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Rhino horn – To trade or not to trade: Does it really matter?

The rhino horn trade is being punted as an option with ‘if it pays it stays’ philosophy. The counter argument being that we don’t understand the market, making it difficult to play with. Each a compelling argument in its own right, however are we are dividing our forces, our efforts and the rhino population while we debate the issue?

Anti-mining in Lower Zambezi group sees victory

The Lusaka high court has upheld the stay of execution granted to six environmental organisations against government’s decision to allow the opening of a mining project in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

Help give renosterveld a home

On the southernmost end of the African continent lies the smallest, but richest, plant kingdom on Earth: the Cape Floristic Kingdom. Within this incredible system is a plethora of different vegetation types all facing various levels of threat. However, there are none so threatened as the lowland renosterveld.

Desert lion attacks

After our recent blog post showing tourists getting too close to a desert lion in Namibia, our attention was drawn to similar incident that took place about 8 years ago.

Two generations of poaching protection

Written By: Daryll Pleasants Africa is Africa because of its animals and at Ol Pejeta Conservancy two generations of dogs work tirelessly to secure the survival of a species; father and son working to protect the majestic rhinos that roam East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary. Its early morning and I’m back for my third visit […]

Fishing dilemma threatens Nsumbu

One of the biggest threats to Nsumbu National Park in northern Zambia, and for Lake Tanganyika on which it is situated, is over-fishing by local communities and commercial interests.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 21

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 21. This episode of 50 | 50 will be broadcast on SABC 3 at 9pm on 20 January 2014. Spend a couple of days in the life of a vet at Kruger National Park, follow up with the hyena that was found wondering the streets of Johannesburg and take a trip to see what sustainable farming is all about.

Great white sharks live longer than expected

Great white sharks live far longer than was previously thought. Using a new technique to age the tissues of these impressive creatures, scientists have identified a male great white that lived into his 70s.

The fight to save Nsumbu

In a far-flung corner of Zambia on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, a fledgling conservation organisation is making waves in an effort to help protect a biological wonder under threat… Nsumbu National Park. Sharon van Wyk took several cars, planes and boats to investigate.

21 elephant calves a testimony to anti-poaching efforts

Twenty-one new elephant calves have been sighted at Zakouma National Park in the Republic of Chad, marking a turnaround in the fortune of the park’s beleaguered elephant herds which had been decimated by poaching in recent years.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 20

In the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 20 on 13 January 2014 discover how seismic survey ships are killing whales, farm the sun in the Northern Cape and meet the first hand-reared cheetah to be successfully re-introduced into the wild.

Project painted lady

Participate in Project Painted Lady by sending in your photos, and help in the conservation of South Africa’s painted lady butterflies.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 19

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 19 on 6 January 2014: The Southern African elephant population has, to date, been largely unaffected by the mass poaching slaughters happening around Africa – but for how much longer? Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is one of the last remaining […]

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 18

Here is the New Year’s episode line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 18 on 30 December 2013: Continue to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta, take a trip to Kleinsee to discover how this once thriving mining town is now a pearl for oyster production and find out how tourists are ruining Kruger National Park.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 17

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 17 on 23 December 2013: Go deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta to research the delicate ecosystem, find out if the Natal Midlands is the new Franschhoek and learn all about cheetah conservation in the Kgalagadi.

Young scientist brings the ocean ashore in False Bay

We have the privilege of seeing the deep blue wilderness through the eyes of scientist Lauren De Vos. It’s hard to believe that Lauren grew up so far from the ocean, in the city of Johannesburg, one would sooner have believed that she was brought up with mermaids and seals.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 16

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 16, on 16 December 2013 on SABC2 at 19:30. Uncover a devastating petrol spill in a wetland in KwaZulu-Natal, delve into why dung beetles dance and enjoy the small things in the mopane woodlands at Klaserie.

Samuel the seal's sad story

Grant meets Samuel the seal and what follows is a moving description of how depleted fish stocks are severely affecting marine wildlife.

50 | 50 30th Anniversary Season: Episode 16

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 16, on 9 December 2013. Find out more about Southern Africa’s looming elephant poaching crisis and join the team as they question the future of Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – one of the last pockets of unspoiled biodiversity in the Johannesburg area.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 15

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 15, on 02 December 2013. Learn all about revolutionary mining techniques, bear baiting and some wonderful books that celebrate Africa.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 13

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 13, on 18 November 2013. Discover the Amatola Toad – which till recently was thought to be extinct. Learn more about the animal shelter policy in South Africa and follow James Steyn on a bush walk in Klaserie Game Reserve in search of elephants.

Anti-poaching wildlife warriors

This photographer takes a hands on approach in the rhino poaching crisis. Armed with only his camera, his mission was simple; see what he could do to help.

Black footed cat kittens

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has some exciting news; the birth of two black footed cat kittens!

Call for China to close ivory factories

One killed every 15 minutes – an estimated 36 000 elephants were killed in the past year – for ivory carvings and trinkets. This is the reality of the African elephant. See how you can get involved in calling for a ban on ivory.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 12

Here is the line-up for the 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 12, on 11 November 2013. Learn about shark species threatened by humans, the potential discovery of a new species of sengi, and the issue of wildlife in urban areas.

The Great Ruaha River is disappearing

The jewel of Tanzania; the Great Ruaha River, is dying before our eyes as a few rice farmers are being allowed to destroy Tanzania’s largest, priceless asset.

Cycling Zambia for elephants

Three gentleman embark on an ambitious cycle through Zambia to raise money and awareness for elephant conservation.

50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 8

Here is the line-up for the 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 8, on 14 October 2013. Learn about African horse sickness, celebrate World Food Day and see the rescue of an elephant seal…

The black rhinos of Lewa

Dale Morris met the wonderful Anna Merz who put him in his place when it came to understanding the beautiful black rhinos of Lewa.

50│50: Anniversary Season: Episode 4

Featured news on 50│50 30th Anniversary Season: Episode 4, 16 September 2013 including lions at Mountain Zebra Park and the GAP program to raise water awareness.