In this week’s news wrap a large male lion was trophy hunted in the Greater Kruger National Park; a lioness with cubs was saved after a snare was discovered around her waist; an anti-poaching guard was seriously injured when a buffalo charged him; and two pristine reserves in southern Mozambique, Maputo Special Reserve and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, are set for transformative tourism development.
A story of two rescued mongooses, named Strepies and Gogga, who found a home at ZURI Orphanage in Namibia.
A night of bat chasing in Mauritius reveals the fascinating and beautiful side of the often negatively perceived, vampiresque fruit bat.
On a relaxed, peaceful Sunday afternoon chaos hit the home of two tree squirrels when an intruder was discovered in their humble abode.
From the Okavango to Chobe to the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is home to some of the best wildlife in the world. In this video, Safari Botswana, 38,000 images were converted into a funky video showcasing this country in all its glory!
A visitor to Pilanesberg Game Reserve witnesses an epic battle between two territorial black rhino bulls who ended up deep in a waterhole.
Here are 9 facts about the smallest species of wild cat in Africa, the black-footed cat – also known as the small-spotted cat.
Identifying venomous snakes is a lot more complicated than you’d think. There aren’t any hard and fast rules to distinguish a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake in southern Africa, and many people get bitten by snakes that they misidentify as ‘harmless’. Here we look at some misconceptions when it comes to venomous and non-venomous snake identification, and what to do when you encounter a venomous snake.
Will I be attacked by a wild animal while on safari? A number of recent news headlines in South Africa have probably contributed to an increase in this particular question (or some version of it), and two recent incidents appear to highlight again just how dangerous wild animals can be.
Despite a deformed jaw, this giraffe cow has been able to adapt and survive in the Kruger National Park.
A pack of wild dogs provide a whole day’s worth of entertainment for a photographer in the Kruger National Park.
A southern ground-hornbill in the Kruger finds a rare treat in the form of a juvenile hare.
An elderly man was attacked and mauled by a captive lion at the Marakele Predator Centre in South Africa.
It turns out that impalas are the drama queens of the African bushveld, and other species know it, and don’t take their predator alarm calls too seriously.
South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the largest conservation areas in the world. For budding and professional wildlife photographers, or ‘wildographers’, as they are becoming commonly known, it’s a much-prized destination.
The practice of breeding cheetahs in captivity as ‘ambassadors’ is doing the species more harm than good.
In this week’s news wrap a German tourist was mauled by a leopard in Namibia’s Kuiseb Canyon; a pride of eleven lions have died of suspected poisoning in Uganda; according to a Kruger head ranger rhino poaching in the national park is declining, while elephant deaths are up; a ‘problem’ lion was shot near Kruger; wild dogs return to Gorongosa after decades of absence; an elephant has killed a woman in Botswana; and investigations continue in Cameroon following a large discovery of illegal wildlife products hidden in shipping containers bound for China.
Here are five curious facts about dik-diks that make them an exciting case for evolutionary study.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers a great sighting of a leopard trying to hunt birds in the heat of the day.
A rhino calf tries to make friends with a leopard tortoise, who will have none of it.
As wild dogs take down an adult impala, within seconds, two large and fearless hyenas come barrelling in to steal the carcass.
So often we need only to look to nature to see valuable life lessons, such as patience – shown by a cheetah mother who was on the prowl.
In the depths of the night a magical event took place as an elephant gives birth right on the grounds of a tented camp in the Maasai Mara.
Incredible photos from the Chobe River where a honey badger and an African rock python come face to face.
In this week’s news wrap Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has sadly passed away at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya; the fate of lion that mauled a woman to death at Kevin Richardson’s sanctuary remains undecided; African leaders call on EU to shut down ivory trade; and wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe have apprehended a villager in Hwange area for dealing in pangolin.
The story of how the orphan giraffe, Tala, came to live at Ekorian’s Mugie Camp in the Mugie Conservancy in northwest Laikipia, Kenya.
Meet little Mussa. He was recently rescued from poachers who killed his family for bushmeat. Now he is safely recovering at the Lwiro primate sanctuary, Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL), in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, Mussa is just one of the few lucky chimps to be saved from the hands of poachers.
Despite the fact that they are known to have an aggressive nature and displays unexpected behaviour, a cold-blooded kill by a hippo is rarely caught on camera in the wild.
A unique sighting of a coalition of cheetahs trying to mate with a female cheetah in Maasai Mara National Reserve is captured on camera.
One of the many interesting ants in the African bushveld is the matabele ant (Pachycondyla analis). Their fame comes from their most organised raids of termites on which they feed!
Black-backed jackals receive an unwelcomed guest in the form of a honey badger who was keen to get a taste of a giraffe carcass.
Students from EcoTraining get a fantastic sighting of a brown house snake who looks for warmth and comfort on a shoe.
A spotted hyena tests out his tree climbing skills while trying to reach an impala carcass that seemed to be just out of his reach.
One of the best parts about being a field guide is that you can follow the stories of animals, you can watch cubs grow up and witness the change in dynamics within herds. Yet, as always within nature, there are moments of pure joy but also of great tragedy.
The Knysna dwarf chameleon is a species in need of rescuing after devastating fires destroyed most of their habitat in Knysna, South Africa.
Guests in the Kruger experience an incredible sighting of a leopard stalking her prey. The question is: was she is successful in her hunt?
A greedy lion cub wants the buffalo carcass all to itself!
A lost lion cub finds its pride and is eager to play with its elders, including biting on a male lion’s family jewels…
The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the largest land mammal in the world and one of nature’s great ecosystem engineers, being a major contributor to maintaining the balance between wooded and grass ecosystems. Here are 17 fascinating facts that you need to know.
A camera trap is always an exciting thing to use, even more so in the bush! There is always a level of excitement when one wakes in the morning to go and check the trap.
Motherhood is not easy, whatever species you might be. Successfully raising one or several young to adulthood, feeding, protecting and teaching them how to find food is a great feat. But for a mother from a solitary species like leopards, things can get exceptionally hairy.
A fearless honey badger takes on an oryx and black-backed jackal in two incredible encounters in Etosha National Park in Namibia.
The patience of three cheetahs is incredible as they go on the prowl for three hours, stalking an impala herd in the hopes of making a kill.
When you take a road trip in South Africa you are bound to get to see a troop of baboons at some point. I am thrilled at every sighting, but realise that my reaction towards seeing baboons is out of the ordinary. For most people the baboons evoke very different feelings: to some they are the witches funny flying monkeys, while others harbour a more intense dislike for them, usually over a past picnic invasion.
The dry season in South Luangwa is always exciting when it comes to wildlife sightings, and on one particular occasion two hippos clashed over territories, providing a mighty display of raw power.
Black-backed jackals take their chance with a young blue wildebeest calf while the adults try to chase them away to no avail.