Chinese mining firms in Zimbabwe pose threat to endangered species, say experts

Chinese mining firms in Zimbabwe pose threat to endangered species, say experts

Rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs and other endangered species face a new threat in Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park: Chinese mining companies. Zhongxin Coal Mining Group and Afrochine Smelting have received permission from the government to begin environmental impact assessments for drilling, land clearance, road building and geological surveys at two proposed sites inside the park, which is […]

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A taste of honey: how bees mend fences between farmers and elephants

A taste of honey: how bees mend fences between farmers and elephants

Watchtowers in trees, tripwire alarms, radio collars, chilli smoke and beehive fences: scientists and conservationists across Asia and Africa are coming up with safe and humane ways to keep elephants at bay and reduce conflict with humans. In early June, the agonising death of a pregnant wild elephant that ate an explosives-filled pineapple in India […]

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Calls for swift action as hundreds of elephants die in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Calls for swift action as hundreds of elephants die in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Nearly 400 elephants have died in Botswana’s Okavango Delta since March, in what wildlife experts say is one of the largest elephant mortality events ever recorded. Conservationists have criticized the government’s handling of the matter and are urging them to speed up investigations. Botwsana’s environment ministry registered the first of these unexplained elephant deaths in […]

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