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Decoding Kruger’s ‘Elephant Management Plan’

The Kruger National Park is vast, at about 2 million hectares, and requires a thorough management strategy in order to ensure long term sustainability. Part of that strategy, The Elephant Management Plan – compiled by Kruger management and Scientific Service – is currently in force, and covers the period 2013 to 2022.

Unlocking the potential of Zinave National Park

Zinave National Park in Mozambique has come alive with activity that will see the full potential of this breathtaking conservation area unlocked over the next decade.

Magical sighting: Porcupine family with babies

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A magical sighting of two adult porcupines with their two babies at ZURI Orphanage in northern Namibia.

Watch: Lions thrive after translocation

A lion is caught on a camera during the release into Somkhanda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A pride of three lions are thriving in their new home, Somkhanda Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, after a successful translocation.

Join this year’s global march for elephants and rhinos

Logo for Global march for elephants and rhinos

On Saturday, 7th October, the fourth annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos will be taking place in cities all over the world.

Understanding elephant movements across international borders

Fitting a collar to a wild elephant in Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area in Zambia

A transboundary elephant connectivity study has been launched in western Zambia with the fitting of satellite tracking collars to wild elephants to investigate their cross-border movements.

Dragon-like sungazer lizard in danger

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Sungazer – it sounds like a cool name for a dragon, and even though these rare lizards look like the mighty dragons from “Game of Thrones”, the fire of their soul may be burned out permanently.

Killing crop-raiding elephants won’t solve problem, say scientists

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One of the most pressing and challenging issues currently facing African conservation is ensuring that wildlife and humans can coexist peacefully in the same area.

Saving the cycads from poaching

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Cycads are one of the most endangered species on this planet, it’s time we educate ourselves on how to save them from extinction.

Conserving gorillas for the health of the community

Conservation Through Public Health was established with its main objective of contributing to wildlife research, sustainable conservation and development initiatives, with local communities acting as stewards of their environment.

Video: How microchips are saving Kenya’s black rhinos

A report by CNN’s Inside Africa brilliantly details all the incredibly hard work and efforts by so many people and organisations in Northern Kenya in attempts to protect the black rhino populations in the area.

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.

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.

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.

On the trail of giants: Giraffe research and conservation in Tanzania

Giraffe numbers have plummeted to the point where they are now vulnerable to extinction with fewer than 100,000 individuals.

Tanzania’s task force tightens noose on international traffickers

Tanzania has managed to revolutionise conventional anti-poaching tactics that were clearly failing, demonstrating how the intelligence-led multi-agency approach to endangered species protection offers an efficient and cost-effective solution to the urgent issue of wildlife security.

Mafia Island’s whale sharks: A brief study of abuse

An international code of conduct for whale shark tourism is voluntarily adhered to by a few. It should therefore be no surprise that most whale sharks that we see around Mafia Island, off the coast of Tanzania, bear the scars and wounds of human disregard and exploitation.

Are elephants more at risk from poaching or habitat loss?

Ivory poaching is the most immediate, urgent threat to Africa’s elephants. But even if that can be tackled, they will have to fight humans for land, food and water.

Vulture crisis = Human crisis. Get involved

Africa is experiencing a vulture crisis. The white-backed vulture is one of eight African vulture species that is on the decline. Poisoning and traditional medicine pose a substantial threat to the survival of these ecologically essential birds.

Make a splash this World Oceans Day

It’s World Oceans Day on the 8th June and the theme for this year is “OUR OCEANS, OUR FUTURE” with the aim of encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.”

Focussing on positive conservation news – why it’s important

Four positive conservation stories that we should be focussing on right now.

Video: Conservation ambassador and rugby player, David Pocock

Professional rugby player David Pocock, and his partner Emma, are ambassadors for Wild Ark. WildArk is closely linked to EcoTraining and together they aim to spread the message of conservation.

Rhinos to Australia: is this conservation?

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There are plans afoot to move rhinos from Africa to Australia as an ‘insurance policy’ and for ‘safekeeping’ in large grass paddocks amongst the gum trees. Is this a valid conservation project (as claimed) or a misdirection of energy and resources by a well-meaning Western society intent on privatising African conservation into their own backyard?

Inventing nature in a post-truth world: send in the trolls

Nature idealised? Romanticised? Isn’t nature natural? An opinion piece that gets to the bottom of the social media influence on our natural world in an African context.

Thank you for 25 years of conservation success

Eagles Crag is a luxury private lodge in the breathtaking Shamwari Game Reserve, home to one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.

Giant elephant Satao 2 poached in Tsavo, 6 super tuskers left

SATAO 2 is dead, and another of the last super tuskers left in Africa has been poached, leaving only 6 of these giants in the Tsavo Conservation Area in southern Kenya.

Ranger dog gored by kudu, recovering well

Anti-poaching ranger dog gored by a kudu in Kruger National Park

Conservation: ordinary people doing extraordinary things

All Captured In Africa Foundation supporters have made, and continue to make, an extraordinary difference. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, how old you are or what you do for a living…

Why conservation is failing

Free roaming wildlife populations in Africa are crashing, and natural habitat is being destroyed at an alarming rate. There is a war going on, and the other side is winning hands down – why is that?

The best time to visit the fabulous Fanjove island

It’s a great time to visit, winds are light and it’s cool – set against the spectacular backdrop of the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, Fanjove Island is the perfect location to relax. It’s a dream island! With a max capacity of 12 guests, you will have a private and intimate experience on one of the most pristine Islands in the world. Conservation is the aim of the people who run the lodge and look after the island.

Wild-dogs make an appearance for guests in South Luangwa

Recent sightings of South Luangwa’s wild-dogs have brought back memories for one Marula Lodge guest…

Round up of conservation success stories

While conservation is as much a buzzword as almond milk, the last few months has seen strong and positive success stories emerging in conservation for Africa.

A closer look at pangolins and the pangolin men

Imagine the possibility of walking with pangolins. Adrian Steirn’s recent photographic series The Pangolin Men captures a unique and exceptional scenario of beasts and men.

The effect of time and conservation at Nanzhila Plains in Kafue National Park

So exalted David Livingstone, having climbed up what is likely the Muchinga Escarpment of the Luangwa Valley of Zambia in 1866 and seeing the magnificence of the miombo woodland stretched out before his eyes.

The Askari Project: a Tsavo tusker conservation initiative

Ivory poaching continues to threaten elephant populations throughout the continent with recent census data indicating as few as 380,000 may be left in all of Africa.

Father Christmas surprises local school kids in Zambia at the Tongabezi Trust School

Tongabezi invites all guests to visit the local trust school and meet the young learners and teachers of Tujatane.

Football for a cause in Zambia

During the month of November 2016, Kafunta Safaris and the Mfuwe Sports Association supported the very first Carnivore Conservation Cup football tournament organized by the Zambian Carnivore Program and sponsored by the National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.

Ivory trade: China to set date to close factories

Preparation is under way in China to bring in a ban on their domestic ivory trade, following a promise made with the US earlier this year.

Botswana bans elephant-back rides

From the end of this month, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris.

Mother Nature has a voice at Canon South Africa

Canon South Africa takes to heart its obligation to support environmental sustainability!

Brian Boswell Circus fights laws that protect elephants

Circus owner, Brian Boswell, is challenging the legality of elephant protection laws after his attempt to sell African elephants to a zoo in the United Arab Emirates was blocked by wildlife authorities.

Cecil the lion’s legacy

In January this year, we at African Bush Camps updated our audience on the pride of Cecil the Lion- a beloved “king” and spectacular specimen who roamed Hwange National Park.

Gorilla tourism in Uganda is pro poor, responsible and eco-friendly

One of the important things any responsible traveler should know before going on safari is to understand where their money goes and whether it will reach the local communities!

Tusk Awards: Prince William honours Africa’s conservation heroes

Conservation legend Sir David Attenborough and the royal patron of TUSK, HRH Prince William, a local champion for black rhino, Cathy Dreyer, was awarded the prestigious Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa.

Celebrating cheetahs this International Cheetah Day

The fastest animal in the world is racing towards extinction, with less than 10,000 species left in the wild. Celebrate cheetahs this International Cheetah Day!

Running for Wild Dogs – supporting an endangered African animal

A group of schoolboys who ran across Zimbabwe to raise funds for the conservation of African Wild Dogs in 1996 are running a reunion event for the same cause twenty years later.

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