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Time to end lion bone trade

Time to end lion bone trade

A DAMNING report on South Africa’s lion bone trade has called for the end of the trade, a forensic investigation into the affairs of lion breeders and a restriction on the...

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Emergency declared as elephant poached

Emergency declared as elephant poached

Johannesburg - An emergency was declared as the first elephant was poached on the western border of Kruger National Park. Each day in Africa around 100 elephants die at the hands...

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ZIMBABWE FAILS TO PUNISH CECIL’S KILLERS

ZIMBABWE FAILS TO PUNISH CECIL’S KILLERS

Zimbabwe has all but let Cecil’s killers off the hook as Mugabe’s wife says hunter did nothing wrong. "I say the dentist who killed the lion must be left alone," said Mrs Mugabe,...

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Trophy hunting fuels Asian lion bone trade

Trophy hunting fuels Asian lion bone trade

New research suggests things are getting worse for South Africa’s declining wild lion population as the trophy hunting industry is boosting the Asian trade in lion bones. Tiger...

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Rhinos: It’s time for Plan B

In public debates about how to save our rhino, those who advocate ending the ban on trading their horns fail to acknowledge (if you'll excuse the metaphor) the elephant in the...

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Hunters: Killers or saviours?

Hunters: Killers or saviours?

The oft asked question is: are trophy hunters  protectors of biodiversity or are they heartless killers of defenceless wild animals? To make any headway with this question, we...

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Sport hunters kill Zim’s best known lion

Sport hunters kill Zim’s best known lion

Wildlife enthusiasts say Cecil, possibly Hwanges’s largest lion, was a favourite among visitors to Zimbabwe’s premier national park as he was extremely relaxed around safari...

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Digging for the truth about Skye

Digging for the truth about Skye

The hunting of a lion in Umbabat Reserve alongside the Kruger National Park has been cloaked in secrecy ever since it was discovered. With the worldwide outcry at the killing of...

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Carnage! The Business of Killing Elephants

Carnage! The Business of Killing Elephants

In a powerful and poignant edition of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel called Blood Ivory to be aired on Tuesday November 24th, has correspondent David Scott not only...

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Do test tube lions help conserve wild lions?

Do test tube lions help conserve wild lions?

Lion experts dispute conservation value of test tube lions questioning whether this merely supports lion breeders’ claims that they contribute to the conservation of lions....

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Controversy over Skye the lion

Controversy over Skye the lion

THE controversy deepens around the death of a magnificent male lion in Umbabat Private Nature Reserve (PNR) as Parliament was given the wrong pictures last week, which may have...

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Public outcry draws a bead on trophy hunting

Public outcry draws a bead on trophy hunting

The death of Cecil the Hwange lion and a new documentary film have catalyzed a worldwide rethink on trophy hunting. By Don Pinnock Deep in the ancient part of our brains is a...

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Cape Town Mock Ivory Burn in Images

In Cape Town, conservationists, sports stars and celebrities gathered in Blaauwberg Nature Reserve yesterday to celebrate World Elephant Day by igniting a fire of mock ivory...

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SA hunters to shoot 2000 Zambian hippos

SA hunters to shoot 2000 Zambian hippos

South African hunters will take part in the slaughter of 2 000 hippos in the pristine Luangwa Valley in Zambia next month. This follows a shock move by the Zambian government,...

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The plight of baby elephants in Zimbabwe

The plight of baby elephants in Zimbabwe

The cruelty of the capture of baby elephants from their families in the wild has been revealed in disturbing photos and videos secretly taken in Zimbabwe last month, writes Adam...

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Tall order to save the giraffe

Tall order to save the giraffe

WILL giraffes survive humanity? They are as iconic as lions, rhinos and elephants and their long-term existence in the wild is under similar threat. However, the world’s tallest...

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SA licenses leopard hunting

SA licenses leopard hunting

South Africa has opened hunting season on leopards after two years of grace. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given permission to shoot two leopards in...

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Captive cheetahs being exploited

Captive cheetahs being exploited

The practice of breeding the animals in captivity as ‘ambassadors’ is doing the species more harm than good, Louise de Waal reports A WORRYING trend is emerging in South Africa...

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Elephant cake wins ‘Cake Oscar’

Elephant cake wins ‘Cake Oscar’

SA master baker has won an international 2017 Cake Master Awards for her life-size elephant and calf cake South African master baker Dot Klerck has won the Best Showpiece award...

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SA Scientists slam Swazi Elephant Export

SA Scientists slam Swazi Elephant Export

In a statement published this week South Africa’s Elephant Specialist Advisory Group (ESAG) says that the export of the elephants, three adult females and fifteen sub-adults to...

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Leopard hunting: Restricted but not banned

Leopard hunting: Restricted but not banned

Leopards are in trouble. But how much is hard to tell. For hundreds of years they were classed as vermin. Today we don’t know how many have survived the guns – they’re elusive...

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Protecting South Africa’s biodiversity

Protecting South Africa’s biodiversity

Environmental destruction across the world is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, which begs the question why the South African government is so complacent in the face of...

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How poachers kill jobs

How poachers kill jobs

International tourism to Africa reached record levels in 2013, with 56 million tourists bringing in $34.2-billion (about R410-billion). Significantly, 80% of them came to see the...

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World Elephant Day 2014 VIDEO

This August - on World Elephant Day - the Conservation Action Trust hosted a Mock Ivory Burn in Cape Town to raise awareness with South Africans about the slaughter of elephants...

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Botswana’s elephants: myths vs facts

Botswana’s elephants: myths vs facts

Botswana president, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, recently hosted a summit in Kasane for five southern African heads of state to forge a common regional elephant conservation policy....

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Kruger poachers get power rifles.

Kruger poachers get power rifles.

A gun manufacturer in the Czech Republic is implicated in flooding Africa with thousands of high-calibre hunting rifles. Now poachers are even more deadly, writes Don Pinnock A...

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Escalating poaching worrying

Escalating poaching worrying

Killing of elephants for their tusks crisis is not a new issue Photo credit: Mike Chase After months of controversy, the results of the most extensive elephant population survey...

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Elephant poaching on the increase in Botswana

Elephant poaching on the increase in Botswana

Last week, the carcass of a 40-year old elephant bull was found in Ngamiland, northern Botswana, partly covered with still green Mopane bushes and half of its skull hacked away...

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Eco-scamming: Making a killing on kindness

  While many good people and fine organisations raise public funds to support conservation, there are others who use conservation issues to raise money for themselves. The...

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The Morality of Octopus Hunting in False Bay

The Morality of Octopus Hunting in False Bay

Are we taking an environmental risk for Japanese sushi? This is a story about a filmmaker, a fisherman, certain government officials and one of the most intelligent animals on...

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Playing with words while captive lions die

Playing with words while captive lions die

In an article published in the Sunday Times a week ago [May 31], Edna Molewa, the minister of environmental affairs, admonishes conservationists to “put the lid on” what she...

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Officials on the horns of a dilemma

The conservation of wild animals is a wrangle that has divided opinion into two diametrically opposed camps, writes Adam Cruise. As today is World Nature Conservation Day, it is...

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Zambian pseudo hippo cull cancelled

Zambian pseudo hippo cull cancelled

A controversial contract to hunt at least 1250 hippos under the pretext of culling in Zambia's world-renowned Luangwa Valley has been cancelled following global criticism and...

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Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Lifting of ban attributed to ‘political play’. The Botswanan government announced yesterday that it was “lifting the hunting suspension in an orderly and ethical manner” – a...

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Elephant experts at Joburg Zoo? Keep looking

Elephant experts at Joburg Zoo? Keep looking

Johannesburg Zoo claims that Lammie the lonely elephant is getting the best care and that there’s no need to mover her to a sanctuary. Who’s doing the caring is cause for...

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Pangolins in Peril

Pangolins in Peril

Slowly, the tiny ball in the wooden crate began to unwind. Its scales moved and a pointy nose followed by two black button eyes emerged. Natalie was entranced. The baby pangolin...

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Urgent call to save parks in the North West

Urgent call to save parks in the North West

EMBATTLED North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has set his sights on the wildlife reserves within the province, proposing a bill last week repealing the North West Parks Board...

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‘Mak’ jagluiperd is g’n troetel-cheetah

‘Mak’ jagluiperd is g’n troetel-cheetah

Talle jagluiperds word oor die land heen as toeristetrekpleister aangehou. Maar die getal aanvalle wat voorkom, wys hulle is minder mak as wat hierdie ‘cheetah-ervaring’-plekke...

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Op-Ed: Is trophy hunting really sustainable?

Op-Ed: Is trophy hunting really sustainable?

Throughout history, human beings have killed wild animals to defend, avenge, profit or feed themselves. They still do. But there are a few who kill for another reason: pleasure....

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Wandering elephants headed home

Conservation officials have been working feverishly with farmers and concerned members of the public to ensure the safety of two wandering bull elephants which have been at large...

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Zimbabwe abducts baby elephants

Dozens of baby elephants and other wild animals are being abducted from Hwange National Park. According to a statement by Zimbabwe’s environment minister last week, the animals...

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Namibia: Bizarre death of a rhino protector

The air over Sesfontein this time of year is usually a peculiar metallic hue, tinged by the talcum-fine dust whipped by the harsh desert wind blowing from the Skeleton Coast, 250...

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Molewa takes aim at wild elephants

International arrivals at South African airports are greeted with an image of happy tourists on the back of an elephant experiencing, according to the wording, “Wild and Free...

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Are rhinos now a liability to South Africa?

I have recently read the May/June South African Journal of Science report on a Kruger National Park workshop aimed at finding a management solution to counter the escalation of...

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More desert elephants to be shot

Namibia: Concerns have been heightened by the Namibian Ministy of Environment and Tourism’s (MET) decision to issue additional hunting permits for some of the most unique...

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Trophy Hunting, Part Two: End of the game

Trophy Hunting, Part Two: End of the game

Lions seen at Willie Jacobs’ farm, Ukutula Lodge, on 31 July 2015 in Brits, South Africa. Jacobs’ farm was heavily criticised after the release of the doc Conservationists who...

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Extinction looms for Namibia’s Wild Horses

Extinction looms for Namibia’s Wild Horses

Nambia's wild horses. Photo: Christine-Wulff-Swiegers The desert sun is setting on the Wild Horse population that has roamed Namibia’s Garub plains for over a hundred years as...

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Op-Ed: Namibia ducks elephant census

Photo: Namibian elephants (Eric Bauer via Flickr) The results of the most comprehensive survey of African elephants ever undertaken – the Great Elephant Census (GEC) announced...

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What can we expect from SA at CoP 17?

What can we expect from SA at CoP 17?

As the countdown begins to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) for CITES, which commences in Johannesburg on 24 September, conservationists question the...

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SA White Shark Numbers Plummet

SA White Shark Numbers Plummet

SA white sharks numbers dropping A proper review of deterrents is needed to keep the species alive, writes Melissa Reitz Recent results of a population count of great white...

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Why burn Ivory?

Why burn Ivory?

The South African government refuses to destroy its ivory stockpile unlike the 25 other countries that have publically destroyed tonnes of ivory to highlight that ivory should...

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Knysna Elephant Park will be prosecuted

Knysna Elephant Park owners will face charges for animal cruelty despite an initial decision to decline prosecution  The NSPCA has announced that the National Director of Public...

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A look at Nambia’s rhino horn syndicates

A look at Nambia’s rhino horn syndicates

It is not hard to spot the successful rhino poachers in Okahao: at a time when everyone else in Namibia was suffering the effects of a crippling, four-year-long drought, they...

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How many elephants are there?

How many elephants are there?

After pangolins, elephants are the most poached animals in Africa. But to get to grips with the implications, we need to know how many there are now, were once and will be in the...

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Anti-poaching lessons from Tanzania

Anti-poaching lessons from Tanzania

As the world's largest planned burn of ivory is set to make a massive anti-poaching statementin Kenya on Saturday 30 April, we take a look at a multi-pronged Tanzanian project...

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Will SA legalise rhino horn trade?

Will SA legalise rhino horn trade?

This week, investigative journalist and author Julian Rademeyer revealed that the decision to submit a rhino horn trade proposal to the Convention on International Trade in...

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SA lags behind in responsible tourism

The report by the NSPCA on the welfare status of elephants in captivity at 26 elephant back safari and sanctuary facilities nationwide (14 of which offer elephant back riding)...

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The plight of Zim’s 36 baby elephants

The plight of Zim’s 36 baby elephants

Late last year, dozens of baby elephants in the Hwange Elephant Park were forcibly removed from their families and prepared for export. Now, Zimbabwe has confirmed its intention...

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China and Tanzania’s Elephant Holocaust

A report released this month by The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) called Vanishing Points – Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants has...

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Minister marches for rhino law reform

Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs joined the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER) in Pretoria on Saturday causing conservationists to wonder if...

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Rhino Trade Panel: Window dressing by the DEA

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has finally issued an invitation to stakeholders to participate in its exploration of Rhino Horn Trade Feasibility. The long-awaited...

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Elephants in the firing line

The current plight of Africa's rhino population, as disturbing as it is, pales in comparison to a much less widely reported massacre of more staggering proportions. In 1980 there...

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Botswana shoots itself in the foot

Botswana shoots itself in the foot

After Barack Obama came Donald Trump, a bigoted populist prone to crass outpourings and some peculiar legislative ideas. His time in office has reminded the world how prone...

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Botswana brings back trophy hunting

Botswana brings back trophy hunting

Botswana has now committed to a policy built on myths, while the rest of the world takes stock of the implications ecological crisis. Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural...

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Troubled times for Namibian wildlife

Troubled times for Namibian wildlife

The seasonal flood plains of the Kwando River. (Photo by Gallo Images/GO!/Toast Coetzer)  There are worrying signs that Namibia’s legendary wild game numbers may be...

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Op-Ed: Where are the rhino poaching stats?

Op-Ed: Where are the rhino poaching stats?

Rhino poaching might be on the decrease, elephant poaching is on the rise, but without up to date poaching figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), how do we...

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How SA can lose the second rhino war

How SA can lose the second rhino war

As South Africa continues to lose rhinos in the poaching war, it seems that the government is failing those fighting it. Although there has been some success in protecting rhinos...

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Rescued elephant calf thriving in new herd

Rescued elephant calf thriving in new herd

AN orphaned baby elephant has been fully accepted into a semi-wild elephant herd at Camp Jabulani outside Hoedspruit in a rare success story. The baby elephant, Timisa, which...

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Permission to drink a lion

Permission to drink a lion

There is something extremely bizarre about drinking a lion. But maybe in this world of post-truth it’s a new normal. After all, the cruelty we do to creatures in factory farms...

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The struggle over Japan’s ivory market

The struggle over Japan’s ivory market

Japan has ensured the continued existence of its deeply flawed internal ivory market through sly diplomacy at the CITES conference in Johannesburg. However, reports in the...

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Ivory: When is a ban not a ban?

Ivory: When is a ban not a ban?

The failure to effectively shut down domestic ivory markets at the recent COP17 in Johannesburg leaves the ban on international ivory trade as little more than an ineffective...

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Giving right of way to elephants

Giving right of way to elephants

Some cities have good bicycle lanes, some towns have excellent footpaths, but Kasane in Botswana has well-stomped elephant corridors. Of course they’re also used by warthogs,...

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Meet Charlie Elephant

Meet Charlie Elephant

    We first spotted Charlie from about 700 foot up over the arid Mozambique savannah and it was love at fist sight… A majestic African elephant bull, approaching his...

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The Battle over Ivory

The future of Africa’s elephants may be decided in Johannesburg at the end of this month. When delegates from around the globe arrive at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the...

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SA told to end canned lion hunting

SA told to end canned lion hunting

© iafrica.com A motion to terminate the hunting and breeding of captive lions and other predators in South Africa has been approved by the IUCN World Conservation Congress...

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Reserves say it’s fair game to cover costs

Reserves say it’s fair game to cover costs

Trophy hunters legally shoot wild animals that move from Kruger on to some private reserves, but the Game Theft Act has muddied the waters. Who owns South Africa’s wild animals?...

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Captive breeding must end – tour companies

Captive breeding must end – tour companies

After the international outrage at the cynical killing of Cecil the Lion last year, and the unethical practices exposed in the film Blood Lions - which blew the lid off...

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Other options for Swaziland elephants

Other options for Swaziland elephants

While pressure mounts against Swaziland’s Big Game Parks’ (BGP)  intended export of 18 elephants to zoos in the U.S.A., US Government documents show that the elephants are fenced...

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Petted cheetahs are biting back

Petted cheetahs are biting back

Keeping cheetahs as tourist attractions is widespread in South Africa. But, as a number of attacks have proved, they’re far less tame than ‘cheetah experience’ establishments...

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Suffering for sale: how tourism tramples ethics

Earlier this year horrific photographs and graphic video footage showing baby elephants being abused at an elephant sanctuary in the Eastern Cape and an elephant-back safari...

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Natural ruses rule out culling for elephants

There will be no further culling of elephants in Kruger National park for population control. So says Dr Sam Ferreira, SANParks’ large mammal ecologist. That’s because the new,...

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Are rhinos abandoned by all but South Africa?

It looks like South Africa is going to break another record: 2014 is set to exceed 2013’s 1,004 rhino poached. But sadly, it’s not as though the nation is sitting back and doing...

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Poaching a political problem

In a world where poor governance and corruption is rife, particularly in those countries that are home to the largest remaining elephant populations, legalising the ivory trade...

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Namibia flouts elephant export laws

Namibia flouts elephant export laws

Namibia’s environmental authorities confirm that they have issued the necessary CITES (Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species) export permit for the sale of...

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Botswana Budget Cuts Imperil Anti-Poaching

Botswana's world acclaimed anti-poaching success story is being threatened by budget cuts that have forced the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) to curtail patrols...

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We can sell rhino horn, says Minister Molewa

We can sell rhino horn, says Minister Molewa

File picture Parliament - According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, the time has come to sell rhino horn. Speaking in a Parliamentary portfolio committee on Tuesday,...

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Beyond the China ivory ban

Beyond the China ivory ban

The recent announcement by the central government of China to ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight...

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Botswana bans elephant-back rides

Botswana bans elephant-back rides

According to the NGO World Animal Protection, most tourists go on elephant rides because they love elephants. They don’t know about the intense physical and psychological pain...

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Wild apes traded in CITES false permit scam

Wild apes traded in CITES false permit scam

CITES corruption killing Africa's apes Africa's wild apes are being illegally exported to China using fraudulent permits from the Convention in International Trade in Endangered...

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Mass poisoning in Limpopo National Park

Mass poisoning in Limpopo National Park

Johannesburg -  The ongoing Asian demand for lion bones has led to an horrific wildlife poisoning in the Limpopo National Park, just over the Mozambican border from Kruger Park....

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Saving a little elephant

Saving a little elephant

Elephants Alive received the call at lunchtime on Tuesday, 16 February 2016. An elephant calf had become trapped in a dam at Phalaborwa Copper, Limpopo. The Elephants Alive team...

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Travel conference shirks SA lion film

Travel conference shirks SA lion film

Travel conference organisers have decided not to screen a documentary that raises critical questions about key tourist attractions that their event promotes. Local delegates to...

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World Elephant Day Photo Competition Winners

In the build up to this day, Conservation Action Trust, Wilderness Safaris and Africa Geographic invited readers to submit images celebrating the wonder of African Elephants....

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Onthou die olifante

Regoor die wereld vier mense wat omgee op 12 Augustus die vader van die aarde se diere, die olifant. ‘n Eeu terug was daar vier miljoen in Afrika en Asie. Hierdie syfer is nou...

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Elephanticide

In 1989, after two decades in which the world’s elephant population was halved, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) banned...

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573 dead jackals in search of a reason

573 dead jackals in search of a reason

Main photo: Jackal cull in Karoo 2012. It may be a story of extreme cruelty in the name of science. It may also be about fraud. You be the judge, writes DON PINNOCK. This story...

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Iconic Namibian Elephant Killed By Hunter

Iconic Namibian Elephant Killed By Hunter

 Namibia's most famous elephant bull known as Voortrekker ("Pioneer") to thousands of tourists was shot last week by a trophy hunter, ten years after he first escaped the...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Animals starved to death in Bloemfontein Zoo

Animals starved to death in Bloemfontein Zoo

SPCA calls for permanent closure of Bloemfontein Zoo after discovering starving animals At least five animals - including a buffalo, an impala and three Barbary sheep - were...

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UK must ban trophy hunting imports

UK must ban trophy hunting imports

The evidence suggests that ethical, economic and ecological problems with trophy hunting warrant a trophy import ban.  Trophy hunting is a deeply controversial topic and the...

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Trophy hunting is not sustainable

Trophy hunting is not sustainable

The arguments for trophy hunting contained within a recent letter published in the journal Science simply don't stack up. A new letter published in Science argues...

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Taking the Elephant out of the Room

Taking the Elephant out of the Room

Cape Town — The overwhelming message from a global conference on elephants in captivity, hosted in Hermanus on September 6, was that elephants belong in the wild. Given what...

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Elephants taken out of the room

Elephants taken out of the room

No new elephants should be placed in captivity and elephants currently in captivity should be rewilded, was the overwhelming conclusion of the Captive Elephant Indaba held in...

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