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Animal Encounters, Destinations, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa, Wildlife

Incredible encounter: Mongoose versus snake

A yellow mongoose and a mole snake provide a great sighting as they face off in the Kgalagadi.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Tanzania, Wildlife

Extraordinary sighting: One-eyed leopard

Despite a handicap of having only one eye, this leopard is still able to hunt and provides an incredible sighting for safari goers.

News, Wildlife

Mass drowning of buffaloes in Namibia

More than 400 buffaloes have drowned in the Chobe River after a stampede was sparked by a large pride of lions.

Conservation, Destinations, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Research, Wildlife

Fire and elephant: Agents of change in the Maasai Mara

Investigating the changing makeup of the Maasai Mara’s vegetation over time and how elephants have contributed to these changes.

People, Research, Wildlife

To end wildlife trafficking, engage with local communities – study

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.

Animal Encounters, Research, Wildlife

Spotting the underdog: Facts about spotted hyenas

Spotted hyenas are curious, inquisitive and fiercely intelligent. Here are a few intriguing facts about these complex creatures.

Hunting, Opinion Editorial, Wildlife

Opinion: Farcical quotes from the lion farming colloquium in South Africa

An opinion post on the colloquium on lion farming in South Africa.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa, Wildlife

Cape foxes defend kits from honey badger

An incredible sighting as a Cape fox family deals with an unwanted guest in the form of a honey badger looking for a meal.

News, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Outrage as China lifts ban on rhino horn + tragedy as elephants kill Botswana soldier

In this week’s news wrap China has lifted the ban and legalised tiger bone and rhino horn for medical purposes; a soldier in Botswana was tragically trampled by elephants; thousands of radiated tortoises were seized from traffickers in Madagascar; five men linked to rhino poaching were arrested in the Northern Cape in South Africa; a South African teen won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018; and the South African rhino film, STROOP scooped 10 international awards.

News, Research, Wildlife

Scientists warn that the world’s wilderness areas are disappearing

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.

Destinations, Hwange, Research, Wildlife, Zimbabwe

Understanding elephant migration in the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area

What you should know about elephant migration in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park – the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area.

Botswana, Conservation, Destinations, Hunting, Wildlife

Botswana’s president addresses the issue of game farms and hunting in Botswana

Botswana’s president addresses the issue of game farms and hunting in Botswana.

Multimedia, News, People, Photography, Wildlife

SA teen wins Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018

Sixteen-year-old South African Skye Meaker has been named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 with his charming portrait of a leopard waking from sleep in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.

News, Wildlife

China lifts ban and legalises tiger bone and rhino horn for medical purposes

China has revised a law on the ban of rhino horn and tiger bone products that would now allow domestic trade and use of the products for scientific, medical and cultural purposes.

News, Wildlife

Tragedy as elephants trample and kill Botswana soldier

The Botswana Defense Force (BDF) has confirmed an incident in which a soldier was attacked and killed by a herd of elephants on Thursday morning.

Animal Encounters, Wildlife

Photoseries: Playful black-backed jackal pups

A visitor to Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa was treated to a fantastic sighting of black-backed jackal pups playing.

Research, Wildlife

Video: Gorilla males who babysit have greater reproduction success

Research reveals that male gorillas have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of kids.

Conservation, News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Two black rhino carcasses found in Zakouma + eight poachers arrested in Kruger

In this week’s news wrap two black rhino carcasses have been discovered in Zakouma National Park; eight suspected rhino poachers were arrested during counter poaching operations inside the Kruger National Park; Uganda gets three new gorilla trekking groups after successful habituation; and a young elephant has been rescued and reunited with its family after it was caught in a wire snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Kalahari, South Africa, Wildlife

The feisty and courageous mole-rat

Feisty and courageous, with a hint of cuteness to top it off, is the perfect description of this little burrowing rodent.

News, Wildlife

Two black rhino carcasses discovered in Zakouma

Two of the black rhinos reintroduced into Zakouma National Park in Chad earlier this year have died. They were not poached, however, the exact cause of death is not yet known.

Birds, Destinations, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Wildlife

The prettiest pigeons in Africa

With their bright green plumage, the African green pigeon is undoubtedly the peacock of the pigeon species.