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The massacre of nature’s ‘architects’

The massacre of nature’s ‘architects’

This encyclopaedic book sends out a powerful message to give elephants the highest protection status, writes Elise Tempelhoff. The LAST ELEPHANTS Compiled by Don Pinnock &...

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Zimbabwe, CITES attacked over elephant calves

Zimbabwe, CITES attacked over elephant calves

The Humane Society International (HSI) launched a scathingattack on both the Zimbabwean government and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) last...

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Stay of execution for Riff Raff… for now

Stay of execution for Riff Raff… for now

The life of an elephant that faces being shot for being a 'nuisance' is hanging in the balance as animal campaigners in South Africa fight in court to keep him alive. Riff Raff's...

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Botswana elephant poaching ‘no hoax’

Botswana elephant poaching ‘no hoax’

Elephants Without Borders, who conducted an aerial research survey in Botswana, has had their wildlife research licence suspended by the Botswana government. See original...

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Elephants pay the price for politics

Elephants pay the price for politics

Photo credit: ISS Today Are Southern African governments allowing resentment against perceived Western finger-wagging to cloud their judgement? If Botswana’s elephants could...

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Could YouTube help save the Pangolin?

Could YouTube help save the Pangolin?

View the film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2QKPJC0CQY Eye of the Pangolin, the ground-breaking new documentary about the most trafficked mammal on earth, will...

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Anger over green light given to lion farms

Anger over green light given to lion farms

Non-governmental and conservation organizations are highly upset that the Department of Environmental Affairs has not shown the "political will" to close the Canned Lion Breeding...

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Elephant mystique lingers (South Africa)

Elephant mystique lingers (South Africa)

This image from a SANParks camera trap survey shows the adult female elephant that was repeatedly identified. SANParks has long held that only a single, elderly elephant clings...

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Uganda travel and trafficking

Uganda travel and trafficking

Sub-Saharan Africa has enormous tourism potential: leopards lounging in acacia trees, elephant herds drifting across vast savannah plains, gorillas and chimps rioting in deep...

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Should zoos exist?

Should zoos exist?

Should the future of educating the public about exotic animals be in sanctuaries and virtual zoos, not places where animals are kept in cages? The high-profile death of the...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Covid-19: Planet Earth fights back

Covid-19: Planet Earth fights back

The flip side to Covid-19 is first the understanding that we are not invincible and are just another species on this planet. That the world is round and a crisis in one place can...

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Should elephants be considered refugees?

Should elephants be considered refugees?

A refugee is by definition a human—but should elephants and other animals qualify, too? Consider what life is like for so many African elephants: family and friends killed,...

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Coronavirus source found in pangolin meat

Coronavirus source found in pangolin meat

As the death toll climbs in the China pandemic, researchers reveal new origins for the coronavirus in Earth’s most threatened mammal. The deadly novel coronavirus pandemic has...

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Trophy hunting: Bans create opening for change

Trophy hunting: Bans create opening for change

In their Letter “Trophy hunting bans imperil biodiversity” (30 August, p. 874), A. Dickman et al. warn that banning trophy hunting, a practice many of them deem “repugnant,”...

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What is our true heritage?

What is our true heritage?

Swati Thiyagarajan is a conservation journalist and author of book Born Wild: Journeys in the Wild Hearts of India and Africa (Bloomsbury India). What do you say when...

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