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25

Sep

Cat-like critter fine-tunes the art of hitchhiking
Motion-activated wildlife camera traps are vital, non-invasive tools that allow conservationists to monitor the movements of animals that are rare, nocturnal or especially shy.
 
They’re also unsurpassed at capturing some candid moments, as conservationists at Wildlife ACT learned earlier this month.
 
One of the organization’s cameras set up in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa — one of the oldest game reserves on the continent — caught some unusual scenes involving a large-spotted genet, a cat-like animal, taking a joyride on the backs of some buffalo and rhinos.

24

Sep

From hunters to protectors: The Lion Guardians and a story of changing perceptionsA conservation group has helped Kenya’s Masai bring back the big cats and better their own lives.

From hunters to protectors: The Lion Guardians and a story of changing perceptions
A conservation group has helped Kenya’s Masai bring back the big cats and better their own lives.

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.