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Wildlife Tourism – when the show is over

Wildlife Tourism – when the show is over

When last did you see an animal performing tricks? Was it at a circus? Was it at an amusement park? Or was it at an animal sanctuary? Wildlife tourism attracts tourists to many different parts of the globe, and they pay large sums of money to see it. Unfortunately, some businesses neglect the animals, keep them in small cages and abuse them. Let’s take a closer look. What it’s all about Wildlife tourism is often promoted as an activity that…

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Vultures – Soaring for Survival

Vultures – Soaring for Survival

Confronted with a task as hard as an ostrich egg, lesser scavengers may tremble, not the Egyptian Vulture. One of evolution’s great problem-solvers, these resourceful vultures will set off in search of a fittingly sharp pebble. Once it has found one of the right measurements, it will swing its neck down and fling it upon the egg. If it doesn’t work the first time, it will try again. It almost always gets its dinner. It’s not just pebbles. The Egyptian…

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The Plight of the Pangolin

The Plight of the Pangolin

What is a pangolin…? It’s quite a strange name for an animal, however what’s even stranger is the way it looks. A creature that stepped out of a Jurassic Park movie is my interpretation. One could easily confuse it with some sort of reptile rather than a mammal species. There are eight species of pangolin found in the world, four in Asia and four in Africa. Their body is covered with scales and a long tail. Their diet consists mostly…

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Rhino Populations in Crisis

Rhino Populations in Crisis

Three rhinoceroses are killed in the South African bush each day; their horns are sawn off and sold to intermediaries operating in lucrative wildlife markets. South Africa houses 79% of the world`s remaining rhinos. Of the 20 306 South African rhinos, 18 413 are southern white rhinos and around 1 893 animals belong to the black species. An estimate of one-third of South Africa’s white rhinos are on private land, local communities protect 0.5 % of the black rhino population…

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Elephant tusks – safeguarding our Ivory

Elephant tusks – safeguarding our Ivory

Mikumi National Park – Tanzania, The elephant staggered and collapsed over in the tall grass in Southern Tanzania, where some of the world’s worst poaching has happened. It wasn’t a poacher who targeted her but a conservation official, immobilizing her with a dart containing drugs. Shortly after she was snoring loudly and while they kept open her trunk with a twig to help her breathe, they slid a 26-pound (12-kilogram) GPS tracking collar around the rough skin of her neck…

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Conservation in an urban Landscape

Conservation in an urban Landscape

For centuries, cities have been filled with large population densities, and the physical extent of cities has grown slowly. This movement has been reversed over the last 3 decades. Today, urban areas around the globe are expanding on average twice as fast as their populations. I was fortunate enough to grow up in an area which had many green open spaces, even the house that we lived in overlooked a golf course. OK that’s not really a natural area but…

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