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Hope takes flight as birds set free

The rehabilitation and release of three poisoned vultures is celebrated as threats to the species’ survival escalate, writes Will Western One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but the release of three critically endangered vultures really is reason to cheer, say conservationists. The African white-backed vultures had been nursed back to health after eating from a poisoned carcass set for them, experts believe, by muthi traders. It was one of four separate poisoning incidents in Zululand last year, said Chris Kelly,

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Involving more people in the ‘wild economy’ will make the world a better place

For too long, we’ve got it wrong when it comes to conservation. Fortunately some, especially the young, are pointing us in the right direction, writes Francois du Toit Young black South Africans are challenging the way we look at our planet and how best to use its natural resources. A new generation on the continent and elsewhere are questioning the way we do things, including deeply ingrained racial bias. Merlyn Nomsa Nkomo, an aspirant ornithologist and Conservation Biology Masters student

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The Achilles Heel of Conservation

Black communities lived in harmony with nature centuries before parks were created as “fortresses to protect nature” – an issue many conservationists choose to ignore, writes Merlyn Nomusa Nkomo.

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Mine expansion row puts lives on the line

Shootings, threats and other violence have ratcheted up tensions in Somkhele where a mine extension has exposed deep fault lines in a poor community. Fred Kockott and Matthew Hattingh report

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Awards to acknowledge ‘wild warriors’

Rangers working amid critical resource shortages are among ‘wild warriors’ nominated for the 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards, writes Laura du Toit

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Fallen rangers: Deadly militia attack in Virunga

Twelve rangers have fallen victim to senseless killings in Africa’s oldest national park. Fred Kockott reports FREE TO REPUBLISH (see terms below) Virunga National Park officials say 17 people were killed in a sustained attack not far from the park’s headquarters. Armed rebel groups involved in poaching and illegal charcoal production are believed to be responsible. Virunga National Park was closed for 8 months from May 2018 following a spate of attacks on visitors by armed groups. Twelve rangers and

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Twinkle, twinkle little lights: South Coast conservancies show the way

A firefly sanctuary – the first of its kind in Africa and one of only four in the world – has been launched on the lower South Coast. Fred Kockott reports.

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Laughter better medicine than Greta, says SA comic

Greta Thunberg, the teen green activist, would win more people to her cause if she cracked a few jokes, says actor

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Green Corridors enable people to explore the curative nature of the outdoors

Encouraging people to cycle, enjoy nature and the outdoors is among the curative missions of Durban’s Green Corridors, writes Jared Sumar

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International bid to save Mawana elephants

The Aspinall Foundation – an internationally renowned animal conservation charity – has stepped in to save a herd of 32 elephants in northern KwaZulu-Natal, writes Fred Kockott. First published by Sunday Tribune This follows the goring to death of a conservationist, Beyers Coetzee, by two bull elephants outside the privately-owned Mawana Game Reserve, on Tuesday, February 18. Coetzee was killed while he and his team were attempting to drive back the Mawana elephant herd after they had again broken out