Read our top African wildlife ‘good news’ stories for 2018.
Fearless and ferocious, honey badgers are a force to be reckoned with! Here are some fascinating facts about these incredible creatures.
Elephants Alive has released a comprehensive report regarding the proposed 120ha citrus farm development on the border of the Greater Kruger National Park.
Lycaon pictus has many names in English, from ‘African wild dog’ to ‘painted wolf’. We take a look into the background of this endangered animal’s many English names.
In this week’s news wrap the IUCN has updated the status of mountain gorillas, officially changing them from ‘Critically Endangered’ to ‘Endangered’, though the list also reveals that giraffes are in serious trouble; the IUCN also stated that certain Lake Malawi fish species are at risk of extinction; a new parliamentary report has called for a ban on captive lion breeding for hunting and the lion bone trade in South Africa; China has now postponed the lifting of a ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts for medicine and other uses; the African Carnivore Initiative has been established to help conserve Africa’s largest carnivores; and more than 400 buffaloes drown in the Chobe River.
The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has revealed that overfishing is causing fish species in parts of the developing world to decline, with 9% of the 458 fish species assessed in Lake Malawi at high risk of extinction.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is once again drawing attention to the plight of giraffes.
Investigating the changing makeup of the Maasai Mara’s vegetation over time and how elephants have contributed to these changes.
The international donor community and governments have invested heavily in fighting illegal wildlife trade, but so far, they haven’t succeeded in ending rhino poaching. New research from UCT shows that for these initiatives to succeed, local communities – many of which live in or near protected areas – need to be involved.
Spotted hyenas are curious, inquisitive and fiercely intelligent. Here are a few intriguing facts about these complex creatures.
Scientists reveal that just 23% of the world’s landmass can now be considered wilderness, with the rest lost to the direct effects of human activities.
What you should know about elephant migration in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park – the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area.
Research reveals that male gorillas have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of kids.
An in-depth study of the African elephant’s wrinkly skin has revealed how its intricate design helps to keep the animal cool, protect them from parasites and prevent dehydration in their dry habitat.
While Cape cobras are known to eat other snake species – up to a third of their diet – recorded instances of Cape cobras eating individuals of the same species has been extremely rare… until now, when researchers investigated and discovered how common and widespread cannibalism in cobras really is.
Cheetah Conservation Fund data analysis confirms social media role in advertising illegal wildlife trade, including trafficking of cheetahs for illegal pet trade.
It is no question that climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, and also threatens the steadily growing safari industry in South Africa. Field guides as the leading force should campaign and create an increased demand for hybrid or electric game viewing vehicles, and push to raise awareness that this development is needed and can be tested in a real-life environment.
Here are some amazing creatures that display mind-blowing speed and other tactics that make them successful in the wild.
A new study has revealed endangered whale sharks inhabit smaller geographical scales than previously documented, which suggests they may be at increased risk of local extinction if good conservation management is not in place.
A study has revealed Africa’s longest land mammal migration. The migration of zebras that stretches from Namibia to Botswana.
A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria (UP) set out to unravel migration in the world’s largest terrestrial mammal: the savanna elephant.
The Extinction Business: South Africa’s ‘Lion’ Bone Trade is an investigative report by EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading that reveals startling and alarming factors that have a significant negative impact on worldwide big cat conservation.
Research has found that the risky vocal behaviour of Heaviside’s dolphins put them at risk from killer whale attacks.
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.
Illegal elephant ivory is being openly sold across the European Union, according to a report by the campaign group Avaaz.
Excitement builds as the East Coast Humpback Whale Survey begins again in Cape Vidal, iSimangaliso after a near two-decade absence.
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 northern white rhino is essentially extinct – just two females remain – but new research paves the way for its resurrection.
A study has found that high levels of tourism can have a negative impact on the rearing of cheetah cubs to independence.
Processionary caterpillars are recognised by their behaviour of following each other head to tail in long, single file trails.
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.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to life on this planet, and there is a sad irony that baobabs which are known as ‘the trees of life’, are amongst the first casualties.
The majority of primate species, including chimpanzees, gorillas and lemurs, are on the brink of extinction, and scientists fear that without a concerted global effort they will soon be gone for good.
A new survey of baobab trees across several countries in southern Africa found that most of the oldest and largest of trees have died or significantly deteriorated in the last 12 years.
The population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species,, has increased by a quarter to over 1,000 individuals since 2010, wildlife authorities said.
Every now and then nature experiments by producing a black or white mutation of an animal or bird that is otherwise normally coloured. There is something magical about seeing a white lion, black leopard or ‘king’ cheetah in the wild, as if it were a spiritual shadow of the species, a form of higher being.
Help researchers and support pangolin conservation by filling in this anonymous online survey about the world’s most trafficked mammal.
Six out of eight Ghanaian forest hornbill species have shown significant population declines due to uncontrolled hunting, according to a long-term research project.
Cheetahs in the Serengeti National Park change their behaviour when handling large kills based on the threats presented by lions and hyenas, according to researchers.
A recent study has revealed that the reasons why the Vietnamese buy illegal rhino horn is not only for medical and health-related reasons, but also as a form of comfort to those that are terminally ill.
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.
Many charismatic species such as elephants, lions, tigers and pandas face the threat of extinction, despite being held up as the poster characters for conservation.
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.
Brood parasitism in birds: Why waste time and energy parenting when you can dupe someone else into doing it for you!
A research paper has investigated how different capture methods and other aspects of the grey parrot trade, other than just the actual volume of birds taken from the wild, can affect sustainability of harvest.