Tests on lions in the Kruger National Park (KNP) have shown that both antibodies to the virus that causes feline Aids (Feline immunodeficiency virus or FIV) and the bacterium (Mycobacterium bovis) that causes bovine tuberculosis are present in the lion population.
Dr Peter Taylor Bat colonies living in the roofs of farm buildings are at best a barely tolerable nuisance to many farmers. What they overlook is the fact that bats are the major predators of night-flying insects, including many that are important agricultural pests. Some 70% of the world's almost 1000 species of bats eat insects. Bats display a fascinating variety of adaptations for feeding on different groups of insects. Species of slit-faced bats have long ears to detect the sounds made by crickets and other sound-producing insects and their wing-shape enables slow flight and hovering...
Despite wars, poaching, disease, and dramatic shrinking of their mountain habitat, one hundred years after their discovery, dedicated conservation initiatives have ensured that numbers of the critically endangered mountain gorilla are slowly increasing, WWF said here today.
The 360-million-year-old fossil of a species of fish with elegant needle-like spines - previously unknown to science - has been made in a deposit on the outskirts of Grahamstown, South Africa.
Villagers around Cameroon's Lobeke National Park speak of a time when there were so many animals they literally found their supper on their doorsteps. Now they have to go deep into the forests.