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Paul Steyn

Paul Steyn is a widely-published travel journalist from South Africa, and regular contributor to National Geographic News. Having guided throughout Africa for some years, he went on to edit a prominent travel magazine, and now focuses on environmental writing, travel and photography.

He enjoys documenting scientific expeditions, and in 2013, joined a team of researchers and River Bushmen on a 250km transect of the Okavango Delta on traditional mokoros. In 2014, he accompanied Elephants Without Borders on the Botswana leg of the historic Great Elephant Census aerial survey.
Contact: paul@paulsteyn.com
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Pictures: Hippo Struggles to Escape Ocean Surf

Residents of Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique were shocked to find a hippopotamus apparently struggling in the ocean surf in front of the beach town earlier this month. The giant mammal, which can weigh two or three tons, is certainly no stranger to water, living much of its life in Africa’s rivers and lakes. But while hippos have been known to stray into the sea in Gabon, it’s a very rare occurrence in southern Africa

400 Poachers Snared in a Year: Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit on a Roll

Every year, thousands of travelers from all over the world visit the Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe and Zambia, to watch the waters of the Zambezi River thunder into the deep Batoka Gorge, and to appreciate the abundant wildlife that roam the areas around the Falls. But like anywhere in Africa,…

Terrified Baby Impala Becomes Young Cheetahs’ First Hunting Lesson

Professional guide and lodge owner Mikey Carr-Hartly was on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara, when he witnessed a remarkable encounter between a cheetah family and a young impala. “We were in an area of the southern Mara called Majani ya Chai, not far from Sala’s Camp,” said Mikey. “It’s the ideal habitat for cheetah because…

For Orphaned Elephant Calf, Harrowing Rescue Ends in Hope

MASAI MARA, Kenya—One day last October, a mother elephant and her ten-month-old calf were seen playing together on the plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve when a passing tourist photographed the tranquil scene. Twenty-four hours later, on October 22, the young calf was spotted again—this time standing over her mother’s poisoned carcass, seemingly reluctant…

Liberation for Samburu Women Begins with a Song

If a Samburu girl in northern Kenya marries before she has been ‘cut’ (circumcised), tradition dictates that her family must create a small opening in the fence around the village, and the disgraced girl is asked to leave through the hole. Once she is gone, the opening is patched up, and she is forgotten forever.…

In Africa, Tracker Dogs Join War Against Elephant Poachers

MANYARA RANCH, Tanzania—On October 14, tracker dogs led game scouts to a group of armed poachers who were on the run after shooting and killing a well-known old elephant bull just outside Tarangire National Park. This was the latest in a string of successes by Tanzania’s tracker dogs, which are proving to be an effective…

Lower Zambezi National Park Mining Project is ‘Fatally Flawed’, Says Report

ZAMBIA––A recent scathing report, investigating the proposed Kangaluwi Copper Mine project in the Lower Zambezi National Park, draws attention to a number of pressing issues that have not been addressed by the Australian prospecting company, Zambezi Resources Limited (ZLR), saying that the information provided by the company is in fact “fatally flawed.” Independent mining experts…

Report Estimates Enormous Economic Value of Living Elephants

When a young elephant dies at the hands of an ivory poacher, according to a recent report, the commercial loss to the tourism industry is more than $1.6 million–­–the amount the animal would have contributed to the economy had it lived a full and happy life.

Poisoned Tusker Treated in Daring Field Operation, the Eleventh in Two Weeks

The remarkable story about a large tusker who was rescued from a slow, poisonous death.

Aerial Census of Africa’s Elephants Aims to Help Conservation, Anti-Poaching Efforts

OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana—”Fifteen elephants right!” ecologist Mike Chase shouts above the roar of the single-engine Cessna. The plane swoops low over the herd of gray bodies as they wade single-file across the floodplain below. We’re flying over the channels and islands on the western periphery of the vast Okavango Delta, as part of the Botswana leg…

Rare New Images of a Wild Snow Leopard on a Kill in Nepal

Witness this remarkable sighting of a rare snow leopard or ‘Mountain Ghost’ in the highlands of Nepal.

88-Year-Old Samburu Woman Sees a Dentist for the First Time

For some, taking care of their teeth is simply a case of heading over to the local dentist for a check-up, a bit of discomfort and to perhaps endure a filling, if necessary.  For others it’s not so easy. There are parts of Africa where people will go their entire lives without even seeing a dentist,…

A Ranger’s Worst and Best Sighting Ever: Amazing Fight Between Lion and Wild Dog

This was an emotional moment for game ranger Jaques-Pierre Joubert, who captured a remarkable set of photos along with colleague Roan Ravenhill in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. “As guides we are often asked about our best sighting ever,” says JP. “This was comprehensively the best and worst sighting of my guiding career.” JP…

Flight of the Rhino: The Remarkable New Way to Relocate African Wildlife

Witness this incredible method of safely relocating rhinos in South Africa…

Baby Baboon’s Frightening Encounter with Lions Ends with a Heroic Twist

Witness this remarkable interaction between a baby baboon, a lioness, and the heroic acts of the father baboon that follow.