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NEWS WRAP: Kruger lion hunted + lioness saved from snare

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.

Chasing bats in paradise

A night of bat chasing in Mauritius reveals the fascinating and beautiful side of the often negatively perceived, vampiresque fruit bat.

Video: Time-lapse of a Botswana safari

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!

Identifying venomous snakes: How hard can it be?

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.

Opinion: Will I be attacked by a wild animal while on safari?

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.

Impalas cry wolf, so say zebras!

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.

The Kruger – a photographer’s dream safari

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.

NEWS WRAP: Leopard mauls tourist in Namibia + lion pride poisoned in Uganda

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.

NEWS WRAP: Sudan the rhino passes away + undecided fate for killer lion

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 little Mussa

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.

Matabele ants: Raiders of termites

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!

Bush tales: Half-blind lioness and cubs update

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.

Leopards: The silent predators

Guests in the Kruger experience an incredible sighting of a leopard stalking her prey. The question is: was she is successful in her hunt?

Ouch! Lion cub bites balls

A lost lion cub finds its pride and is eager to play with its elders, including biting on a male lion’s family jewels…

17 Elephant facts you need to know

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.

Camera trap excitement by the waterhole

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.

Leopards: The challenges of motherhood

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.

‘Honey badger don’t care’

A fearless honey badger takes on an oryx and black-backed jackal in two incredible encounters in Etosha National Park in Namibia.

Baboons: The least loved primate

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.

Hippos and dramatic river disputes

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.