conservation
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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