Tech start-up Wildcards has raised over 130,000 USD for conservation organisations around the world since its inception a year and a half ago.

“Funding is our biggest challenge,” I hear this over and over again from wildlife conservation organisations, and I know the feeling all too well. “I hear you…


From having a deep fear of sharks to defending them.

Reluctant, Grant Smith tumbled backwards off the boat into the pea green sea, splosh! It was a particularly gloomy overcast day at Protea Banks dive site. The site, 8 km off South Africa’s east coast, is legendary for its array…


Preventing poaching before it happens, rehabilitating rhinos impacted by poaching, and inspiring local communities, Rhino Revolution does it all.

What started as Hoedspruit residents coming together to do something about the rhino poaching crisis escalating around them, has evolved into an international non-profit organisation, ‘Rhino Revolution’. The small town of…


South Africa’s most Endangered carnivore can’t be kept in by fences. Wildcards chatted to the man responsible for the seemingly impossible task of looking after them while they rove outside of protected areas.

Derek Van Der Merwe, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme Limpopo Regional Coordinator locating radio-collared wild dogs. Photo by David Swanepoel.

While collecting data in San Pedro de Vice Mangroves, in the Sechura desert, final year biology student, Alvaro García-Olaechea heard rumours about a “cat-like creature” lurking in the mangroves. The fisherman thought it was an ocelot. “Impossible,” Alvaro thought. …


The Oceans Research Institute battles the impact of demersal longline fishing to safeguard great whites prey base

A great white shark photographed during an Oceans Research Institute’s shark population study. Photo by Esther Jacobs, Oceans Research Institute.

How demand for ‘shark with fries’ down under, is contributing to the disappearance of great white sharks in South Africa

South African smooth-hound and soupfin sharks are being deep-fried and sold as flake…


90% of Malaysians don’t know there are dolphins and whales in Malaysian waters

There are at least 6 species of dolphins and 1 species of whale that resides permanently in Malaysian waters. At least another 19 species of marine mammals traverse through Malaysian waters from time to time yearly. …


Photo by Michelle Carpenter

“Every dive is an adventure, because you never know what amazing animal you might see below the surface that day,” Michelle Carpenter, a PhD student from Zavora Marine Lab tells me. For her “the most exciting animal to see is a manta ray.”

“Manta” means “cloak” in Spanish and manta…

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