South Africa nature
Articles in ‘South Africa nature’
September 17th, 2009
Excellent article on “Saving Africa’s ‘unicorn’, the okapi” . Conservationists are working with local communities to protect the okapi, and its rainforest habitat, in the aftermath of a brutal civil war. Now, as a semblance of peace has settled over Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the okapi’s prospects have further dimmed, for its home is increasingly seen as a rich source of timber, minerals, and bush meat to help the war-torn country rebuild. Here
The oldest known silverback in the wild has died in Rwanda at the age of 35
Kruger Park is losing white rhinos to poachers. South Africa has lost 33 rhinos to poachers this year, 28 of them were illegally killed along the eastern boundary with Mozambique.
Saving gorillas by bringing healthcare to local people in Uganda, an interview with Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Here
September 6th, 2009
Here’s another high quality African wildife webcam this time from Nkorho Bush Lodge near Kruger in South Africa. It is supported by a forum
of animals seen on the cam.
August 20th, 2009
African Penguins under threat. Photo: Salimfadhley (Wikimedia commons)
- The recent catastrophic decline in numbers of African penguins in the wild has raised alarm among conservationists. The bird are declining at all of their breeding sites. The penguins on Robben Island, South Africa, declined by 62 per cent between 2007 and 2008, leaving a mere 2,200 breeding pairs on the island, down from around 8,000 pairs in 2004
- African village dogs are not a mixture of modern breeds but directly descended from an ancestral pool of indigenous dogs, according to a new genetic study of hundreds of semi-feral dogs. This means that village dogs from most African regions are genetically distinct from non-native breeds and mixed-breed dogs.
- Pictures released by Conservation International depict a troubling development in Madagascar: the emergence of a commercial bushmeat market for lemurs
- Six Botswana bushmen found guilty of hunting without a permit on their ancestral land have been set free with a caution, a lobby group says. Survival International said the “attempt by the Botswana government to punish Bushmen for hunting to feed their families has backfired”. BBC
- 18 new invertebrate species have been described in South Africa, including spiders, snails, millipedes, earthworms and centipedes.
- Lions face extinction in Kenya within the next 20 years unless urgent action is taken to save them. Every year the country is losing an average of 100 of its 2,000 lions due to growing human settlements, increasing farming, climate change and disease, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.
- Eco-Tourism activities have been suspended in Loango National Park, Gabon In 2002, late President Omar Bongo Ondimba put Gabon firmly on the map as an important future eco-tourism destination by nominating more than 11% of the nation’s territory as National Park to protect its vital rainforest and wildlife like the gorilla, chimpanzee and forest elephant. Seven years later, following the death of the President, a disagreement between the current interim government of Gabon and Société de Conservation et Développement (SCD SA) now prevents the country’s main eco-tourism partner Africa’s Eden from continuing its conservation-enabling activities in Loango National Park.
July 29th, 2009
The most complete study on leopards ever conducted has shown that the leopard population at Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal recovered after the launch of a major conservation program. The study claims to prove that big cat conservation works. The Munyawana Leopard Research Project
began in April 2002 and has been instrumental in the long-term conservation of local leopard populations. Ecowordly
July 29th, 2009
Remarkable series of photos by wildlife photographer Hal Brindley of a leopard killing a crocodile. Read the rest of this entry
July 26th, 2009
Rhino poaching in both in Africa and Asia has risen to a 15-year-high driven by Asian demand for horns, according to new research. An estimated two to three animals are being killed a week in some areas.
“An estimated three rhinos were illegally killed each month in all of Africa from 2000-05, out of a population of around 18,000. In contrast, 12 rhinoceroses now are being poached each month in South Africa and Zimbabwe alone, the three groups told the 58th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Standing Committee this week in Geneva.”
The problem is not restricted to Africa “About 10 rhinos have been poached in India and at least seven in Nepal since January alone”