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September 11, 2017 4:00 AM Botswana’s battle against wildlife crime boosted with new legal guide

In partnership with the Tlhokomela Trust, Space for Giants, an international conservation organisation, worked closely with Botswana’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the country’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to create an investigation and prosecution toolkit, titled the ‘Rapid Reference Guide to Wildlife Crime’. It is being 49

September 10, 2017 11:32 PM Illicit diamond fortune props up Mugabe’s regime

Just over a decade ago, Zimbabwe discovered one of the world’s richest diamond deposits in an area known now as the Marange diamond fields. This find was supposed to transform the country’s economic prospects and, ultimately, the lives of its people. Instead, as a new report from Global Witness confirms, most of Zimbabwe’s vast oil wealth has been looted 97

September 10, 2017 6:49 AM Police, RBZ descend on cash barons

POLICE have arrested three people on allegations of externalising more than $7 million through Botswana in a blitz that is involving the Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the arrest and urged people to desist from selling and externalising 131

September 9, 2017 4:26 AM Bhagani: A tale of Zimbabwe’s orphan

Bhagani village in Bulilima constituency, Matabeleland South, is an area teeming with beautiful brick and mortar homesteads. While there are grass-thatched huts, as in other rural settings, many of homesteads in the ward 21 area have tiled or corrugated roofing. But behind the beautiful homesteads, is a village that is hurting. A village that feels central 111

September 7, 2017 1:09 PM Zanu PF youths target party bigwigs' farms

MUTARE - Outspoken Zanu PF chairperson for Manicaland province Mubuso Chinguno and his colleagues in the former liberation movement’s arm, have threatened to invade farms they claim are underutilised by the party’s bigwigs. The youth league also warned that it would launch a final blitz on the remaining white farmers in the province — in remarks which 115

September 6, 2017 4:20 PM African wild dogs vote with sneezes on important pack issues

African wild dogs have excellent table manners. The puppies are allowed to eat first. Able-bodied dogs share meat with injured confederates. And packs of Lycaon pictus vote that it's time to go on a hunt by sneezing. Neil Jordan, a professor at the University of New South Wales who does fieldwork in Botswana, spent four years working with the dogs before 73

September 6, 2017 12:17 AM Swansea Uni study: African Wild dogs 'sneeze to vote'

African wild dogs vote over pack decisions by sneezing, a new study has found. The joint research by academics from Swansea, Australia and the United States monitored endangered dogs at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. They found the dogs used sneezes to decide when to move off to hunt after making camp for greeting ceremonies called "social 108

September 6, 2017 12:14 AM How African wild dogs 'sneeze to vote'

African wild dogs vote over pack decisions by sneezing, a new study has found. The joint research by academics from Swansea, Australia and the United States monitored endangered dogs at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. They found the dogs used sneezes to decide when to move off to hunt after making camp for greeting ceremonies called "social 89

September 5, 2017 11:41 PM These Dogs Vote by Sneezing

The way African wild dogs seem to come to a consensus might make you say gesundheit. Democracy isn’t just for humans. New research suggests the sociable carnivores known as African wild dogs make consensus decisions too—by sneezing. The canine equivalent of “achoo!” seems to serve as a vote for some groups of the dogs, which live in countries such as Namibia 110

September 5, 2017 11:00 PM Something to sneeze about: Democratic voting in African wild dog packs

Scientists studying African wild dogs in Botswana have found members of this endangered species use sneezes to vote on when the pack will move off and start hunting. The research, by an international team working at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Study senior author Dr Neil Jordan, a research 82