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Informal settlements and climate change: An opportunity and challenge for cities of emerging economies

By Mayor Mpho Parks Tau of Johannesburg The unprecedented growth of cities in emerging economies, coupled with the legacy of apartheid in South Africa has, since the early 1990s, led to a rapid increase in informal settlements, or slums, in Johannesburg. As the economic heartland of South Africa, it is estimated that Johannesburg receives more…

A New Milestone for the Urban Caracal Project

Post by Max Allen – University of Wisconsin, Madison The Urban Caracal Project on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa recently captured and GPS-collared its 25th caracal in its quest to understand how these mid-sized African carnivores make their living in urban environments. The newest caracal was a male nicknamed “Titan” for his impressive size.…

Spotlight on Humanity’s United Side

Desmond Tutu’s welcome to the Hōkūle’a crew shows one smile, one spirit connects people from Hawaii to South Africa and beyond.

Saving Serabie: How a Volunteer Rescued “Her” Lion From Canned Hunting

When Alexandra Lamontagne found out that one of the lion cubs she had helped raise as a volunteer at a South African wildlife facility was destined to be sent to a place where lions were offered as trophies to hunters, she raised money and did something about it. This is her story.

Life with the Ocean: Sharks & Surfers

By now most of us have seen the incredible footage of pro-surfer Mick Fanning fending off what experts are saying was likely a great white shark in the J-Bay Open in South Africa. The video was dramatic, but thankfully Fanning and the shark both escaped the incident unharmed. I love sharks and I love to…

South African Government Taken to Court Over Rhino Horn Trade Moratorium

By Adam Cruise

Two of South Africa’s largest private rhino breeders have taken the South African government to court in an effort to lift a moratorium that bans domestic trade in rhino horn.

Ten Photos of Great White Sharks to Take Your Breath Away

Photographing and watching great white sharks for more than 20 years gives Chris and Monique Fallows front row seats on the amazing behavior, interactions, and secrets of these formidable predators that few people see. In this post they select ten of their favorite photos of great whites of the past two decades, describing the electric moment when each one was made, when all the conditions for a great picture came together as determined predator burst from the water in a violent chase of their agile prey.

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.

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #23

“Life in us is like the water in a river.” Henry David Thoreau The Okavango is the beating heart of Africa, home to an estimated 50% of the world’s elephants, most of the world’s hippo, and crucial populations of many other keystone species. There is no wilder place on earth: this is the Africa of…

Story of One of Africa’s Greatest Animal Trackers

In the fourth episode of Through the Prides, Wilson Masiya tells us about his childhood hunting for survival, and his work guiding people safely through the wilds of Kruger National Park on foot.

When Civil War Made Humans Prey for Carnivores

In the third episode of Through the Prides, we learn how immigrants evade predators as they walk across Kruger National Park and we speak to carnivore experts about what would compel a lion to hunt a human. [VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED]

Survivors Discuss What It Takes to Walk ‘Through the Prides’

In the second episode of Through the Prides, former walkers tell us what it takes to safely make it through the park. Meanwhile, Constance Nyathi’s fate is decided when she visits Home Affairs to apply for a permit to visit her ailing father in Mozambique.

Follow Humans Who Walk ‘Through the Prides’

In the first episode we meet a young woman desperate to reunite with her dying father in Mozambique. Walking through Kruger National Park might be her only option to do so.

OPINION: Rhinos and Elephants Are in Trouble—So Why Adopt Contradictory Emergency Measures?

By Katarzyna Nowak

It’s entirely possible, even likely, that we humans will not coexist very much longer with ancient, thick-skinned megafauna weighing thousands of pounds. How to save them is a matter of ever greater urgency—and dispute.

The Karoo Predator Project: Mitigating the human-wildlife conflict

Farmers, scientists and photographers are working together in South Africa’s Karoo to look for ways to ease the tense relationship between farming herds and natural predators.