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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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Elephant memories: On art at the intersection

Andries Botha toured the world with his elephant sculptures, capturing the public’s imagination and doing much for conservation. But in his home town, the project trampled on a few toes.

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Buzz off! Stinky solutions for a jumbo problem

Elephants can fundamentally alter the landscapes as they forage, damaging or killing large trees. Now researchers are trying out pungent potions to keep destructive pachyderms at bay. Tony Carnie reports 

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Park expansion holds hope for Africa’s big tuskers

Eight of Africa’s remaining 30 “big tuskers” live in South Africa’s Tembe Elephant Park. The park is set to expand by up to 26,000 hectares, allowing its elephant herds to

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Conservationists face up to jumbo problems

 Legislation enables culling, but KZN conservationists stick to alternative controls, write Fred Kockott and Thabiso Goba

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Elephant in the room: how film-makers pricked a rookie reporter’s conscience

Devarshini Munsami walked away inspired from her first assigment as a journalist – covering a recent wildlife filmmakers congress in Durban.