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Hunting, News, Wildlife

Giant elephant killed by hunter – despite research collar

Giant large-tusked elephant (with research collar) removed from the gene pool by a Russian hunter in Zimbabwe.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Wildlife

Safari magic: Elephant birth in camp

In the depths of the night a magical event took place as an elephant gives birth right on the grounds of a tented camp in the Maasai Mara.

News, People, Poaching, Wildlife

Grace Mugabe allegedly gifted ivory to Asian first ladies

Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe allegedly ordered national parks officials to release ivory to her from its storerooms to be given as gifts to first ladies in Asia, a newspaper claimed.

Animal Encounters, Multimedia, Photography, Wildlife

Honey badger versus African rock python

Incredible photos from the Chobe River where a honey badger and an African rock python come face to face.

Animal Encounters, Conservation, News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Sudan the rhino passes away + undecided fate for killer lion

In this week’s news wrap Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has sadly passed away at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya; the fate of lion that mauled a woman to death at Kevin Richardson’s sanctuary remains undecided; African leaders call on EU to shut down ivory trade; and wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe have apprehended a villager in Hwange area for dealing in pangolin.

Hunting, News, Poaching, Research, Wildlife

Lion bone trade: New report reveals South African government’s role

A new report has highlighted the South African government’s role in the bloody, commercial lion body part trade.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Kenya, Laikipia, Wildlife

The story of Tala, the orphaned giraffe

The story of how the orphan giraffe, Tala, came to live at Ekorian’s Mugie Camp in the Mugie Conservancy in northwest Laikipia, Kenya.

Conservation, News, Wildlife

R.I.P. Sudan – last male northern white rhino

It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvůr Králové Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018.

Animal Encounters, Conservation, Poaching, Wildlife

The story of little Mussa

Meet little Mussa. He was recently rescued from poachers who killed his family for bushmeat. Now he is safely recovering at the Lwiro primate sanctuary, Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL), in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, Mussa is just one of the few lucky chimps to be saved from the hands of poachers.

Research, Wildlife

5 Facts you did not know about African wild dogs

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.

Conservation, News, Poaching, Wildlife

African leaders call on EU to shut ivory trade

More than 30 countries across Africa have called on the European Union (EU) to close down its ivory market, saying it needs to do more to prevent elephants being driven to extinction.

Conservation, Opinion Editorial, Wildlife

Opinion: Timbavati increases conservation levy to fund anti-poaching and other costs

An opinion piece that touches on finding ways to increase financial contribution to the conservation effort in the Greater Kruger.

News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: EU major smuggler of African reptiles + 3 Kruger elephants killed

In this week’s news wrap a report claims that the European Union is a major destination for illegally smuggled live snakes, lizards and tortoises from southern Africa; three bull elephants are killed after escaping Kruger National Park; poaching is threatening the survival of the magot monkey according to a report; and in two separate cases, approximately 2,800 kilograms of pangolin scales and 3.5 tons of ivory – both originating from Nigeria – have been seized by Hong Kong and Singapore custom officials respectively.

Animal Encounters, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Multimedia, Photography, Wildlife

The angry hippo and a tragic Mara River crossing

Despite the fact that they are known to have an aggressive nature and displays unexpected behaviour, a cold-blooded kill by a hippo is rarely caught on camera in the wild.

Destinations, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Multimedia, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Videos, Wildlife

Make your safari count – limited space on this dream experience

Imagine being able to enjoy an African safari experience while contributing to conservation solutions for the continent at the same time.

Conservation, Events, Multimedia, News, Wildlife

Bringing cycads back from the brink of extinction through education

They have survived three mass extinctions, were around during the age of the dinosaurs, and are considered the most threatened plant families globally. These are the cycads, and they are on the brink of extinction due to poaching and habitat destruction.

Conservation, Destinations, Events, Multimedia, North Luangwa, People, Wildlife, Zambia

Rangers running the London Marathon for rhinos

An ambitious combined Zambian and Zimbabwean team are planning to run the London Marathon in April 2018, to raise funds for Save the Rhino International.

Animal Encounters, Multimedia, Photography, Wildlife

Unique sighting: Cheetahs in group mating frenzy

A unique sighting of a coalition of cheetahs trying to mate with a female cheetah in Maasai Mara National Reserve is captured on camera.

Botswana, Conservation, Destinations, Research, Wildlife

Research: Are there too many elephants in Botswana?

Botswana’s researchers contribute to the debate surrounding large elephant populations and their impact on the environment in southern Africa.

Kruger National Park elephant bull
Conservation, News, Wildlife

3 Bull elephants killed after escaping Kruger National Park

3 Bull elephants have been killed by the Mpumalanga authorities after escaping the Kruger National Park near Matsulu Village, in the vicinity of Nelspruit.

Animal Encounters, Wildlife

Matabele ants: Raiders of termites

One of the many interesting ants in the African bushveld is the matabele ant (Pachycondyla analis). Their fame comes from their most organised raids of termites on which they feed!