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Great White Shark Freed From Deadly Fishing line

Earlier this January, shark cage diving operators in Gansbaai notified the Dyer Island Conservation Trust of a juvenile (<3m) female white shark entangled in fishing line. The line was wrapped tightly around the head through the gills and was trailing 0.5m of line behind the shark which still had bait and hooks attached.  The situation […]

Rare Southern Elephant Seal arrives in Cape Town

A male Southern elephant seal has washed up on a beach in Table View.  It sat on the beach all day yesterday and only moved off at sunset. Apparently, it is currently showing at Blouberg near the On the Rocks restaurant. So if you are in the area  go and check it out.  

No wildlife, no Tourism

Written by: Karim Kara With the current devastating poaching situation in Kenya and Africa as a whole, Non Governmental groups and conservation bodies, supported by bands of individuals singing the same song, marched the streets of Mombasa chanting “Protect our Heritage”. Frustrations from groups and individuals on the lack of stringent punishable laws and protection […]

Hyena Men

This series of disturbing and yet fascinating images forms part of the work of acclaimed photographer Pieter Hugo. Hugo visited Nigeria to better understand this strange relationship between man and beast after seeing an image taken by Nigerian journalist Adetokunbo Abiola. He travelled with this small family group of street performers who use these animals […]

Mossel Bay Great White Hunter Found Guilty

The man who posed triumphantly over a dying great white shark has finally got what he deserved.  Do you remember when we first showed you this shocking image of a man posing triumphantly with a dying great white shark? Well I am happy to announce he has been found guilty by the Mossel Bay Magistrate’s Court. Leon […]

Unite for RhODIS

CSI for rhinos Catching poachers is one thing; making sure that they are locked up for a very long time is another. Luckily we have our very own CSI for rhinos…The forensic aspect of the war against poaching makes use of RhODISTM, a South African developed, rhino DNA profiling method, which enables prosecutors to link […]

New 50|50 Episode, 14 January 2013

Sungazers Ivory and wild animal pelts and bones are in high demand. However, only certain species capture the eye of the media. Hundreds of thousands of rands are dedicated to the conservation some species while others have barely been heard of. Sungazers, for example, are large girdled lizards unique in many ways and equally threatened. […]

Fingers Off the Trigger: Zambia Cancels All Trophy Hunting Licences

Towards the end of last week Zambian wildlife authorities suspended the tender process for hunting concessions and cancelled all hunting licences for the foreseeable future. According to sources and local news reports, Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo has based her decision on corruption and malpractices between the hunting companies and various government departments. […]

Twenty-Four Tonne Ivory Siezure a New Record

Africa’s elephant population is still taking a beating, as the latest ivory seizure in Malaysia confirms. On the 7 December, port authorities confiscated two containers of cargo declared as ‘wooden floor tiles’, after a tip-off that the containers were in fact an ivory haul. After a thorough search of the containers yesterday, the state customs […]

Vietnam signs MoU to Help Protect Rhinos

‘Little victories!’ That’s the motto conservationists often use to gain inspiration in the fight against illegal poaching in Africa. Well, today we can happily announce something substantially more than a little victory. Its been reported that the governments of South Africa and Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will improve co-operation between the […]

New 50|50 episode, 10 December 2012

Samangos Of the few species of primate in South Africa, the samango monkey is the least known. This is because samangos are limited to the canopies of mist-belt forests, which are threatened and becoming more and more fragmented. Two researchers have recently joined forces to have a look at the monkeys – one from the […]

Gill ‘Mashozi’ Holgate Passes Away

They say that behind every great man is a great woman. It saddens us to hear that we have lost another great one. Gill ‘Mashozi’ Holgate, wife to the impressive Kingsley Holgate, passed away on Sunday. As yet, it is not clear how she died, we do know though that she will be sorely missed. […]

Mark Knopfler speaks out against rhino poaching

“I’ll never forget the day my father came home from work to tell us that one of his colleagues, a supposedly educated man, had said: “What do I care if the rhino becomes extinct?” I was a young teenager then and today this is a very real danger.  Due to man’s greed we may well […]

Cricketers Albie Morkel and David Miller are batting for rhinos

New rhino champions, cricketers Albie Morkel and David Miller, will go to bat to help raise R1-million to protect our rhinos. Our endangered rhinos have gained new supporters in the form of Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel and his team-mate David Miller who will go out to bat to raise funds for the animals during the […]

Gorilla populations on the rise in Bwindi, Uganda!

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) population in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) has increased to an estimated 400 individuals, according to the recent released results of a three-week census carried out by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) in September and October 2011. This is an increase from the 2002 and 2006 censuses, which […]

Suspects confess to massacre of seven rhino in North West Province!

Three individuals involved with the massacre of seven rhinos in the North West Province of South Africa have been arrested and subsequently confessed to carrying out the incident. Pelham Jones, a conservationist involved in gathering evidence from the crime scene confirmed that they were still looking for one other suspect involved. In an interview with […]

40 wild-dogs burned near the Serengeti

Local villagers have burned 40 African wild dogs alive in the Loliondo Game Controlled Area, on the Eastern border of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The mass murder is said to be a reaction by villagers to the theft of livestock. Apparently villagers in Kertalo and Orkiu have lost 157 goats and 4 cattle […]

Elephant overturns a car in Kruger National Park

It seems that sometimes nature does fight back! The latest news from the Kruger National Park is that a a bull elephant has charged a car, flipping it over in the process. A couple was inside, but neither of them is badly hurt. The man suffered a minor knee injury, but was attended to by […]

Botswana Kills Trophy Hunting – Ian Michler reflects

Just under 2 weeks ago, the President of Botswana, Lt. Gen. Ian Khama, gave a speech wherein he announced that by the end of 2013, trophy hunting would no longer be allowed in Botswana. Speaking at a local kgotla in Mababe, a village along the edge of the Okavango Delta, he said that “Next year […]

Record 40-year sentence for Thai rhino poaching ring-leader!

In a record sentence, Thai rhino poaching ring-leader Chumlong Lemtongthai has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Lemtongthai pleaded guilty to charges of exporting rhino horn from South Africa to Asian markets. He admitted to operating bogus ‘legal’ hunts by paying prostitutes to act as trophy hunters, and then stealing the horn for illegal trade. […]