Intermittent torrential winter rains linked to the El Nino weather system have pounded parts of Africa, taking a toll on people and wildlife alike.
Several parks and reserves reported flooding in low-lying areas. In Tanzania, about 500 hippos and crocodiles and 1,500 wildebeest, antelopes, gazelles and buffaloes, drowned in flooded game sanctuaries in Serengeti and Tarangire national parks in Tanzania. The Ngorongoro Crater filled with rain water, widening the lake at the bottom of the crater and forcing animals away from its center.
A comprehensive census in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has confirmed the existence of nearly 300 mountain gorillas.
The world's total number of mountain gorillas has been estimated for some time at just over 600; the other 300 members of this endangered species live in the Virunga Volcanoes along the adjoining borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).
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.