Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) at the Houston Zoo.
The fossa, Madagascar's largest predator, is a cat-like carnivore that eats everything from insects to lemurs. Because they are rare and elusive, scientists know very little about them, including how many there are.
A fisherman holds up the saw of a sawfish caught in Madagascar. The species is dwindling along the coasts of Madagascar and Mozambique.
Ruth H. Leeney
Africa's remaining sawfishes are found along the coasts of Madagascar and Mozambique. But they are under threat.
Since independence in 1960, Madagascar has experienced a handful of political crises.
A major challenge for Madagascar's new president will be to create jobs, especially in the industrial and service sectors.
An example of woody plant encroachment over Eagle-Siding in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. D Edwards (1954) and James Puttick (2010).
Images courtesy of rePhotoSA.
Woody plants' cover has increased across large swathes of the continent in the past three decades.
The endangered Coquerel’s Sifaka lemur.
The endangered species list is over 90 000 and includes Madagascar's lemurs.
School children at the site of the KAT-7 radio telescope in Carnarvon, South Africa.
Astronomy is accessible to anyone with a view of the sky.
New study confirms fears that the island's native wildlife can be poisoned by introduced Asian toads.
Cyclone Ava caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage in Madagascar.
Madagascar gets hit by an average of four cyclones each year but their full impact is still being tracked.
A Malagasy girl works on her laptop.
Laptops have introduced the children of Nosy Komba in Madagascar to previously inaccessible tools.
It has been called “the single most astonishing fact of human geography” – East African islands the Comoros and Madagascar have both African and Asian influences.
This research reconciled data and hypotheses from linguistic, archeological and genetic research on the settlement of the Comoros and Madagascar.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila. Time to step aside.
Africa needs strong institutions. But they can only be built if there's a change in leadership.
An image by MeerKAT shows hydrogen gas in M83, a famous spiral galaxy.
A precursor to the Square Kilometre Array- the MeerKAT telescope - is being built right now and remarkable progress has been made in the last 12 months.
Plague still exists in wild rodents and eradication probably isn’t possible.
A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 170 people. Here's what you need to know about treatment options and chances it will spread.
Madagascar is taking steps towards addressing statelessness with a new nationality law.
For many years, statelessness in Madagascar was spurred by racial and gender discrimination.
Women in colourful traditional dress in Nosy Be, Madagascar.
Island philosophies can be used to decolonise university courses and teaching. They can also advance sustainable development models and, ultimately, achieve responsible tourism.
Protected areas are being established without acknowledging the customary rights of local communities.
Conservationists need to assess costs which allow for the adequate compensation of communities on protected lands, whose livelihoods are deeply entwined with forest use.
In many parts of Africa rodents often cause crop losses.
Agricultural pests are one of the key factors affecting small holder farmer production. Focus is normally put on invertebrate pests, but rodents can do severe damage to crops as well.
Dypsis decipiens - a highly threatened palm of Madagascar.
International and local demand have brought Madagascar's palm species to the brink of extinction.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been criticised for turning the country into a dictatorship.
The world's media, which has in the past found Zambia uninteresting, are suddenly paying more attention to the impoverished nation, for all the wrong reasons.
Scientists' success in producing synthetic vanilla flavouring means it is used 99% of the time. So why does the price of genuine beans keep rising?