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The plight of Africa’s only penguin

The endangered African penguin is at risk of extinction as a result, in part, of a southern shift in anchovies and sardines away from the hub of colonies.

Kenya’s ‘ivory kingpin’ has bail suspended

A court in Kenya has suspended the release on bail of a suspected ringleader of an ivory smuggling gang, who figured on an Interpol list of the nine most wanted suspects linked to crimes against the environment.

The struggle of the Kalahari people

In 1997, the government of Botswana began evicting indigenous San and Bakgalagadi people from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Local and international advocacy groups have been fighting to enable the groups to return, arguing that the indigenous groups with traditional hunting and gathering lifestyles are far better able to preserve biodiversity than contemporary conservation approaches.

25 hyenas killed in Zimbabwe

Villagers in the district of Buhera in Zimbabwe have trapped and killed 25 hyenas over the past two weeks that have been attacking people and livestock.

Ostriches maimed for fashion

NSPCA lays animal cruelty charges against ostrich farmers and the Ostrich Business Chamber in the Western Cape for toe amputations.

Zimbabwe lifts nationwide trophy hunting ban

The nationwide ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants in Zimbabwe has been lifted, but a ban is still in force in a limited area including on the farm where Cecil was killed and on another farm where a second lion was hunted.

Zurich targeted as hub to smuggle ivory

Elephant tusks weighing 262kg were seized at Zurich Airport on their way from Tanzania to China. Customs officials have also detected smaller shipments hidden in cosmetic cream jars over the past weeks, which suggests an effort to open a new ivory trade route via Zurich.

Cubs doing okay after Cecil’s death

The light at the end of the tunnel: Cecil’s story not only raises awareness about conservation issues, but it also sends the message that people care about the future of his offspring and his kind. Here are some fantastic photos of his cubs to ease your minds.

Crowned eagle kills beloved pet

A resident in Pietermaritzburg is watching the sky like a hawk after a crowned eagle attacked her late mother’s chihuahua pekingese cross.

US dentist thought lion hunt was legal

An American hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said that he wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of the hunt.”

Obama unveils more ivory sale restrictions

To ensure that the US is not contributing to the scourge of poaching that is decimating elephant populations across Africa, President Barack Obama tightens US rules on sales of ivory.