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20

Aug

Poachers killed more than 100,000 elephants in 3 yearsPoaching is so widespread in Africa that 75 percent of elephant populations across the continent have been declining since 2009.

Poachers killed more than 100,000 elephants in 3 years
Poaching is so widespread in Africa that 75 percent of elephant populations across the continent have been declining since 2009.

22

Jul

African lake turns animals into statues
Tanzania’s Lake Natron calcifies the animals that die in its waters, and Nick Brandt captures them with eerie photographs.

18

Jun

GMO bananas could soon help decrease infant mortality and malnutrition in AfricaHuman trials are set to begin on genetically modified bananas with vitamin-enriched, orange-colored flesh, but GMO critics are concerned.

GMO bananas could soon help decrease infant mortality and malnutrition in Africa
Human trials are set to begin on genetically modified bananas with vitamin-enriched, orange-colored flesh, but GMO critics are concerned.

22

May

African lake turns animals into statues
Tanzania’s Lake Natron calcifies the animals that die in its waters, and Nick Brandt captures them with eerie photographs.

25

Apr

To battle African sleeping sickness, tsetse fly genome decodedThere is no vaccine for trypanosomiasis, and treatment can be difficult, because the disease affects rural populations with little access to medical care.

To battle African sleeping sickness, tsetse fly genome decoded
There is no vaccine for trypanosomiasis, and treatment can be difficult, because the disease affects rural populations with little access to medical care.

18

Apr

Namibia: Africa’s conservation success storyMore than 40 percent of Namibia is under conservation management, and it was the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution.

Namibia: Africa’s conservation success story
More than 40 percent of Namibia is under conservation management, and it was the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution.

03

Mar

What’s it like to grow up on an African wildlife preserve?Boyd Varty gives readers an inside look at the beauty and challenges of growing up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa.

What’s it like to grow up on an African wildlife preserve?
Boyd Varty gives readers an inside look at the beauty and challenges of growing up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa.

14

Oct

Ozone hole over Antarctica caused Africa’s warmingThe hole in the ozone layer likely caused domino effect of warming in southern Africa due to its influence over wind and weather system.

Ozone hole over Antarctica caused Africa’s warming
The hole in the ozone layer likely caused domino effect of warming in southern Africa due to its influence over wind and weather system.

03

Oct

Photo of the day: Elephant mourns dead friend
Photographer John D. Chaney snapped this incredible photograph of an elephant guarding the body of her friend in Botswana in 2007. "We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals," he writes. "From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace. She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephant’s tusk. She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend."

Photo of the day: Elephant mourns dead friend

Photographer John D. Chaney snapped this incredible photograph of an elephant guarding the body of her friend in Botswana in 2007.
 
"We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals," he writes. "From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace. She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephant’s tusk. She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend."

Tanzania’s Lake Natron calcifies the animals that die in its waters, and Nick Brandt captures them with eerie photographs.