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Remembering Lady Liuwa, the ‘Last Lioness’ of Zambia’s Liuwa Plain

Remembering Lady Liuwa, the ‘Last Lioness’ of Zambia’s Liuwa Plain
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-08-17


Posted by African ParksA legendary lioness fondly known as ‘Lady Liuwa’, that lived in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia, died of natural causes on August 9, 2017, just one day before World Lion Day. African Parks, a conservation NGO which manages national parks and protected areas across Africa, has been managing Liuwa Plain in partnership with the Zambia Department of National Parks and Wildlife...(Read More)

The Faceless Lions of Mozambique

The Faceless Lions of Mozambique
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-08-07


By Kris Everatt (with contributions by Rae Kokeš)I first arrived in Africa in 2011 to conduct an MSc in Wildlife Management on the ecology of lions. Whilst pouring over maps of Africa a remote landscape caught my attention – the Mozambican component of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA). This landscape consisted of a variety of land-use types, wildlife densities, communities,...(Read More)

The Big Conservation Lie: Overview and Interview With the Authors

The Big Conservation Lie: Overview and Interview With the Authors
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-07-28


 Conservation is rightfully celebrated for its contribution to preserving iconic wildlife in their natural habitats. Yet there are those who question some of its ethics, wondering where people fit into the bigger picture. With a no-holds-barred analysis (some might say assault on) the widely held African conservation paradigm, The Big Conservation Lie is a contentious, indeed largely contrarian,...(Read More)

Cats of Cuba

Cats of Cuba
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-07-01


It’s not easy being a cat in Cuba.There’s no flea medicine, no cat litter and no catnip. Historically, they’ve been relegated to second-class status after dogs. During the “special period” of the early 90s when food was scarce following the breakup of the Soviet Union, they disappeared from the streets. And occasionally, they’ve been used in Santeria ceremonies.But like many aspects of...(Read More)

Paws and Noses at the Forefront of the Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade in Central Asia

Paws and Noses at the Forefront of the Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade in Central Asia
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-06-04


The fall of 2014 was difficult: an unpleasant incident occurred that however created an opportunity to tackle crossborder illegal trafficking in wildlife in Central Asia in an innovative way.Intelligence from our informant network pointed to illegal trophy hunts in Tajik National Park and trophies illegally exported from Tajikistan into Kyrgyzstan and onwards to Russia and European countries using...(Read More)

Scientists Successfully Collar Three More Wild Snow Leopards in Mongolia

Scientists Successfully Collar Three More Wild Snow Leopards in Mongolia
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-05-11


Post submitted by Matthias Fiechter. GPS collars will allow Snow Leopard Trust researchers to better understand the elusive species.In a remarkably successful expedition, three more snow leopards have been equipped with GPS collars in the Tost Nature Reserve in Mongolia’s South Gobi province this April. Two of them are male, and one is female. They’re the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd snow leopards...(Read More)

Marching For (Cat) Science

Marching For (Cat) Science
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-04-24


I grew up catching animals of all sorts. I kept buckets full of jumping spiders, turtles and snakes. At five-years-old, under the careful instruction of my grandfather, I miraculously caught a rabbit in a flimsy butterfly net attached to the end of a bamboo shoot. After parading it proudly about the house, I released it where I’d caught it several hours before. At seven, I was rushed to the hospital...(Read More)

National Geographic Photo Ark Spotlight: Ocelot

National Geographic Photo Ark Spotlight: Ocelot
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-04-14


Listed as an Endangered Species by the United States, the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) numbers fewer than a hundred individuals north of the Rio Grande (in small pockets of southern Texas and Southern Arizona) — and it is likely to be even more disturbed and threatened by an enhanced border wall with Mexico. “Fencing has already broken natural connections between wild cat populations...(Read More)

Tiger Cubs: A Sign of Hope in Thailand

Tiger Cubs: A Sign of Hope in Thailand
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-04-04


By Chris Hallam MSc Monitoring AdvisorEvery success in the conservation world is worth celebrating—no matter what species, location or size of impact. But some feel more significant than others… and the recent news out of Thailand is a perfect example.In Thailand, Panthera has partnered with the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and Freeland Foundation...(Read More)





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