In spite of strong opposition from conservationists and a US court order temporarily freezing the import, 18 wild elephants from Swaziland have been flown to captivity in the USA.
Drawing inspiration from the bumpy geometry of the Namib beetle, scientists have developed a material that could improve water harvesting and electricity generation.
The rare okapi faces numerous threats, but SMART technology could save them.
Meet the hirola – an unassuming creature that is the centre of what may be one of the most successful conservation efforts in recent history.
U.S.-based entrepreneurs are developing synthetic rhino horn that can’t be differentiated from actual horn, but WildAid and the Center for Biological Diversity believe that this will only accelerate consumer demand in Asia for illegal wildlife products.
Endangered Wildlife Trust has published a study on wildlife ranching, which shows that South African private wildlife numbers may be inflated threefold.
To avoid putting additional pressure on leopard populations, a leopard trophy hunting ban is in place throughout 2016.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda was surprised and delighted to discover a mountain gorilla with twins!
The moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horn has been lifted after the Environmental Affairs Department lost an appeal application in the High Court in Pretoria this week.
Over 60 environmental and tourism groups demand stop to new oil drilling threat to Africa’s oldest national park.
In a stunning reversal from previous positions, the Hong Kong government will act “as soon as possible” to pass legislation to ban the import and export of ivory and elephant hunting trophies.
On 7th January Botswana’s Chapman’s Baobab, one of the three largest trees in Africa and a national monument of Botswana, fell to the ground.
Citing a “better and safer environment,” a high-ranking official in Zimbabwe states that more of the country’s wildlife will be captured and sent to China in 2016.
Lions in central and West Africa are to be placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in order to set a higher bar for hunters who want to bring lion trophies into the United States.
Experts state that the government’s target to kill 20,000 threatened Mauritian flying foxes was exceeded in the recent cull of the Mauritius bat.
The conflict between subsistence farmers and lions continues in the Amboseli ecosystem as a lion pride is poisoned.
A project that started in a township aims to challenge stereotypes about South Africa’s wine industry and leave a lasting legacy for communities in the Cape Flats.
The number of dragonfly species known in Africa has increased by almost 10%, and this research highlights that we must prioritise the search for unknown life before it’s too late.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs has filed a leave to appeal the South African High Court’s decision to lift the ban on the domestic trade of rhino horn.
Researchers have found that since 1992, Ghana has lost between 90 to 99 percent of its grey parrots as a result of the pet trade and habitat loss.
35 rhinos die from blackquarter bacteria on a breeding farm in South Africa, belonging to pro rhino horn trade protagonist, John Hume.
Lions from the Marsh Pride, made famous by the Big Cat Diary series, have been poisoned in the Maasai Mara with at least two lions dead as a result.
Sea turtles that have been found stranded on Cape and Western Cape beaches over the past 18 months, have been rehabilitated by Two Oceans Aquarium and released into the ocean off Cape Point in South Africa.
Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism says that anti-hunting lobbyists cost the Namibian government US$650,000 last year after pressurising the United States government on the legal auction of a black rhino hunt.
Licences for the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, one of Africa’s largest conservation areas, have been granted for fracking.
Measures are being put in place to put a stop to the high levels of deforestation in Mozambique.
South Africa’s ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns has been lifted by the high court in Pretoria.
Despite a clear message from conservationists that African elephants should stay in the wild, the Dallas Zoo considers itself to be a “cutting edge” and “viable” option for Swaziland’s elephants.
French officials have been told to stop issuing import permits for lion hunting trophies, including heads, paws and skins, while country considers stricter controls on other species.
The nature of the African Wildlife Consultative Forum that is currently taking place in South Africa makes it difficult not to infer a conspiracy between hunters and government.
A major ringleader, who is also a supplier of weapons, ammunition and cars to poaching syndicates, is arrested. And with both ‘Shetani’ and the ‘Queen of Ivory’ now in custody, there is a chance to crack down on the international networks involved in the illegal trafficking of ivory.
Accused of “failing to prevent an illegal hunt” of Cecil the lion, Theo Bronkhorst’s application for his case to be referred to the constitutional court has been dismissed, and the case will be adjourned on 20th November.
Animal rights group PETA has named the hunter who killed one of Africa’s largest elephants as German businessman Rainer Schorr
Since 2011, 230 elephants and more than 100 black rhinos have been reported as poached in Namibia, while the poaching of other animals such as lions and pangolins is also on the rise.
The traditional Chinese medicine sector pledges zero tolerance to purchasing and selling products made from wildlife from illegal sources.
Bull elephant hunted in Zimbabwe is likely not Nkombo from the Kruger National Park.
China has issued a one-year ban on African ivory hunting trophy imports ahead President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain this month.
An elephant with tusks estimated to weigh 120lb (54,4+kg) each was shot in the Malapati concession, located in southeastern Zimbabwe near Gonarezhou National Park.
Zimbabwe’s environment minister said that the US dentist, Walter Palmer, could not be charged for an illegal hunt as all his “papers were in order”.
“The Queen of Ivory”, a Chinese national, has been arrested by a specialised task force in Tanzania. To date, she is the most important ivory trafficker ever arrested in the country.
One giant leap for elephants (and mankind) as China and the United States commit to ban ivory sales.
Over two decades after the civil war in Mozambique finished, the country has now achieved ‘free of known landmine’ status.
A sensational and shocking film provides the first direct evidence linking ivory trafficking to terrorism.
No charges have been filed against Walter Palmer for the killing of Cecil the lion and the Zimbabwean police have not supplied the required documentation for his extradition.
The privately owned global shipping company, MSC, has banned the transportation of hunting trophies on ethical grounds.
In 1997, the government of Botswana began evicting indigenous San and Bakgalagadi people from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Local and international advocacy groups have been fighting to enable the groups to return, arguing that the indigenous groups with traditional hunting and gathering lifestyles are far better able to preserve biodiversity than contemporary conservation approaches.
The nationwide ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants in Zimbabwe has been lifted, but a ban is still in force in a limited area including on the farm where Cecil was killed and on another farm where a second lion was hunted.
The light at the end of the tunnel: Cecil’s story not only raises awareness about conservation issues, but it also sends the message that people care about the future of his offspring and his kind. Here are some fantastic photos of his cubs to ease your minds.
Following recent news that Delta Airlines has banned the transport of hunting trophies, two other American airlines – United Airlines and American Airlines – have been quick to follow suit.
Delta has announced a ban on transporting trophy kills following pressure from customers, activists and a petition with 395,245 signatures.
Hopeful that two ivory dealers will get the punishment that they deserve, a witness describes his experience in a court case regarding illegal ivory possession in Botswana.
An American hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said that he wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of the hunt.”
A Minnesota father of two is discovered to be the hunter who shot dead Cecil – one of Zimbabwe’s most loved lions.
Zimbabwe authorities are trying to track down the Spaniard that allegedly paid €50,000 to kill Cecil, one of Africa’s most famous lions.
After viewing the new film Blood Lions, Hermann Meyeridricks is asking the hunting association to reconsider its position on lion hunting.
Pictures taken by a local wildlife charity activist of the elephants in quarantine pens at Chimelong Safari Park show young elephants in visibly poor conditions with protruding bones.
African Parks to take over the long term management of Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi!
South African Airways have lifted with immediate effect the embargo that was placed on elephant, rhino, lion and tiger hunting trophies.
A well-known and much-photographed black-maned lion affectionately named Cecil was killed by sport hunters just outside Hwange in Zimbabwe last week.
In the largest camera tracking survey to date, a researcher captured 1.2 million stealthy animal “selfies” in the Serengeti National Park.
We interview wildlife campaigner Ian Michler, and filmmaker Nick Chevallier about their new film, Blood Lions.
A female elephant was accidentally killed instead of an allegedly ‘damage causing’ bull elephant when a hunting permit was suspiciously issued at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve.
The European Union has banned the import of elephant hunting trophies from two African nations that have seen a significant decline in elephant numbers due to soaring levels of poaching.
The lion population in Niassa National Reserve is increasing as a result of “getting huge amounts of meat” from poached elephants.
Dwindling elephant populations in Tanzania and Zimbabwe justify the USA ban on the importation of elephant trophies from the two countries.
Four poachers have been imprisoned following an attempt to smuggle twelve cycads to Johannesburg.
It is feared that the SANParks’ rhinos have been sold to hunters.
7 lions to travel from KwaZulu Natal to Akagera National Park in Rwanda as part of project to restore local biodiversity in the Park.
Graphic footage of farmed crocodiles being slaughtered for the sake of fashion.
Endangered white-backed vultures found poisoned; two rescued in time.
Ivory trafficking: undercover survey at the Mombasa Port reveals vulnerabilities, confirms high level corruption, and highlights national and international security issues.
Lufthansa airline changes its policy on transporting hunting trophies.
Dramatic 48% decline in Mozambique’s elephant population is due to criminal gangs decimating elephants for their ivory.
Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting to attract tourists.
65 vultures and a tawny eagle found dead in a poisoning incident on a private farm north-west of Hoedspruit.
A summary of the recent African Elephant Summit where a Chinese delegate asked about buying elephant parts including the trunk and penis.
Reports claim that South African Airways (SAA) Cargo has placed an embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies.
Chairman of the Kunene Regional Conservancy Association responds to the article: End of the game for Namibia.
Only two days after an Australian tourist was bitten by a lion at the Lion Park in Honeydew, Joburg, a 13-year-old boy is the victim of a cheetah attack.
Renowned conservationist, Ian Redmond, has stepped forward to champion Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime following the government’s announcement of its ivory burn this Thursday 2nd April.
An Australian tourist who was bitten by a lion in the Lion Park near Honeydew, Johannesburg, has admitted that he was in the wrong.
An update on the baboon troops after the Cape fire.
On Monday the 16th of March 2015, two German travellers, Martin and Christin Kotthoff, led to the arrest of two ivory dealers near Kasane, Botswana.
As elephant poaching statistics continue to rise in northern Mozambique, a year-long investigation by Oxpeckers associate Estacios Valoi exposes official complicity in the slaughter.
Illegal logging to appease Chinese paymasters is speeding up deforestation in developing countries, all in the name of profit.
Yesterday CITES announced a recommendation to suspend trade with Nigeria, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Democratic Republic of Congo says it wants to redraw the boundaries of Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site, to allow for oil exploration.
The Directors and Management of Lion Encounter have agreed to suspend lion walks in Livingstone as of November 2015.
New footage shows evidence of a lion, believed to be nationally extinct, in southeastern Gabon
15 tonnes of elephant tusks burn in Nairobi National Park in Kenya on a day that was at once tragic and full of hope.
Could the floods in Malawi have been prevented if more attention was paid to the sustainable use of natural resources, namely forests?
African Parks concludes memorandum of understanding with government of Chad on Ennedi
All about buffalos, their increasing value to the hunting community and the size of their horns.
Zimbabwe defends decision to sell baby elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France.
The government of United Republic of Tanzania says they have never had any plan to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land.
A disturbing report claims that wildlife in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park is being abducted and shipped to Chinese zoos.
The Arabuko Sokoke Forest is saved from oil mining as communities take a stand to save this critically threatened habitat.
A tiny shrimp with banded, stalked eyes, and gaudy red ‘warning’ colouring, is the latest of several new marine species to be found by UCT researchers in the extensively sampled waters of False Bay.
Tanzania has been accused of reneging on its promise to 40 000 Maasai pastoralists by going ahead with plans to evict them and turn their ancestral land into a reserve for the royal family of Dubai to hunt big game.