Janus, Letitia, Praesepe, Sarph, Zuben'ubi.
Named for celestial bodies, this rambunctious quintet of black-and-white-ruffed lemurs have some researchers thanking their lucky stars that their efforts seem to be paying off.
The five primates are carving out a place in conservation history as the first ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata variegata) to be born in captivity and then released into the wilds of Madagascar, their ancestral homeland. And they're thriving.
Rumors of increased elephant poaching around Africa have circulated for the last year and have now been confirmed in at least one location. Reports from the area around Lewa Downs on the Laikipia plateau in central Kenya indicate a loss of 23 elephants in the last year compared to a total of 11 for the previous four years.
A community forced to move 30 years ago off land now falling within the boundaries of South Africa's Kruger National Park has regained its rights to nearly 100 square miles of park land.
Under the terms of the agreement reached in the spring with South Africa National Parks (SANP), the Pafuri region, just south of the current Kruger boundary, will be returned to the Makuleke community and will be maintained as a protected area.
Guard dogs trained by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) are now at work on some 50 farms in Namibia protecting livestock, including goats belonging to President Sam Nujoma of Namibia.
The rare colobus monkeys in Kenya's Diani Forest no longer have to worry about dodging traffic along the road that cuts through their habitat. Now they can take the high road, safely crossing on four arboreal rope bridges constructed by local conservationists.