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Conservation

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Environment

Baobab trees all come from Madagascar – new study reveals that their seeds and seedlings floated to mainland Africa and all the way to Australia

      By Andrew R. Leitch, Queen Mary University of London     There are eight species of baobab in the world, and they have a surprising distribution. Six are found in Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean; one is found on the continent of Africa; and the last is far away in Australia. The origin of this group of plants has fascinated people for a long time. […]

todayJune 7, 2024 3

Africa

South Africa: new Drakensberg nature reserve will protect ancient rock art, wildlife, livelihoods, grasslands and water

          South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains have a new 6,500 hectare nature reserve. The new Northern Drakensberg Nature Reserve is working with communities and will preserve ancient rock art, vital grasslands and water sources for millions of people. It connects a neighbouring world heritage site to another nature reserve, expanding a huge transnational protected area from South Africa to neighbouring Lesotho. Most importantly, it will open a […]

todayJune 4, 2024 3

Namibia

U.S. Ambassador to Namibia strengthens conservation efforts

U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Randy Berry has completed a five-day tour of Namibia’s southern coastal region, visiting Oranjemund, the Tsau ǁKhaeb National Park, and Lüderitz from 13 to 17 May 2024. The trip is meant to boost economic ties and highlight ongoing conservation efforts between the United States and Namibia. Here is Julia Haludilu the US Press and Media Coordinator.

todayMay 21, 2024 32

Environment

Leopard DNA study in South Africa traces ancestry to ice age – and will guide conservation

      By Laura Tensen, University of Copenhagen   An ice age almost one million years ago led to a meeting between leopards from central and southern Africa that were searching for grassland. New research into the leopards’ genetics – their mitogenome – has revealed that the descendants of these two groups are the leopards found today in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. One of the researchers, molecular ecologist Laura […]

todayMay 17, 2024 25

Namibia

Wildlife special court reconvenes in Katima Mulilo

The Wildlife Special Court has reconvened in Katima Mulilo for the second time since its establishment in 2022. The court is expected to hear over 60 wildlife crime cases in a period of two months. Here is the Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism's Chief Control Warden, Morgan Saisai with more. Meanwhile, the latest United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s World Wildlife Crime Report reveals that wildlife trafficking hasn't […]

todayMay 15, 2024 17

Africa

Madagascar’s ancient baobab forests are being restored by communities – with a little help from AI

        By Seheno Andriantsaralaza, Université d’Antananarivo     Six of the world’s eight baobab species are indigenous to Madagascar, where the distinctive trees with giant trunks have historically grown in huge forests. But these forests are threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture – 4,000 hectares of baobab forest in Madagascar are destroyed every year. Baobab trees can live for 1,000 years and one hectare of land can support eight […]

todayMay 13, 2024 26

Africa

Enough With the Veto, Mozambique Vents to the ‘P5’ Security Council Members

Ambassador Pedro Comissário of Mozambique leads the UN Security Council in May. He said: The “veto should have never been allowed in cases of flagrant violation of international humanitarian law as we are witnessing in Gaza at this moment.” JOHN PENNEY/PASSBLUE   By Damilola Banjo   The veto power of the five permanent United Nations Security Council members is the bane of countless failed resolutions across decades. Now, Mozambique’s ambassador […]

todayMay 6, 2024 9

Environment

Great white sharks off South Africa’s coast are protected by law, but not in practice. Why this needs to change

    By Enrico Gennari, Rhodes University; Neil Hammerschlag, University of Oregon, and Sara Andreotti, Stellenbosch University     In less than eight years, white sharks in South Africa have all but disappeared from their historical hotspots in False Bay and Gansbaai, on the Western Cape coast. These areas were once known as the “white shark capital of the world” and were home to a flourishing ecotourism industry. One possible […]

todayMay 6, 2024 30

Africa

Blue whales: first discovery near Seychelles in decades – what our study found

    By Jeremy Kiszka, Florida International University   Blue whales are fascinating animals. At 24-30 metres in length (longer than a basketball court) they are the largest creatures on Earth. They are also among the rarest. Estimates suggest that there are only around 5,000 to 15,000 blue whales left in the world. Their populations experienced a 89-97% decline due to commercial whaling activities worldwide that started in the North […]

todayApril 22, 2024 7

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