Photo: lukas.b0, Giraffe (Some rights reserved) is updating our guide to Wild Africa – the country’s biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism, conscious, local, Indigenous, and responsible travel. Relevant additions and suggestions are welcome.

A closer look at the richness of South Africa’s biodiversity – Maverick @SANBI_ZA @dailymaverick
Why Black Lives Don’t Matter in Kenya’s Colonial ‘Conservancies’ – The Elephant
The Big Conservation Lie: Overview and Interview With the Authors
Let’s keep wildlife wild
The commodification of South Africa’s wildlife – Andreas Wilson-Späth
Ecotourism and protected areas in Southern Africa@SueSnyman @iucn


  • What would locals like others know about responsible travel and wildlife tourism in Africa?

The Conservation Symposium facilitates the development and exchange of ideas and lessons pertaining to contemporary conservation issues in southern Africa. The Conservation Symposium 2022 will be a hybrid event with a central venue for live streaming pre-recorded and live presentations to multi-hub meetings scattered across the country, the continent, and the globe so that it continues to be affordable and inclusive but also allows for face-to-face networking and a social aspect to be catered for.

African Wildlife Foundation

Lake Chad
BIOsphere and Heritage of Lake Chad (BIOPALT) project
NASA Goddard: Lake Chad was once one of the African continent’s largest bodies of fresh water, close in surface area to North America’s Lake Erie. But today it is a ghost of its former self, reduced to only about 1/20 th its former size in just four decades, thanks to prolonged drought and human demand for water. Found at the intersection of four different countries in West Africa (Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon), Lake Chad has been the source of water for massive irrigation projects.

Spotlight: Quo Vadis Africa

Spotlight on Conservation Guardians

– Animal Care Score
– Conservation Achievement Score
– Conservationists have lost ability to focus on real conservation

Embedded Tweets

Flora of the Western Cape
Flora of Southern Africa

September 12-16 National Parks Week

South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrates National Parks Week from September 12-16 in most of South Africa’s national parks, some of which celebrate the week for a week (through September 18). Free access is given to day visitors, with a particular focus on attracting people from local communities. Free access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities.

Parks not participating are Namaqua National Park and Boulders Penguin Colony in Table Mountain National Park.

This initiative in partnership with Total SA and FNB is in line with SANParks vision statement of ‘A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society’.

It should be noted that free access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities. Some of the parks will be extending the week to include the weekend. For More information visit

Addo Elephant National Park
Agulhas National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Bontebok National Park
Camdeboo National Park
Garden Route National Park
Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Karoo National Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kruger National Park
Mapungubwe National Park
Marakele National Park
Mokala National Park
Mountain Zebra National Park
Table Mountain National Park
Tankwa Karoo National Park
West Coast National Park

Butterflies and bugs
Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary
Better Tourism Africa


Flickr Groups
Ecotourism Africa

Biodiversity Sector Messaging Strategy Document (PDF)

South Africa’s national tree is the yellowwood –

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Parks and Protected Areas
Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site
Kruger National Park
Tsitsikamma National Park
South African National Parks
Bird Island Group Marine Protected Area
Tankwa Karoo National Park – Facebook

Koedoe Special Issue: Tourism and Protected Areas @OpenJournals @anna_spenceley @SueSnyman

Koedoe, with the sub-title ‘African Protected Area Conservation and Science’ is an influential, frequently cited, accredited, peer reviewed and Open Access journal published since 1958. The journal promotes and contributes to the scientific (biology) and environmental (ecology and biodiversity) conservation practices of Africa, by defining the key practices that will ensure biological diversity in Africa.

Fauna of Africa
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Kalahari Desert


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