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Donkey carries water for pastoralists in Marsabit, Kenya. Kandukuru Nagarjun/Flickr

Why Kenya has banned the commercial slaughter of donkeys

Ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine, is what's driving demand for donkey skins the most. It consists of gelatin that is extracted from boiled donkey hides.
Livestock, like these goats in the Rift Valley of Tanzania, are critical to household economies in East Africa. Katherine Grillo

Ancient DNA is revealing the origins of livestock herding in Africa

Pastoralism is a central part of many Africans' identity. But how and when did this way of life get started on the continent? Ancient DNA can reveal how herding populations spread.
A ‘thinned’ landscape, which provides far from ideal habitat for many species.

Land clearing on the rise as legal ‘thinning’ proves far from clear-cut

Legal vegetation 'thinning' is contributing to high rates of land clearing, potentially causing problems for threatened species and ecosystems.

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