In the tropics, fast growing human populations and an increased need for agricultural land clash with the need to protect biodiversity hotspots. Often nature loses out and pristine habitats become fragmented and gradually degraded. How does this affect the animals that have roamed these landscapes before humans started to exploit them? Can they cope with these changes?
The African lion (Panthera leo) was once described in Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755) as “the fiercest and most magnanimous of the four footed beasts”. This definitely rings true with these magnificent felines! It is quite clear that lions are fascinating creatures, and here we get to know them a bit better by looking at 15 facts about them.
In this week’s news wrap a video has emerged showing the horrific conditions being endured by elephants at Beijing Zoo in China; body parts from threatened wildlife are allegedly being widely sold on Facebook; a Chinese man was jailed by a Dutch court for smuggling rhino horn; a pangolin was saved during a poaching syndicate interception in Makhado, South Africa; a pair of rare twin elephant calves thrill conservationists in Tanzania; and a new report helps Uganda take aim at wildlife trafficking.
A new TRAFFIC report shows how traffickers in Uganda are moving wildlife and wildlife products through the country and identifies steps to curb the country’s role as a wildlife trafficking hub.
Safari tourism instrumental as African countries dominate as best worldwide in large mammal conservation, according to study.
The shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) looks like a bird that belongs in the prehistoric age. Found in the marshes of East Africa, the shoebill is classified as vulnerable and is a bucket-list sighting for any avid birder. Here are seven reasons to love this big bird.
Research in Botswana has revealed that fragments of lead from recreational hunter ammunition are finding their way into vulture bloodstreams, and represent a significant threat to these critically endangered scavengers.
A new report has highlighted the South African government’s role in the bloody, commercial lion body part trade.
Many will know that Africa’s wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) require vast areas to roam, hunt cooperatively to run down their prey and regurgitate food for pups and other pack members. But there are other remarkable facts about these beautiful animals that perhaps you didn’t know.
Botswana’s researchers contribute to the debate surrounding large elephant populations and their impact on the environment in southern Africa.
With the lion’s share of international hype seized by flagship species, lesser known endangered animals seem to succumb to the shadows. These five species are among Africa’s most endangered, yet many people don’t even know they exist.
The African leopard is an elegant and powerfully-built predator. It is the most secretive and elusive big cat, and arguably one of the most beautiful members of the entire Panthera genus. Here are 11 facts about the leopard you need to know.
Naked mole-rats are weirdly spectacular – they are bare-skinned, wrinkly and buck-toothed, and they live in large underground colonies in East Africa where only the queen breeds, with a few selected males. Even more spectacular is that research has shown that naked mole-rats do not age in the same manner as other mammals, and in fact show little to no signs of ageing, and their risk of death does not increase with age.
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.
A fascinating study has revealed that although elephants can move at considerable pace, there is a question as to whether they can run.
Seven interesting findings based around the impact on ecological processes and ecosystems of the ongoing extinction of native African herbivore species and the increase in livestock populations.
Sociable weaver nests are regarded as ecologically important for providing shelter and shade to a large diversity of birds and other fauna.
Little is known about how pangolins might cope with the direct and indirect effects of a changing climate. A PhD researcher is therefore investigating the body temperature, diet, and activity patterns of free-living ground pangolins in a semi-arid environment in South Africa.
Research has revealed that the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) straddling South Africa and Botswana is a stronghold for African lions.
Scientists studying wild dogs in Botswana have found members of this endangered species use sneezes to vote on when the pack will move off and start hunting.
A recent study has revealed that pangolin smugglers are constantly opening up new global trade routes every year to avoid law enforcement agencies.
A study has found that hanging beehives containing African honeybees from the branches of marula trees protects these trees against elephant impact because the elephants avoid those trees.
Here are some interesting facts about baobabs, Africa’s ancient trees.
Although the term “giant mole-rat” may not immediately inspire love, the mole-rats of Africa are a fascinating bunch.