A Day in the Life of an Elephant Researcher

A Day in the Life of an Elephant Researcher

Trying to stuff a large, steaming lump of elephant dung into a small glass test tube was not quite what I’d expected when I spent a day in the field as an Elephant Researcher with the Elephants Alive research team. The dung samples are preserved in saline, and the tubes sent to the UK for analysis by one of Elephants Alive’s collaborators, Dr Hannah Mumby from Cambridge University...
Ban on plastics in Africa – A Story of Smuggling and Success

Ban on plastics in Africa – A Story of Smuggling and Success

Jack Nicholls, July 9, 2019 Categories: Conservation & Sustainability, Sustainability in Africa
An anonymous tipoff leads to an unmarked door. The police burst in, there is shouting and a struggle. The suspects are led away in handcuffs while the authorities display their seized contraband to the media. It’s a familiar scene that we associate with drug smugglers and gunrunners. But for the last year in Kenya, the raids are being overseen by the National Environment Management Agency, and they are targeting a different enemy: plastic bags...
Top 6 best safari lodges and camps near the Zambezi River

Top 6 best safari lodges and camps near the Zambezi River

Zimbabwe has seen some troubled times of late. But its incredible safari destinations are still safe to visit and need tourists now more than ever. Sue Watt takes us to some of her favourite places along the banks of the mighty Zambezi...
Top 5 Sustainable African Safari Parks

Top 5 Sustainable African Safari Parks

Below are suggestions for the Top 5 sustainable African safari parks. Choosing an eco-friendly safari is your chance to help make a positive impact on wildlife conservation efforts and the wellbeing of local communities...
Africa’s Poaching Pandemic is Wiping Out a World Heritage Site

Africa’s Poaching Pandemic is Wiping Out a World Heritage Site

Jeroen Beekwilder, December 11, 2018 Categories: African Wildlife, Conservation, Conservation & Sustainability, Mammals
The last decade has seen poaching in Africa, such as the illegal slaughter of elephants, accelerate across the continent at unprecedented rates. Independent researcher and watchdog estimates put the number of pachyderms butchered by poachers for their ivory at 25,000 to 40,000 animals per year. These brutal statistics make for grim reading, with entire elephant...
The Most Endangered Animals In Africa

The Most Endangered Animals In Africa

Africa is blessed with a stunning variety of wildlife – it has more species of charismatic megafauna than any other continent. However, sadly, with ever expanding human populations and their increasing demand for land, food and water, exacerbated by poaching, more and more species are becoming endangered...
Bloodhounds Help in the Fight Against Poaching

Bloodhounds Help in the Fight Against Poaching

“In ideal conditions the dogs can trace the odor of a person over about ten kilometres and up to a week after the person passed by. This tracking ability is making the bloodhounds an essential tool in the fight against poaching in Virunga National Park. Let me give you a demonstration of what they’re capable of...
African Elephants: Defying the Odds

African Elephants: Defying the Odds

African Elephants, one of only a handful of keystone species (animals who have a substantial and unique influence over their ecosystem and are considered vital to its health), are remarkable creatures with the innate ability to alter their surrounding environment. They play a unique role in the way an ecosystem...
The Status of Gorilla Conservation in Africa

The Status of Gorilla Conservation in Africa

A wistful smile erupted across the face of Veronica Vecellio, “When I watch them move about the forest, just living their life and performing their natural behaviour, it still gives me goose bumps. Even after all the years I’ve been working with them...
How the Ruaha Carnivore Project is saving Tanzania’s Lions

How the Ruaha Carnivore Project is saving Tanzania’s Lions

Mention the word safari, and most people would instantly think of lions – it’s hard to imagine a wild African landscape without them. Yet these kings of the jungle are fighting for survival – they could be extinct within the next 30-40 years...