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Conservation, Hunting, People, Wildlife

Lion killings: Namibian NGOs respond to questions from abroad about lion management

In light of the recent backlash against Namibia for the death of a desert-adapted lion, Dr Chris Brown, CEO of the Namibia Chamber of Environment, responds to a foreign national’s questions regarding Namibia’s management of lions in the wild.

Conservation, People, Poaching, Wildlife

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.

Conservation, Destinations, Limpopo, News, Poaching, South Africa, Wildlife

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.

News, Wildlife

Lions tested for tuberculosis in Greater Kruger

A veterinarian and the ProVet Wildlife team recently darted a pride of five lions in the northern part of Greater Kruger to test for TB.

Hunting, News, Wildlife

Gretzky, a desert-adapted lion, shot by Namibian authorities after killing livestock

Gretzky, the iconic Huab River male desert-adapted lion, who sired and established the Ugab Pride has been shot and killed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) at De Rust Farm.

News, Poaching, Wildlife

Rhino horn slips past security‚ uncovered in Hong Kong

Customs officers in Hong Kong have arrested a man carrying about R1-million worth of sliced rhino horn that appears to have been smuggled past three airport security checks in Johannesburg‚ Beira and Doha.

People, Research, Wildlife

Gorillas, chimps and lemurs among species in danger of imminent mass extinction

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.

Birds, Conservation, Multimedia, Videos, Wildlife

Video: Saving the vultures of southern Africa

The loss of vultures could prove catastrophic to our natural environment, since vultures play a crucial role in keeping ecosystems sanitary by picking carcasses clean and preventing lethal diseases from spreading to humans and wildlife.

Animal Encounters, Conservation, Hunting, News, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Kruger lion hunted + lioness saved from snare

In this week’s news wrap a large male lion was trophy hunted in the Greater Kruger National Park; a lioness with cubs was saved after a snare was discovered around her waist; an anti-poaching guard was seriously injured when a buffalo charged him; and two pristine reserves in southern Mozambique, Maputo Special Reserve and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, are set for transformative tourism development.

Animal Encounters, Conservation, Wildlife

Our cute mongoose orphans – Strepies and Gogga

A story of two rescued mongooses, named Strepies and Gogga, who found a home at ZURI Orphanage in Namibia.

Animal Encounters, Wildlife

Chasing bats in paradise

A night of bat chasing in Mauritius reveals the fascinating and beautiful side of the often negatively perceived, vampiresque fruit bat.

Research, Wildlife

Mysterious deaths of ancient baobabs leave scientists baffled

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.

Botswana, Destinations, DR Congo, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Safari Tips, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Travel: July safari in Africa

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

Hunting, News, Opinion Editorial, Wildlife

Kruger lion hunted – what we know

A large male lion was trophy hunted on Thursday morning last week in the Greater Kruger National Park.

© Renata Ewald
Animal Encounters, Multimedia, Photography, Wildlife

There is someone else in the squirrel’s house!

On a relaxed, peaceful Sunday afternoon chaos hit the home of two tree squirrels when an intruder was discovered in their humble abode.

© Umlilo Safaris
Hunting, Opinion Editorial, Wildlife

Zambia’s hippo cull: Valid concerns and questions from those affected

A showdown is looming between tourism operators in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and trophy hunters, in the wake of the Zambian government’s decision to cull up to 2,000 hippos over a 5-year period in Luangwa Valley, across the river from the tourism lodges – and to award the culling contract to a South African trophy hunting outfit Umlilo Safaris (so much for the empowerment of local people and generation of revenue that stays in Zambia).

Animal Encounters, Botswana, Destinations, Multimedia, Videos, Wildlife

Video: Time-lapse of a Botswana safari

From the Okavango to Chobe to the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is home to some of the best wildlife in the world. In this video, Safari Botswana, 38,000 images were converted into a funky video showcasing this country in all its glory!

Conservation, News, Wildlife

Southern Mozambique set for major tourism development

Transfrontier conservation NGO, Peace Parks Foundation, has signed a partnership agreement with Mozambique to support the management and development of the Maputo Special Reserve and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve.

Conservation, Destinations, KwaZulu Natal, Multimedia, South Africa, Videos, Wildlife

Video: Cheetah conservation in KwaZulu-Natal

As part of their ongoing conservation initiatives, a new female cheetah has been relocated to Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

Conservation, Hunting, News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Canned hunter convicted + escaped Kruger lion captured

In this week’s news wrap a South African canned hunter was successfully convicted; a male lion was darted and captured after presumably escaping the Kruger; two men suspected of being kingpins in a rhino poaching syndicate were arrested; the Zambian government has denied reports that it has authorised the culling of 2,000 hippos in the Luangwa Valley; and the population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species, is on the rise after a population survey was performed in the transboundary Virunga Massif.

Conservation, News, Research, Wildlife

Mountain gorilla numbers surpass 1,000

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.