cheetahs

The hunt and not the chase puts cheetahs at risk

New research into the lifestyle of the cheetah seems to indicate that cheetahs are using more energy looking for food than they use in super-fast chases when they catch their prey. It’s this hunt for food that is the greatest risk to the cheetah. This contradicts current wisdom that says the cheetah is heading towards…

african lion

Calls for West African lions to be declared critically endangered

The results of a 6 year lion survey covering West Africa has shown just how precarious the population is. There is estimated to be barely 400 west African lions left spread over 5 countries. With fewer than 250 mature adult lions left the west African lion meets criterion C2a(ii) for designation as critically endangered. While officially…

African Forest Elephant

62% of African forest elephants killed in 10 years

The sheer scale and speed of elephant poaching in central Africa has been highlighted in a new long-term multi-national study of forest elephant populations. In 10 years 62% of the elephants have been killed  and a third of all their habitat of 10 years ago is now too dangerous for them to live in. The…

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West Africa agrees to multi-national anti-poaching force

A gang of 300 Sudanese elephant poachers have wrecked havoc across west African elephant populations. Now the affected African states are fighting back and have agreed to the formation of a specialist 1,000 strong anti-poaching unit that will cost USD 2.3 million. The 15 west African countries that make up the Economic Community of West…

lion pride

Male lions hunt in a hidden world

When you watch nature programmes it’s easy to think that the male lion in Africa has an easy life with the females heading out on hunts to feed the pride. But it may not be quite so simple. New research seems to indicate that male lions are just as effective at females on hunts but…

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The night of elephant slaughter in Chad

Chadian government authorities have confirmed that at least 89 elephants were killed in one night  – Thursday March 14-15 – near the town of Ganba in southern Chad. The slaughtered elephants included 33 pregnant females and 15 elephant calves. Sources said that the poachers arrived on horseback and were speaking Arabic. It was estimated that…

parrots arrival at Uganda

African parrots return home from Bulgaria

Thirty-two illegally caught African Gray parrots that ended up being seized in Bulgaria have now found their way back home to Africa in a first of its kind operation. While confiscated parrots in Africa have been returned to the wild before, for the first time confiscated parrots from outside the continent have been returned for…

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Attenborough’s Africa leads a safari renaissance

Sir David Attenborough’s latest BBC series Africa has relaunched the safari tourism trade and with modern internet sharing and online watching it is not just the British audience that have been inspired to look again at the African safari for a holiday this year. Many safari holiday operators have had a tough few years with…

rhino

A tale of two rhino

Just as in the Dickens novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ we can see just how different the settings are for the African rhino at Kruger National Park and the Asian rhino at the Kaziranga National Park. The plight of the two could not be more different. The southern white rhino of southern Africa number…