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Paradise is closing down: The ghastly spectre of oil drilling and fracking in fragile Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta under threat as oil drilling and fracking loom on the horizon after Canadian company tests massive prospecting concessions
Captive-bred lion hunting not acceptable – say Dallas Safari Club & CIC
Captive-bred lion hunting “not representative of responsible, sustainable, fair chase hunting … damaging the reputation of hunters” …
Cecil the Lion’s son Xanda killed by trophy hunter
Xanda, the 6-year-old son of Cecil the Lion, has been shot and killed by a client of Zimbabwean professional hunter Richard Cooke, a Victoria Falls resident. Xanda, in his prime years and the father of several young cubs, was killed just outside Hwange National Park, as was his famous father. Although the hunt was reportedly …
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Love for elephants on the Elephant Ignite Expedition
The Elephant Ignite Expedition travelled to 10 different countries, to visit projects that work tirelessly to save elephants
18% crash in Kruger white rhino population
Drought & poaching have reduced estimated white rhino numbers in South Africa’s Kruger National Park by 18% during the past year
Protecting pangolins with the Tikki Hywood Trust
The Tikki Hywood Trust is doing great things to protect the remaining wild populations of pangolins – the most trafficked animal in the world
A petrified forest in Sibiloi National Park
Sibiloi National Park in northern Kenya is vast, arid and remote – miles from other wildlife areas that the country is famous for
Behind the scenes of an elephant relocation
An emotional account of what it’s like to be behind the scenes at an elephant relocation as a conservation exercise
An elephant family finds a new home
Eight elephants find a new home in an area that hasn’t seen elephants for over 100 years.
A cultural awakening in Sudan
Joining a traditional cultural ceremony with the Sufis in Sudan.
Ivory trade mechanism rejected in heated debate at CITES conference
Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe’s recommendation for the adoption of a Decision-Making Mechanism for a future trade in ivory is roundly rejected by parties at CITES CoP17.
All about the Kruger to Canyon Biosphere Region
Learn all about the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region – a small area of South Africa with so much to offer.
Kruger cull: a bad idea?
Culling wildlife in Kruger during times of drought can negatively affect ecosystems – decision-makers should not rush into culling
Wüstenquell in Namibia offers unique rock formations for photographers
Wüstenquell in Namibia’s abundant rock formations make it one of most spectacular locations for any landscape photographer.
Book Review: Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott
Every now and then a book comes along that breaks through the wallpaper of life and delivers its message intravenously. Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott does that – it is an intense read, inspiring and moving.
The antics of adorable hyena cubs
Meet a clan of hyenas and their absolutely adorable cubs at Balule Private Nature Reserve!
6 things to do in the Robertson Wine Valley
The towns of Robertson, McGregor, Montagu, Ashton and Bonnievale combine to make up the Robertson Wine Valley – an area that features stunning scenery with awesome opportunities to wine and dine, all led by the most friendly wine-makers, chefs and farm owners.
White water rafting Kenya’s Tana River
White water rafting the murky waters of Kenya’s Tana River.
More incidences of vulture poisoning in South Africa
14 more vultures have been found in KwaZulu-Natal that are thought to have been poisoned by an unknown chemical.
Video: a human lookout post for meerkats
A group of guests were enjoying observing and photographing meerkats when one used them as a predator lookout platform.
Meet the orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Orphaned baby elephants changing lives at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Coral trees of South Africa – a study in scarlet
There is nothing in Africa quite as emblematic of the colour scarlet as the flaming coral tree. Find out more about this family of colourful fauna.
Elusive animals caught on camera trap
WWF releases camera trap images by Will Burrard-Lucas of some of Namibia’s elusive animals – some of which have never been photographed in high definition before.
Cat fight: leopard vs. caracal
When two big cats meet – it’s a battle between a leopard and a caracal in Botswana!
Peter Beard and The End of the Game
A meeting with Peter Beard, author of the End of the Game – a provocative tale of the harsh reality of starvation, poaching and hunting in Kenya.
Leopard steals honey badger’s giant python
An amazing sighting of a leopard trying to dislodge an already dead python from a tree in the Sabi Sand.
5 things I wish I knew before climbing Kilimanjaro
Five things you should know before you summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and a popular challenge for adventurers
Seaweed – 10 facts and interesting uses
Interesting facts and uses for seaweed – the treasured garden under the waves.
Extinct, then rediscovered – the ‘little violins’
The lovely yellow Lachenalia mathewsii, like so many plants in the Cape Floral Kingdom, is at risk of going extinct.
Where did all the penguins go?
Penguins are in trouble. A 1930’s video clip with Cherry Kearton gives an insight into the extent of the endangered African penguin population decline.
Extinct plant discovered on Lion’s Head
A small species of plant, thought to be possibly extinct, has been rediscovered on the slopes of Lion’s Head.
Is it possible to save Congo’s parrots?
An examination of the African grey parrot populations in the DRC and suggestions of what can be done to prevent their extirpation.
Cape parrot identified as new species
The endangered cape parrot really is a distinct species, according to a newly-published molecular study – a finding that could impact conservation decisions and strategies in South Africa for decades to come.
CSI Bushveld – how did the python die?
In an investigation of Bushveld CSI, Corlette examines the corpse of 5 metre long python to determine what killed it.
Seven lions released into Akagera
Rwanda’s new lion residents set free into Akagera National Park.
Drones keep elephants safe in Tanzania
To reduce human-elephant conflict, drones are being used to chase elephants off farms and ensure their safety.
16 pics of sniffer dogs at work in Congo
The Republic of Congo has a new canine crime unit to protect its wildlife.
Rehabilitated secretarybird goes back into the wild
A secretarybird has successfully been released back into the wild after a lengthy period of treatment to one of its eyes.
Pousargues’s mongoose rediscovered after 20 years
Last seen over 20 years ago, the Pousargues’s mongoose has now been discovered in the Chinko Project Area.
The risk of captive carnivores
The EWT calls for the public to question the role of captive carnivore facilities and the management of the animals in their care.
Lions take up royal residency in Akagera after 15 years absence
Akagera’s new lions settle into their boma after a 46 hour journey.
The effects of drought in iSimangaliso
Understanding the problem of drought in iSimangaliso Wetland Park and finding the solution.
A second chance at life for 19-year old penguin
A 19 year old penguin, rescued by SANCCOB in 1997, has been released after recent oil spill.
South Africa’s Street Food Festival
Cow cheeks, samoosas, shisa nyama, bunny chows, gatsbys, rotis and vetkoek are all on offer this year at South Africa’s Street Food Festival!
Melanistic genet sighted in Kafue
A rare melanistic genet spotted in Zambia’s Kafue National Park!
Rehabilitated penguins to be released after mystery oil spill
Watch the first rehabilitated endangered African penguins be released in Cape St Francis this Saturday, after recovering from mystery oil spill in Algoa Bay.
Plan B for rhinos
Enjoy a talk in Cape Town that will discuss the solutions to saving rhinos.
Fly SA Express at your peril
Open letter to SA Express CEO, Inati Ntshanga.
Oiled African penguins and chicks rescued
SANCCOB rescues 30 penguins from an oil spill in the Eastern Cape.
Elephants to roam between Knysna and Addo?
Building and hiking an ecological corridor from Eden to Addo.
The creatures of the Boland on camera trap
See what creatures live on the Boland’s mountains thanks to these great camera trap images!
Jackal: 1, wildcat: 0
Who killed the wildcat?
Wild dogs of the Serengeti
Wild dogs: a lost species is returned to Serengeti National Park.
A project for penguins and people
A successful penguin release at Burgher’s Walk Restoration Project in Simon’s Town.
Porcupine released after Cape fire
A porcupine is returned home to Silvermine Nature Reserve after two months of rehabilitation due to the Cape fire.
iSimangaliso’s slithering specials
What you didn’t know about Gaboon adders at iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Strong data from latest roadkill survey
A road kill survey of Pilanesberg National Park produces some interesting results.
Unravelling the mystery of Mmamoriri – the maned lioness
Meet Mmamoriri the maned lioness of Mombo!
The lovely long-tailed widowbird
From being rather bland the long-tailed widowbird transforms in a Cinderella-like way into the most miraculous bird in the bushveld!
The lions and the fox
Lion cubs interact with a bat-eared fox in the Kalahari.
Hand-rearing a black-bellied pangolin
Joel Gunter meets a critically endangered black bellied pangolin.
5 steps to brilliant underwater macro photography
5 tips for underwater macro photography for both compact camera users and DSLR users.
The last Somali elephants
A search for Somali elephants in Ethiopia’s Babile Elephant Sanctuary.
Canines take command of Akagera National park
Meet the dog unit taking at stand against poaching in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park.
Black-breasted barbet spotted in Zakouma
The first photo of a black-breasted barbet in Chad’s Zakouma National Park!
SPCA responds to grysbok injured by Cape fire
The SPCA is called out after the discovering of a Cape grysbok that is in need of help after the Cape fires.
Elephant trapped in muddy well is rescued
An elephant walks free after getting stuck in a muddy well in Kenya.
Camera traps in conservation
Conservation through the lens of a camera-trap.
A successful shoebill release
One shoebill’s stork’s flight to freedom!
Celebrating Zakouma National Park
Zakouma National Park a picturesque conservation success story.
Samburu National Park’s top 10 birds
Your Samburu birding bucketlist!
Captive bred vultures fly free
10 endangered Cape vultures were released back to the wild this February.
The cuckoo’s nest
The parasitic relationship between cuckoos and sunbirds in Uganda.
Ponta do Oura hippo not seen since Valentine’s Day
The Ponta do Oura hippo has gone missing.
Southern African bearded vulture decline
Humans are largely to blame for the rapid demise of one of Africa’s most famous birds – the bearded vulture.
African penguin release on Boulder’s Beach
Endangered African penguins waddle their way to freedom in Simon’s Town.
Crowned cranes given a second chance
40 endangered crowned cranes are released into Akagera National Park.
Orcas hunting in False Bay
Observing unusual hunting behaviour by a pod of orcas in Cape Town’s False Bay.
Pictures of the killer whales in Cape Town
A pod of killer whales spotted in False Bay
Photographing birds in action
Birder, Mark Drysdale, explains how to photograph birds using a pair of mating pin-tailed whydahs as an example.
Africa’s most common bird viewed by agriculture as a major pest
Every year thousands of tons of wheat, millet and sorghum is lost as a result of millions of queleas devouring crops both from commercial and subsistence farmers.
Observing purple-banded sunbirds
Purple-banded sunbirds feed their chicks in KwaZulu Natal
Running for conservation in the Sahara Desert
Teams to run grueling ultra-marathon for the establishment of a new national park in Chad and raise funds for anti-poaching.
The Cape’s new canopy tour
The Cape Canopy Tour opens in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.
Dogs save African greys in Congo
Meet Rick and Shon, the dogs who helped rescue two African grey parrots, a crocodile and turtles on a canine mission in the Congo.
Book review: My Lion’s Heart by Gareth Patterson
Gareth Patterson’s book, My Lion’s Heart, is the incredible story of one man’s determination to give a small group of young orphaned lions a fresh start in life.
The king of the beasts to return to Akagera National Park
Play put on to prepare locals for the lion’s return to Akagera.
Baby elephant and ostrich rescue
An orphaned elephant is rescued from Milgis Lugga, Kenya along with two tiny ostrich chicks.
A good sign for the buffalo at Liuwa Plain National Park
The return of the buffalo to Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia
Celebrating community conservation liaisons
In wake of World Rhino Day, we celebrate the teams that help to conserve our precious rhino.
A desert elephant siesta
During our recent Africa Geographic visit to Namibia, we shared a rather special moment with a family of desert elephants, as they settled down for a mid-morning siesta.
A leopard dive bomb!
Incredible images and video of a leopard dive-bombing out of a tree in Moremi Game Reserve onto an impala grazing below.
Swimming under the radar
Grahamstown researchers discover a new species of redfin minnow
Walking with a myriad of wildlife in Tsavo
Join us on a great walk through Tsavo as we come across elephants, lions, hyenas, crocodiles and much more…
The story of Seymour the shoebill
The Bangweulu Wetlands Project’s latest member, Seymour, the little chick who survived.
Fishing for finches in the Kgalagadi
A grey heron uses a local waterhole as his fishing ground for finch food.
Photographs of village weavers mobbing a Diederik cuckoo as she tries to lay her egg in their nest.
Crazy baby honey badger
An amazing sighting of a baby honey badger in Botswana’s Linyanti concession.