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Sep15

Whistling a Different Tune – Study Reveals Africa’s Wild Bottlenose Dolphins Use Unique Whistles to Address Each Other

Monday, 15 September 2014 Hits 5245 Categories Wildlife News

Whistling a Different Tune – Study Reveals Africa’s Wild Bottlenose Dolphins Use Unique Whistles to Address Each Other

Humans greet each other by name. Bottlenose dolphins do much the same - they just each whistle their own tune. “And for the first time we can now confirm that African bottlenose dolphins in the wild also use this acoustic communication system when they meet at sea,” explains Dr Tess Gridley, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute (MRI) and the lead scientist of a study on the signature whistles of wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Namibia.

Jul01

New Elephant Shrew Species Discovered in the Namibian Desert

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 Hits 3825 Categories Wildlife News

New Elephant Shrew Species Discovered in the Namibian Desert

Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences have discovered a new species of round-eared sengi, or elephant-shrew, in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa. This is the third new species of sengi to be discovered in the wild in the past decade. It is also the smallest known member of the 19 sengis in the order Macroscelidea. The team’s discovery and description of the Etendeka round-eared sengi (Macroscelides micus) is published this week in the Journal of Mammalogy.

Jun30

Lemur Conservation Foundation Funds a Boundary Demarcation Project in the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, Madagascar

Monday, 30 June 2014 Hits 3297 Categories Wildlife News

Lemur Conservation Foundation Funds a Boundary Demarcation Project in the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, Madagascar

Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is funding a boundary demarcation project in the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR), Madagascar. ASSR, a large mountainous rainforest in northeastern Madagascar which has long been recognized both as a biodiversity priority and a neglected reserve, is home to eleven species of lemurs including critically endangered silky sifaka and indri.

May30

Elephants killed for their ivory in Virunga National Park, DR Congo

Friday, 30 May 2014 Hits 5432 Categories Wildlife News | Virunga | In Focus

Elephants killed for their ivory in Virunga National Park, DR Congo

Carcasses of three elephants stripped of their tusks, probably poisoned, were recently discovered in Virunga National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a local NGO announced on Tuesday. "All the remains of the poached elephants have the same characteristics: they are mutilated and their tusks are removed, but they bear no sign of bullets. Near the elephants fieldworkers of IDPE found 10 bodies of vultures, which had no impact of bullets either."

May30

East African rangers to make iconic trek to save wildlife

Friday, 30 May 2014 Hits 3772 Categories Wildlife News

East African rangers to make iconic trek to save wildlife

NAIROBI, Kenya - Africa is losing wildlife at an unprecedented rate. The latest government figures illustrate that Kenya lost over 1,000 elephants in 2012, whilst Tanzanian official figures stood at a shocking 10,000. Lions were not spared either; with an estimated loss of over 120 lions in Tanzania and over 50 lions in Kenya due to poisoning and through various causes. “Our wildlife is officially on the edge of extinction. We can no longer afford to allow this scale of slaughter to continue as we go about our daily lives. If we do, we will have failed to protect our natural inheritance for generations to come; robbed it of vital resources and left a blank future devoid of natural splendor.” Says Raabia Hawa, founder of the ‘Walk with Rangers’ initiative.

May09

Zimbabwe land grabs put Presidential Elephants in danger

Friday, 09 May 2014 Hits 5390 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Zimbabwe land grabs put Presidential Elephants in danger

Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in Zimbabwe, including land in the Kanondo area near Hwange National Park. The area is home to the Presidential Elephant herd, which are now no longer protected against illegal hunting.

Apr25

35 rhinos die from Blackquarter bacteria on mega rhino farm in South Africa

Friday, 25 April 2014 Hits 8864 Categories Wildlife News | Rhinos | Rhino Poaching

35 rhinos die from Blackquarter bacteria on mega rhino farm in South Africa

South Africa’s largest rhino farmer and pro-trade protagonist, John Hume, experienced a major setback in the past two months on his farm Elandslaagte because of an outbreak of blackquarter among his 1000 rhinos, which killed 35 of them.

Apr18

Ecological damage by 4x4 vehicles in protected areas: expert calls for off-road driving ban

Friday, 18 April 2014 Hits 8262 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus

Ecological damage by 4x4 vehicles in protected areas: expert calls for off-road driving ban

Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is an underestimated impact of tourism. It can cause long term – between 5 and 1000 years – damage, mostly irreversible. Due to this negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.

Mar30

Wildlife Emergency Response Service Launched in Malawi

Sunday, 30 March 2014 Hits 2641 Categories Wildlife News

Wildlife Emergency Response Service Launched in Malawi

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is proud to announce the launch of its Wildlife Emergency Response Service, supporting wild animals in distress around Malawi.  The mobile veterinary unit will work principally in and around national parks and other protected areas and will be able to respond to emergencies as well as offer other support services such veterinary disease screening and environmental education services on human-wildlife conflict resolution.

Mar03

Malawi Steps Up For World Wildlife Day

Monday, 03 March 2014 Hits 3336 Categories Wildlife News | Bushmeat

Malawi Steps Up For World Wildlife Day

Malawi's first high profile campaign tackling wildlife crime was officially launched on Monday 3rd March, to coincide with World Wildlife Day. The global event was proclaimed by the United Nations to highlight the intrinsic value and contributions of wild animals and plants and encourage governments, NGO's and individuals to step up and help protect wildlife, in particular to ensure that international trade does not threaten endangered and protected species.

Mar03

Global March for Lions - Sustainable Use has become Sustained Abuse

Monday, 03 March 2014 Hits 6194 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Global March for Lions - Sustainable Use has become Sustained Abuse

On 15th March a Global Protest March for Lions will take place in cities around the world. This MEMORANDUM OF PROTEST explains why. This document will be printed out and handed over by marchers in 55 cities. 

Feb10

International wildlife trafficking top of Malawi agenda

Monday, 10 February 2014 Hits 3618 Categories Wildlife News

International wildlife trafficking top of Malawi agenda

Malawi's experts gathered at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre last week ahead of the International Wildlife Trade Conference, hosted by the UK government in London on 13 February.  The talks will bring together global leaders with the aim of eradicating illegal wildlife trade and better protecting the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. 

Jan26

Lion Cubs Born in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia – A Major Milestone in Lion Restoration Programme

Sunday, 26 January 2014 Hits 9659 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Lion Cubs Born in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia – A Major Milestone in Lion Restoration Programme

African Parks is delighted to announce that two lion cubs have been born in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia - the first birth of lion cubs in the park for well over 10 years. They were born three to four weeks ago to the protégé of the park's famous lioness, Lady Liuwa. The lioness has hidden her new cubs in thick bush making it difficult to take photographs, however park management has managed to view them.

Jan23

Kenyan Wildlife Protection Initiative ‘Walk With Rangers’ to Present Petition Against Planned Rhino Hunt Signed by Rangers and Conservationists

Thursday, 23 January 2014 Hits 7507 Categories Wildlife News | Rhinos | Rhino Poaching

Kenyan Wildlife Protection Initiative ‘Walk With Rangers’ to Present Petition Against Planned Rhino Hunt Signed by Rangers and Conservationists

(Nairobi, Kenya). A Kenyan grassroots initiative, 'Walk With Rangers' has spoken out against the controversial rhino auction held by the Dallas Safari Club that saw the highest bidder, one Mr. Corey Knowlton cough up a staggering $ 350,000 to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia.

Jan08

‘A Tribute to our “Ele” with a mug of coffee at my elbow’ - Elephant Poem

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 Hits 6307 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

‘A Tribute to our “Ele” with a mug of coffee at my elbow’ - Elephant Poem

From the woolly mammoth you came,
All those thousands of years ago-
Of the animal kingdom you're the greatest.

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