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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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HIGH STAKES AT SOMKHELE
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

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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

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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

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Jumbo blow for Zululand reserve: Bull elephants kill conservationist

The conservationist who was trampled and gored by bull elephants in northern KwaZulu-Natal this week, died trying to save the animals he loved. Matthew Hattingh reports

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Trophy hunting: Have your say!

HAVE YOUR SAY: The UK government is looking at restricting, or even banning, the import and export of hunting trophies.