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Animal Encounters, Opinion Editorial, Wildlife

Opinion: Will I be attacked by a wild animal while on safari?

Will I be attacked by a wild animal while on safari? A number of recent news headlines in South Africa have probably contributed to an increase in this particular question (or some version of it), and two recent incidents appear to highlight again just how dangerous wild animals can be.

Animal Encounters, Wildlife

Giraffe survives despite deformed jaw

Despite a deformed jaw, this giraffe cow has been able to adapt and survive in the Kruger National Park.

News, Wildlife

Leopard eats baby boy

Tragedy has struck in Uganda, where a leopard has killed and eaten a three-year-old child in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Conservation, Research, Wildlife

Should businesses pay to use animals in their logos and marketing efforts?

Many charismatic species such as elephants, lions, tigers and pandas face the threat of extinction, despite being held up as the poster characters for conservation.

News, Poaching, Wildlife

Poachers kill three rhinos + 3.3 tons of pangolin scales seized

In two cases of wildlife poaching, three black rhinos were shot dead in Kenya, and 3.3 tonnes of pangolin scales were seized in Vietnam.

Wildlife

Gerald the giraffe kills filmmaker

South African filmmaker Carlos Carvalho was killed by Gerald the habituated giraffe while filming at the Glen Afric Country Lodge near Pretoria in South Africa.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Kruger, Multimedia, Photography, South Africa, Wildlife

Our day watching Kruger’s wild dogs

A pack of wild dogs provide a whole day’s worth of entertainment for a photographer in the Kruger National Park.

Conservation, Multimedia, News, Videos, Wildlife

Wild black rhinos to return to Chad after 50-year absence

An unprecedented collaboration between the South African and Chadian Governments, SANParks and African Parks, is enabling the translocation of critically endangered black rhinos from South Africa to a secure park in Chad on the 3rd May, reintroducing the species to the country after almost fifty years of local extinction.

Animal Encounters, Birds, Destinations, Kruger, South Africa, Wildlife

Southern ground-hornbill feasts on hare

A southern ground-hornbill in the Kruger finds a rare treat in the form of a juvenile hare.

News, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Lion attacks man + mass lion shooting

In this week’s news wrap an elderly man was attacked and mauled by a large male lion while tourists watched helplessly at a lion park in Limpopo Province; a report claims that a lion slaughterhouse was established ‘overnight’ on a farm outside Bloemfontein; power lines threaten Cape vulture’s future according to VulPro; and good news as Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry.

Multimedia, Photography, Wildlife

A model leopard

Every safari-goers dream is to get to see a leopard when out on game drive, the sense of accomplishment when finding Africa’s most elusive big cat just cannot be beaten. The only thing that can potentially make it any better is when that elusive cat is so relaxed around the presence of the vehicles and people that it poses for photos in just about every angle that you can want.

Animal Encounters, Multimedia, News, Videos, Wildlife

Video: Lion attacks man as visitors to lion park scream in terror

An elderly man was attacked and mauled by a captive lion at the Marakele Predator Centre in South Africa.

News, Poaching, Wildlife

Lion mass slaughter house

The Blood Lions team and other environmentalists reacted with horror to reports that a lion slaughterhouse was established ‘overnight’ on a farm outside Bloemfontein.

Animal Encounters, Research, Wildlife

Impalas cry wolf, so say zebras!

It turns out that impalas are the drama queens of the African bushveld, and other species know it, and don’t take their predator alarm calls too seriously.

Cape Town, Conservation, Destinations, Multimedia, South Africa, Videos, Wildlife

Video: Eland to the rescue for the endangered Cape Flats vegetation

The Gantouw Project aims to restore eland on the remaining natural areas on the Cape Flats in South Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Destinations, News, Uganda, Wildlife

Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting ‘baby boom’

Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates.

Hunting, News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Another collared elephant shot + 12 poachers arrested in Kruger

In this week’s news wrap another collared bull elephant has been been shot by a professional hunter in an area adjacent to Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe; twelve suspected rhino poachers were arrested in Kruger National Park in the last week; a police committee now says that police near national parks should be vetted in light of the poacher arrests; leopards are taking the hit from the Chinese demand for ‘health tonics’; and research has revealed that West Africa gorillas are more numerous than thought, but still endangered.

Research, Wildlife

Brood parasitism: The lazy way to raise chicks

Brood parasitism in birds: Why waste time and energy parenting when you can dupe someone else into doing it for you!

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Kruger, Multimedia, Photography, South Africa, Wildlife

The Kruger – a photographer’s dream safari

South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the largest conservation areas in the world. For budding and professional wildlife photographers, or ‘wildographers’, as they are becoming commonly known, it’s a much-prized destination.

Animal Encounters, News, Opinion Editorial, Wildlife

The exploitation of captive cheetahs

The practice of breeding cheetahs in captivity as ‘ambassadors’ is doing the species more harm than good.

Birds, Research, Wildlife

Wild grey parrot trapping methods are ruinous, says new research

A research paper has investigated how different capture methods and other aspects of the grey parrot trade, other than just the actual volume of birds taken from the wild, can affect sustainability of harvest.