Satara Summer 2021 – Admiration for Elephants — de Wets Wild

It is estimated that there are over 30,000 African Elephants in the Kruger National Park (SANParks annual report, 2020-2021, p48) and as a result visitors to the Park can bargain on regular encounters with these charismatic animals. That certainly was the case when we visited in December 2021, and as they are among our favourite […]

Satara Summer 2021 – Admiration for Elephants — de Wets Wild

Surprise Weekend at Marakele; Baby Elephant Rescue! — de Wets Wild

We were still watching the herd of elephants calmly going about their business on the shores of the dam at Tlopi Tented Camp in Marakele National Park on Marilize’s birthday, when suddenly there was a tremendous uproar in the herd. Cows were trumpeting in panic and rushing to a specific spot, while one particular youngster […]

Surprise Weekend at Marakele; Baby Elephant Rescue! — de Wets Wild

Weekly round-up: April 4 — Global Biodiversity Bulletin

A North Atlantic right whale and her calf (AP) The 2020/21 North Atlantic right whale birthing season delivered more calves than the previous three years combined. Survey teams monitoring the critically endangered species recorded 17 newborns during daily flights over coastal waters between North Carolina and Florida from December to the end of March.  “What […]

Weekly round-up: April 4 — Global Biodiversity Bulletin

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana  — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reports Mystery surrounds the “completely unprecedented” deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months. Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May. No one knows why the animals are dying, with lab […]

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana  — Natural History Wanderings

Wildlife photographer Greg Du Toit has captured powerful images of silhouetted animals in southern and eastern Africa to show “the mystery and intrigue of Africa.” Images copyright Greg Du Toit/ The animals, including lions, giraffes, flamingos, elephants, leopards, rhinoceros and zebras, are illuminated against sunrises and sunsets in a range of hues. The photos are […]

via Silhouettes of African animals at sunrise and sunset. — THE OLD GUV LEGENDS

Banner Image: Wild-caught young elephants are held captive in a fenced boma by Zimbabwe authorities awaiting shipment to China in October 2019 © Oscar Nkalain / Humane Society International/Africa – “Opinion: Zimbabwe’s shameful export of baby elephants under the guise of ‘sustainable use’,” Africa Geographic, 18 November 2019 Posted at EMS Foundation, 11 December 2019 Dated […]

via The Free Elephant Network Calls For The End To The Live Elephant Trade Between Zimbabwe and China — International Wildlife Bond

Banner Image – Outrage over ‘unethical’ Botswana elephant hunt, Don Pinnock, Daily Maverick, 11 December 2019 Botswana has recently (2018) reinstated elephant trophy hunting (after a 2014 moratorium). However, this is considered a mistake by leading experts that will not help reduce human-wildlife conflict. Let’s look at the reasons elephants have expanded their ranges in Botswana […]

via “Echoes of Cecil” in ‘unethical’ Botswana elephant hunt — International Wildlife Bond

By Ross Harvey, Conservation Action Trust, 14 February 2020 “Why not allow any willing bidder (such as the EMS Foundation) to pay for these licences if that raises revenue to conserve magnificent bull elephants instead of eliminating them?“ The Botswana government has again demonstrated to the world that it either does not understand or does not […]

via Botswana auctions off the last of its big tusker elephants — International Wildlife Bond