News and Views about Endangered African Animals

 

Karma? Another Trophy Hunter Has Been Killed by an Elephant

Karma? Another Trophy Hunter Has Been Killed by an Elephant

 

May 2017: Theunis Botha, a friend of Van Zyl and the owner of another South African hunting facility, is crushed to death by an elephant when he and his fellow trophy hunters surprise a breeding herd at a private hunting ranch in Zimbabwe.
August 2017: Karma strikes for the third time this year. While hunting in a private wildlife reserve in Namibia, Jose Monzalvez of Argentina is trampled by an elephant.
Monzalvez, who worked for an oil company, along with another Argentinian and three Namibians had been following a herd of elephants Aug. 12 at Farm Mopane, about 43 miles northwest of the small town of Kalkfeld. Before they were able to aim their guns at their intended prey, one of the elephants spotted them from a distance, according to Otjozondjupa regional police spokeswoman Maureen Mbeha.
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Source: http://www.care2.com
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Christine Abbot, 24, who works for Mount Veterinary Group and Minster Vets, heads to South Africa

Christine Abbot, 24, who works for Mount Veterinary Group and Minster Vets, heads to South Africa

 

Christine Abbott, 24, is among a group of volunteers who left last week for the two-week conservation project at the Welgevendon Private Game Reserve in South Africa.
Christine, who works at both Mount Veterinary Group in Malton and Minster Vets in York, will have the chance to experience hands-on wildlife veterinary work behind the scenes at one of South Africa’s biggest Game Reserves.
Under the direction of one of South Africa’s leading wildlife vets, Dr Peter Caldwell, the team will experience game capture and relocation, and carry out various tasks, including meerkat tracking, collecting DNA from rhinos and helping in the conservation of endangered species.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2wWixTu
Source: http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk
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The 10 most endangered animals in South Africa

The 10 most endangered animals in South Africa

 

What is shocking is that some creatures across the globe even become extinct before they are scientifically documented.
It is the job of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to classify threatened animals as either vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.
We found that several animal species across South Africa are on the brink becoming extinct in the near future due to poaching, pollution and human destruction. What that means is that unless we save them, future generations will only be able to see them in museums, on TV or read about them in books.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2wWOona
Source: https://www.rnews.co.za
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Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs?

Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs?

 

Led by scientists from ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, the study highlights how African wild dogs — already classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List — raise fewer pups at high temperatures.
Three concurrent studies, undertaken by ZSL, the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, and the African Wildlife Conservation Fund, monitored a total of 73 wild dog packs at sites in Kenya, Botswana and Zimbabwe, over a combined 42 years of study.
Tracking with high-tech collars showed that wild dog packs spent less time hunting on hot days. When packs tried to raise pups in hot weather, more of the pups died, potentially because they received less food from individuals returning from hunts.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2wWdPVT
Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com
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Social Media and Marketing News 18-08-2017

 

The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing

The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing

 

We speed date, eat fast food, use emojis instead of words, pay for overnight shipping, and get started with social media without knowing why or what to expect.
I get it.
The world is moving faster than ever before. New trends and technology seem to appear overnight, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep pace. So, you get the temptation to jump on the social media bandwagon without a clear picture in mind of what you want to achieve.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2wWzVaD
Source: http://www.jeffbullas.com
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10 Tools for Creating Compelling Content for Social Media

10 Tools for Creating Compelling Content for Social Media

 

New platforms have come into the mix. Veteran platforms continue to evolve their algorithms, rules and layouts. There are constantly new things to learn about how to use social media to get the highest coveted asset of all in this space — attention.
One thing that never seems to change about social media marketing is the need for something eye-catching. Marketers have argued over whether one-liners beat several paragraphs. We’ve talked about the importance of hashtags.
But what also doesn’t change, despite the constant ebb and flow of social updates, is the need for the content to compel a fan or follower to stop, look and react.
Full story at http://mklnd.com/2wWHG0y
Source: http://marketingland.com
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Facebook launches Watch Tab of Original Video Shows

Facebook launches Watch Tab of Original Video Shows

 

By hosting original programming, Facebook could boost ad revenue and give people a reason to frequently return to the News Feed for content they can’t get anywhere else.
Watch features personalized recommendations of live and recorded shows to watch, plus categories like “Most Talked About,” “What’s Making People Laugh” and “Shows Your Friends Are Watching.” Publishers can also share their shows to the News Feed to help people discover them. A Watchlist feature lets you subscribe to updates on new episodes of your favorite shows. Fans can connect with each other and creators through a new feature that links shows to Groups.
Facebook says it plans to roll out access to Watch to more users and more content creators soon, starting with the rest of the U.S. before expanding internationally. Users with access will see a TV-shaped Watch button in the bottom navigation bar of Facebook’s main app that opens the new video hub.
Full story at http://tcrn.ch/2wWfzi5
Source: TechCrunch
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Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story

Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story

 

If you receive a photo or video, there’s now a reply button in the conversation thread. If you tap on this button, the original photo is instantly turned into a sticker in the top right corner. You can leave it there and reply with some context
But you can also move it around, tilt it and draw around it. If you’re replying to a video, it looks like Instagram only keeps a screenshot of the first frame.
If you tap on it, the original photo fills the top half of the screen. You can then take a selfie for the bottom half of the photo. It reminds me of Frontback, a photo-sharing app that lets you take a photo of what you have in front of you, and a photo of your reaction with a selfie. Instagram works the same way as it features both the context and your reaction.
Full story at http://tcrn.ch/2wWspN5
Source: TechCrunch
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BeachWednesday On The Wildside ~ St. Lucia South Africa

Walk down to the beach you need to walk the boardwalk, your first introduction is this major big warning about the Crocodiles. I love these, it almost tempts you to stray off the path.

To the right of the boardwalk, some hippo sunbathing with a couple of crocs here and there. Just a friendly reminder that the beasties are in town. We can see the sea, it is hot and looks so inviting in the pale blue of the day.

Getting closer you can see the damp sand at the end of the St Lucia Estuary with towering lush Vegetated Sand Dunes. This is a World Heritage Site where all three African species of crocodile can be seen in the various ponds. And snakes alive you will find, alongside many other living creatures.

Still feel like that swim, under the hot African sun, think again, some do, most don’t! Popping in for a quick dip could find you surfing with sharks, crocodiles or hippo whose footprints on the beach are evident in the morning walk.

The Indian Ocean waters are warm and tempting all year round. A fantastic place to adventure, you will see nature at it’s best.

Having enjoyed a good walk on the beach we sighted these people enjoying another way of getting out into nature via horse back, never venturing too close to the estuary for fear of crocodiles they appeared to have a great mode of transport. The beaches I have shown is one of three that spread the length of the St Lucia Village and all are powder soft white sand spilling into the blue sea.

 

First law of visiting down try pet and play with the nature, pic flowers and only leave your footprints always.

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