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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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.
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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.
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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.
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