Reports
The Controversial Lion Hunt in Umbabat – South Africa

The Controversial Lion Hunt in Umbabat – South Africa

1. The Petition 1.1 On the 7th June 2018, a citizen of the United States of America, named in a recent article as Jared Whitworth...

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Hunting in South Africa: A bloody mess

PROLOGUE South Africa is the world’s top ‘canned’ lion hunting destination, the rhino hunting permit system has been repeatedly abused in recent years to launder horn...

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The shared nature of Africa’s elephants

The shared nature of Africa’s elephants

Abstract The world's biodiversity is shared by countries that are increasingly recognizing the need for effective responses to human influence and climate change impacts through...

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African Elephant Status Report 2016

This report is the most authoritative source of knowledge about the numbers and distribution of African elephant populations across their 37 range states in sub-Saharan Africa....

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Don’t allow your silence to give consent

Wildlife Rights, a group of concerned citizens, call on like-minded persons to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, especially with regards to the proposed Lamloch...

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NSPCA CAPTIVE ELEPHANT REPORT

NSPCA CAPTIVE ELEPHANT REPORT

The NSPCAs Wildlife Protection Unit has compiled an in-depth report on the captive Elephant industry in South Africa. All information contained in this factual report has been...

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Submission by Alejandro Nadal to Committee of Inquiry into a Possible Trade in Rhino Horn

Submission by Alejandro Nadal to Committee of Inquiry into a Possible Trade in Rhino Horn

INTRODUCTION Greetings to the Chair of the Committee of Inquiry and to all the members of the COI. I am Dr. Alejandro Nadal, Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies, El...

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The Last Elephants – Book review

Did you know that in Africa there is one elephant for every 20 000 people; fewer than 450 000 according to the (most recent) Great Elephant Census of 2016, down from the 3 to 5...

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Elephant ivory trade in China: Trends and drivers

Poaching of African elephants is threatening the species viability. International non-governmental organizations and media often attribute the basic problem to China’s domestic...

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Illegal killing for ivory drives global decline in African Elephants

INTRODUCTION: Ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years, according to a new study published in the August 19 issue of Proceedings of the...

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Elephants and Ivory CITES CoP18 Report – Committee II

Elephants and Ivory CITES CoP18 Report – Committee II

CITES continues to apply pressure to countries with open domestic ivory markets and strengthens compliance measures for countries with ivory stockpiles. 1. On closure of domestic...

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Taking Elephants Out Of The Room

Taking Elephants Out Of The Room

EMS FOUNDATION PRESS Release, 3 September 2019 ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY TO COME UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT ln Hermanus on 6 September, at the Municipal Auditorium, elephant specialists...

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Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world’s mammals

Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world’s mammals

Abstract Terrestrial mammals are experiencing a massive collapse in their population sizes and geographical ranges around the world, but many of the drivers, patterns and...

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Poaching behind worst African elephant losses in 25 years – IUCN report

Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past ten years – according to IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report...

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Can We Sustainably Harvest Ivory?

Despite the 1989 ivory trade ban, elephants continue to be killed to harvest their tusks for ivory. Since 2008, this poaching has increased to unprecedented levels driven by...

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US Law: The Pelly Amendment

The Pelly Amendment authorises the President to limit the importation of any products from a country of which the nationals thereof are engaging in trade or taking that...

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Elephant Management Plan – Kruger National Park

The Elephant Management Plan for 2013-2022 describes the elephant management objectives to be implemented in Kruger National Park. Compiled by Scientific Services and the Kruger...

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CITES National Ivory Action Plans

An analysis of ivory seizure data held in the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) prepared for the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (Bangkok, 2013)...

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Botswana’s Elephants Face a New Poaching Threat

Botswana’s Elephants Face a New Poaching Threat

Research by Elephants Without Borders (EWB) published 13 June in the journal Current Biology describes a new outbreak of elephant poaching for ivory in northern Botswana. They report that poachers killed an estimated 385 elephants in one year prior to EWB’s 2018 aerial survey. The paper includes photographic documentation of 156 poached elephant carcasses.

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Draft Regulations on Rhino Trade

Draft Regulations on Rhino Trade

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS NOTICE 74 OF 2017 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: BIODIVERSITY ACT 2004 (ACTO NO. 10 OF 2004) DRAFT REGULATIONS FOR THE DOMESTIC TRADE IN...

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The elephant (head) in the room: A critical look at trophy hunting

The elephant (head) in the room: A critical look at trophy hunting

Trophy hunting has occupied a prominent position in recent scholarly literature and popular media. In the scientific conservation literature, researchers are generally supportive...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blood lions fact sheet

Blood lions fact sheet

When travelling in South Africa, please THINK before you VISIT, CUDDLE, WALK, VOLUNTEER or SHOOT FACT – There are 350+ predator...

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Too much tourism in the Serengeti?

Too much tourism in the Serengeti?

Tourism is extremely important for Tanzania and Kenya, both of which share the Serengeti ecosystem.  Tanzanian tourism, for example, accounts for half a million jobs in...

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Who Buys Ivory? You’d Be Surprised

Who Buys Ivory? You’d Be Surprised

A new international survey reveals what’s really driving the demand side of the ivory market. The majority of people who buy products made from ivory say they would support...

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The Environmental Crime Crises

The Environmental Crime Crises

Given the alarming pace, level of sophistication, and globalized nature that illegal trade in wildlife has now notoriously achieved, UNEP initiated a Rapid Response Assessment to...

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The viability of legalising trade in rhino horn in South Africa

INTRODUCTION: In 2010 the Department of Environmental Affairs commissioned a feasibility study to determine the viability of the legalisation of the trade in rhino horn in South...

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IUCN African Elephant Summit

Background IUCN is seriously concerned by the escalating rise over the last three years in poaching of elephants for ivory, which is increasing across the range of the African...

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God’s Ivory

Despite the CITES Treaty of 1989, which banned the global trade in ivory and rhino horn, the illegal business of killing elephants and maiming rhinos continues. Following a three...

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Elephants Facts and Fables

Personal opinion, hearsay, anecdotes and individual interpretations of research findings all too often dominate heated debates on elephant management. General statements such as...

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Do Elephants Have Souls?

The birth of an elephant is a spectacular occasion. Grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins crowd around the new arrival and its dazed mother, trumpeting and stamping and...

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