Africa Geographic Blog
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.
Despite a deformed jaw, this giraffe cow has been able to adapt and survive in the Kruger National Park.
Tragedy has struck in Uganda, where a leopard has killed and eaten a three-year-old child in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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.
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.
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.
A pack of wild dogs provide a whole day’s worth of entertainment for a photographer in the Kruger National Park.
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.
A southern ground-hornbill in the Kruger finds a rare treat in the form of a juvenile hare.
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.
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.
An elderly man was attacked and mauled by a captive lion at the Marakele Predator Centre in South Africa.
The Blood Lions team and other environmentalists reacted with horror to reports that a lion slaughterhouse was established ‘overnight’ on a farm outside Bloemfontein.
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.
The Gantouw Project aims to restore eland on the remaining natural areas on the Cape Flats in South Africa.
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.
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.
Brood parasitism in birds: Why waste time and energy parenting when you can dupe someone else into doing it for you!
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.
The practice of breeding cheetahs in captivity as ‘ambassadors’ is doing the species more harm than good.
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.