile River gorge area which is managed by MTPA.

Escaped lions spotted outside Kruger National Park

SANParks, Kruger National Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017 were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park and would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution.

Two more lions killed in Namibia

Two lions were shot and killed last week in communal farmland west of Etosha National Park in Namibia. The lions attacked a cow at night, and were killed in retaliation.

Hong Kong seizes 7.2 tonnes of elephant ivory

More than seven tonnes of ivory worth over US$9 million was seized in Hong Kong, officials said Thursday, the largest bust of its kind in the city in three decades.

Lions poisoned for bone trade

Poachers are using bait laced with poison to target and kill lions in Limpopo National Park, Mozambique, for the lion bone trade.

Kruger guest captures striking shot of Singita’s white lion

Singita in the Kruger National Park has shared a captivating pic of its Shangaan pride, which includes its striking white male lion, now almost two-years old.

500kg of horn for sale – rhino owner hosts controversial global online auction

The world’s biggest rhino breeder has announced plans to sell part of his massive stockpile of horns in a global online auction, sparking concern that this could undermine the 40- year-old international ban on rhino horn trading.

Mountain gorilla population bounces back, quadruples to 1000

The largest population of mountain gorillas in the world has grown to four times the size of its once-dwindling number, as poaching has become virtually non-existent among the magnificent apes of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zimbabwe’s ‘Disneyland’ receives Chinese investment

Zimbabwe just got one step closer to its dream of building a “Disneyland in Africa,” at the site of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls.

Alleged rhino poaching brothers win bail, vow to fight US extradition

In South Africa, Dawie Groenewald, his wife Sariette, and nine others, including two vets and professional hunters, have faced a massive total of 1 872 charges since their arrest on World Rhino day, in September 2010.

Authorities excavated the carcasses of 26 rhino at the Groenewald’s Musina farm, Prachtig, that were allegedly illegally hunted and dehorned without permits. To date, the group, known as the Musina Mafia, have managed to stave off prosecution through a number of postponements and delays.

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