Ian Michler
The myth of “Too Many Elephants”

The myth of “Too Many Elephants”

If you’ve had a conversation with anyone recently returned from the Kruger National Park (KNP), you’re likely to hear: “It was lekker, but there are too many elephants! The...

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The Billion Dollar Ivory Illusion

The Billion Dollar Ivory Illusion

Southern African nations are at it again. Nyasha Chingono reported in late May that those “hosting the largest elephant populations in the world made a fresh pitch…to be allowed...

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Report Highlights

Report Highlights

To Identify and Recommend Voluntary Exit Options and Pathways for the Captive Lion Industry For submission to the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Report...

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2023 22 03 Q3647 (NW4836E)

Noting the recent judgement in the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) in the matter of The Endangered Wildlife Trust and The SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association

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KAZA Elephant Survey

KAZA Elephant Survey

The first ever KAZA-wide coordinated aerial survey of elephants is an initiative of the KAZA Secretariat and Partner States comprising the Republics of Angola, Botswana, Namibia,...

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Trophy Hunting is Neo-Apartheid

Trophy Hunting is Neo-Apartheid

Far from benefitting the lives of indigenous people and rural communities, trophy hunting activities trap them in a never-ending cycle of impoverishment and social...

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The camouflage of hunting for sport

The camouflage of hunting for sport

Organisations opposed a UK bill seeking to bar trophy imports are shooting into the dark, according to a new study As the UK’s House of Lords considers a bill proposing to ban...

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Reports

REPORTS These detailed reports cover important conservation issues, highlighting the urgent need for action to safeguard the survival of vulnerable species.[searchwp_form...

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Landscape of fear

Landscape of fear

Crime, corruption and murder in greater Kruger SummaryFor more than a decade, Kruger National Park has faced a relentless onslaught of rhinopoaching. But today its greatest...

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JOURNALISTS      Andreas Wilson-Späth holds a PhD in geology from the University of Cape Town and is a stay-at-home-dad who has been working as a freelance...

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Recent News

RECENT NEWS Recent news reports on important conservation issues highlight the urgent need for action to safeguard the survival of vulnerable species

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MEDIA ARTICLES These articles may be republished free of charge in the interest of wildlife conservation, requiring only that the author and Conservation Action Trust are...

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Study reveals the true value of elephants

Study reveals the true value of elephants

An assessment of the categories used in existing ecosystem valuation frameworks, incorporating our additional elements. Categories are taken from the Common International...

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ABOUT US      The Conservation Action Trust is an independent entity registered (134-578 NPO) with SARS as a Non Profit Making Organization and (930045703) Public...

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PRESS RELEASE: World Lion Day

PRESS RELEASE: World Lion Day

Powerful message released on World Lion Day: What would our children say if they knew the truth? Watch: https://youtu.be/HGfFsEItmLg Today is World Lion Day (10 August) – a day...

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South Africa’s war on wild animals

South Africa’s war on wild animals

If you want to kill animals for fun, South Africa is the place. Topping the list of favourites by trophy hunters are lions, baboons, southern lechwes, caracals and vervet...

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Great sadness for Botswana

Great sadness for Botswana

Today, the last two introduced white rhinos at Mombo are being captured and moved to a sanctuary. It is maybe the last toll of the bell for Botswana’s enthusiastic programme to...

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MEDIA STATEMENT: RHINO POACHING IN SOUTH AFRICA IN 2021

MEDIA STATEMENT: RHINO POACHING IN SOUTH AFRICA IN 2021

RHINO POACHING IN SOUTH AFRICA IN 2021 A total of 451 rhino were poached in South Africa in 2021, 327 within government reserves and 124 on private property.  While there is a 24...

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Landmark Trust Appeal Judgment

Landmark Trust Appeal Judgment

‘While we spend our efforts trying to promote ecologically acceptable practices on livestock farms to promote ecological integrity and regeneration, we are inundated by...

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Wise old elephants keep the young calm

Wise old elephants keep the young calm

Male elephants are more aggressive when fewer older males are present, new research suggests. The research, by the University of Exeter, suggests that the removal of...

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE RHINOS GONE?

WHERE HAVE ALL THE RHINOS GONE?

PREFACE On the 22nd of September 2021−World Rhino Day−the acting head of South African National Parks, Dr Luthando Dziba, said that there may be fewer than 3000...

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Elephant exports reported to Cites

Elephant exports reported to Cites

Cites regulations prohibit Namibia from exporting elephants, except to conservation programmes within the species range The non-governmental organisation Foundation Franz Weber...

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Who Cares about Animal Welfare?

Who Cares about Animal Welfare?

The Department of Agriculture is about to introduce a new Animal Welfare Act, but all non-agricultural stakeholders have been excluded from the working group drafting it,...

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Problem planning, not problem elephants

Problem planning, not problem elephants

Durban - Dr Audrey Delsink was afraid of elephants when she started out in the field of natural sciences, but now has a real passion for them, as well as managing and conserving...

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Wildlife farming vs Creecy’s panel

Wildlife farming vs Creecy’s panel

Allowing the manipulation of the genes of indigenous wildlife species through their listing as domesticated wildlife under the Animal Improvement Act will erode the...

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Penguins can’t get enough to eat

Penguins can’t get enough to eat

When one of South Africa’s worst environmental disasters unfolded 21 years ago, Lauren Waller made her way to the Salt River warehouse in Cape Town, donned rubber gloves and...

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TROPHY HUNTING OF LEOPARDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

TROPHY HUNTING OF LEOPARDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

PUBLIC STATEMENT  Endangered Species Day 21st May 2021 The EMS Foundation will be making a series of statements, the content of which is in the public’s interest. We are...

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LION FARMING – A HIDEOUS COMPLEXITY

LION FARMING – A HIDEOUS COMPLEXITY

Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has announced: “The Panel identified that the captive lion industry poses risks to the sustainability of wild lion conservation resulting...

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THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED IVORY TRADE:

THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED IVORY TRADE:

A rapid assessment of the international trade in Hippo ivory between 2009 and 2018. Following several developments— including an auction of hippo teeth and a proposed cull of...

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Southern Africa’s Ivory Delusion

Southern Africa’s Ivory Delusion

The values of Zimbabwe’s and Namibia’s ivory stockpiles have been grossly overstated, and their proposed sale would lead to another poaching epidemic. Last year the world reacted...

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The Vicious cycle

The Vicious cycle

A review of the exploitation of South Africa's captive big cats and its people.

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Depleting natural capital

Depleting natural capital

How Namibia has been losing wildlife, forests and sand through mis-governance and maladministration since 2015. 1. Key observations Poaching, illegal logging and forest...

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NSPCA CHALLENGES THE CAPTIVE LION INDUSTRY

NSPCA CHALLENGES THE CAPTIVE LION INDUSTRY

A POSITIVE CHANGE FOR ALL WILDLIFE IN SOUTH AFRICA ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The NSPCA wishes to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of our supporters.Thank you for...

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The ethics of eating octopus

The ethics of eating octopus

Should the undoubted intelligence of octopuses change the way we treat them? This question has been asked a lot of late because of the documentary My Octopus Teacher. ...

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Are we starving great whites to death?

Are we starving great whites to death?

Ever since the film ‘Jaws’, with its creepy music, sharks have had bad press as nightmarish super-predators. But sharks are important for the health of the sea. And we’re wiping...

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Pesticide lobby in sly bid to self-license

Pesticide lobby in sly bid to self-license

Pesticide lobby group CropLife SA, which represents major manufacturers, wants to oversee the licensing of scientists responsible for testing its members’ pesticides, leaked...

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Namibia To Sell Wild Elephants

Namibia To Sell Wild Elephants

Plans by the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) to capture and sell off 170 of the last free-roaming elephants among the communal farming areas of...

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SA tourism body calls for ban on captive lion breeding

SA tourism body calls for ban on captive lion breeding

Conservation and animal welfare organisations, Humane Society International-Africa (HSI-Africa) and Blood Lions on Monday called for a ban of South Africa’s captive lion breeding...

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STOP KILLING LIONS FOR FUN

STOP KILLING LIONS FOR FUN

Last year, Born Free released The Bitter Bond—a multi-award-winning animated short film depicting the callous exploitation of lions from birth to premature death by the...

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Elephants, Water and Droughts in HNP

Elephants, Water and Droughts in HNP

The formal protection of Hwange in Zimbabwe dates from 1928. At that time most game species were at low concentrations and elephants in particular were very rare.  From the...

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Old males vital to elephant societies

Old males vital to elephant societies

Old male elephants play a key role in leading all-male groups, new research suggests. Trophy hunters justify targeting older bull elephants on the grounds they are...

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Trophy hunters threaten endangered animals

Trophy hunters threaten endangered animals

How can anyone be proud of killing such magnificent creatures, asks leading primatologist Jane Goodall. The natural world is becoming increasingly threatened as we move into...

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WWF targeted over trophy hunts

WWF targeted over trophy hunts

The nature charity WWF provides lobbying and practical help for the trophy hunting of wild animals, a former campaign staffer has disclosed in a book. The Worldwide Fund for...

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South African proposal to breed wildlife for slaughter courts disaster The proposed Meat Safety Act will see more wild animals landing on dinner plates. GettyImages Chris Alden,...

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En­abling the deal­ers in death

En­abling the deal­ers in death

The le­gal trade in wild an­i­mals be­tween SA and China is help­ing the il­le­gal trade grow, writes en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ves­ti­ga­tor Don Pin­nock. The le­gal trade in...

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In urgent need of an environmental ethic

In urgent need of an environmental ethic

If anything has become patently clear from the Covid-19 pandemic it is that we need to change the way we think and live. Current paradigms are failing us. While we know humans...

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Elephant Hunts for Sale During a Pandemic

Elephant Hunts for Sale During a Pandemic

Botswana hides behind national “sovereignty” while selling off its natural heritage to foreign hunters and treating elephants as mere commodities. In February 2020 the government...

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Animal Protection Index API

Republic of South Africa: Ranking E EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The main animal welfare legislations in South Africa are the Animal Protection Act No. 71 of 1962, which prohibits animal...

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