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The Turkana – Nomadic by Nature

This series of images showcasing the intriguing nomads of the pastoralist Turkana tribe in northern Kenya will have you booking your next African safari

Well-known hunter killed by buffalo

A buffalo has killed professional hunter, Claude Kleynhans (54), in what is considered a freak accident on the banks of the Levubu River in northern Limpopo, South Africa, on Tuesday, 22 May.

Ranger forces strengthened in Mozambique

On 16 May 2018, 39 recruits, of which three are women, celebrated their graduation as rangers during a passing out parade held in the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. This follows the successful completion of a gruelling eight-week ranger training course presented by the Southern African Wildlife College, that prepared the new recruits for their stand against wildlife crime in the various conservation areas to which they will soon be deployed.

One for the diary: Cape Town Adventure Film Festival

The inaugural Cape Town Adventure Film Festival [CTAFF], presented by Orms, will be bringing a selection of both local and international adventure films to one of the city’s iconic indie-cinemas, the Labia Theatre on Orange. Taking place from the 19th to the 28th of April 2018, the schedule comprises of five screening events, as well as an intimate standalone photo exhibition, all events celebrating multiple adventure genres.

Ethiopia: The living churches of an ancient kingdom

It was early in the fourth century AD, under the reign of King Ezana, when the ancient Kingdom of Aksum (or Axum) – a major naval and trading nation that spanned a large portion of east Africa, including modern-day northern Ethiopia – embraced the Orthodox tradition of Christianity. The capital city of the empire was Aksum, and […]

NEWS WRAP: Ivory trader arrested + elephant orphan shot

In this week’s news wrap a Japanese ivory trader has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling ivory to China; an orphaned elephant was shot after trampling a handler; the largest US safari club slams door shut on SA’s canned lion industry; a wildlife ranger is tragically gored by a rogue elephant; and top ivory investigator, Esmond Bradley Martin, is killed in his Nairobi home.

Ranger gored by elephant

A wildlife ranger in South Africa, who works to protect rhinos and elephants against poaching, has been gored by a rogue elephant while checking the reserve’s fences.

NEWS WRAP: Hunter shot dead + Hong Kong votes to ban ivory sales

In this week’s news wrap a hunter was shot dead at a captive-bred lion hunting farm in South Africa; Hong Kong has voted to ban domestic ivory sales in a landmark move; around 600 kg of elephant tusks and 600 kg of pangolin scales were seized in Ivory Coast; US President Donald Trump has confirmed that he will not be lifting the ban on elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe; and 3.5 tons of hippo teeth went up for auction on Monday in Tanzania, despite criticism.

Pangolin research in the Kalahari

Little is known about how pangolins might cope with the direct and indirect effects of a changing climate. A PhD researcher is therefore investigating the body temperature, diet, and activity patterns of free-living ground pangolins in a semi-arid environment in South Africa.

Zimbabwe to stop selling elephants, says newspaper

  UPDATE 21 January 2018: It has come to our attention that the Zimbabwe government has NOT made any formal announcement in this regard, and that the Daily News news report below was therefore not accurate. We have been informed by persons close to the process that the government is reviewing its policies, and we […]

NEWS WRAP: Croc kills tourist + large tusker dies in Addo

In this week’s news wrap a crocodile has killed a tourist in Zimbabwe, injuring another; a large tusked bull dies in Addo due to injuries from a fight; the US Federal Court invalidates the decision for trophy imports to the United States; China’s ban on domestic ivory sales goes into effect; Britian’s Prince Harry is appointed president of African Parks; and tragedy as an elephant tramples Kenyan ranch owner to death.

A new generation of Kruger photographers

The Wild Shots Outreach programme began just over two years ago in November 2015. The programme aims to give students from disadvantaged communities that border the Greater Kruger National Park area in South Africa the opportunity to experience the wonder of the wild and immortalise moments through the lens of a camera. The majority of […]

Prince Harry appointed president of African Parks

Sourced from third-party site: African Parks In a move that underscores his commitment to conservation, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales has formally joined African Parks as their president. The appointment was just made public in a statement released by Kensington Palace. African Parks is a conservation NGO, founded in 2000, that manages national […]

Shark warriors bravely attempt 100km swim

At sunrise on 2nd December Madswimmer took the plunge to attempt the fastest 100km swim ever in one day. Twenty one swimmers and a 24 strong support team made their way to the mighty Agulhas Current about 20km offshore from Park Rynie in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – to swim to Port Edward to raise awareness for sharks being on the verge of extinction

Bees protect large trees from elephant impact

A study has found that hanging beehives containing African honeybees from the branches of marula trees protects these trees against elephant impact because the elephants avoid those trees.

The elephant orphans of Zambia

The Elephant Orphanage Project provides a sanctuary for defenceless elephant calves, who are the victims of poaching, human conflict or occasionally natural abandonment. Under the age of two, young elephants are extremely vulnerable and very dependent. Most will not survive without both their mother’s care and her nutrient-rich milk.

NEWS WRAP: Lions kill over 250 livestock + Tanzania ends UAE hunting deal

In this week’s news wrap a lion pride has killed over 250 livestock in Namibia in the last week; Tanzania terminates hunting deal with Dubai royal family; a top anti-poaching cop is fired; and two tragic cases where elephants have killed tourists – one occurring in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and the other in Livingstone in Zambia.

Top anti-poaching cop fired

One of South Africa’s top anti-rhino poaching cops has been fired on allegedly “trumped-up charges” and is now unemployed and looking for a job.

A guides’ guide to operating a 4×4 safari vehicle

Having spent many hours behind the wheel of a 4×4 safari game drive vehicle, along with experiences that have taught me how best to operate a vehicle, hopefully this will help the reader achieve a similar if not better level of confidence and expertise.

Video: Maasai coming of age ceremony

For the Maasai, the Emuratare is one of their most important ceremonies, and a life-changing milestone for the boys and girls who celebrate their transition into adulthood.

Video: Call for funding to de-horn rhinos for conservation

Project Rhino, an association of like-minded organisations established in 2011 that facilitates vital rhino conservation interventions, is making a national and international call for funding to have approximately 200 rhino de-horned in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa over the next year.

Mega-carnivore dinosaur footprints discovered

An international team of researchers from South Africa, UK, and Brazil have discovered massive footprints belonging to a carnivorous dinosaur that roamed Southern Africa 200 million years ago.

Rock-cut churches in Ethiopia to be documented

In Ethiopia, Christians are still today carving new, free-standing churches from solid rock faces, and now there is a project that is currently documenting this at-risk cultural practice.

Can carbon measuring save Tanzania’s forests?

Up until now I have never been involved in projects that mitigate climate change, however during my last expedition, I had the opportunity to spend some time exploring the greater Mahale ecosystem and Carbon Tanzania’s newest project site.

Video: Protecting Maasai cattle

The importance of the Maasai’s livestock is mirrored in the way their homestead is constructed, with the cattle enclosure positioned in the centre of it.

Please HELP: Funds needed for my rhino research

Recent rhino research has focused on anti-poaching, dehorning and horn treatments as deterrents, with less interest paid to improving long-term management of these shrinking populations. The study I am working on aims to analyse behavioural, demographic and genetic patterns to compile a ‘Genetic Metapopulation Management Plan’.

NEWS WRAP: Hippo deaths + donkey population crisis

In this week’s news wrap we have an anthrax outbreak in northeast Namibia where hippos and buffaloes are dying; NGO African Parks expands its conservation management in Chad; the world’s donkey population is in crisis due to China’s increased demands; and two elephants die – one from a suspected lightning strike, and the other shot by Kenyan authorities.

Opinion: Are Maasai cattle to blame for overgrazing in Tanzania?

Living with the Maasai has taught me that conservation is not only about animals but is just as much about us humans; that to preserve any one place we have to be mindful of the local communities that live within it and try to understand the way they view the world to be able to work alongside them to protect mother nature.

NEWS WRAP: Young elephants mistreated + woman bitten by hyena

In this week’s news wrap we have news from the UK of a proposed ban in all sales of ivory, regardless of age; the Duke of Cambridge praises Africa’s true heroes at the Tusk Awards; a woman is bitten by a hyena after trying to break up a fight; a video of young elephants bound for Chinese zoos mistreated during their capture; and lions thrive after a successful translocation.

Prince William salutes Africa’s true heroes

Last night saw a large crowd of conservationists gather in Cape Town for the Tusk Conservation Awards to pay tribute to a few of Africa’s true heroes – the men and women who continue to dedicate their lives to conservation at ground level.

Grandmothers who harvest salt from river sand

The matriarchs of Baleni use an ancestral technique that has not changed for the last 2,000 years, turning the mineral-rich riverine deposits into ‘white gold’ – Baleni sacred salt.

Elephant ivory and the Japanese hanko stamp

Hanko stamps are the Japanese version of a signature, used throughout Japan to sign deals and important documents, and are made out of a variety of materials, including elephant ivory.