POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned?

Tourist trophy hunters are paying thousands of pounds to go and shoot giraffes with high-powered guns and bows. The gentle giants are loved around the world for their comical appearance and gentle nature. Just like character ‘Melman’ played by Friend’s-star David Schwimmer in Disney’s Madagascar, they are a hit with kids who love their long […]

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New survey reveals… Laikipia’s patas monkey in decline (Kenya)

By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program (wildsolutions.nl) and Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme (lolldaiga.com) The eastern patas monkey Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus is a subspecies whose abundance and geographic range are in decline. Laikipia County, central Kenya, supports a small, isolated, population which forms the stronghold and eastern limit […]

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Photographic Maps for the Primates, Warthogs, Dik-diks, and Hyraxes of Africa

By Yvonne A. de Jong and Thomas M. Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program, wildsolutions.nl The design and implementation of effective conservation measures for primates, warthogs, dik-diks, and hyraxes requires an efficient, low cost, and accessible resource for the identification of species and subspecies. Although photographs cannot replace an adequate museum collection as […]

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Revealed: the criminals making millions from illegal wildlife trafficking

A major investigation into global wildlife crime today names for the first time key traffickers and links their illegal trade to corrupt officials at the highest levels of one Asian country. The investigation, published by the Guardian, exposes the central role of international organised crime groups in mutilating and killing tens of thousands of animals […]

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Africa may have new giraffe species

Schoolchildren worldwide may now have more African animals to memorize: Four species of giraffe could roam the continent, a new study says. Until now the consensus has been that there’s just one giraffe species, with nine subspecies. But the authors of the study claim they’ve uncovered clear genetic differences among four populations of the long-necked […]

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What future is there for Africa’s lions?

In 1716, exactly three hundred years ago, Bostonians were the first Americans to lay eyes upon an African lion. George Washington was yet to be born and the concept of our nation was still 60 years away. According to the Boston News Letter, “All persons having the Curiosity of seeing the noble and Royal Beast […]

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2016 – The Year of the Otter

Otters are special animals – not only are they wonderful to watch but they are great indicators to a healthy environment. And yet all over the world they are being exploited for commercial gain and in some places hunted almost to extinction. Did you know that for every tiger skin found there are at least […]

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