Oct 092017
 
Pied Kingfisher in Amboseli National Park

After the hair-raising close encounter with the African Elephant, this game drive through Amboseli National Park quickly turned into a amazing birding safari. We saw a Hadeda Ibis (below) not far away from the road. But the highlight of this post is the Pied Kingfisher (below). We will talk about it a little later in […]

Oct 022017
 
Lions of Mashatu

Winter is a time when predators prevail in Mashatu. This is a wild place in the south-east of Botswana, where game, notably the elephants and the lions, are free to move back and forth between Botswana and Zimbabwe. During our recent trip to Mashatu in mid-August, we were fortunate enough to see the lion on […]

Oct 022017
 
For Species At Risk of Extinction, Size Matters

Scientists have been warning about a sixth mass extinction, and when it comes to species at risk of disappearing, size is going to matter a lot, according to a new study. For the study, which was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of scientists from the U.S., […]

Sep 192017
 
Mashatu grazers and browsers

This is a fourth post from our recent trip to Mashatu Nature Reserve in south-eastern Botswana in mid-August 2017. In winter in Mashatu the grass dries and thins out. This forces grazers to become browsers but nature is bountiful. As one source of food disappears another more localised source appears. An adult Kudu bull with […]

Sep 112017
 
Closest African Elephant  sighting in Amboseli National Park

As we drove through the Amboseli National Park for another morning game drive, we spotted an African Elephant at a fair distance. Our guide pointed out that it was a Tusker and we drove towards it to get a closer look. As we got closer, we realised that this was a huge male Elephant (below). […]

Sep 082017
 
Three more rangers killed in a deadly month around the world for wildlife defenders

Three rangers have been killed in separate countries in a deadly month for wildlife defenders. A ranger at Serra da Capivara national park, in Brazil’s north-eastern Piaui region, was killed by hunters on 18 August. Edilson Aparecido dos Santos and two other colleagues were patrolling the park when they were ambushed by a group of […]

Aug 212017
 
Karma? Another Trophy Hunter Has Been Killed by an Elephant

April 2017: Scott Van Zyl, owner of a canned hunting facility in South Africa and an organizer of trophy-hunting African safaris, is eaten by the crocodiles he’d intended to kill in Zimbabwe. May 2017: Theunis Botha, a friend of Van Zyl and the owner of another South African hunting facility, is crushed to death by […]

Aug 202017
 
POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for allowing the ivory trade to continue?

Thousands of jewelry, seals, scrolls and other items made of elephant ivory continue to be sold online in Japan each week, concludes a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. In just four weeks in May and June, 2017, nearly 10,000 ivory items were sold on Yahoo Auction, one of Japan’s largest e-commerce […]

Aug 162017
 
POLL: Should the export of "legal ivory" be made illegal?

The United Kingdom ships more legal ivory beyond its borders than any other country, according to an analysis released today by the London-based NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The announcement comes two days before World Elephant Day on Saturday. Globally, elephant numbers are falling, down 30 percent between 2007 and 2014 — a decline driven […]

Aug 092017
 
POLL: Does destroying ivory save elephants?

The owners of an antiques shop in Manhattan, New York, pleaded guilty on July 26 for trying to sell $4.5 million worth of illegal elephant ivory from a back room. On Thursday, some of that confiscated Manhattan ivory and more will be crushed in Central Park as part of a public event organized by the […]