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Chinese company seeks to capture orcas in Namibia


Proposal points to troubling explosion in captive animal entertainment in China and their interest in capturing orcas in Namibia

Hunting: Botswana remains strong under fire from EU and SADC

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Tshekedi Khama, Botswana’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, says his country is under unprecedented pressure from the pro-hunting lobby in the European Union and regional neighbours to allow lift the hunting ban imposed in 2014.

Zimbabwe wants to sell ivory stockpile to China


A Zimbabwean minister wants to sell her country’s supposed US$10 billion ivory stockpile to China using a possible international legal loophole.

Breaking: State Security Minister allegedly involved in rhino poaching syndicate

Relocating a white rhino from South Africa to Texas

State Security Minister David Mahlobo has allegedly been hanging out with a Chinese organised crime figure who traffics rhino horns and openly brags about bribing South African justice and immigration officials.

Cheetahs on the edge


Cheetahs are often overlooked whilst on safari. However, their species is incredibly unique and their population is facing tough times as they become more endangered.

Lions poisoned for bones on border of Kruger


Shock poaching of lions and vultures near the border of Kruger National Park raises questions about CITES’ lion bone trade loophole.

CITES: observations from a young Honorary Wildlife Warden


A honorary wildlife warden bears witness to the verdict at CoP17 that denies Africa’s elephants any hope.

Video: Johannesburg market sells illegal wildlife products


Footage emerges of body parts of endangered species being sold in a South African muthi market, highlighting “how little is actually being done on the ground” in spite of CITES’ intellectual discussions.

CITES CoP17 – Africa in a nutshell

©David Winch

A brief summary of the main decisions taken at CITES CoP17 that affect African wildlife species.

It’s a no for Swaziland rhino horn trade proposal


CITES delegates vote overwhelmingly to protect rhinos by rejecting a proposal to legalise the rhino horn trade submitted by Swaziland.

CITES votes against strongest protection for elephants

©Zdenek Maly/Alamy

CITES meeting blocks proposal for ban on all trade of ivory from four southern African countries.

Countries fail to agree on complete ban to protect African lions from global trade

Animal rights activists carry placards during an anti- canned-lion protest during the first day of the COP17 Cites conference in Johannesburg. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

The 182 countries at the Johannesburg summit did reach a compromise, banning only the trade in bones, teeth and claws from wild lions.

Global trade in African grey parrots banned


Delegates at a global wildlife conference on Sunday voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world’s most trafficked birds.

Do or die – deciding the pangolin’s fate at CoP17


To date the pangolin has remained under the radar of mainstream conservation campaigns, but the pangolin’s plight is indeed a global one.

Demand for rhino horn outstrips global supply


A new study highlights that even the global rhino population of just under 30,000 individuals is not nearly enough to meet demand if rhino horn trade is legalised.

Ivory trade mechanism rejected in heated debate at CITES conference

©Janine Avery

Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe’s recommendation for the adoption of a Decision-Making Mechanism for a future trade in ivory is roundly rejected by parties at CITES CoP17.

The legal racketeering of ivory


Are discussions costing more than actions when it comes to saving the elephant from extinction?

A nail campaign highlights the absurdity of the illegal wildlife trade


Kilogrammes of nail clippings are being collected to present at CoP16, with the aim of highlighting the need to educate people about the lack of benefits of horn, ivory and bones.

Ex secretary-general of CITES calls for conservationists to support sustainable use of wildlife

©David Winch

Swiss-based hunting and ‘sustainable use’ lobbyist refers to those in the conservation industry as “eco-colonialists” and “arrogant, paternalistic imperialists”.

What can we expect from South Africa at CoP17?


With a huge range of pressing issues to be addressed, find out what lies in store this year at the Conference of the Parties for CITES.

Why you should vote to stop trade in African grey parrots

African grey parrots in flight in Odzala ©Dana Allen

Sign this petition and help to save thousands of wild African grey parrots!

Southern Africa holds the rest of Africa to ransom over ivory trade


South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe are pushing instead to establish a process for an international trade in ivory – in opposition to the rest of Africa.

The role of CITES in elephant conservation


In the lead-up to CoP17, the history of elephant trade provides a context to proceedings.

Appeal denied – South Africa can trade rhino horn within borders

A rhino with its horn hacked off by poachers in South Africa. ©Brent Stirton, Getty Reportage for World Wildlife Fund

South African rhino ranchers can legally trade in rhino horn as government appeal denied.

India may burn its ivory stockpile as poaching deterrent

Kolkata: Close on the heels of Kenya, experts in India are mulling a similar provision to destroy the "white gold" to send a strong message against poaching.

India decides whether to follow in Kenya’s footsteps and burn its ivory stockpile.

What will Africa propose to CITES?

©Janine Avery

A provisional list of proposals by African states for amendment of current trade allowances for endangered species of wild fauna and flora.

Swaziland accuses South Africa of backtracking on rhino horn trade proposal


Suspicion ignited as to South Africa’s intentions regarding the legalisation of the rhino horn trade.

Swaziland proposes a regulated trade in rhino horn


In order to escalate security requirements to protect the country’s rhino populations, increase the salary of park employees, and cover supplementary food costs during drought periods, Swaziland proposes for a limited trade in rhino horn to be permitted.

Why it makes sense to burn ivory stockpiles in Kenya

Stacks of 105 tonnes of ivory in Nairobi National Park, Kenya. On 30 April Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will set fire to the ivory in a public ceremony in order to put it out of economic use. ©Kenya Wildlife Service

In the lead up to 30 April, when Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will set fire to 105 tonnes of ivory, a Kenyan conservationist takes a closer look at why it makes sense to burn ivory stockpiles.

South Africa backs down from proposing legal trade in rhino horn

A rhino that has since been killed by poachers at Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa won’t bid to have global ban on trade in rhino horn lifted.

SA rhino horn trade proposal hidden in DEA Budget

©Michael Lorentz

The decision to submit a rhino horn trade proposal to CITES has been “hidden away” in the National Treasury budget for South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs.

Video: Aim for the future of elephants

Do you want to own ivory dripping with blood? When the buying stops the killing can too.

A short, graphically minimalistic, conceptual animation that portrays the loss of elephant populations across African countries.

How China’s taste for wildlife feeds a killing frenzy

A wildlife trader points to fake tiger paws on sale in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, 28 January 2010. ©EPA/PAUL HILTON

Africa’s extraordinary and charismatic wildlife is clearly under siege from the wrecking ball that is China.

How CITES is undermining its wildlife regulations


Markets of death and blood permits – how cheating officials at CITES are fuelling the illegal wildlife trade.

South Africa opposes burning of ivory stockpiles

©Don Pinnock

CITES and many countries believe that destroying illegal ivory is the best way to deter people from buying ivory products, but South Africa disagrees.

An open letter to point out flaws in legalising the rhino horn trade


An open letter to Mr. Hume, the owner of South Africa’s largest privately owned rhino herd, with regards to his wish to lift the CITES ban on the rhino horn trade.

Rhino horn trade suspended as appeal lodged

© Georgina Lockwood

The Minister of Environmental Affairs has filed a leave to appeal the South African High Court’s decision to lift the ban on the domestic trade of rhino horn.

Nearly 99% of African grey parrots wiped out in Ghana

International pet trade is decimating African grey populations in the wild. ©Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0.

Researchers have found that since 1992, Ghana has lost between 90 to 99 percent of its grey parrots as a result of the pet trade and habitat loss.

Rhino horn trade pushed into the belly of the underworld

©Youth 4 African Wildlife

Ecologists argue that legalising trade in rhino horn won’t save the species, and that South Africa needs to be careful about decisions that they make.

Six pangolins rescued in Zambia


Zambia Wildlife Authority scale up their efforts to protect the world’s most trafficked animal.

South African government and US hunters plot future of wildlife

©Michael Lorentz, Conservation Action Trust

The nature of the African Wildlife Consultative Forum that is currently taking place in South Africa makes it difficult not to infer a conspiracy between hunters and government.

Chinese traditional medicine industry says NO to illegal wildlife trade

According to China’s Criminal Law, those who are engaged in the purchasing, transporting and trading of tiger products shall be sentenced to 5 years or more in jail. Photo courtesy of TRAFFIC

The traditional Chinese medicine sector pledges zero tolerance to purchasing and selling products made from wildlife from illegal sources.

Is it possible to save Congo’s parrots?

African Grey Parrots descend to the ground at the Aikongo forest clearing, northwest of the Lomami Park. © A Bernard

An examination of the African grey parrot populations in the DRC and suggestions of what can be done to prevent their extirpation.

Are we condemning forest elephants by ignoring evidence?

Forest elephants are smaller than savanna elephants and sport straighter tusks among other physical differences. © Carlos Drew/WWF

Could recognising forest elephants as a distinct species be the first step on the path to saving them?

Plan B for rhinos


Enjoy a talk in Cape Town that will discuss the solutions to saving rhinos.

Global organisations step up fight against illegal wildlife trade

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MOU signed to help the aviation industry to play a role in stopping the scourge of illegal wildlife trade.

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