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NEWS WRAP: SA’s lion bone export quota set at 1,500 skeletons + 9 black rhinos die after translocation

In this week’s news wrap 1,500 lion skeletons from captive-bred lions can now be exported annually from South Africa according to the new lion bone export quota; nine out of 14 critically endangered black rhinos have died after being translocated from one reserve to another in Kenya; two Zimbabwean women have drowned after a hippo attack caused their fishing boat to capsize; Taiwan’s ivory ban is to enter into force in 2020; and Botswana’s intelligence agency has been accused of using its anti-poaching operation to conceal elephant tusks from the responsible government department, potentially using it as a conduit for ivory smuggling.

Travel: August safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in August? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

NEWS WRAP: Illegal ivory openly sold in Europe + elephant tramples handler

In this week’s news wrap a study has revealed how illegal ivory is being openly sold across Europe; a 40-year-old man has died after being trampled by a domesticated elephant at an elephant sanctuary in Victoria Falls; a Kruger lioness who was treated by vets for a deep snare wound around her waist a month ago has recently been sighted again; at least three alleged poachers were killed by a pride of lions in Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa; seven baboons have been killed after hunting permits were issued to two Cape wine farms; and humpback whale monitoring has returned to the KwaZulu-Natal coast after a 15-year absence.

Elephant tramples handler to death

A 40-year-old man died on Saturday after being trampled by a domesticated elephant at the Wild Horizons elephant sanctuary in Victoria Falls.

Lions and hyenas: Eternal enemies

Chad Cocking and his team recently had a stunning sighting of lions restoring order and claiming their rank from the hyena clans, proving just how formidable they can be.

Elephants with a purpose

Why did 53 elephants travel more than 1,250 km across three different countries this month? Here’s why.

NEWS WRAP: Scientists create embryos to save near-extinct rhino + Kenya relocates endangered black rhinos

In this week’s news wrap scientists have created embryos to ‘bring back’ a near-extinct African rhino subspecies; Kenya relocates endangered black rhinos to a more secure habitat; The Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism has responded to the killing of the male desert-adapted lion, Gretsky (XPL 99); an investigation has been conducted on South Africa’s wildlife cryptotrade; the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga, South Africa, have been officially added to the World Heritage Site List; and Zambia’s wildlife paradise and legendary safari mecca of Luangwa Valley may in future partially function as one giant tap for some of Zambia’s growing water needs.

The leopard – master hunter

Normally seen in a distant tree canopy or as a fleeting glimpse while it runs away, leopards are shy and elusive animals.

Do hippos really sweat blood?

Hippos have unique, heat-sensitive skin, and when trying to stay cool they secrete “blood sweat”, which is neither blood nor sweat.

Investigating South Africa’s wildlife cryptotrade

A casual search of some of South Africa’s biggest online marketplaces shows just how easily endangered wildlife species are reduced to their parts – and how simple it is to sell them online while retaining anonymity.

Video: Lions make a comeback

With wild lions under pressure from so many threats, this is a wonderful story of lions being reintroduced to an area that used to have lions.

NEWS WRAP: Three rhinos die at hands of poachers + Botswana MP proposes lifting elephant hunting ban

In this week’s news wrap three rhinos, a mother and two calves, died after a poaching incident; a Botswana MP proposes lifting the elephant hunting ban; an enormous amount of ivory was confiscated after a wide-ranging law enforcement sweep of Yunnan border areas in China; Zakouma National Park’s six black rhinos were dehorned to help reduce the risk of poaching; the DR Congo is considering whether to open up two world-famous national parks to oil exploration; and Zimbabwean police are investigating the illegal hunting of a ‘problem’ elephant bull by two Americans visiting the country on tourist visas.

NEWS WRAP: Desert-adapted lion shot + rhino breeder on verge of bankruptcy

In this week’s news wrap a desert-adapted lion was shot by Namibian authorities after killing livestock; South African rhino breeder, John Hume, has said that he is on the verge of bankruptcy and may have to sell off his 1,626 southern white rhinos; the Namibian NGOs respond to questions from abroad about lion management; the rhino population in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro crater rises above 50; two field rangers were arrested for suspected rhino poaching; a pride of five lions were tested for tuberculosis in the Greater Kruger; and customs officers in Hong Kong arrested a man carrying about R1-million worth of sliced rhino horn.

My fight to save Liberia’s pangolins

Two steps forward, one step back in pangolin conservation. Liberia is a country in West Africa that has overcome civil war, battled through the Ebola crisis and is currently recovering from the impacts. But there is one more issue to confront – the illegal wildlife and bushmeat trade.

Guarding Limpopo National Park’s carnivores

A new carnivore protection ranger force, the Limpopo Lion Protection Team, has been trained and deployed – specifically assigned to support the Greater Limpopo Carnivore Programme and tasked with securing known lion ranges from targeted lion poaching.