CITES

What does CITES stand for?  CITES stands for: the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. So what is CITES about exactly?  CITES is an agreement between governments, which has aims to ensure that any trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not have an impact on thatContinue reading “CITES”

Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

The Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill is found throughout southern Africa including south-west Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, southern Zambia, southern Malawi, western Mozambique and northern South Africa.  It is a very common bird, and easy to recognise. They measure around 40cm from head to tail. They have a combination of pied white-spotted plumage (set with black). TheContinue reading “Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)”

In-situ Conservation

In-situ conservation summed up in basic terms, is just conservation on the ground in the natural environment of the species you’re saving. There is a large variety of different types of in-situ project that contributes towards the conservation of a species, sometimes helping to conserve multiple species at the same time.  Types of in-situ conservationContinue reading “In-situ Conservation”

The Importance of Zoos in Conservation

As I mentioned briefly in my last blog post, zoos are one of the most underappreciated and underestimated forces of the conservation world. Without zoos, there would be an even larger number of extinct animals than there already is.  Not only do zoos keep animals to show off to the public and to use themContinue reading “The Importance of Zoos in Conservation”

Wildlife Conservation

What exactly is wildlife conservation? Wildlife conservation is primarily working to protect plant and animal species, and their natural habitats.  Who is involved in wildlife conservation? There are many organisations and individuals involved in conservation; from environmental law makers, to wildlife rehabilitators, to wildlife veterinarians, safari guides, game rangers, ecologists among many others. Some big,Continue reading “Wildlife Conservation”

Adventures in Africa – Story 5

Adventure 5 was organised mostly by my university as it was a field work trip for one of my modules. I, however, arranged the first 5 days of my trip to go and see my best friend who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. The same friend’s house that I sadly had to leave beforeContinue reading “Adventures in Africa – Story 5”

Adventures in Africa – Story 3

The third adventure to Africa happened in a rushed style compared to the previous two trips. I had only started to book it about 6 weeks before I wanted to be heading out. I had developed a strong passion for wanting to learn wildlife photography, and what could be better than learning a new skill,Continue reading “Adventures in Africa – Story 3”

Adventures in Africa – Story 2

The second adventure to Africa took place only a few months after the first, however this time, I had organised this trip by myself through a company called African Conservation Experience (ACE). ACE have a range of different volunteering projects you can take part in, from working alongside wildlife vets, volunteering at wildlife rehabilitation centres,Continue reading “Adventures in Africa – Story 2”

African Lion

Panthera leo Size: Male – Total length is between 2.5-3.3m, shoulder height is 1.2m. They generally weigh between 150-225kg. Female – Total length 2.3 – 2.7m, shoulder height is 1m. They generally weigh between 110-152kg Identification: Lions are the largest of the African cats. There is sexual dimorphism between adult males and females, as malesContinue reading “African Lion”