Six hotels South Africa ‘world’s best’

Singita in het Kruger National ParkSix hotels in South Africa feature in the 50 “world’s best hotels 2013” list of  US magazine Travel + Leisure, with three of them ranking in the top 10 – all  three located within the world-famous Kruger National Park, and two belonging to  South African hospitality group Singita.

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Desert Namibia on World Heritage List

Dessert Namibia along the sea.

Dessert Namibia along the sea.

The Namib Sand Sea in Namibia is one of the eight natural and man-made wonders included recently in the United Nations educational and cultural agency’s World Heritage List.

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Botswana Bushmen fight for ancestral land

bushmen-women-in-botswana-okavango-deltaDozens of Botswana Bushmen threatened with eviction reportedly because they live in an area proposed as a ‘wildlife corridor’, have won a significant court victory in their struggle to stay on their ancestral lands.

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Elephant Eden becoming paradise lost?

bosolifant CARRemember that scene from Jurassic Park when the two paleontologists see the herds of living dinosaurs for the first time? Their eyes widen in disbelief, mouths agape, unable to speak. Richard Carroll, vice president for Africa at WWF in Washington, describes when he felt that sensation: with the forest elephants in the Central African Republic.

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Chimpanzee moet Nederland vertederen

Chimpanzee, filmafbeeldingHet is een documentaire, maar kijkt als een speelfilm. De film Chimpanzee over de kleine chimpansee Oscar en zijn avonturen in het oerwoud bewijst hoe verbazingwekkend het echte leven kan zijn en hoe geen enkel verzonnen verhaal tegen de realiteit op kan.

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Leeuw met uitsterven bedreigd

Nog even en de leeuw wordt ook met uitsterven bedreigd. De populatie leeuwen in Afrika is in de laatste 50 jaar gedaald van bijna 100.000 naar 35.000 dieren, blijkt uit een recent rapport van de Amerikaanse Duke University in Noord-Carolina. Dat betekent dat de leeuw binnenkort een bedreigde diersoort kan zijn. Oorzaak is enerzijds de vernietiging van zijn leefomgeving, en anderzijds de groeiende vraag naar trofeeën en lichaamsdelen, verkregen door jacht en stroperij.

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Poachers hacked baby rhino with axes

Poachers hacked a baby rhino many times with axes and machetes.  The infant rhino got too close to the poachers who were cutting off her mother’s horn after that rhino was killed in South Africa near Mokopane. 

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Elite troups to protect elephants in Cameroon

Cameroon has decided to mobilize over 600 soldiers and a helicopter of its elite Bataillon d´intervention rapide (BIR – Rapid Intervention Battalion) to stop poachers from entering its territory to kill elephants for their ivory.

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Table Mountain New Wonder of Nature

Table Mountain National Park has been officially inaugurated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. At the ceremony a specially-cast bronze plaque was unveiled, listing the iconic mountain as one of the 7 worldwide places that receive the title.

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‘New’ lion found in Ethiopia

A team of international researchers has provided the first comprehensive DNA evidence that the Addis Ababa lion in Ethiopia is genetically unique and is urging immediate conservation action to preserve this vulnerable lion population.

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