Africa

How an obscure seed is helping to save the elephant

Numbers of elephants in the wild are still falling; it's estimated 100 of them are killed by poachers every day for their tusks to meet the continuing demand for ivory.

23 March 2017

Sea turtles of São Tomé: Selling what can’t be sold

Sea turtle fishing has been outlawed in the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe since 2014, but for the people letting go of this longstanding tradition continues to be a struggle. 

20 March 2017

As drought sweeps Kenya, herders invade farms and old wounds are reopened

While famine threatens traditional herding lifestyle for many in Laikipia, Kenya, farmers have turned to mass migration and violent crime out of desperation. 

19 March 2017

Clear Route Ahead for Protecting Africa’s Endangered Wild Ass

Twenty-five representatives of Range States, donors and experts met in Bonn 6-7 March to agree a “road map” to secure the conservation of the African Wild Ass (Equus africanus), which is categorized as Critically Endangered on the IUCN’s Red List.

17 March 2017

Les musées, l’autre cible des braconniers

 
Depuis 2009, le trafic de cornes de rhinocéros s’est intensifié. Après les réserves naturelles d’Afrique, les trafiquants s’attaquent désormais aux zoos mais aussi aux musées.
17 March 2017

Public Consultation Exercise: 2nd Draft of a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP)

The Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MOU, in collaboration with BirdLife International, Vulture Conservation Foundation and the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group, has today launched a month-long Public Consultation Exercise on the 2nd draft of a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP).The consultation period runs until 16 April 2017.

16 March 2017

Saving Sea Cows Helps Ensure Human Food Security

Abu Dhabi, 16 March 2017 – Twenty-three countries agreed to enhance efforts to help local communities to better protect dugongs, also known as sea cows, and their seagrass habitats. The endangered species, which is primarily threatened by entanglement in fishing gear, collision with boats and habitat loss, occurs across the East coast of Africa, South-East Asia, Pacific Islands and Australia. Government officials, and the world’s leading dugong and seagrass experts, met this week in Abu Dhabi to discuss solutions to stop the rapid decline of dugongs and the seagrass meadows where they live.

16 March 2017

The cheetahs' race for survival

The organization Cheetah Outreach is showing South Africans just how important the animals are for the ecosystem. Their philosophy?

14 March 2017

High price of rhino horn leaves bloody trail across the globe

The recent killing of a rhino in a Paris zoo marks a shocking new development in this ruthless global trade but rhino experts remain optimistic that the situation can be reversed

10 March 2017

The Indigenous ‘People of Wildlife’ Know How to Protect Nature

In the northern part of Mount Kenya, there is an indigenous community — the Il Lakipiak Maasai (“People of Wildlife”) — which owns and operates the only community-owned rhino sanctuary in the count

10 March 2017