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Daily walks to find ants are an important part of the rehab process for poached pangolins before they are returned to the wild. © Simon Espley

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Save the pangolins + our Photographer of the Year finalists

Join me in making a tangible difference in the war to save poached pangolins?

Early winter here in the bushveld means that peak pangolin poaching season has kicked off. The evil ones target the most trafficked animal in the world to feed the insatiable appetite in the Far East for imaginary medicinal remedies and culinary fads amongst the wealthy. Sad, disgusting, infuriating.

Last winter I visited a young female pang undergoing rehab here in Hoedspruit before her planned release back into the wild. This fragile cherub died from complications resulting from her being poached, stuffed in a box and kept without food or water for days before she was confiscated and brought to a local vet for rehab. I shed silent tears when I heard the news…

I hope with every part of me that YOU will join me by donating even a modest portion of your hard-earned money to this cause. Please go here to read more and to make a real difference at ground level in the war to save poached pangolins and return them to the wild. A luta continua!

Keep the passion

Simon Espley – CEO, Africa Geographic


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From our Scientific Editor – Jamie Paterson

As you may have noticed, generative AI tools and their “creative” content seem to be everywhere at the moment. And while we are probably still some way away from machines taking over Terminator-style, few industries will escape the changes that ever-improving machine learning will effect.

For teamAG, this has particular relevance for our annual photography competition. Sure, there are clues one can look for in AI-generated images, but they are more subtle by the day. This year, and for all future competitions, we will require our winners to submit RAW files before the final announcements are made – for obvious reasons.

And with that out of the way, it is finally time to announce our impressive selection of the Photographer of the Year 2023 finalists! Congratulations to those who made it into the Top 50 – the competition was perhaps the fiercest since its inception. We are entering the home stretch now: the winners will be revealed in the coming weeks, so take a look through the galleries below and see if you can pick them out.

Finally, an answer to a question inspired by our social media community. Did you know that many of the wounds commonly seen on black rhino are caused not by fighting (as is often assumed) but by a tiny parasitic roundworm? You can read all about filariasis below.

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A round of applause for our amazing finalists in 2023’s Photographer of the Year competition – winners to be announced in the coming weeks!

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A round of applause for our amazing finalists in 2023’s Photographer of the Year competition – winners to be announced in the coming weeks!

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Ever noticed wounds on rhino skin? These lesions have an interesting source. We examine filariasis, caused by parasitic worms

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Join Simon in donating to rehab and release poached pangolins

A Namibian adventure – pelicans and all!

A very special message (and a truly entertaining image!) from our clients who recently returned from their Namibian safari:

“It was really good dealing with Africa Geographic, especially when having the perfect attention of Risette, who was able to read and feel our profile and demands as clients perfectly…Everything was so well organized.”

WATCH: Did you know that a pangolin eats up to 70 million ants per year? And that the ground pangolin can climb trees? (00:31). Click here to watch

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