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Mountain gorilla populations rise amid conservation action

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The fin whale and mountain gorilla populations grew significantly due to efforts by conservationists to halt their descent towards extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Wednesday. In an update of its “Red List” of threatened species, the IUCN said that a …

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Lions suspected in drowning of 400 buffaloes in Botswana

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP | More than 400 buffaloes believed to have been chased by lions drowned in a river in northern Bostwana this week, the government said. The mass drowning occurred in Chobe River near the border with Namibia. Early investigations by authorities in both countries “suggest that an …

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S.African film-maker killed by giraffe

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A South African film-maker was killed by a giraffe while filming on a reserve outside Johannesburg, the game lodge’s owner has said, adding that he died after being air-lifted to hospital. The giraffe hit Carlos Carvalho in the head at the Glen Afric Country …

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Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world, dies

Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP  | Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvur Kralove Zoo have announced the death of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds, …

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Woman killed by lion at S.Africa game lodge

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lion on Tuesday at a private game lodge close to South Africa’s capital Pretoria, local media reported. The victim was attacked by the lioness near Hammanskraal, roughly 45 kilometres (30 miles) north of Pretoria around …

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Today’s elephants don’t interbreed like ancient species

Miami, United States | AFP | Ancient species of elephants and mammoths interbred, swapping genes that helped them adapt to new habitats and climates, a practice that is lost among modern-day elephants, researchers said Monday. Today, the two kinds of living elephants in Africa — savanna and forest elephants — are …

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Suspected poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A suspected poacher was mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions close to the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police said Monday, adding that little was left of the victim’s body. The remains were found at the weekend in the …

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