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Turning a Childhood Passion for Wildlife Into a Conservation Career

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve was taken by Andrew McKay

I grew up in subtropical Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and, for all of my childhood and formative years, lived in close proximity to the relatively small but spectacular Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. For a peri-urban reserve, it has impressive biodiversity, being positioned within the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot.

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A Song Against Poaching

Celia Ho the Elephant Girl in October Asian Geographic to speak about elephant poaching

This month, Asian Geographic published an 8-page cover story of my ‘Schools United for Elephants’ Campaign, spreading the anti-ivory trade idea in 24 places including, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, USA etc.  

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Forest Elephants: Windows into the Forest

Forest elephants forage at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National, Park, Gabon.

Elephants are the largest land animals, so it comes as a great surprise that for one species, we really don’t know that much. How can an animal so large be studied so little? Despite their size, African forest elephants are actually very difficult to see.

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India's Passion for Africa's Wildlife

The South African R20 note manipulated to show a poached elephant

Hi my name is India and I am 18 years old, I live and study in the UK but my heart has always been in Africa. Being half South African and having the opportunity to go to Africa pretty much every year of my life has honestly made me who I am today.

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Cheetahs: The World's Fastest Land Animal

Adult female cheetah in Kenya. Photo by Robyn Gianni

I have to admit, I’m not usually a big fan of cats. But, for whatever reason, I cannot help but be captivated by cheetahs. Maybe it’s their grace and agility or maybe it’s just the face of a cheetah cub, but I think these cats are incredible.

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