The state must reaffirm that Virunga has universal value for all humanity, says the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).
A R232-million grant, given to the Peace Parks Foundation by the Dutch and Swedish postcode lotteries, will go to combatting rhino poaching.
The relentless poaching of rhino has been continuing with 1 000 set to be killed by the end of 2013.
The biodiversity management plan for the African penguin raises more questions than answers, writes Janice Golding.
Members of an indigenous Zulu church called Shembe have agreed to wear fake leopard skins, in a bid to preserve South Africa's leopard population.
The Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off a chance to shoot a black rhino in Namibia. The expected proceeds of R7.5-million go to rhino conservation.
A grass-roots campaign is putting pressure on politicians and the courts to act decisively.
A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles' Venice Beach.
Britain's only female giant panda has suffered a miscarriage, according to the Edinburgh Zoo.
The battle over use and ownership of municipal land and nature reserves on the eastern escarpment is complicated further by limited water resources.
The gentle, plankton-eating giants seem reluctant to mate in water lacking the nutrients needed to support life.
688 rhino have already been poached this year. With 100 days left in the year, the number could push towards 1 000.
The number of alleged rhino poachers arrested in South Africa this year now stands at 147, says the environmental affairs department.
Moving Sushi is the runner-up in the Future Leaders Award.
The research council has found that the pompom weeds are a danger to the country's indigenous plant species.
Competing environmental and community concerns are being tested in the small township of Wattville, east of Johannesburg.
Despite efforts to ban the burgeoning business, canned lion hunting is bringing in big money from trophy - and bone - hunters.
Lauren De Vos is a conservation biologist who helps people explore the mysteries of the oceans. She is an M&G 200 Young South African.