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News, Poaching, Wildlife

Exposing illegal ivory trade in China – the Shuidong Connection

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has released a report detailing their almost three-year undercover investigation into the illegal ivory smuggling trade between China and Africa.

SANParks, Kruger National Park
News, Wildlife

Search continues for escaped lions from Kruger NP

SANParks, together with Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) officials, made every effort yesterday and overnight to lure and catch the four lions that were first sighted wandering near the N4/Crocodile River gorge area which is managed by MTPA.

Adventure and Sport, Animal Encounters, Destinations, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle, Wildlife

It’s not just Kilimanjaro: Tanzania for the adventurous!

Tanzania is a country built for adventure. The hardest part is choosing which adventure you’d like.

People, Wildlife

Tracking tips from a safari guide

Other than barbecuing – sorry, ‘braaing’ – there’s nothing that awakens the natural instincts like learning how to track an animal.

Adventure and Sport, Destinations, Events, Kenya, Lewa, Travel & Lifestyle

Running the Lewa Marathon with ForRangers

The annual Lewa Safaricom Marathon is one of the most anticipated events in East Africa. Organised by Tusk Trust it takes place in one of the most dramatic settings on the continent: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of Africa’s most endangered wildlife.

SANParks, Kruger National Park
News, Wildlife

Escaped lions spotted outside Kruger National Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017 were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park and would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution.

Animal Encounters, Kruger, South Africa, Wildlife

Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

Guests at Makanyi Lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa, had front row seats to an unforgettable sighting of these adorable wild dog pups that were just three weeks old when they made their first appearance out of the den.

Animal Encounters, News, Wildlife

Two more lions killed in Namibia

Two lions were shot and killed last week in communal farmland west of Etosha National Park in Namibia. The lions attacked a cow at night, and were killed in retaliation.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, South Luangwa, Wildlife, Zambia

A ‘lazy leopard’ sighting

Recently, our Lodge Manager at Kafunta Safaris in South Luangwa, Lisa Peake, joined in on a guest game drive. She was fortunate enough to see a leopard relaxing in a tree – what she reckons was her best sighting ever.

Conservation, Poaching, Wildlife

The economics of ivory is the economics of extinction

We must stop the “heart of darkness” from beating – permanently. Human greed could never limit itself to ivory from natural elephant deaths, so Japan should join the rest of the world in banning the brutal ivory trade. Because only when the buying stops, the killing can, too.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Rwanda, Wildlife

Rwanda set for high-end gorilla tourism

Following the recent 100% increment in the gorilla tracking permit price, Rwanda is now focusing efforts to promote gorilla safaris to overseas travellers who can afford such high-end prices.

Conservation, Hunting, Wildlife

Why Namibia’s desert lions are being killed

Namibia’s desert-adapted lions in the Tomakas region of Namibia are being killed off in a sad whirlpool of human politics, with the recent killing of the last of the famous ‘5 Musketeers’ being one such example.

Animal Encounters, Cape Winelands, Conservation, Destinations, Multimedia, South Africa, Videos, Wildlife

Video: Capturing spotted cats with camera traps

Africa Geographic recently met up with the Cape Leopard Trust in the Cape, South Africa, to discover more about leopards and to find out why you should sign up for your free MySchool card to help raise funds for their environmental education programme.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Mana Pools, Wildlife, Zimbabwe

Impala: The ‘fast food’ of the African bush

You have to feel sorry for impala, they are probably one of the most under appreciated animals of the bush because of their abundance and docile nature. But these guys have learnt a thing or two about being evasive!

Animal Encounters, Destinations, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Wildlife

Lions: Witnessing a fantastic act of nature

When Ranger Morné and guests from Eagles Crag Lodge witnessed the Southern male lion mating with one of the Southern pride lionesses, they were utterly speechless.

Destinations, Events, Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Running wild at the Victoria Falls Marathon

The thing about this marathon is that it’s not just the race that is fun and festive. The tiny town of Vic Falls is jam packed with countless things to do.

News, Wildlife

Hong Kong seizes 7.2 tonnes of elephant ivory

More than seven tonnes of ivory worth over US$9 million was seized in Hong Kong, officials said Thursday, the largest bust of its kind in the city in three decades.

News, Poaching, Wildlife

Lions poisoned for bone trade

Poachers are using bait laced with poison to target and kill lions in Limpopo National Park, Mozambique, for the lion bone trade.

Animal Encounters, Birds, Conservation, Ocean, Wildlife

SANCCOB: Saving sea birds one brick at a time!

Find out how you can contribute to the survival of one of Africa’s most endangered sea birds, the African penguin.

Animal Encounters, Botswana, Destinations, Linyanti, Wildlife

Stumpy the lion – Linyanti’s defending champion!

Stumpy, a territorial male lion in the area around Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana, was caught on camera having a mighty fight with a contending coalition of lions.

People, Wildlife

The reality of living with elephants

Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is one of the most prominent conservation challenges in Africa at the moment and Laikipia County, in central Kenya, has some of the highest levels of HEC in east Africa.