Why it might take more than the buzz of bees to ward off elephants

Mduduzi Ndlovu, University of the Witwatersrand Elephant populations in southern Africa’s national parks have increased dramatically in recent years. As a result of their booming numbers, vast dietary requirements and expansive ranges, elephants sometimes roam outside the borders of protected areas in search of food. Farmers in communities surrounding national parks rely heavily on subsistence …

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Can elephants retain their social bonds in the face of poaching?

Shifra Goldenberg, Colorado State University As highly social animals – like human beings – elephants rely on their bonds to navigate everyday life. Group living helps elephants with the difficult decisions that they make on a regular basis – what to eat, where to go when the water dries up, how to parent. And as …

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Africa News Headlines for 5 December 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines gathered from around the globe over the past 24 hours. Africa, China relationship at its highest level ever following summit – Zuma Source: News24 Is China a brake on Africa’s progress? Source: BBC News Kenya single largest investor in Rwanda Source: Standard Digital China-Africa Relations Expanding Beyond Cash Deals …

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Africa News Headlines for 11 October 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe that appeared over the past seven days Partnership allows UVa to offer more-obscure language classes Source: The Daily Progress Facebook to beam Internet to Africa with Israeli AMOS-6 communications satellite Source: Port2Port Malawi, Sudan and Ethiopia cost of living highest in Comesa Source: The Star …

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Why a ban on hunting in Botswana isn’t the answer to challenges facing the country

Melville Saayman, North-West University When Botswana’s government announced a ban on hunting about two years ago, the news was welcomed by anti-hunting organisations. But communities, hunting operators and game farmers were not happy at all. Hunting, and especially trophy hunting, generates millions – particularly in rural areas where there are high levels of unemployment and …

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