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Photographer Shoots Fine Art Photos of Africa’s Majestic Elephants

Photographer Shoots Fine Art Photos of Africa’s Majestic Elephants

By PHIL MISTRY - PetaPixel Photographer Chris Fallows grew up in South Africa and has been exposed to wildlife since he was taken on a safari at age two. His father was an amateur wildlife photographer and introduced him to the hobby in his teens.Fallows started taking it more seriously when he was able to photograph breaching great whites. The sharks have been a passion of Fallows for the last three decades, and he has captured some of the finest breaching shots where the sharks are up to twelve feet above the water. The exposure that came with it gave him a break at becoming...

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Namibian elephant auction: A Potemkin conservation model

Namibian elephant auction: A Potemkin conservation model

By John Grobler A reply to Gail Thomson The Story Behind the Namibian Elephant Auction Gail Thomson of Conservation Namibia's article ("The story behind the elephant auction") that seeks to justify the capture of the last free-roaming elephant herds outside the Namibian national parks' boundaries raises far more questions than it provides answers on the real state of elephant conservation in Namibia. The real elephant in the room here is the true number of elephants left in Namibia: the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism MEFT) claims there are 22 000 elephants in northern Namibia,...

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Recreational hunting, conservation and livelihoods: no clear evidence trail

Recreational hunting, conservation and livelihoods: no clear evidence trail

By Enrico Di Minin, Anna Haukka, Anna Hausmann, Christoph Fink, Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Gonzalo Cortés-Capano, Hayley Clements & Ricardo A. Correia - The Conversation In sub-Saharan Africa, almost 1,400,000 km² of land spread across many countries — from Kenya to South Africa — is dedicated to “trophy” (recreational) hunting. This type of hunting can occur on communal, private, and state lands. The hunters – mainly foreign “tourists” from North America and Europe – target a wide variety of species, including lions, leopards, antelopes, buffalo, elephants, zebras, hippopotamus and...

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World wildlife day: Cameroon’s rich biodiversity face innumerable threats

World wildlife day: Cameroon’s rich biodiversity face innumerable threats

By Abhijit Mohanty - Down to Earth More than 630 flora and fauna species in Cameroon are listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List. Cameroon ranks fifth for fauna diversity and fourth for flora in Africa. But mushrooming bushmeat and international wildlife trade has pushed many species to the brink of extinction.  Located in central Africa, Cameroon is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. The country is often known as ‘Africa in miniature’ because of its diverse landscapes which include coastal areas, mountains, savanna and rainforest. The tropical forests of Cameroon, spread...

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