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Namib beetle inspires science

Drawing inspiration from the bumpy geometry of the Namib beetle, scientists have developed a material that could improve water harvesting and electricity generation.

WildAid calls for ban on synthetic rhino horn exports

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.

Zimbabwe to send more elephants to China

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.

Anti-hunting lobbyists cost Namibia dearly

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.

France bans import of lion hunting trophies

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.

Tanzania’s most wanted elephant poacher and ivory trafficker arrested

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.

Zimbabwean hunter loses bid to have Cecil case dropped

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.

Namibia’s poaching business

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.

Iconic elephant shot in Zimbabwe

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.

The struggle of the Kalahari people

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.

Zimbabwe lifts nationwide trophy hunting ban

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.

Cubs doing okay after Cecil’s death

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.

US dentist thought lion hunt was legal

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.”

Female elephant mistakenly shot by hunters

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.

Lion royalty returns to Rwanda

7 lions to travel from KwaZulu Natal to Akagera National Park in Rwanda as part of project to restore local biodiversity in the Park.

Ivory trafficking at Mombasa Port

Ivory trafficking: undercover survey at the Mombasa Port reveals vulnerabilities, confirms high level corruption, and highlights national and international security issues.

Cheetah attacks boy at Lion Park

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.

New shrimp species discovered in False Bay

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.