Tim, an icon of Amboseli and one of Africa’s largest and most magnificent elephants, has been rescued from certain death.
The quota for the lion bone trade has been reduced from 1,500 to 800 lion skeletons, according to a media statement from the DEA.
A citrus farming enterprise has purchased a small but ecologically pivotal farm on the border of the Klaserie and Timbavati private nature reserves (Greater Kruger) near the town of Hoedspruit, and plans to develop a citrus orchard in this vital game reserve area.
Remember the lion that was found wandering on the N4 highway this past September? Here’s an update on his latest whereabouts.
‘Painted wolves’, ‘Cape hunting dogs’ or ‘wild dogs’. No matter what you call them, one thing is certain: they are one of the most enigmatic and charismatic animals on the African continent.
In this week’s news wrap eight people have been arrested for illegal possession of lion bones, meat and tiger skin; a warden was convicted after an illegal collared elephant hunt in Greater Kruger; Malawi investigates the deaths of at least 22 hippos at Liwonde National Park; and a High Court ruling proves a huge victory for Xolobeni community over an Australian mining company.
Balule Nature Reserve responds to the incident regarding a traumatising elephant hunt.
Delving into the world of butterfly watching – a far more daunting challenge to get to grips with when compared to bird watching.
Eight people have been arrested in connection with the illegal possession of lion meat, lion bones and a tiger’s skin outside Klerksdorp in the North West.
A warden has been convicted in court after a collared elephant was illegally hunted.
Our CEO has a message for those of you who want to make a difference for rhinos. Start by watching STROOP, then take action.
Lycaon pictus has many names in English, from ‘African wild dog’ to ‘painted wolf’. We take a look into the background of this endangered animal’s many English names.
“The thrill of trekking for mountain gorillas in the astonishingly beautiful misty highlands of East Africa is not difficult to explain. Quietly observing these gentle giants as they go about their day is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a privileged few, and to be treasured beyond compare. If you are lucky enough to exchange glances with […]
Thirteen South African giraffe have been translocated over 2,500 km and safely released into Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve, establishing its first population.
Three suspected rhino poachers were apprehended on Balule Nature Reserve on Tuesday morning after a well-coordinated effort between numerous anti-poaching, security, aviation and policing personnel took place through the night.
Tortoises cross roads for a variety of reasons. Here are some important things to consider if you come across one while driving on the road.
In this week’s news wrap the IUCN has updated the status of mountain gorillas, officially changing them from ‘Critically Endangered’ to ‘Endangered’, though the list also reveals that giraffes are in serious trouble; the IUCN also stated that certain Lake Malawi fish species are at risk of extinction; a new parliamentary report has called for a ban on captive lion breeding for hunting and the lion bone trade in South Africa; China has now postponed the lifting of a ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts for medicine and other uses; the African Carnivore Initiative has been established to help conserve Africa’s largest carnivores; and more than 400 buffaloes drown in the Chobe River.
The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has revealed that overfishing is causing fish species in parts of the developing world to decline, with 9% of the 458 fish species assessed in Lake Malawi at high risk of extinction.
The IUCN has updated the status of mountain gorillas, officially changing them from ‘Critically Endangered’ – the highest level of threat – to ‘Endangered’.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is once again drawing attention to the plight of giraffes.
A December safari in Africa means long hot days, the odd thunderstorm, and dense green vegetation – and young animals and birds everywhere!
Living in the Kruger can be amazing an experience, but an incident for one resident hits close to home the realities of rhino poaching.
The Environmental Affairs Committee has called for a policy and legislative review on captive lion breeding for hunting and lion bone trade.
China has postponed the lifting of a ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts for medicine and other uses, the government said on Monday, after a storm of protest from conservation groups over a plan to water down the decades-old prohibition.
After a successful roadshow at international indie film festivals, multiple award-winning documentary ‘STROOP – Journey into the rhino horn war’ will be screened at two South African cinemas in late November.
A leopard takes a dive and goes fishing for lunch in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa.
A yellow mongoose and a mole snake provide a great sighting as they face off in the Kgalagadi.
The dart lands just below her left shoulder. Gashangi, a 33-year-old mountain gorilla, reacts as though stung by a bee. She swipes a large hand toward her perceived antagonist but is unable to reach the feathered projectile. A few moments later, she gets up and begins to move off through the lush montane vegetation towards […]
Despite a handicap of having only one eye, this leopard is still able to hunt and provides an incredible sighting for safari goers.
More than 400 buffaloes have drowned in the Chobe River after a stampede was sparked by a large pride of lions.
Investigating the changing makeup of the Maasai Mara’s vegetation over time and how elephants have contributed to these changes.
The international donor community and governments have invested heavily in fighting illegal wildlife trade, but so far, they haven’t succeeded in ending rhino poaching. New research from UCT shows that for these initiatives to succeed, local communities – many of which live in or near protected areas – need to be involved.
Spotted hyenas are curious, inquisitive and fiercely intelligent. Here are a few intriguing facts about these complex creatures.
An opinion post on the colloquium on lion farming in South Africa.
An incredible sighting as a Cape fox family deals with an unwanted guest in the form of a honey badger looking for a meal.
In this week’s news wrap China has lifted the ban and legalised tiger bone and rhino horn for medical purposes; a soldier in Botswana was tragically trampled by elephants; thousands of radiated tortoises were seized from traffickers in Madagascar; five men linked to rhino poaching were arrested in the Northern Cape in South Africa; a South African teen won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018; and the South African rhino film, STROOP scooped 10 international awards.
Everything is still and quiet as the sun pounds the floodplain of the Zambezi Valley. It is late afternoon, but the intensity of the heat has not abated. In front of me are a group of animals lying in a heap. Occasionally a big round ear will twitch, or a head might lazily rise, only […]
Scientists reveal that just 23% of the world’s landmass can now be considered wilderness, with the rest lost to the direct effects of human activities.
What you should know about elephant migration in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park – the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area.
Botswana’s president addresses the issue of game farms and hunting in Botswana.
Sixteen-year-old South African Skye Meaker has been named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 with his charming portrait of a leopard waking from sleep in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.
China has revised a law on the ban of rhino horn and tiger bone products that would now allow domestic trade and use of the products for scientific, medical and cultural purposes.
The Botswana Defense Force (BDF) has confirmed an incident in which a soldier was attacked and killed by a herd of elephants on Thursday morning.
A visitor to Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa was treated to a fantastic sighting of black-backed jackal pups playing.
The morning sun was starting to make us sweat as we sat on the ground in a circle and waited. There wasn’t a breath of wind as small puffs of pale-yellow dust rose into the air, kicked up by four inquisitive creatures who were making their way towards us. Slowly but surely, they got within […]
Research reveals that male gorillas have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of kids.
In this week’s news wrap two black rhino carcasses have been discovered in Zakouma National Park; eight suspected rhino poachers were arrested during counter poaching operations inside the Kruger National Park; Uganda gets three new gorilla trekking groups after successful habituation; and a young elephant has been rescued and reunited with its family after it was caught in a wire snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
Two of the black rhinos reintroduced into Zakouma National Park in Chad earlier this year have died. They were not poached, however, the exact cause of death is not yet known.
With their bright green plumage, the African green pigeon is undoubtedly the peacock of the pigeon species.
A leopard mother has her paws full as her two adorably naughty cubs prefer to explore the bush rather than hide away in their den.
In this week’s news wrap a top Idaho wildlife official has resigned amid outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed in Namibia; SANParks have intensified security measures in the Kruger to tackle the rise of elephant poaching; 13 rhino horns shipped from South Africa were seized in Vietnam; a New Zealand drone company is helping in the fight against South African rhino poachers; South African rhino film wins top awards at US film festivals; and Ugandan ranger wins prestigious Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award 2018.
The mysterious and enigmatic okapi is one of the oldest mammals on Earth, but it has only been known to the western world since the early 20th century. Covered in unusual markings on their rump and legs, okapi are elusive, shy and gentle, and nearly impossible to observe in the wild due to their secretive […]
The banks of the Mara River in the Maasai Mara of Kenya offer ideal habitat for birds – and for bird-watchers, especially if you find a puddle of water, and especially during the heat of the day.
The South African feature documentary STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War has won the coveted Best Documentary award at the prestigious San Diego International Film Festival held this past weekend.
It was an honour to watch this giraffe mother expertly care for her newborn in his first moments, magical to watch as he finally stood and heartwarming to witness his first steps.
Before coming to Africa, I had little to no knowledge of the constant efforts being made to save our precious rhinos – one of Africa’s most iconic animals. Not long after arriving, however, I had the opportunity to photograph and assist in a rhino dehorning operation, a somewhat controversial method of hopeful poaching prevention, and […]
Explore the Big 5, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa while on a photographic safari with professional photographer, Matrishva Vyas.
During the long winter months in the Karoo, it is always a thrill to see nocturnal animals out and about in the daylight hours foraging.
A regular visitor to the Kruger National Park comes across an incredibly cute and small elephant calf with its mother.
Meeting an elephant in Ruaha on foot, ‘eye to eye’ so to speak, is very different from watching them from the safety of a car. One can feel the power within their massive bodies, while they soft-footedly, and without making a sound, move past you.