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The sand men of Mali

Photo gallery: The “sand men” of Mali collect coarse river sand that goes into the concrete to build Bamako, the fast-growing capital of Mali


Trophy hunting in the context of community conservation

A thought-provoking blog post about how a well-managed trophy hunting operation has a positive effect on both wildlife and communities.

Natural history

The birth of a pangolin

This is Roxy, the most amazing mama Cape pangolin in the whole world.

Destinations, Kenya, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Tsavo

Walking with Giants in Tsavo

Africa Geographic guests recently spent 5 days following elephants in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park on an 80km walking safari


South Africa’s trophy hunt industry linked to rhino horn trafficking … AGAIN

The trophy hunting industry has been caught using loopholes to traffic rhino horns into the illegal rhino horn market

Natural history

It’s a bird-eat-bird world

Bird-on-bird action as a pearl-spotted owlet catches a lovebird and proceeds to butcher and devour it in a Windhoek, Namibia garden

Natural history

11 Interesting Facts about Sociable Weavers

Sociable weavers build massive colonial nests that hang 4m high in trees and telephone posts throughout the arid regions of Southern Africa

Opinion Editorial

Is walking with lions good conservation? Probably not.

Is walking with lions good for conservation? NO, despite what slick marketing material and convincing volunteers and promoters may tell you

Natural history

The mighty springbok migration

Gert van der Merwe’s personal account of the great springbok migration is told in Lawrence G. Green’s book Karoo. Towards the end of the 19th century, Gert’s family moved their sheep and cattle between decent grazing lands, helped by their shepherds and a San wagon leader who must have previously experienced the migration. “The trek …


The front line of lion conservation

Eventually a shout from below, and a sad find. A young lion, killed by Maasai spears. Her claws, tail and ears are gone – prizes

Natural history, News

Scientists discover new giant mole-rat in Africa

The world’s newest species of mole-rat: Caroline’s mole-rat (Fukomys vandewoestijneae) has been identified in Zambia by scientists


10 ways to say ‘hello’ to a South African

Found on the MzansiGirl blog Even though many South Africans speak English, that doesn’t mean you’ll always understand us. With a lot of local slang,  South African English has a flavour of its own, borrowing from Afrikaans as well as the country’s many African languages. Here are 10 ways to say Hello, South African style: …