Africa’s forest elephant populations are smaller than was previously thought, say researchers. This realisation has a significant impact on future priorities and conservation strategies.
Bats are vital role-players for biodiversity & farm crops. It’s time for humankind to acknowledge & protect these hard-working mammals
Farming wild animals is a big industry in South Africa but not near the Chinese scale. Should SA follow China’s lead, as it seems to be doing?
The weird meanings behind animal scientific names – for example, the black rhino scientific name means ‘double horn double horn’
Newsdesk: Blanket wildlife trade bans + SA venison market & zoonotic disease + call to halt big cat bone trade
Over 2,000 critically endangered hooded vultures have died across Guinea-Bissau of poisoning due to belief-based use.
Hyenas eat baby elephant while its mother watches helplessly – both elephants were stuck in mud. WARNING: Some may find the images distressing.
We compare the proportion of each African country’s land that falls under some form of protected status – to assess their conservation ranking
Secretive forest species such as giant ground pangolin, Congo peafowl and cusimanse revealed by camera traps in DR Congo.
Elephant collaring in the Greater Kruger by Elephants Alive and Blue Sky Society Trust – a process driven by science and the need for data
Coronavirus is impacting on elephant hunting in Botswana, the great apes and poaching of bushmeat in Malawi
Meet the famous Mapogos and other celebrity lion coalitions of the Greater Kruger – the warriors, the courageous and the notorious.
An American parrot breeder has applied to import wild-caught endangered African grey parrots into the United States of America
With COVID-19 killing people and wrecking economies, will African governments at last treat wildlife trade as a serious issue?
The famous white giraffes of Kenya have been dealt a devastating blow, as 2 of the 3 are killed by poachers, leaving only a bull giraffe.
CITES was established to regulate the international trade of animals & plants, to avoid the over-exploitation of endangered species
A report from TRAFFIC explains how corruption undermines the CITES-authorised trade in wildlife and offers suggestions as to how to mitigate its effects.
Newly-discovered species of bushbaby (galago) in Kenya’s Taita Hills is already on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss, say scientists
The spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) is one of the world’s most misunderstood animals. Public perception often tends towards scorn and even outright hate – they are reviled as cowardly, thieving, dirty, ugly, lazy…the list goes on. These impressions are embedded in human history and public consciousness then reinforced by mainstream media and films. Fortunately, though, […]
Video: a leopard raids a ground-hornbill nest in the Greater Kruger – yet another threat facing this threatened species
Elephant body language is a complex topic, yet there are a few simple clues and signals that explain elephant emotions and intentions
Never leave your shoes unattended in the bush – you just never know what might find them.
Baby elephants rescued from the mud in Mana Pools – the images tell the story. WARNING: Some may find the images stressful.
How close is too close? Cheetahs regularly climb onto safari vehicles. Here is why this practice is unethical, dangerous and invasive.
Ten wild dogs have been released into a private game reserve near Kruger National Park after being rescued from intolerant landowners
Two pale chanting goshawks hunting a scrub hare in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
Evading predation is essential for all animals, and seemingly helpless prey species use a variety of techniques to survive another day.
4 Melanistic (black) honey badgers captured on a camera trap in Gabon.
Rhino poaching stats released by South African government do not tell the true story of how dire the situation is, say STROOP team
A baboon kidnapped a tiny lion cub in the Kruger National Park, and was seen grooming the dying cub in a large tree
World Wetland Day: celebrating the freshwater lagoons, expansive floodplains and narrow channels of the Okavango Delta.
People are not always to blame for loss of genetic diversity in wildlife, says new study.
Taking a look at malaria: how to reduce the risk of transmission.
Migratory routes of wildebeest in East Africa are under threat as human populations expand, say scientists.
This is how researchers in Greater Kruger identify individual elephants.
Read about the research done to find out why lions don’t have ‘normal’ cats’ eyes and what determines the shape and function of animal eyes.
International scientists and Kenyan conservation authorities have successfully created the third viable embryo of the near-extinct northern white rhino. The global initiative has taken yet another step in the long journey to pull this subspecies back from the brink.
Opinion: Communities are delivering significant conservation results equivalent to those of government parks and reserves.
The killifish is a survivor that scientists are desperate to learn from. Using suspended animation to survive being entombed in dry mud, combined with the shortest lifespan of any animal with a backbone, killifish could unlock secrets to human ageing.
Scientists suggest alternative land-use models to trophy hunting – models that are more inclusive of local people.
The sombre reality of nature comes to the fore in this account of a mother leopard and her cub killing tiny warthog piglets.
The escalating demand for lion teeth and claws in Asian markets is driving the increased poaching of wild lions, says report.
Yet another mass vulture poisoning raises alarm bells that deliberate poisoning of vultures for belief-based use is on the increase, say experts.
Elephant population in Gabon’s Minkébé National Park have been decimated, with 25,000 being poached in 10 years (80% reduction), says research results.
CITES trophy hunting quotas for leopards are arbitrary and not sustainable, says research. Read here to find what the 3 researchers recommend.
Rhino poaching in Botswana has escalated alarmingly, with 13 rhinos being killed for their horns in the last two months, and a total of 31 since October 2018.
Giant African millipedes often have unusually brightly coloured legs and bodies.
Rhino poaching in Namibia dropped to 41 individuals killed in all of 2019 so far, compared with nearly 72 during the same period last year, according to the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Great news! The population of mountain gorillas is on the rise, and now stands at an estimated 1,063 individuals.
The touching stories of two wild elephants whose struggle for survival will amaze (and humble) you, and provide a sense of perspective into the wonderful journey of life.
A large bull elephant carrying a research collar with a tracking device has been killed by trophy hunters in Botswana, and the tracking device destroyed.
Lions in Gorongosa National Park (Mozambique) are benefitting from better conservation measures, and show a population increase to 146, the nature reserve announced on Wednesday.
A total of 5,645 kilometres… That is 845 km more than the distance across the United States of America, 2,500 km further when travelling east to west across Australia, and 2,845 km more than the distance across South Africa. That distance does not even count all the little trips in between, including the time spent […]
Not for sensitive viewers: An extreme sighting as a pack of painted wolves (African wild dogs), take down a pregnant impala in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.
An exquisite sighting of the moment an elephant calf is born amongst a family herd in the Maasai Mara.
Investigation: Pangolin poaching and torture case hits a brick wall at court in Mozambique.
The critically endangered addax antelope is to be brought back from the edge of extinction through reintroducing captive-bred species into the wild in Chad.
Crop-raiding elephants in Zambia are being deterred humanely through the use of ‘chilli balls’ which are fired at their rumps.
Taking a look at the diverse escape and evade strategies of reptiles in southern Africa.
Once again Lemala Nanyukie has proven to be at the heart of big cat action, this time with a cheetah attempting to hunt gazelle right in front of the camp.