Award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert have completed their latest film, Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo, which tells of the grueling fight for survival of highly specialized lions that prey almost exclusively on buffalo in the Okavango Delta. Relentless Enemies will first air on the National Geographic Channel Sunday, January 29th, at 9pm in the USA.
On December 7th, over the course of one week, the African Wildlife Foundation's Grevy's zebra research team discovered eight dead adult Grevy's zebra. These zebras were found in the Ngaroni area of northern Kenya, a place with a high concentration of Grevy's zebra population.
In the next few weeks, the South African government is facing the decision on how to handle the growing elephant population in Kruger National Park (KNP). The elephant population numbers are about 12,500 and are said to impact negatively on the biodiversity of the park.
Earlier this year, in the heart of the Maasai Steppe Heartland, AWF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tanzanian government to conserve land that is part of a key wildlife corridor.
Africa's bonobo (Pan paniscus), the last of the great ape species to be discovered by science, may well be running out of time. Thats because the latest survey by AWF's team in the Democratic Republic of Congo indicates Africa's bonobos face a variety of threats to their long term survival.
Threatened by the loss of their rainforest habitat and an escalating bushmeat trade, bonobos are in serious trouble. Burgeoning human populations, civil unrest, international logging concessions and global markets for illegal wildlife trade are all taking a toll.