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Opinion: Hunters’ Demand for Elephant Trophies Should Not Take Precedence Over Government Accountability

Katarzyna Nowak

While positive steps have been taken by governments to protect elephants and their ecosystems, private hunting companies are working hard to undermine the potential gains.

The Fate of the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe—A Conversation With Sharon Pincott

Since 2001, Australian Sharon Pincott has been monitoring and protecting a unique population of elephants in western Zimbabwe known as the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe. The herd was given this name after President Robert Mugabe awarded it a presidential decree in 1990. Symbolizing Zimbabwe’s commitment to responsible wildlife management, the decree was intended to protect…

Controversy Swirls Around the Recent U.S. Suspension of Sport-Hunted Elephant Trophies

Battle lines are being drawn after the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) announcement last month to suspend import of elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe for the remainder of 2014. The decision was spurred by the catastrophic poaching of Africa’s elephants and the fact that in these two countries, according to FWS, “additional…

Incredibly Rare Tornado Sighting Over Lake Kariba

Amazing images of a rare system captured over Lake Kariba during a huge thunderstorm. Paul Steyn recounts the remarkable experience.

Elephant Photobombs Tourists: How’d It Happen?

The curious pachyderm snuck up behind clueless tourists in Zimbabwe in “the photobomb of a lifetime.”

A Conservation Strategy for Cheetahs in Zimbabwe

The Cheetah Conservation Project Zimbabwe is collecting the latest information on the cheetah population in Zimbabwe to help improve the country’s conservation strategy.

May 12, 2013: Meeting Giant Squid at Depth, Hang Gliding World Records and More

This week, we climb straight up vertical walls with Emily Harrington and learn why Everest isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, we learn how Dr. Edie Widder caught the first giant squid in a camera trap, we set the hang gliding world record high over Texas, and we learn about an adaptation that gives hyenas and dogs similar – but unrelated.

Five African Nations Sign Up for Conservation Zone the Size of California

Five southern African countries have signed into place the region’s biggest and most ambitious transfrontier conservation project yet. It covers a sparsely populated region of 444,000 square kilometers (171,429 square miles; slightly larger than California) that comprises some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent.

Rhino Poaching in Africa a Crisis, IUCN Says

A serious poaching upsurge in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, prompted Africa’s top rhino experts to meet to assess the status of the horned pachyderms across the continent and to identify strategies to combat the crisis.

Mobile Technology Gives Zimbabweans a Voice

Innovator, anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Ken Banks shares exciting stories in Digital Diversity about how appropriate technologies and mobile phones are being used throughout the world to improve, enrich, and empower billions of lives. In the second Digital Diversity, Ken Banks interviews Bev Clark, program director of Freedom Fone, and a founder of…

International park becomes frontier in Southern Africa’s rhino war

By Leon Marshall Johannesburg, South Africa–Rampant rhino poaching is casting a dark shadow over the pride of southern Africa’s ambitious transfrontier-park program. Rhino killers are ruthlessly exploiting the open international boundary running through what is known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park to carry out their dirty work. Poachers typically down a rhino in South…

Collar did not Protect Beloved Elephant from Safari Hunter

The bull elephant of Musango was well known to visitors to a wildlife sanctuary on the shore of Lake Kariba in northern Zimbabwe because of his apparent ease in the company of humans. An icon of the country’s conservation community, the elephant was much photographed and even painted by a well-known local artist. Tourists were thrilled by…

South Africa, Zimbabwe epicenter of rhino poaching crisis, data show

Asian demand for horns is driving a surge in rhino poaching, especially in South Africa and Zimbabwe, according to data analyzed by TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “The trade is made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers, who now are using veterinary drugs, poison, cross…

Rhinos Seriously Threatened by Poaching Surge, CITES Hears

Rhinos are falling to poachers at the rate of two to three per week in some areas as Asian demand for their horns escalates, according to a report to the 58th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Standing Committee this week in Geneva. Photo of white rhino poached for horn…

On Human Rights Day, a “Cry From the Heart” for Zimbabwe

CRIE DE COEUR By Alexandra Fuller If it was Robert Mugabe’s intention to organize hell on Earth, he has succeeded. It’s December in Zimbabwe, and that means the rains are frequent and the sun is at its hottest. The harvest–predicted to be ridiculously inadequate–is half a year away. Electricity is sporadic. No garbage has been…