A blood red dawn spills across the savanna in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The first hoofbeats drum in the distance. Soon a sea of swishing tails and dust obscures the horizon as hundreds, then hundreds of thousands of wildebeest thunder north toward Kenya’s Masai Mara and greener grasses. In the wake of monsoonal rains, some […]
Three large tuskers where treated for after being hit by poisonous arrows.
©Dex Kotze South Africa is home to roughly 83% of the world’s rhino population and, at time of writing, has lost 3,700 rhinos since the escalation of poaching in 2008. With this year’s death toll already over a thousand, it seems likely that the total number of rhinos slaughtered for their horns in 2014 will […]
A new report reveals that Chinese-led criminal gangs are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, a trade which has caused half of Tanzania’s elephants to be poached in the past five years.
In the DRC’s Virunga National Park conservationists have taken a different approach in the fight against poaching – they got themselves some good old-fashioned bloodhounds.
One of Aesop’s fables tells of a vixen taking her numerous pups out for an airing. She comes across a lioness proudly carrying a single cub. ‘Why such airs, haughty dame, over one solitary cub?’ sneers the vixen. ‘Look at my healthy and numerous litter here, and imagine, if you are able, how a proud […]
Environmental crime is hindering Africa from seeing economic growth, destroying the future of the people.
A look into the illegal wildlife trade and how to reduce the demand that is fuelling the illegal poachers who take the lives of thousands of rhinos and elephants every year.
On the release of his new book, Poachers Moon, Author and renowned conservationist Richard Pierce led a panel of experts discussing the rhino poaching issues.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescues one of Tsavo’s bull elephants that was injured by a poacher.
In just a few short weeks the world will be taking to the streets in support of our endangered, iconic wildlife species, courtesy of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, which takes place on World Animal Day – October 4.
Private game reserves that contracted to buy 260 rhinos from the Kruger National Park have been refunded R14 million.
Exhausted orphaned rhino looks for comfort with cars in the Kruger.
The man who saved the African elephant in the 1980s is returning to the fray. This time nothing will stop Richard Leakey except the grim reaper.
How pangolins end up in medicine, on menus and electric fences.
The story of a little pangolin who’s making a big difference.
DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF CONSERVATION IN THE CONGO
AN ANALYSIS OF
THE LION BREEDING INDUSTRY
IN SOUTH AFRICA
An interview with Major-General Johan Jooste, the man in charge of anti-poaching at South African National Parks.
South African authorities have announced a plan to evacuate up to 500 rhino from Kruger National Park to safer areas where they are less likely to fall prey to poachers hunting them for their horns.
STROOP is the first full length Afrikaans nature film about the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa.
Corruption and poverty make Africa an ideal haven for the bloody trade in elephant tusks. Looking at these maps one might get the impression that everyone is in on it. It certainly involves the entire spectrum of African society, from corrupt businessmen and government officials to people so poor they use primitive spears to bring […]
AMERICA’S ONGOING DEBATE OVER THE TRADE IN IVORY
In Africa today there are probably no more than 40 giant tusker elephants, in South Africa, the last of these giants live in Tembe Elephant Park in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal
IS OWNING A GREY PARROT THE RIGHT THING FOR YOU?
A JOURNEY FROM A BUSTLING FOREST COMMUNITY TO SOLITARY LIFE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM
There are 25 species of parrot native to Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius, according to the IUCN – with preferred habitats ranging from closed forest to arid zones. Parrots are not as diverse or abundant in Africa as they are in Australasia and the Neotropics. The grey parrot is found in the primary and secondary rainforest […]
A CONSERVATIONIST INTERVENES IN THE CONFLICT BETWEEN PEOPLE AND PREDATORS
A tiny elephant, named Murit, was rescued from a well in Kenya and taken to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
HOW SATAO, KENYA’S LEGENDARY TUSKER, IS A SYMBOL OF HOPE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POACHING
A POTENTIALLY GREATER THREAT TO WILDLIFE THAN POACHING
THE METHOD BEHIND AERIAL SURVEYS OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE
THE GREATEST AFRICAN ELEPHANT CENSUS IN HISTORY TAKES TO THE SKIES
WikiLeaks-style website, WildLeaks, yields 24 tip-offs including elephant poaching, tiger killing, illegal fishery and forest destruction.
A look into how the exotic meat trade in China is affecting the world.
Satao, the world’s biggest elephant, is dead. Satao, who was killed by poachers at Tsavo East National Park, in southeast Kenya and was celebrated as one of the last surviving great tuskers.
African Parks has ramped up their anti-poaching efforts in DRC’s Garamba National Park after 68 elephants were poached using chainsaws and hand grenades.
Professor Alejandro Nadal, in his co-authored critique of pro-rhino horn trade literature, says that the proponents of trade in rhino horn are taking a rash approach by brutally simplifying real-world economics.
The story of a Chinese conservationist who is working to determine China’s role in the elephant poaching problem and coming up with solutions that can be implemented across China and Africa.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on 15 May 2014 the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years.
Is our government really doing all they can to combat rhino poaching? In a report investigating the challenges facing the enforcement of South Africa’s environmental laws, shortages in resources, skills and multiple, changing legislations have been identified as the most serious shortcomings.
Criticisms have emerged following Edna Molewa’s, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, remarks on the ivory trade and how it relates to a possible trade in rhino horn.
The rhino horn trade is being punted as an option with ‘if it pays it stays’ philosophy. The counter argument being that we don’t understand the market, making it difficult to play with. Each a compelling argument in its own right, however are we are dividing our forces, our efforts and the rhino population while we debate the issue?
In an effort to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn a communication campaign aimed at Chinese and Vietnamese audiences was launched today featuring popular Chinese film star and martial artist Jackie Chan. STAR POWER Chan’s influence was demonstrated recently by his association with a campaign to save sharks. It resulted in an 18% drop […]
A young bull elephant is saved from a poacher’s snare in Botswana by the Elephants Without Borders team. See the pictures
Eventually a shout from below, and a sad find. A young lion, killed by Maasai spears. Her claws, tail and ears are gone – prizes
Former NBA player and Chinese icon, Yao Ming, launches a major public awareness campaign about consumption of rhino horn and ivory in China
We look at the rhino poaching stats as at January 2013, based on data provided by SANParks. This is the beginning of the surge in poaching