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Zambia hippo cull via trophy hunting not as high as 2,000, says minister

The Zambian government on Tuesday denied reports that it has authorised the culling of 2,000 hippos in the Luangwa Valley.

Culture, People

An introduction to Maa – the language of the Maasai and Samburu people

What do you do to prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime to the African continent? You learn the language! Here we look at the language of the Maasai people: Maa.

Hunting, News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Buffalo kills hunter + Zambia reinstates plan to cull hippos

In this week’s news wrap a well-known hunter has been killed by a buffalo in Limpopo, South Africa; Zambia reinstates plan to cull 2,000 hippos; justice is served for foreign lizard poachers; an elephant cow with two-week-old calf is saved from a snare in Mozambique; and South African fisheries control officers nab abalone poachers.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Limpopo, Multimedia, South Africa, Videos, Wildlife

Video: Black rhino bulls fight in the deep end

A visitor to Pilanesberg Game Reserve witnesses an epic battle between two territorial black rhino bulls who ended up deep in a waterhole.

News, Poaching, Wildlife

Justice served for foreign lizard poachers

A Japanese man has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars or a R1-million fine for trafficking 48 armadillo girdled lizards.

Poaching, Research, Wildlife

Forest hornbills being decimated in Ghana

Six out of eight Ghanaian forest hornbill species have shown significant population declines due to uncontrolled hunting, according to a long-term research project.

Hunting, News, People, Wildlife

Well-known hunter killed by buffalo

A buffalo has killed professional hunter, Claude Kleynhans (54), in what is considered a freak accident on the banks of the Levubu River in northern Limpopo, South Africa, on Tuesday, 22 May.

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Hunting, News, Wildlife

Zambia reinstates plan to cull 2,000 hippos

Zambian authorities have overturned their 2016 decision to suspend the culling of up to 2,000 hippos in Luangwa Valley.

Conservation, News, Poaching, Wildlife

Elephant cow with calf saved from snare

An elephant cow, with a 2-week-old baby in tow, needed all the help she could get after sustaining a serious injury from a poaching snare.

Conservation, Hunting, News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Elephant tramples farmer + fight against rhino poaching continues

In this week’s news wrap a 35-year-old farmer has been trampled to death by an elephant in southern Tanzania; Rhino Project in KwaZulu-Natal shows firsthand how much effort is still going into the fight against rhino poaching; a lactating female elephant has died after being poisoned with cyanide in the Bumi Hills area in Zimbabwe; A South African hunter has been accused of bribing Zimbabwe government officials to shoot an elephant illegally; ranger forces strengthened in Mozambique after more recruits join the ranks; and Japan has partnered the ZimParks and Wildlife Management Authority in its quest to curb the illegal killing if elephants.

Conservation, News, Wildlife

The fight against rhino poaching

Project Rhino hosted key national and international media on a visit in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal to show them firsthand how much effort is still going into the fight against rhino poaching.

News, Wildlife

Elephant tramples farmer to death in Tanzania

In another case of human-wildlife conflict, a farmer has been trampled to death by an elephant that strayed from Selous Game Reserve.

Destinations, Kibale Forest National Park, Travel & Lifestyle, Uganda, Wildlife

Fort Portal – Uganda’s gateway to adventure

The town of Fort Portal in Uganda is a great portal to numerous places that offer stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife adventures.

Birds, Wildlife

Migratory birds of South Africa

Every year South Africa plays host to an influx, and then an exodus, of more than one hundred bird species that flock to its shores during the summer months to take advantage of the rich conditions in terms of weather and food availability.

Conservation, Hunting, Opinion Editorial, Wildlife

Opinion: Saving Africa’s wilderness spaces – a new paradigm in conservation

An opinion piece that covers the foundational impact that habitat loss and habitat fragmentation is having on the future of Africa’s wildlife.

Research, Wildlife

How cheetahs modify prey handling behaviour to outsmart lions and hyenas

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.

News, Poaching, Wildlife

Female elephant killed by cyanide in Zimbabwe

A lactating female elephant has died from cyanide poisoning in Bumi Hills, and there could now be an orphaned calf in need of rescue.

Conservation, News, People, Wildlife

Ranger forces strengthened in Mozambique

On 16 May 2018, 39 recruits, of which three are women, celebrated their graduation as rangers during a passing out parade held in the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. This follows the successful completion of a gruelling eight-week ranger training course presented by the Southern African Wildlife College, that prepared the new recruits for their stand against wildlife crime in the various conservation areas to which they will soon be deployed.

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

Travel: June safari in Africa

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

Destinations, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle

Is it safe to visit South Africa as a tourist?

The number one concern of many people who are considering a South African safari is the threat of crime. The crime statistics in South Africa are indeed unsettling, and there is no doubt that the crime rate is high. But how often are tourists affected? This is the key question to ask from a tourist’s point of view.

Hunting, News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Attacks by captive carnivores stats revealed + logging planned in Selous Game Reserve

In this week’s news wrap stats regarding attacks by captive carnivores in South Africa are revealed in an open letter to the minister; Tanzania invites bids for logging in Selous Game Reserve to pave way for huge hydropower plant; Kenya plans to fast-track laws to make wildlife killing capital offence; two South African hunting associations are expelled over […]