Research in Namibia on the type & frequency of human-wildlife conflict incidents between 2001–2019 can aid in mitigating future conflict occurrences
Africa’s lions are disappearing. New research shows that lion populations across the continent have declined by 75% in just five decades
Social media impacts conservation. Research shows that the attention elephants receive on Twitter fails to address urgent conservation issues
Here’s our analysis of the IUCN report containing the most recent rhino numbers, trends, poaching incidents, conservation measures & trade updates
Scientists can now detect injuries from snares & shotguns on trophy-hunted lions & leopards – quantifying the extent of previously unreported human-wildlife conflict
Chobe elephants have learnt how to change their activity patterns to reduce risk of human encounters – new research
Understanding how predators select cattle for prey could help in protecting livestock from lions, mitigating human-wildlife conflict
Scientists have predicted that the Kalahari’s hornbills will start to vanish in five years – and climate change is to blame
How did chameleons come to evolve their kaleidoscopic capacity? Escapees from the 1970s Hawaiian pet trade may hold the answer
New research shows that there is order in wild dog hunts. Painted wolf pups are the first to eat at a carcass.
Under pressure – genetic research on giraffes reveals evolutionary secrets of how they cope with high blood pressure and maintain bone density.
Scientists have observed chimpanzees medicating the injuries of their peers – a behaviour never before witnessed in the animal kingdom
A cheetah mother has been observed simultaneously raising two cheetah cubs of different age classes – behaviour never witnessed in the wild
Does the hunting of elephant bulls with large tusks lead to the decline of Africa’s tuskers? We examine the science
Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR), part of Greater Kruger, completed their 2021 wildlife census. We analyse the ebb & flow of results
Does farming of rhinos prevent illegal trade in wild rhino horn? Research into consumer preferences sheds light on the rhino-horn trade
Counting wild animals can be a complicated process, particularly when estimating populations in some of Africa’s massive protected wild areas
Caracals navigate the dangers of the urban Cape, attracted to the edge of urban spaces at a significant potential risk – new research.
Could we double African wild dog (painted wolf) numbers by 2050? With funding, collaboration and recovered territory, it’s possible.
Good news: there are more forest elephants in Gabon than previously believed – first countrywide elephant population estimate in 30 years
Human-wildlife conflict – emotions and cultural significance attached to wild carnivores strongly influence mitigation strategies. New Research
A new (orange) bat species has been discovered in Guinea. With bright orange fur and black wings, Myotis nimbaensis is unlike any other bat
High-ranking spotted hyena cubs inherit a social network of allies which increases access to resources & breeding opportunities: New research
Ivory poaching selectively drives the evolution of tuskless elephants – new research confirms what many experts have suggested for decades
Gorgeous iridescent sunbird feathers play an essential role in visual communication but could dangerously increase heat absorption – new research
Lion hunting sustainability in Africa has been extensively investigated by pragmatic experts desperate to conserve our remaining wild lions
Funky fact: Hyena cubs ‘self-sacrifice’ by recklessly approaching lions if infected by a microscopic parasite. New research
Does tourism always benefit local people? A new study of an established project linking Windhoek to the Zambezi region in Namibia suggests not
Chimps kill gorilla babies in two separate incidents in Loango National Park, Gabon – the first time the behaviour has ever been observed
Guard dogs are saving cheetahs, says new research based on livestock guarding dogs – because livestock losses have reduced by 91%
Wildebeest sleep for just four and a half hours in a 24 hour period – most deeply in the dead of night – says new research
Rebranding wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) – new research suggests that “painted dog” triggers the most positive reaction from humans
Kilimanjaro’s disappearing glaciers have been a symbol of climate change for more than than 15 years. Science says it is much more complicated.
New research indicates that animals fitted with tracking collars, experience no long-term, negative effects. Further research is needed however.
The zoonotic diseases that lions carry and why lion farming is potentially harmful to human beings – new research
Giraffe – four species and seven subspecies the correct division – says new research
Banks can help fight illegal wildlife trade but their failure to identify the financial footprints of poaching syndicates results in lost opportunities to disrupt trade – new research
CITES listing process needs to change with careful consideration given to the complicated set of conservation implications for each species.
Africa’s elephants occupy just 17% of their possible range, their historical areas fragmented by human activity. There is potential for expansion – new research
African grey parrots are targeted for medicinal and spiritual practices in West Africa. The trade is a significant threat to grey parrots – new research
Forest elephants have finally been granted species status (something scientists have known for decades). With this has come the appalling IUCN classification of ‘critically endangered’
Fairy circles – Euphorbia toxins are responsible for the bizarre fairy circles that have baffled and fascinated scientists – new research
Namibian elephant auction: We look at the background, reasons and context of the controversial sale by auction of 170 wild-caught elephants
Farming and legal trade of wildlife could increase demand for wildlife products and so be negative from a conservation perspective – research
New study examines whether fences could have impacted the elephant deaths in the Seronga region of Botswana in mid-2020.
Artificial intelligence and satellite images can help conservationists count elephants from space, says new research.
South Africa’s amphibian & reptile trade is a growing industry that is unregulated, unsustainable, and unethical – says report
Lions vs hyenas is the ultimate African drama. New research has shed light on the dynamics between these two apex predators
Female banded mongooses lead their groups into deliberate conflict with rival groups to increase their chances of mating – research
Forest elephants are losing body condition – most probably due to climate impacts on forest tree fruit production – say researchers
A new report examines just how bad COVID-19 is for Africa’s wildlife and protected areas and what needs to be done to save our wild spaces
Viewing all bushmeat trade through one lens over-simplifies the complex situation and could lead to accelerated disappearance of some species
Trophy hunting: How do African people perceive and react to trophy hunting compared to those from the Western public – research
How much water should safari lodges be using? The lowering of groundwater levels could compromise the ecosystem and wildlife.
Research shows that elephants can assist farmers by restoring soil nutrient levels when cattle have depleted those nutrients
The selective harvesting of old bull elephants damages broader elephant society because of the important role played by the bulls – research
Researchers have rediscovered the Somali Sengi (an elephant shrew) – which was thought to be extinct and was last seen nearly 50 years ago
The domestic cat is a honed killing machine whose impact on biodiversity in South Africa is only now being fully revealed
Counting lions using correct techniques is vital to understand how many lions there are. Historical surveys have not resulted in good data
Attacks on livestock by wild predators is a common problem in Africa – and scientists say that painting eyes on cattle backsides could help
Elephants feeding on fan palm trees are preventing the palms from reaching full size & reproductive potential in Kruger NP, says new study
Scientists have discovered a new species of mouse lemur in Madagascar – which is already threatened by habitat loss & climate change
Roan antelope populations have dropped to perilously low levels, and there is every chance they could disappear from the areas such as Kruger National Park
Will legal international rhino horn trade save the wild rhino population? Find out here in this thought-provoking opinion post
Mopane worms are a popular source of protein and delicious snack for rural people in Limpopo – read about a sustainable Kruger harvest program
Aardvarks are being severely impacted by climate change, says research being conducted in arid areas where temperatures are expected to rise
Human activity is affecting negatively on leopard populations – via changes in age, sex & social structure of leopard populations – research
Trophy hunting on many private fenced farms in South Africa – this study examines the impact that a ban could have on biodiversity
A 2020 study has revealed the considerable economic, social and political contributions of the Greater Kruger National Park
Deadly secret: the crested rat transfers poison from the bark & leaves of a highly toxic tree to its fur as a predator-evasion strategy
Scientists have used genome sequencing of lions to reveal the evolutionary history of living & extinct lion species.
A divemaster has discovered a new species of pygmy seahorse in a sandy coral reef in Sodwana Bay, South Africa, that is only 20 mm long.
The vast scale of legal and illegal trade in wildlife species between South Africa and China – many of them CITES 1 species – has been revealed by an extensive report.
Africa’s forest elephant populations are smaller than was previously thought, say researchers. This realisation has a significant impact on future priorities and conservation strategies.
The weird meanings behind animal scientific names – for example, the black rhino scientific name means ‘double horn double horn’
Secretive forest species such as giant ground pangolin, Congo peafowl and cusimanse revealed by camera traps in DR Congo.
CITES was established to regulate the international trade of animals & plants, to avoid the over-exploitation of endangered species
A report from TRAFFIC explains how corruption undermines the CITES-authorised trade in wildlife and offers suggestions as to how to mitigate its effects.
Newly-discovered species of bushbaby (galago) in Kenya’s Taita Hills is already on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss, say scientists
Elephant body language is a complex topic, yet there are a few simple clues and signals that explain elephant emotions and intentions
4 Melanistic (black) honey badgers captured on a camera trap in Gabon.
People are not always to blame for loss of genetic diversity in wildlife, says new study.
Migratory routes of wildebeest in East Africa are under threat as human populations expand, say scientists.
This is how researchers in Greater Kruger identify individual elephants.
The killifish is a survivor that scientists are desperate to learn from. Using suspended animation to survive being entombed in dry mud, combined with the shortest lifespan of any animal with a backbone, killifish could unlock secrets to human ageing.
The escalating demand for lion teeth and claws in Asian markets is driving the increased poaching of wild lions, says report.
Elephant population in Gabon’s Minkébé National Park have been decimated, with 25,000 being poached in 10 years (80% reduction), says research results.
CITES trophy hunting quotas for leopards are arbitrary and not sustainable, says research. Read here to find what the 3 researchers recommend.
Giant African millipedes often have unusually brightly coloured legs and bodies.
A recent study examines how social media marketplaces facilitate trafficking of endangered African grey parrots.
Does removing elephants save trees? This fascinating report delves into this important conservation issue.
Zimbabwe elephants: Report fingers ZimParks for incompetence and international NGOs for hoodwinking donors, concludes that surrounding communities have to be involved in conservation as beneficiaries.
Research: Lions are sneaking virtually undetected through dense human zones in Zambia, thereby ensuring genetic diversity throughout the entire Zambian lion population.
The New Lion Economy is the first project of its kind to make the link between ecosystem services, economic development, cultural significance and the survival of lions.
A recent study has revealed a novel way in which flowers can avoid being eaten by herbivores.
Major implications for ivory trafficking as research reveals that only three cartels control most illegal trade, according to research.
Older male elephants are more determined to track down and mate with females than young elephants, says research.
New report illustrates how African countries can attract tourism investment and significantly increase revenue and socio-economic benefits.
Researchers highlight the complex relationship between elephant impact and vulture nest survival in the Greater Kruger National Park.