A key Congo wildlife reserve has lost 75 percent of its elephants in just 15 years due to poaching to meet Asian demand for ivory, reports a new survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Democratic Republic of Congo authorities. Researchers with WCS and DRC’s Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) […]
Iain Douglas-Hamilton has dedicated his life to elephants. “I like elephants because of the way they treat each other,” he says. “They’re very nice to each other most of the time, but not all the time … You see a lot of play…a lot of tender touching, caressing, tactile contact of one sort or another.” […]
An afternoon swim is a surprising place for an amazing encounter with the elephant herd at Abu Camp in the Okavango. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Nikon D3s. Nikon 28-300 mm. ISO 800. f6.7 @ 1/2000 Sec. Lexar media. © Dana Allen www.photosafari-africa.net www.facebook.com/DanaAllenPhotoSafari With Abu Camp.
Surveys in Gabon’s Minkebe National Park have revealed rare and hard data on the scale of the illegal ivory trade over the last eight years: 11,100 forest elephants have been slaughtered for their tusks in this remote protected area since 2004. In all, poachers have cut down the park’s elephant population by two-thirds, decimating what […]
Wild African elephants prefer to live in safer, protected areas and become stressed when they leave them. Scientists have found African elephants living outside Serengeti National Park are more stressed than those within the protected area. More elephants also choose to live inside the park, suggesting they “know” which areas are safer to live in, […]
Developing a strategy to preserve wildlife corridors across political borders is of great importance to keeping elephant and other wildlife populations healthy, and viable. The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) is helping to establish protocols between the countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and Namibia to sustainably manage this precious ecosystem. This will […]
Can you believe we are sitting in the year 2013 already? Every year feels like it’s a flyer, but to me personally, 2012 felt like it went by quicker than any previous year. It’s obviously a factor of how busy you are and how much you enjoy every day of your life – if you […]
I was recently asked to do a guest blog post on some of our National Parks and Game Reserves for the official South African Tourism Blog (located at www.southafrica.net). You can read the short essay (with images) here Cheers Morkel Erasmus