Entries in africa (22)

Tuesday
Sep102013

Prolific poachers poison elephants

After 41 elephants are found dead in Hwange National Park, reports show that their watering hole was poisoned with cyanide. With ivory poaching on the rise the future of elephants remains uncertain.    

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Thursday
Mar282013

The 'Tree of Life'

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.

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Thursday
Feb142013

Elephant development affected by up-bringing

How an African elephant’s mother looks after it can affect them in adulthood according to a new study. The ability to feed and care for the calf has long-lasting consequences for the baby.

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Friday
Jan112013

Gang of Ivory Poachers kills Kenyan Elephant Family 

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.

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Tuesday
Jan082013

African Elephants Moved to their Death

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.

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Friday
Dec072012

Are Africa’s lion populations going extinct? 

Researchers from Duke University in America have found that 75% of Africa’s savannahs and more than two-thirds of the lion populations estimated to live there have disappeared in the last 50 years.

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Contraception for Elephants – Are you for or against?

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.  

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Friday
Oct262012

Ethiopian Wolves: Genetically Fragmented

The Ethiopian wolf, Africa’s only wolf species, is genetically fragmenting. There are fewer than 500 individuals thought to survive.

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Wednesday
Oct242012

Human-Wildlife Conflict in Africa

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.

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Friday
Oct122012

Tanzania Asks to Sell Ivory 

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’.

 

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