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John Varty Tiger Man Attacked

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Gillian van Houten and partner John Varty play with Julie, an endangered Bengal tiger being rehabilitated to live in the wild, at the Varty family's tiger sanctuary in Philippolis, South Africa. Varty, a wildlife filmmaker and conservationist, was recovering in hospital March 29, 2012 after being attacked by one of his tigers.

Africa's Lions Under Threat

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Ma di Tau is a lioness who battles dangerous African buffalo, hungry crocodiles, a wildfire and marauding lions from a rival pride to save her cubs — all in all, a harrowing existence in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. But while Ma di Tau and her brood face many natural threats, the biggest threat to African lions is humans. Some experts say lions could be extinct in the wild in as few as 10 years. The story of Ma di Tau and Africa's dwindling lion...

The Last Lions

lion at Jukani

The African lion is in danger of extinction throughout a significant portion of its range and therefore meets the statutory criteria to be listed as endangered under the ESA. Fewer than 40,000 African lions exist today. The population has decreased by at least 48.5 percent over the past 22 years. Furthermore, the African lion now occupies only 22 percent of its historic range. Although the African lion continues to exist in 27 countries, most populations are too small and isolated from other po...

Chinese Eat Up Zimbabwe’s Endangered Wildlife

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa  - Chinese workers in Zimbabwe are buying up the local wildlife for dinner, feasting on endangered tortoises, pythons, leopards - and even village dogs. Viewed as prestigious dishes, they would be expensive to serve at banquets back in China. But in Zimbabwe they are relatively cheap. Worse yet, in this cash-strapped country there’s a lack of resources to thwart the appetite for endangered game, conservation groups say. China is investing significantl...

A Letter To President Zuma

To South African President Zuma: As citizens from around the world with great respect for South Africa and its magnificent natural heritage, we appeal to you to ban the cruel and senseless trade in lion bones and organs, which is encouraging an industry that could drive lions to the brink of extinction. We hope to be able to visit South Africa and support its tourism industry, and would like to recommend travel there to our friends. We urge you to remove the stain of the lion trade from your cou...