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Want to save the rhino? Look beyond guns and trade

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The arguments for why even talk of legal trade in rhino horn seriously compromises a current, cost-effective, proven and far more durable solution to the rhino crisis.

After the Cecil storm, 3 experts air their views

De Toit discusses anti-poaching tactics with his team in Zimbabwe. ©  Goldman Environmental Prize

In light of the uproar following the death of Cecil, three prize winners weigh in on trophy hunting.

Dereck Joubert responds to a hunter on the economics of hunting

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Dereck Joubert explains how the argument for hunting gets thinner each time it is tested.

iSimangaliso takes bold steps to safeguard rhinos

Dr Kock sawing off the rhino horn

Black and white rhinos in the Western Shores section of iSimangaliso have been de-horned in the hope of giving them a better chance of survival in areas where they are most under threat of poaching.

People unite for The Cape Leopard Trust

Chefs for conservation - Pieter de Jager, Christo Pretorius, Michelle Theron and Floris Smith

The annual Cape Leopard Trust luncheon was yet another success and raised ZAR450,000 towards the research and conservation of predators in the Cape.

The struggle of the Kalahari people

A San family in traditional dress. © Aino Tuominen

In 1997, the government of Botswana began evicting indigenous San and Bakgalagadi people from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Local and international advocacy groups have been fighting to enable the groups to return, arguing that the indigenous groups with traditional hunting and gathering lifestyles are far better able to preserve biodiversity than contemporary conservation approaches.

Additional Cape Town screenings for Blood lions film

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Blood Lions – the new conservation film about canned hunting that is having a profound influence on the controversial industry of lion breeding.

Black rhino to be reintroduced in Chad

A black rhino and calf in Mkuze, South Africa. © Karl Stromayer/AP

Conservation group plans to move black rhinos from South Africa, where poaching is on the rise, to Zakouma National Park.

Relocating rhinos with MyPlanet

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A rhino relocation experience changes the life of this blogger.

Dr Ian McCallum on the web of life and the wilderness

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An interview with psychologist, poet and wilderness guide, Dr Ian McCallum in which he teaches about “web-of-life” thinking and how we can learn a lot about ourselves from the wild.

Collaring a lion for conservation

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With the aim of protecting livestock and conserving lion populations, Sosian Lodge has led the way in utilising a stronger metal-framed mobile boma design as well as providing much needed GPS collars.

The return of the rhino to Uganda

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The white rhino is back in Uganda, and a walking safari is the best way to see this much missed member of the Big Five.

But first, let me take a lion selfie!

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An exploration of the reality behind the lion breeding industry and the heavy implications of taking a ‘selfie’ with an adorable lion cub.

5 lies you need to stop believing about the lion cub petting industry

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5 truths about the petting industry and its direct link to the canned lion industry…

7 things to look for when choosing a game lodge

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Some handy tips on how to go about choosing the best game lodge for you.

An interview with novelist Tony Park about Africa’s wilderness

Author Tony Park and his wife Nicola at their home alongside Kruger National Park.

The famous Australian novelist’s thoughts on the African wilderness, trade in rhino horn, hunting and what must be done to ensure that Africa’s wild animals survive.

Alternatives to canned hunting

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Legal trade, breeding programmes and other economic measures could be effective alternatives to canned hunting provided ethical boundaries are in place and local people are allowed to benefit.

Excellent quotes and updates on Cecil the lion

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Debate, drama and decisions in the wake of the death of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s iconic lion.

Teen calls on young people to get involved in conservation

Male lions, such as the one pictured above, are shot each day by trophy hunters around the world.

A teenager calls on young people across the world to stand up and act to save wildlife. Here’s his advice on how they can make a difference.

Conservation – just a new-fangled method of making money?

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The relationship between conservation and capitalism exists, but even the best of intentions requires effective implementation rather than false representation.

Wellness and wildlife at Mokuti in Namibia

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If you’re looking for a place where you can feel right at home while also experiencing amazing wildlife encounters, Mokuti Etosha Lodge could be just the place for you!

Rhino horn cams? If only it were that easy!

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The newest anti-poaching technology will sound the warning whistle for rhino poaching. But it won’t save rhinos in Africa.

Obama unveils more ivory sale restrictions

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To ensure that the US is not contributing to the scourge of poaching that is decimating elephant populations across Africa, President Barack Obama tightens US rules on sales of ivory.

More ivory on sale in Hong Kong than anywhere else

Hong Kong ivory major threat to elephant survival

Hong Kong’s ivory trade is creating a significant loophole in international efforts to end the killing of elephants in Africa, and campaigners are urging the government to legislate a commercial ivory sales ban.

An interview with wildlife photographer, Greg du Toit

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Greg du Toit shares his favourite regions, animals and experiences in Africa’s wilderness, as well as his role models and advice he would give aspiring photographers.

KZN to host 2nd Youth Rhino Summit

Kingsley Holgate to host a 'fireside chat'

Youth Rhino Summit to be held in KwaZulu-Natal with the aim of motivating the younger generation to speak out against rhino poaching and global wildlife crime.

Female cheetah successfully released in Gondwana

Collared cheetah release

Gondwana are happy to announce the successful transition of a female cheetah into the wild.

Plan B for rhinos

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

What the Endangered Wildlife Trust is doing for threatened species

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The Endangered Wildlife Trust is dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa.

A new black rhino calf for Lewa

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Specialised rangers at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy protecting a brand-new black rhino calf.

Conservationists advocate sending rhinos to Texas

Relocating a white rhino from South Africa to Texas

With poaching at an all-time high, two conservation groups are trying to move 6% of South Africa’s white rhinos to Texas.

Critical elephant corridor rediscovered in North Kenya

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GPS collars fitted on elephants give hope to conservation efforts.

On tour with the leatherback turtles of iSimangaliso

Leatherback turtle in iSimangaliso

These ancient mariners find protection on the coast of South Africa.

Ngorongoro Marathon a success!

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The 8th Annual Ngorongoro Marathon was a huge success with the winner of the inaugural marathon going home with one million Tanzanian shillings.

Conservation in the Western Cape

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Preserving wildlife, protecting vegetation and uplifting the local community at Gondwana Game Reserve.

It’s not the end of the game for Namibia

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Chairman of the Kunene Regional Conservancy Association responds to the article: End of the game for Namibia.

Chocolate bunny helps save critically endangered rabbit

Lindt Easter gold bunnies to benefit the critically endangered riverine rabbit.

End of the game for Namibia

Having been involved in Namibia’s community-based conservation programme over the past 20 years, Christiaan Bakkes is questioning whether the programme is still the success it has been hailed as.

Nominations sought for rhino conservation heroes

Nominations have now opened for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015.

Regeneration at Thuma Forest Reserve

The Wildlife Action Group Malawi is doing great things to save the Thuma Forest Reserve.

Biologist aims to grow synthetic rhino horns

Seattle-based biotechnology startup that hopes to grow rhino horns in a laboratory says it has already produced a batch of rhino horn powder.

Cape to Vic Falls cycle for Africa’s smallest waxbill

One man’s epic and daunting solo bicycle journey from Cape Town to Vic Falls will raise the profile of the tiny orange-breasted waxbill.

Chinese Embassy in Brazzaville donates to Odzala-Kokoua National Park

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, has donated US$100 000 to conservation in Odzala-Kokoua National Park for a new road.

Hunting for conservation

Russel Gammon discusses what every conservationist should be fighting for – both hunters and non-hunters alike.

A response to the hunting debate

A response from well-known conservationist Gail Potgieter on the hunting debate.

The story of the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust

A documentary that aims to showcase the beauty of the unique Lamu archipelago and the great work the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust has been doing.

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