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Hunting for conservation

Russel Gammon discusses what every conservationist should be fighting for – both hunters and non-hunters alike.

A response to the hunting debate

A response from well-known conservationist Gail Potgieter on the hunting debate.

The story of the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust

A documentary that aims to showcase the beauty of the unique Lamu archipelago and the great work the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust has been doing.

A cheetah’s story: From tortured to treasured

Privileged to be home to the highly endangered cheetah, Samara also hosts a remarkable individual in Sibella the female cheetah.

Conservationists move to save wandering bull elephants

Two bulls elephants have crossed over to South Africa from Botswana, into an area where elephants haven’t been seen for about 80 years. The elephants are peaceful but have broken a number of fences and farmers have urged Limpopo’s Department of Economic Development, Environment & Tourism to destroy the elephants.

Warriors do battle at the Maasai Olympics

The Maasai Olympics is an attempt to engage young men, who might otherwise have been the ones hunting lions, and demonstrate that conservation can mean something to the Maasai people.

Africa’s most common bird viewed by agriculture as a major pest

Every year thousands of tons of wheat, millet and sorghum is lost as a result of millions of queleas devouring crops both from commercial and subsistence farmers.

Things are heating up in the Maasai Olympics

In the Amboseli ecosystem of southern Kenya a number of partners have come up with an innovative education program called the Maasai Olympics.

16 year old sells photos for rhinos

16 year old wildlife photographer, David Rosenzweig, is selling prints of his photos to raise money for Rhinos Without Borders.

Fashion for conservation

Redrhino is an exciting new fashion initiative in support of the nurturing and mentoring of the conservation leaders of the future.

Good news for Mozambique’s anti-poaching efforts

Peace Parks Foundation will be investing R30 million and offering material support and assistance to augment Mozambique’s anti-poaching efforts.

Swimming Lake Tanganyika for a great cause

14 intrepid and slightly insane aquatic conservationists will swim across Lake Tanganyika to help conserve its incredible natural beauty and biodiversity.

New CEO for SANParks

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated Fundisile Mketeni on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Leopard coin gives conservation a boost

Printing money for conservation

Angelina Jolie to direct anti-poaching film about Richard Leakey

Angelina Jolie is to direct a new film about the celebrated palaeoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey, and his battle to save the elephants of Kenya from the illegal ivory trade.

Nominees announced for Tusk Conservation Awards

Africa Geographic is proud to announce that Amy Dickman who wrote the ‘A Friend of the Enemy’ article in our online magazine’s Ruaha issue has been nominated for a Tusk Conservation Award.

World rhino day photo competition winners!

The finalists in Africa Geographic’s World Rhino Day competition including the ultimate winner of the Bushnell Binoculars.

So you want to start a rhino war?

On the release of his new book, Poachers Moon, Author and renowned conservationist Richard Pierce led a panel of experts discussing the rhino poaching issues.

Kicking goals for wildlife

Football, oryx, warriors – it’s an unusual combination but this is how Melako Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya is helping to secure the future of wildlife and communities.

African inspired art making a difference

Jacha Potgieter tells us how his African animal inspired artwork is raising awareness for conservation issues around the world.

Elephants, communities and conservation

Gail Potgieter talks about making your footprint count for conservation when touring Africa.

Why I love Kruger

Janine Mare explains why Kruger National Park holds a special place in her heart.

Awards presented to celebrate rhino conservation

The Rhino Conservation Awards 2014 were held on the 31st of July 2014 in an effort to create awareness of rhino conservation issues while recognising exceptional individuals and organisations for their efforts in protecting Africa’s rhino population.

World Cup beauty loses modeling gig after hunting photo outrage

Belgium teenager, Axelle Despiegelaere, loses modeling contract with L’Oreal, a cosmetic giant that: “no longer tests on animals,” after controversial hunting photograph, of her with a dead oryx, emerges during the World Cup.

Jozini Dam swim for rhinos a success

Jay Azran successfully completed the first-ever attempt to swim 2.5km across the Jozini Dam along the South Africa–Swaziland border on Saturday 28 June 2014, braving hippos, crocodiles and tiger fish in the name of cross-border rhino conservation.

Five reasons you should see wild lions

“Wild lions are Herculean” according to Michael Schwartz. In this blog he give five reasons why these apex predators are the king of the megafauna in Africa.

The African mammal atlas

Knowledge of the whereabouts of many African mammals is outdated and based on unverified anecdotes. Filling this crucial gap in that knowledge is the main aim of MammalMAP – the African Mammal Atlas Project.

Hope for Cape vultures

A story about the hatching of one of the Cape vulture chicks at VulPro, a vulture conservation organisation in South Africa’s North West Province.

SANParks suspends conservation head

South Africa National Parks (SANParks) has suspended its head of conservation services, Hector Magome, it said on Tuesday.

The story of a young Chinese conservationist

The story of a Chinese conservationist who is working to determine China’s role in the elephant poaching problem and coming up with solutions that can be implemented across China and Africa.

Kafue: paradise waiting to be reborn

Kafue National Park, spoken of as the lungs of Africa, is doing great things for conservation with their Elephant Orphanage Project.

Passing of conservation icon, Anthony Hall-Martin

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Anthony Hall-Martin, conservation director of African Parks, this morning, 21 May 2014.

Breaking records for the love of birds

John Kinghorn set aside 2014 as his Big Birding Year, determined to break the record for the youngest person to see 800 bird species within a calendar year in the Southern African sub region.

Swaziland: showing Africa how to save rhinos

If you’re concerned about the calamitous state of rhinos – and wildlife – in Africa, then consider what Ted Reilly has to say. Now 75 years old, Ted has worked his whole adult life for the protection of the Kingdom of Swaziland’s wildlife and its natural habitat.

Fences and wildlife

The plains adjacent to the Boteti River, which flows into the Makgadikgadi salt pans, in Botswana, are home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Africa and conservation tourism is helping to preserve this wild area and its animals.

Desert lion attacks

After our recent blog post showing tourists getting too close to a desert lion in Namibia, our attention was drawn to similar incident that took place about 8 years ago.

Giraffes: Now you see them – soon you won’t!

Giraffe are everywhere – aren’t they? This wide spread presumption of abundance is just one of the misconceptions that have lead one of Africa’s most iconic species to slip under the conservationists’ radar.

Giraffes: Now you see them – soon you won’t!

Giraffe are everywhere – aren’t they? This wide spread presumption of abundance is just one of the misconceptions that have lead one of Africa’s most iconic species to slip under the conservationists’ radar.

Co-existence between cheetah and farmers

Cheetah Conservation Botswana, situated among farmlands in the Ghanzi area, has been studying and working to assure a secure future for the nation’s cheetah. The coexistence between livestock farmers and the cheetahs is really the key to their survival.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 25

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 25 which airs on SABC 2 at 19h30 on 24 February 2014. Learn more about lion conservation throughout South Africa, get the inside story of the Kruger Park elephant incident and find out how to track big game on a bush walk.

Can Jackie Chan combat rhino poaching?

In an effort to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn a communication campaign aimed at Chinese and Vietnamese audiences was launched today featuring popular Chinese film star and martial artist Jackie Chan.

Beware strong language

Is it a good strategy to insult trophy hunters? We discuss the barrage of comments that accompany pictures of trophy hunters on social media sites.

Conservation stalwart retires after 42 years of service

After 42 years of dedicated service to biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape Province, CapeNature Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Kas Hamman retired on 31 January 2014.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 22

Here is the line-up for Episode 22 of 50‌‌‌ | 50 on 03 February 2014. Visit the Simalaha Community Conservancy and see how wildlife and local people can exist in harmony, take a trip underwater with new technology designed to conduct marine biodiversity surveys and meet some amazing nocturnal creatures in this week’s episode!

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays face extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks, rays and chimaeras are threatened with extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Black rhino hunt auction won’t help conservation

With around 1 800 black rhinos remaining in Namibia, Jeff Flocken argues that the Dallas Safari Club’s auction for a black rhino hunt is not the right call for conservation.

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