Dec 052017
 
Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions, Due to Climate Change

Trophy hunters, as well as poachers who “harvest” the big males—antelopes and deer with the largest horns and antlers, elephants with the longest tusks, or lions with the most impressive manes—are putting those species at greater risk of extinction with climate change. That’s the finding of a new study published today by researchers at Queen […]

Nov 202017
 
POLL: Should Trump's elephant trophy hunting plan be stopped?

When you think of ways the White House could, in fact, “make America great again,” allowing big game hunters to bring elephant heads back into the country is probably nowhere on that list. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has just announced that it will get rid of restrictions that prevented hunters from doing just that. A […]

Aug 312016
 
Lions sync when they ovulate - but people don't

While researching lions in Zambia, biologist Thandiwe Mweetwa noticed that lionesses within a pride will all have cubs around the same time. When she looked into it further, Mweetwa learned lionesses sync their fertility cycles so that they can all raise their young together. There’s a reason for that. “Synchronized estrus is thought to increase […]

Jun 102015
 
Zambia lifts hunting ban on big cats

Nine months after Zambia lifted its general trophy hunting ban—including on elephants—the country has now lifted its ban on hunting African lions (Panthera leo) and leopards (Panthera pardus). The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) lifted the ban after surveying its big cat populations and setting new regulations. During the announcement the country’s Minister of Tourism and […]

Nov 172014
 
Watch: How Did a Young Elephant Drive Off 14 Lions?

“Hercules” the elephant is the new king of the jungle after the youngster drove off 14 lions earlier this month in Zambia. Visitors to South Luangwa National Park came upon a pride of female lions attacking the elephant near the Norman Carr Safaris Chinzombo Camp, and they caught the attack on camera. “Never have I […]

Oct 092014
 
The Leopard Hunts in Darkness

Stealth coupled with great night vision give the Leopard (Panthera pardus) the edge in this very unique habitat of the Luangwa River Valley. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. with Luangwa River Camp and Robin Pope Safaris. Nikon D4. Nikon 200-400mm. ISO 6400 f4 @ 1/125 sec. Lexar Media.   © Dana Allen www.photosafari-africa.net www.facebook.com/DanaAllenPhotoSafari

Sep 262014
 
Zambia ends trophy hunting ban, elephants fair game

After 20 months, Zambia has lifted its ban on hunting, allowing trophy hunters to target numerous species in the wildlife-rich country including elephants. The announcement was made by the country’s Tourism and Art’s Minister, Jean Kapata, who stated that the ban had resulted in a loss of revenue to the Zambia Wild Life Authority (ZAWA). […]

Jul 012013
 
The neglected giraffe: world's tallest animal in need of conservation assistance

Just two year’s before his assassination, Julius Caesar brought to Rome one of the world’s most astonishing living creatures: a giraffe. The animal was among Caesar’s spoils from his campaign in Egypt and according to the Roman writer, Dio, the giraffe, which was arguably the first to ever touch European soil, was paraded in the […]

May 102013
 
Scientists discover new giant mole rat in Africa (photos)

Although the term “giant mole rat” may not immediately inspire love, the mole rats of Africa are a fascinating bunch. They spend practically their entire lives underground building elaborate tunnel systems and feeding on plant stems. This underground lifestyle has led them to evolve small ears, tiny eyes, forward-pointing teeth for digging, and nostrils they […]

Mar 112013
 
It’s not Curiosity That is Killing the Cat…

A recent report from a National Geographic funded study with Duke University found that the worldwide lion population has plummeted by two thirds over the past 50 years. The rapid downward spiral is due to direct human conflict and extreme fragmentation of habitat due to human settlement. West Africa has fewer than 500 lions remaining […]