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Now Trump calls elephant trophy hunting a “horror show”

President Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show” Sunday and strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration’s earlier approval of the practice.

Kruger should cull 88% of its elephants, says hunter Ron Thomson

Herd of elephants with sight targets

Celebrated hunter Ron Thomson believes that 88% of Kruger National Park’s elephants should be culled.

Rhino horn: Recipes for disaster

In the middle of the sixth mass extinction, when 50% of the living species are at risk of extinction due to the ever growing, destructive human hands, the six rhinoceros species are at the tip of the pyramid, among the most endangered species on Earth.

News wrap: Cyanide killing Zim’s elephants + rhino injures poacher

In this week’s news wrap a report claims that over 250 elephants have died in Zimbabwe due to cyanide poisoning since 2013; South Korea clamps down on ivory smuggling; while North Korea is accused of rhino horn and ivory smuggling; a suspected poacher is injured by a rhino he was tracking; and questions are raised over Namibia’s killing of desert elephants.

Questionable killing of Namibia’s desert elephants

Two of the only five remaining mature desert elephants bulls that occupied the Ugab region of Namibia have recently been hunted.

Getting to the trunk of It

One of the most peculiar, yet fascinating appendages, on an elephant is its trunk. Rather like a combination of a nose and an upper lip, an elephant’s trunk is its lifeline. It would find it very difficult to survive without one.

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Tourists early to hit the roads outside Satara rest camp in the Kruger this morning were greeted by the rather macabre scene of a large elephant carcass in the road – presumably killed by a lightning strike.

Benny the elephant and Mike – a touching African story

Benny the elephant © Water for Elephants Trust

When the dry season sets in and water is scarce, barriers blur and relationships are forged out of necessity. One such relationship is that of Benny the elephant and Mike the human.

Giant Kenyan elephant killed by authorities on suspicion of killing farmer

Giant elephant Little Male Amboseli Kenya © Amboseli Trust for Elephants

One of the last big elephant bulls in Africa was shot and killed by the authorities because it was suspected he had killed a farmer.

‘Iconic tusker’ shot by trophy hunters in Zambia

A large bull elephant shot by a trophy hunter in Zambia

A large bull elephant, described as an ‘iconic tusker’ was trophy hunted in Zambia this weekend – the biggest elephant trophy in decades.

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.

Namibia hopes for 80% drop in human-wildlife conflict

The National Policy on Human Wildlife Conflict by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism addresses the human-wildlife conflict that occurs all too often between wildlife and the rural communities and farmers in Namibia that share the same land. It is important that such a policy exists as the human-wildlife conflict will never disappear, but at least it can be effectively managed.

News wrap: Elephants saved plus confiscated rhino horn investigation

The three bull elephants relocated on flatbed trucks out of the farmlands in Limpopo Province, South Africa

The latest news surrounding wildlife in Africa, from three bull elephant being saved, to the ongoing investigation into the recently confiscated rhino horns.

Hwange’s elephant ‘super herds’

elephant herd, drinking water, wildlife, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. There are an estimated 44,000 pachyderms inhabiting the 14,651 km² park, which is practically half of Zimbabwe’s elephant population.

Remarkable sighting: Elephant chases hyena

spotted hyena being chased by an elephant in South Luangwa, Zambia

In a remarkable confrontation an elephant chases away a hyena in South Luangwa, Zambia.

A sombre experience as a wildlife volunteer in Tsavo

A wildlife volunteer’s experience turns somber as a bull elephant is found dead in the conservancy after being pierced by a poisoned spear.

Guests safe after elephant rolls vehicle in Namibia

© Gondwana Collection Namibia

In a rare elephant charge in Bwabwata National Park in the Zambezi region, Namibia, one of Namushasha’s game drive vehicles was overturned.

Tsavo ‘Super Tusker’, Ndawe, dies after multiple spear wounds

©Taru Carr-Hartley (left), ©Clifford Pickett (right). Source: www.biglife.org

Ndawe was the missing link, the proof that we were looking for. We were sure that elephants made the long journey between Tsavo and Amboseli, and he was the confirmation.

Tragedy as trained elephant kills handler in Vic Falls, and is subsequently shot

two elephants and their handlers, Adventure Zone, Vic Falls, Zimbabwe

A 50-year-old trained elephant handler has been killed in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, after he was trampled to death by a domesticated elephant bull.

Video: Close up encounter with Kruger elephant

Close elephant encounter, Kruger NP, South Africa

A video showing an up close and personal account of an elephant who got a little too close for comfort in the Kruger National Park in South Africa

Tusker, the bull elephant, treated in Mana Pools

On the 14th March, 2017, Aware Trust Zimbabwe received a call from Nick Murray from Vundu Camp – Bushlife Safaris and Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (PWMA) that there was an injured bull elephant near Vundu Camp in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.

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.

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.

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.

Rise in jumbo population lifts tourism recovery bid

The population of elephants in Maasai Mara and Tsavo parks has increased to 15,360 elephants in three years on reduced poaching, offering a major boost to Kenya’s rebounding tourism sector.

Man dies as elephant falls on his car in Victoria Falls

A 44-year-old man has died after an elephant fell on top of his car in Victoria Falls, reports said Tuesday.

Elephants: The victims of Africa’s poaching crisis

Africa is still facing a poaching crisis. The giants of the wide-open savannas and the impenetrable rainforests continue to be killed at alarming rates to fuel an insatiable demand for ivory in the Far East.

Elephants: remaining cool with wrinkles and ears

Why do we love elephants so much? Is it because we have a lot in common and can relate to them? Elephants live almost as long as we do, are intelligent and live a family life.

Photoseries: elephants enjoy a refreshing drink

Baby elephant at watering hole

Recently, Ranger Sarah Moorcroft photographed a lovely photo series of one of our herds of elephants at a watering hole. Guests at Eagles Crag Lodge enjoyed this lovely wildlife sighting whilst on their Big 5 safari here in the Eastern Cape!

Safari service with a smile!

Nestled in the northern end of Maputaland, lies Tembe Elephant Park, a unique community run safari lodge co-owned and managed by the Tembe Tribal community.

Video: elephant gets a second chance at life

Elephants in Laikipia have come into the firing line on many occasions with over 20 killed in recent months and many more injured. Many do not make it, but sometimes there is a glimmer of hope.

No Timbavati ‘100 Pounder’ elephant hunt

The last few weeks have witnessed some pretty vicious social media attacks on lodges within Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park

Kruger elephant kills female staff member

A SANPARKs announcement yesterday stated that a female employee was killed by an elephant in the Kruger National Park

Who says summertime isn’t good for a safari?


An amazing game drive in the Timbavati shows that it doesn’t matter what time of year you go on safari.

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.

Man kills elephant to protect his crop

A rural villager in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip has shot and killed a bull elephant that was raiding his crops and reportedly attacked him.

Beyond the China ivory ban

China to ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching.

Video: A successful elephant rescue

The moral of this story is for people to be aware of what they leave behind in the wilderness. ‘’leave no footprints’’ – our wild animals are at risk. This elephant was a lucky rescue but other animals might not.

South African arrested in Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park on poaching charge

A South African, Pieter Jansen van Rensberg, has been arrested on a charge of poaching inside the protected buffer zone of the Mozambique’s Parque Nacional de Limpopo (PNL).

Belgian tourist trampled to death by elephant in Maasai Mara

A Belgian tourist was trampled to death by an elephant near Kenya’s famed Maasai Mara wildlife reserve.

Behind the scenes of an elephant relocation

An emotional account of what it’s like to be behind the scenes at an elephant relocation.

An elephant family finds a new home

Eight elephants find a new home in an area that hasn’t seen elephants for over 100 years.

Video: A close encounter with a big tusker

A heart pounding encounter with a huge elephant at the Balule Private Game Reserve.

Lions take on an elephant

A pride of lionesses try their luck trying to take down a young elephant.

Video: elephant charge in Madikwe

Lodge comments on dramatic video of elephant charging vehicle in Madikwe.

Elephant trampled a local resident in Kruger

The body of a local resident is discovered in Kruger, with signs of having been trampled by an elephant.

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