Entries in africa (22)
This is a tree that is often referred to as ‘the tree of life’, and is the national tree of Madagascar. Sometimes described as Africa’s oldest inhabitants, there are only 8 varieties and 6 are native to Madagascar.
A gang of ivory poachers has killed a family of 11 elephants in one of Kenya’s major National Parks. This tragic event took place on Saturday in Tsavo National Park and has been recorded as the single worst incident of poaching in this country so far.
Four young elephants were recently taken from their families in the wilds of South Africa to live in unnatural conditions in China. The elephants were found to weigh only 3.9 tons, a low amount which showed that the animals were still very young.
For a number of years now South Africa has been experiencing a boom in African elephant numbers. Unlike many other countries in Africa where poaching has been having a significant impact on the number of elephants, South Africa is home to an estimated 20,000 elephants. As great as it is that elephants are thriving in this area there are also a number of concerns that has meant that numbers have had to be controlled in certain areas through culling.
The Ethiopian wolf, Africa’s only wolf species, is genetically fragmenting. There are fewer than 500 individuals thought to survive.
A recent article in Mammalian Biology discusses the ability of Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) packs to coexist with local communities in Ethiopia. Human wildlife conflict has been studied extensively all over the world but the problem on the African continent is the close proximity at which local communities live to protected areas and wildlife migration sites.
The Tanzania government has formally applied to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fuana and Flora (Cites) to allow it to legally sell its ivory stockpile. The selling of the stockpile, which is estimated at over a 100 tonnes, has been heavily criticised by environmentalists and labelled ‘confusing’ and ‘ludicrous’.