In this issue …

Polishing off rhinos – why Chinese revere the horn

China was home to the gigantic one-horned rhinoceros Elasmotherium which survived in prehistoric times becoming extinct only about 10,000 years ago. During the Bronze Age (2500-800 BC), when the climate of northern China was warmer than it is at present, various species of Asian rhinos were known, including the two-horned Sumatran (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) and the one-horned Javan (Rhinoceros sondaicus). … Read More

Paddock Diaries – Butterfly bonanza in the paddock

We do not have the abundance of species or individuals every year, far from it. There are several factors that lead to a “BUTTERFLY YEAR.” They include plentiful supply of the often species-specific food plants, which are entirely dependent on the rains to bring on this abundant sustenance. There is also a direct effect from the predators, but the numerous parasitic species that attack the caterpillars are a major culling force. … Read More

Busy and buzzing on the frontline of human-elephant conflict

Distressing images of poached African elephants have hit headline news in recent years triggering intense conservation efforts to save this iconic and intelligent species. Additionally, there is another less known threat to African elephants but equally as critical: human-elephant conflict (HEC).. … Read More

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