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Fingers Off the Trigger: Zambia Cancels All Trophy Hunting Licences

Towards the end of last week Zambian wildlife authorities suspended the tender process for hunting concessions and cancelled all hunting licences for the foreseeable future. According to sources and local news reports, Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo has based her decision on corruption and malpractices between the hunting companies and various government departments. …

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The 10 Most Remarkable Birds in Ghana

Here they are – the most interesting and sought-after birds in all of Ghana according to Africa Geographic travel director Christian Boix. 1. White-necked Picathartes Bounds through the forest stealthily and effortlessly from one liana to the next in gollum-like fashion. These birds gather in silent and mysterious crowds by cave entrances to breed  in …

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‘Killing for Profit’. A Review of Julian Rademeyer’s Exposé of the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.

This is essential reading if you want to truly understand the rhino issue and contribute meaningfully to the ongoing debates.  It reads like a serial murder investigation and yet this is a blow-by-blow account of the underworld of illegal rhino poaching and horn trading, extracted during years of often life-threatening investigative journalism. Make no mistake, …

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Shiwa N’gandu, Zambia’s Enchanting English Estate

Northern Zambia. Shiwa N’gandu to Kapiysha Hot Springs. 22- 24th November 2012 After leaving the Great North Road, I drove along a dirt track until I came to a surreal visual. The scene was old, English countryside brick houses and an avenue of eucalyptus trees leading up to a huge country estate in the middle of …

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Mountain gorillas on the rise in Bwindi, Uganda!

The mountain gorilla is the only great ape with an increasing population despite continuous pressure on its habitat – latest population stats

Natural history

Leopard catches more than it bargained for

On a recent trip to Etosha National Park in Namibia I found a Leopard resting in the shade close to a waterhole and decided to hang around in the hope of her hunting Springbok or other antelope at the waterhole. After about two hours I noticed some movement in the water and so did the …

Natural history

Tragedy turns to triumph – baby elephant hauled from muddy pit!

Story and photography by Bradley and Annelize White Early one morning as the last bits of sun rose from the horizon, guests departed on a game drive from Imbabala Lodge along the banks of the Zambezi River. Shortly into the drive I heard a call over the radio that a baby elephant had been trapped in …

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Nothing like a good grooming – Ethiopia style!

Ethiopia is the opposite of what the world tells us – there’s nothing that will prepare you for the beauty and richness of experiences this country has on offer. I certainly had no clue what was in store for me the day I visited Simien Mountains National Park. The aim of the visit was to …

Natural history

Helpless baby elephant rescued from muddy pit!

Look at this dramatic footage of a baby elephant being rescued by a concerned group of researchers in the Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

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On Toad Alert

On those cold, miserable winter evenings, when you were snugly tucked in front of the fire, Karoline Hanks was tackling the elements, on the lookout for toads. It’s nightfall in Noordhoek. Angry black storm clouds shunt over the mountain and then clear temporarily to reveal a perfectly plump, full moon. Right now, the rain is coming …

Natural history

24 Hours in Paradise: A Game Count in Zimbabwe

I’m tired but happy. I’ve counted 14 different species and there are literally hundreds of animals spread out before me, cropping the fresh emerald grass that is sprouting through the black ash left by a veld fire that tore through here a week ago. Zebras are braying everywhere and between the jostling herds are rare …

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My Life with Leopards

On May 31, 1993, two 6-week-old leopard cubs were brought to the Londolozi Game Reserve, a private reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. In charge of the cubs was Graham Cooke, a 22-year-old old game ranger who had been working at the reserve since 1988. The intention was to rehabilitate the cubs back into the …