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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.

Baby elephant rescued from muddy pond

Original Source: Amboseli Trust for Elephants The Kenya Wildlife Service and Amboseli Trust for Elephants rescued a five day old elephant calf back in November 2012 and the video is just too cute not to share. The five day old elephant was stuck in a big muddy pond where there used to be a swamp. […]

50|50: Back on our television screens in September!

50|50 returns to South African television screens this Monday with with their 30th Anniversary Season! See below for the lineup to their upcoming episode, due for screening Monday 2 September, at 19h30 on SABC 2.  Drones As the demand for rhino horn soars, driven by buyers in Asia for its reputed medicinal properties and status symbolism, […]

Two king cheetah cubs are born

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is very proud to be able to introduce two new baby king cheetahs to the world! The magnificent and rare king cheetah was first discovered in 1926, where it was thought to be a completely new and exciting species – a strange hybrid between a cheetah and a leopard. Although […]

Shark conservationist goes naked to raise awareness

Written by: Catalyst Communications on behalf of Lesley Rochat From entangling herself naked in fishing nets to free-diving with sharks, South African marine conservationist Lesley Rochat has set out to prove that sharks are not the evil man-eating predators we perceive them to be, but an extremely threatened and important part of the marine eco-system. […]

Desert chameleons get microchipped

Microchips are being fitted on beautiful desert chameleons in an effort to try and stop the illegal trafficking of these amazing creatures. The six-inch Namaqua chameleons of the Namib desert will soon be able to be scanned just like a barcode in a supermarket. Researchers have been fitting the cute critters with unique ID microchips so that their […]

World Elephant Day – time to take stock

Written by: Jason Bell – IFAW – Director Southern Africa / Elephant Programme Director Time is ticking by for Africa’s elephants. Monday 12 August is World Elephant Day. This presents an opportunity to reflect on the plight of Africa’s elephants and what it is that we can do to turn back the clock. If you spent […]

The Serengeti needs YOU…

Why are lions the only cooperative cats? Why do they have manes? How do they endure outbreaks of disease? How do they co-exist with other species? These are some of the questions Dr. Craig Packer, Director of the Serengeti Lion Project, and his students have sought to answer in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater […]

Namibia’s Pride: Desert Lions of the Skeleton Coast

Lately I’ve been privileged to have received invaluable insights from the leaders in lion conservation in Africa, and I have used their information for a series of blogs uncovering the primary reasons for population crash of this Big Five leader. Making lions a priority in my research has not only emphasised the extent of the […]

Is walking with lions good conservation? Probably not.

Close encounters with Africa’s megafauna is an irresistible magnet for many tourists in Africa, and for some the closer the encounter the greater the thrill. So when a tourism operator offers the chance, for a fee, to ‘walk with lions’ it is no surprise that there is a steady flow of punters eager to do […]

Second round of treatments for Elandela rhinos

Yvonne and Rocco Gioia, owners of the Elandela Private Game Reserve near Hoedspruit, looked about anxiously as ‘Precious’ was treated. She is the third rhino to receive medical care out of the four that were injured during an unsuccessful poaching attempt some weeks ago. It is important to monitor a rhino’s body temperature during times […]

The front line of lion conservation

The radio crackles, a dusty message. Not good news – the Maasai are hunting lions. The cats have reportedly broken into a boma overnight and killed 40 shoats (sheep/goats) and a cow. The loss is devastating to the family involved. In anticipation Big Life, a local conservation organisation, has already sent rangers to the spot […]

South Africa’s human impacts: Too Much Too Many

Statistics? No, thank you. It’s the personal stories that matter. It is only after David Johnson turned his back on his profession as a lawyer and moved to South Africa from rainy London in 2003 that he found his true calling as environmentalist. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about his new project, Too […]

Animal Warrior, Damien Mander speaks at TedEx

After 6 days and almost 100,000 views, this TED talk delivered by Damien Mander is bound to raise some personal questions and criticisms. Damien, who featured in the March edition of Africa Geographic, challenges society to weigh up what level of suffering is acceptable for all animals, not just the sexy ones. Furthermore, in a […]

Trekking for trash

Did you know that it takes three million steps to cover a distance of 3 000 kilometres? Social change adventurers Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard know all about it, with every last step their bruised and shin-splinted legs have taken over the past seven months. After 3 000 kilometres, they finally kicked off their shoes […]

A lost whale brings new significance to Namibia's coast

The confirmation, two days ago, of the presence of a grey whale in Walvis Bay, Namibia has caused some excitement not only locally but also throughout the international community of whale & dolphin researchers and beyond. Grey whales (scientific name: Eschrichtius robustus) used to inhabit the Atlantic, but were extinct by the 18th century, possibly […]

Eco-Friendly Camp in the Greater Kruger

There are numerous lodges scattered throughout South Africa that label themselves ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘green’. But what do these terms mean? Eco-friendly is a broad term that is bandied about quite freely, but it is often misunderstood to mean ‘sustainable’. Lodges can be both eco-friendly and sustainable at the same time, but the two adjectives refer […]

A Guide to SASSI Seafood

It is a well-known fact that, like it or not, all the choices we make have a corresponding set of consequences. This goes for large life-choices like whether to start a family, and seemingly small ones like what kind of sushi to order. What we don’t know is the size of these consequences. It may […]

The Road to Maasailand

Eventually I have to admit that I’m lost. Bad news. The good news is that this doesn’t matter, the Kenya Airways pilots have done little wrong thus far, and I suspect that they have found Nairobi before. Huge lakes come and go below me, the land between them alternately crumpled with mountain ranges and smoothed with […]

‘Her Deepness’ Dr Sylvia Earle launches Sea Pledge Coastal Tour

Make waves for our oceans by sharing what you know and protecting what you love… …in a collective effort to support coastal conservation in South Africa and to involve local communities whose livelihoods depend on our oceans! The Sea Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Coastal Tour is a 2 000-kilometre journey and will offer amazing opportunities […]

Rhino Fridays

Original source. When I was approached to write a short post for Rhino Friday, I mused a bit about which angle I would take. Being an engineer by training I could dig up a mountain of research and overpower you with facts and statistics and hypotheses…yet I felt I would approach this from a more […]

Elephant Thandora on walk to freedom

Original source: News24 By Wallace du Plessis Thandora, the elephant re-introduced into the wild at the Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay after 23 years in captivity, was growing in confidence as she becomes accustomed to her new surroundings, an official said on Monday. According to John Vogel, Gondwana Game Reserve’s wildlife manager, “She was initially […]

African Elephants Rediscover their Routes

We have come a long way since the days of the unregulated ivory trade and, although the decimation of Africa’s rhinos has hurtled to the forefront of environmental concern, there are slivers of light visible in the darkness that poaching has thrown over our continent. Find out more… For years we faced the murder of […]

Kids rocking conservation

Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon: Bryan Daniels-Fok (5) and Ethan Nicholson (7) donated a combined R9,484 to Rhino SA in an attempt to support South Africa’s wildlife conservation efforts and save the species from extinction, one rhino at a time… ‘We had been informed about the […]

A “Suni” Day!

“It is amazing how much one little elephant can cope with in such a short amount of time” Rachael Murton (Elephant Orphanage Project) Rescued a year ago this April, at only 8 months old, Suni represents everything that is amazing about an elephant and at the same time why we must do something right now […]

Kicking Tofo Sand

After the craziness that was Tofo over the Christmas season, things have finally begun to calm down to a nice peaceful pace. Gone are the drumming and thronging of car engines and sound stereos. They have been replaced by the buzzing of the generators as power dips in and out and we settle into our […]

Innovative Reforestation: Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia

Greenpop. Cape Town’s coolest and fastest growing environmental enterprise. After launching two years ago, Greenpop certainly have their feet planted firmly in the ground, with over 17,000 trees planted in 210 locations, benefiting almost 100,000 people. Greenpop have stepped outside of South Africa in an attempt to tackle the degradation of Africa’s forests. Zambia has […]

It’s all about the Long Run

I’m skeptical about big business and the lightly veneered “sustainability” PR spin that we so often see. And then there are the CEOs of cash-flush companies that defend a complete lack of investment into people and the planet, with statements like “we can’t do sustainability if there is no financial return”. Huh? And so I sit […]

Searching for the elusive Sousa & the mythical sawfish – Part II.

To read part one go here First things first. No, sawfish are not cetaceans. Whales and dolphins are cetaceans; sawfish are sharks. But since my interest in Guinea-Bissau’s dolphins led me to the sawfish project, I have developed a fascination with this mysterious species which seems poised for extinction. I am still filled with disbelief […]

50|50 Episode, 11 March 2013

Please note that tonight’s episode will be the last of the season. We will return to your television screens with a new season in August 2013. Green Scorpions The Green Scorpions protect our environment by enforcing environmental law. More formally, Environmental Management Inspectors ensure that everyone complies with these laws. In the Eastern Cape, one […]

IFAW Ivory Trade – A free interactive magazine

This is probably the most fun you can have while learning. For the first time here is a fantastic summary of what’s really happening to/with elephants – and it’s written in common-speak so even I can understand. AND its digital – with video, outstanding imagery, animated maps and easily digestible chunks of information. Its accessible […]

Zoo Elephant Released into the Wild

Gondwana Game Reserve in the Garden Route is embarking on a project together with the Bloemfontein Zoo and Conservation Global to relocate Thandora, a 27 year old elephant, from captivity to the wild. Thandora is currently based in the Bloemfontein Zoo and has been in captivity for 23 years.  Recently her elephant companion died at […]

50|50 Episode 38, 4 March 2013

Roadkill How many of us have driven the highways and byways of South Africa after dark and have suddenly had to brake or swerve to avoid a collision with an animal crossing the road? And how many of us driving during the day have passed the carcasses of mammals, birds and reptiles that have been […]

New 50|50 Episode, 25 February 2013

Islands of Hope: Floating Wetlands The Hartebeespoort Dam is a leisure and watersport location in Gauteng and many stately private homes overlook the water. But while the scene may be tranquil at first glance, the waterscape has been severely tainted by pollution over the years. From plastic bottles amongst invasive hyacinths to exotic fish species […]

Great White Shark Freed From Deadly Fishing line

Earlier this January, shark cage diving operators in Gansbaai notified the Dyer Island Conservation Trust of a juvenile (<3m) female white shark entangled in fishing line. The line was wrapped tightly around the head through the gills and was trailing 0.5m of line behind the shark which still had bait and hooks attached.  The situation […]