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African wildlife: Latest News
Staff, 7:41 am
Conservancy rangers increased security by cutting down on theft, road banditry and cattle raiding, and when conflict did flare, NRT elders would intervene to de-escalate the situation before fighting could break out. Established in 2004, the NRT currently supports 35 community conservancies spanning some 17,300-square miles in northern and coastal Kenya – making up an area larger than Denmark. Over 600,000 people there live alongside elephants, rhinos, lions, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and more.
Staff, 7:26 am
The Kalahari is a semi-arid sandy savanna that stretches across huge areas of Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia. It is home to a wide variety of large mammals including giraffes, ostriches, gnus, and various species of gazelle. Food resources constantly change in the savanna as rainfall changes, from grazing pressure and as bush fires spread across the land. Enter Nicolas Rey at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne who have trained a machine-vision drones to do the job instead.
Staff, 3:10 pm
Security has long been a major concern at wildlife reserves in Africa, where rhino and elephant populations have been decimated by poachers in recent years. But a park in Rwanda is betting on a new networking technology to change that. Rwanda’s Akagera National Park recently launched a new system that allows park rangers to monitor animals, visitors, and equipment in real-time. Developed by ShadowView and Internet of Life, the “smart park” system is based on a Long Range Wide-Area Network.
Roxanne Reid, 7:00 pm
Etosha National Park in northern Namibia is probably one of the best wildlife parks in all of southern Africa, the game viewing at its water holes unmatched. There are more than 40 water holes in Etosha, each with its own strengths – unless they’re dry or there’s water everywhere in the veld after good rains, which usually fall between November and April. For the most consistently good wildlife sightings over the years, here are 10 of my favourites.
Joe Kennedy, 8:00 pm
Meerkats are cute, cuddly, and even have their own television show. These critters, one of the more popular species people look for on safari, are only found in Africa and live in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Angola. Though they are adorable to look at, you definitely wouldn’t want one as a pet (well, maybe you would, but that’s not a good idea!) Here are 10 things you didn’t know about meerkats.
Dana Sanchez, 9:03 am
Is wildlife interaction ever ethical? Showing off vacation photos on social media has contributed to increased demand for wildlife interaction. It satisfies tourists’ egos but does nothing for the lion. Here’s another view: insisting that animals only be viewed in the wild is unreasonable and elitist — most people can’t afford that. You have to check out the adorable baby animals in this urban wildlife rescue video.
Julia Austin, 10:31 am AFKI Original
If you ever want to sleep again do not look up videos of this animal eating its prey. The goblin shark has been spotted off Senegal, Mozambique and South Africa. It has a pink, slimy skin, a long, flat snout and nail-like teeth. Africa’s land and seascapes have an other-worldliness that you don’t find on other continents. Here are 12 freaky looking animals in Africa that are real.
Julia Austin, 1:57 pm
The larvae of antlions dig pits in the sand in which they trap ants with their fierce jaws. You can spot them anywhere in South Africa, but the most entertaining way is on the bug safari offered by Cellars Hohenort Hotel in the Constantia region of the Cape.
Dana Sanchez, 1:30 pm
Inspired by Africa, distilled in Germany and launching this month in the U.K., Elephant Gin is a new alcoholic drink whose makers promise to donate 15 percent of proceeds to African wildlife. Robin Gerlach, Tessa Wienker and Henry Palmer became passionate about conserving African wildlife after travels throughout the continent.
Now they say they are creating a sustainable, ethical business that supports Africa’s wildlife.
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