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 28 August 2015 – Special AGOA Forum Edition, Part 3

A selection of news headlines related to the 14th annual AGOA Forum held this week in Libreville, Gabon, and drawn from media in Africa and around the globe. AGOA Renewal Raises African Hopes of Unhindered Exports to U.S. Source: Apparel U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa Source: Reuters Harnessing Botswana’s AGOA …

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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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Africa News Headlines for 11 August 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. Wagner’s Mandela Fellowship cohort casts big shadow in Washington Source: Wagner College Newsroom South African president laughs off uproar over killing of Cecil the lion Source: The Globe and Mail A Milestone in Africa: One Year Without a Case of …

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Why Cecil the lion offers lessons for land reform and the role of elites

Ian Scoones, University of Sussex The huge uproar generated by the shooting of Cecil the lion provides a fascinating lens into Zimbabwe’s new elite land politics and the relationship between humans and “wild” nature. The country’s extensive game ranches and conservancies were mostly subject to land reform in the early 2000s. Many of the former …

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