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Virunga park director shot in ambush

The Belgian director of Africa’s oldest national park – Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo – has been shot and wounded in an ambush.

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Lioness gored by buffalo horn lives to see another day

Lioness Siena from the Marsh Pride of lions in the Masai Mara was badly injured on her left lower flank by a buffalo horn. Without intervention it is certain that Siena would not have survived this injury and her cubs would also have been in jeopardy.

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Possible 3000-year-old skeleton found in Melkbos

Archaeologists in Cape Town are on high alert following the discovery of human remains on a building site in the coastal suburb of Melkbosstrand.

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Panda lemur making a comeback

One of the world’s biggest populations of greater bamboo lemurs, sometimes known as the panda lemur, has doubled in just three years, giving conservationists new hope that the species can be kept from extinction.

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Ban on ivory imports into the USA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the intention to stop all commercial trade in African elephant tusks and rhino horn, starting with a suspension on the importation into USA of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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Biggest elephant in Southern Africa dies

It is with deep sadness and regret that Tembe Elephant Park has announced the death of Isilo the elephant. Isilo was the king of the elephants and wildlife in the Tembe Transfrontier Park on the South Africa/Mozambique Border and was known as the biggest “tusker” in Southern Africa.

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SANParks arrests two staff members for alleged poaching

South African National Parks said in a statement that two of its staff members based in the Kruger National Park were arrested on Monday, 7 April 2014, on suspicion of rhino poaching activity.

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Anti-mining in Lower Zambezi group sees victory

The Lusaka high court has upheld the stay of execution granted to six environmental organisations against government’s decision to allow the opening of a mining project in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

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Baby elephant wanders into South African living room

A 10-day-old runaway baby elephant found herself in the front room of a ranch in Zululand, South Africa.The elephant is thought to have traversed 30 miles of nature reserve before ending up at the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve.

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Modern lions’ origin revealed by genetic analysis

The origin and history of modern lions have been revealed by scientists. A genetic analysis of living lions and museum specimens confirms modern lions’ most recent common ancestor lived around 124 000 years ago

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