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Pride of Africa: New Lion Conservation Alliance

It is a little known fact that there are more rhinos remaining in Africa than there are lions.  In fact, until the killing of the lion ‘Cecil’ by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe earlier this year, it was also not popularly known that African lion numbers are in free-fall. The statistics are disturbing. In 1975,…

Big Data for Big Animals: Citizen Science Helps Mozambican Wildlife

I check the ‘Talk’ forum on WildCam Gorongosa every day to see what’s new. “Is this blurry antelope at night a bushbuck or a reedbuck?” This is a tough one even for the most expert ecologist. As a scientist who spent several years studying herbivores in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique,  I plan to chime in, but…

Before Today, I Thought You Were Dead: Video Messages Cross a Border When Families Can’t

In the final episode of Through the Prides, family members receive video messages across the border and must decide whether to risk all on the dangerous walk across Kruger National Park.

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

VIDEO: Young Women Rising to Save Lions in Mozambique

Celina Dias and Domingas Aleixo – featured in the newly released film-short by the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (EOWBF) – were both born and raised in Villa da Gorongosa, the largest village in the park’s surrounding buffer-zone. Recruited to Projecto Leões da Gorongosa in 2013, they represent the first women from Gorongosa to ever be employed on a Park science project and the first Mozambican women to work directly with lions in the wild, to study and conserve them.

Video: Satellites, Spies, and Savanna Science

Doing ecology in new and exciting places sometimes means that perfect historical data aren’t readily available for comparison with the present, and more creative efforts might be in order. As part of my PhD dissertation with the Pringle Lab at Princeton University, I’ve been using recently declassified American government satellite imagery recorded high over Mozambique in 1977 to study how war-driven mammal declines in Gorongosa National Park might have affected tree cover in the park’s savannas.

The Chameleon and the Buffalo: Peace Boat passengers learn about trauma and reconciliation in Mozambique

The power was out at the Cidadela das Criancas orphanage and the visitors from Peace Boat waited in the dark canteen. Somebody switched on a torch and then, a shriek: shiny bugs swarmed the open windows at the new light; they collided with faces, popped on the vinyl tablecloths and scuttled over laps. “At that…

Nothing for us, without us: African Youth Leaders commit to Disaster Risk Reduction goals onboard Peace Boat

In a small room on Deck 6 of the Ocean Dream, youth leaders from four African countries hashed out a strategy for disaster risk reduction (DRR) on their continent as part of a collaborative project between the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR.) The…

Last Refuge on Mt. Ribàué

Only just having left the destruction on Mt. Namuli behind, the sky island team comes upon an even more desperate scene on Mt. Ribàué.

A New Species of Chameleon on Mt. Namuli

Leaving the sad reality of devastated forest behind, Krystal Tolley and her team head in to the remaining jungle and make an extraordinary discovery.

Confronting the Rhino in the Room

Jaclyn Skurie and Madeleine May explain the complex situation in South Africa, where preserving land and wildlife sometimes clashes with humanitarian crisis.

The Mighty and Mysterious Mount Mabu

In the “sky island” forests of Mozambique’s mountains, researchers are discovering possible new species tucked away and isolated from the surrounding savannah.

Sky-Island Expedition in Mozambique Begins

Researchers set out to discover new reptiles and amphibians in the “sky island” forests of Mozambique.

October 19, 2014: Creating Electricity From Food Waste, Arresting Poachers and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they unearth the habits of the world’s largest-ever carnivore, digest kitchen waste to cook dinner, eat like a 500 year old king, stalk Chernobyl’s ruins, trace tree rings’ roots, write a novel about elephants with a plot twist, kayak to protest dams, prosecute poachers in Mozambique, and see the unseen as a large format film.

Preparing for the Sky-Island Expedition

Krystal Tolley introduces the sky-island team and outlines their expedition to find new species.