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Kenyans and lions vie for territory

Mon, 2012-07-09 15:40 by Hans
Roaring lions

By Natasha Breed
Nairobi

As Kenya's population has grown over the years, urban areas have been consuming more and more countryside, with humans and wildlife increasingly vying for the same territory.

The sign at the entrance to my neighbourhood read: "To all our dear residents—Lion seen Mukoma Road".

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The Phantom – a rare spotless cheetah

Sat, 2012-04-28 16:24 by Hans

By GUY COMBES

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Back in December I was told about this incredible ‘morph’ phenomenon that has not been seen for over 90 years, and that there was a pressing need to monitor and protect it while raising awareness of the species as a whole. The last one recorded was shot in Tanzania in 1921.

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Resistance spread 'compromising' fight against malaria

Sat, 2012-04-07 10:33 by Hans

By Matt McGrath
Science reporter, BBC World Service

Scientists have found new evidence that resistance to the front-line treatments for malaria is increasing.

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They have confirmed resistant strains of the malaria parasite on the border between Thailand and Burma, 500 miles (800km) away from previous sites.

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A Brief History of African Stereotypes

Sat, 2012-03-10 10:14 by Hans
Josiah Wedgwood and William Hackwood or Henry Webber:  Official medallion of the British Anti-Slavery Society, c. 1787.

Part 1: Broken, Helpless Africa

By John Edwin Mason

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Everything you know about Africa is wrong.

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Do Animals Have Abortions?

Sat, 2012-02-25 22:00 by Hans
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Model unlocks human impact on Africa's fire regimes

Fri, 2011-12-30 18:22 by Hans
Fire on African savannah (Image: Lynn TroIIope/savefireresearchcampaign)

Historically, fire has played an important role in shaping landscapes' flora and fauna

By Mark Kinwer – Environment reporter, BBC News

A model has helped shed light on how human-started fires shaped Africa's landscape, researchers report.

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Before human activity became widespread, most fires were caused by lightning strikes during the continent's wet seasons, they said.

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I know something you don’t know – and I will tell you!

Thu, 2011-12-29 22:17 by Hans

Wild chimpanzees monitor the information available to other chimpanzees and inform their ignorant group members of danger

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NIH temporarily bans new chimpanzee research

Sat, 2011-12-17 10:13 by Hans
Linda Köbner/CHIMP HAVEN – Chimps Doll and Alvin have been used in biomedical research and are now free.

By Brian Vastagg

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The National Institutes of Health has placed a temporary moratorium on new studies using chimpanzees, it announced Thursday in response to a report that marks nearly all medical research on the great apes as scientifically unjustified.

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Two rhino species 'extinct'

Thu, 2011-11-10 17:12 by Hans
A central African northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is listed as "possibly extinct in the wild" Photo: ALAMY

Zookeepers have been warned to increase security after a conservation group declared Africa’s Western Black Rhino extinct and two subspecies at high risk.

By Alice Klein, Nairobi

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Senegal curbs a bloody rite for girls and women

Sun, 2011-10-16 15:51 by Hans
Photo: Lynsey Adario for The New York Times – Sare Harouna, in southern Senegal, is one of more than 5,000 villages where female genital cutting has been abandoned.

Photo: Lynsey Adario for The New York Times – Sare Harouna, in southern Senegal, is one of more than 5,000 villages where female genital cutting has been abandoned.

By CELlA W. DUGGER

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SARE HAROUNA, Senegal — When Aissatou Kande was a little girl, her family followed a tradition considered essential to her suitability to marry. Her clitoris was sliced off with nothing to dull the pain.