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Captive lion breeding and bone trade: MPs call for an end to the practice

The Environmental Affairs Committee has called for a policy and legislative review on captive lion breeding for hunting and lion bone trade.

Good news as China now reverses decision to lift ban on trade in tiger and rhino parts

China has postponed the lifting of a ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts for medicine and other uses, the government said on Monday, after a storm of protest from conservation groups over a plan to water down the decades-old prohibition.

Mass drowning of buffaloes in Namibia

More than 400 buffaloes have drowned in the Chobe River after a stampede was sparked by a large pride of lions.

NEWS WRAP: Outrage as China lifts ban on rhino horn + tragedy as elephants kill Botswana soldier

In this week’s news wrap China has lifted the ban and legalised tiger bone and rhino horn for medical purposes; a soldier in Botswana was tragically trampled by elephants; thousands of radiated tortoises were seized from traffickers in Madagascar; five men linked to rhino poaching were arrested in the Northern Cape in South Africa; a South African teen won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018; and the South African rhino film, STROOP scooped 10 international awards.

Botswana’s president addresses the issue of game farms and hunting in Botswana

Botswana’s president addresses the issue of game farms and hunting in Botswana.

SA teen wins Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018

Sixteen-year-old South African Skye Meaker has been named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 with his charming portrait of a leopard waking from sleep in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.

China lifts ban and legalises tiger bone and rhino horn for medical purposes

China has revised a law on the ban of rhino horn and tiger bone products that would now allow domestic trade and use of the products for scientific, medical and cultural purposes.

Tragedy as elephants trample and kill Botswana soldier

The Botswana Defense Force (BDF) has confirmed an incident in which a soldier was attacked and killed by a herd of elephants on Thursday morning.

NEWS WRAP: Two black rhino carcasses found in Zakouma + eight poachers arrested in Kruger

In this week’s news wrap two black rhino carcasses have been discovered in Zakouma National Park; eight suspected rhino poachers were arrested during counter poaching operations inside the Kruger National Park; Uganda gets three new gorilla trekking groups after successful habituation; and a young elephant has been rescued and reunited with its family after it was caught in a wire snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi.

Two black rhino carcasses discovered in Zakouma

Two of the black rhinos reintroduced into Zakouma National Park in Chad earlier this year have died. They were not poached, however, the exact cause of death is not yet known.

NEWS WRAP: US wildlife official resigns after killing baboon family + Kruger’s security measures intensified

In this week’s news wrap a top Idaho wildlife official has resigned amid outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed in Namibia; SANParks have intensified security measures in the Kruger to tackle the rise of elephant poaching; 13 rhino horns shipped from South Africa were seized in Vietnam; a New Zealand drone company is helping in the fight against South African rhino poachers; South African rhino film wins top awards at US film festivals; and Ugandan ranger wins prestigious Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award 2018.

SA rhino film wins top awards at US film festivals

The South African feature documentary STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War has won the coveted Best Documentary award at the prestigious San Diego International Film Festival held this past weekend.

Ugandan ranger wins prestigious Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award 2018

Ugandan Wildlife Ranger Julius Obwona has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award 2018.

Buffalo leaves farmer in critical condition after attack

A farmer has been airlifted to a specialist hospital in Johannesburg after he was attacked by a buffalo on a farm in Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga.

NEWS WRAP: Elephants trample tourists in two incidents + massive pangolin scale seizure

In this week’s news wrap there have been two cases of an elephant trampling a tourist in Zimbabwe; authorities in Vietnam discovered almost a ton of pangolin scales and ivory flown in from Nigeria; the DR Congo president torched an ivory and pangolin scale stockpile; an analysis revealed social media’s role in advertising illegal wildlife trade, including cheetah trafficking; and Singapore Airlines has announced that it has stopped accepting lion bones for cargo.

DRC president torches ivory and pangolin scale stockpile, releases parrots

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Sunday set light to an ivory stockpile to highlight the problem of poaching in the central African country.

Another German tourist trampled by an elephant in Zimbabwe

A German tourist has sustained serious injuries after being trampled by an elephant while apparently trying to film the animal in Victoria Falls National Park on Saturday, the second such incident within a week.

Social media’s role in advertising illegal wildlife trade, including cheetah trafficking

Cheetah Conservation Fund data analysis confirms social media role in advertising illegal wildlife trade, including trafficking of cheetahs for illegal pet trade.

Elephant tramples German tourist to death in Zimbabwe

A 49-year-old German woman was trampled to death by an elephant in a popular game reserve in northern Zimbabwe as she tried to photograph it.

DEA announces 2018 rhino and elephant poaching stats to date

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs announces 2018 rhino and elephant poaching stats to date.

Giraffe calf from tragic Hoedspruit incident dies in relocation process

The giraffe cow involved in the attack on Dr Katy Williams and her son Finn was successfully relocated on Tuesday, however her two-month old calf did not survive.

Where are the rhino poaching stats? Open letter to the minister

A small group of concerned stakeholders and organisations got together to voice their concerns to the Minister and members of the Security Cluster in regards to the current state of rhino poaching in South Africa.

NEWS WRAP: Rhino poaching ringleader released + Botswana considers lifting hunting ban

In this week’s news wrap the notorious rhino poaching ringleader, Chumlong Lemtongthai, was released early from prison and deported to Thailand; Botswana initiated on Wednesday a month of public hearings to decide whether to lift the 2014 hunting ban, including elephant hunting; the South African Parliament wants the Kruger National Park agreement with private reserves revised; an elephant killed a 58-year old man from a village in the northwest district of Botswana; and the past two months has seen the translocation of zebra, blue wildebeest and impala from Kruger National Park to Zinave National Park.

Private reserves respond re parliament’s request to revise the agreement between Kruger and private reserves

Two private game reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park have responded to recommendations from Parliament that the agreement between Kruger and neighbouring private reserves be revised with regard to the hunting of Kruger wildlife.

Notorious rhino poaching ringleader released early from prison, deported to Thailand

Chumlong Lemtongthai, a key figure in the notorious Xaysavang rhino horn and wildlife trafficking network, was released from a South African prison last night and deported to Thailand.

Elephant hunting: Botswana initiates month-long consultation process

Botswana initiated on Wednesday a month of public hearings to decide whether to lift the 2014 hunting ban, including elephant hunting.

Skye the lion hunting furore: Parliament wants Kruger NP agreement with private reserves revised

Environmental Affairs committee believes agreement between Kruger National Park and private reserves should be revised.

Elephant kills man in Botswana village, is euthanised

An elephant has attacked and killed a man from Seronga in Botswana – the second such incident to occur within a month.

Video: 500 animals journey from Kruger to Zinave

The past two months saw the translocation of zebra, blue wildebeest and impala from Kruger National Park in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique. The overall goal is to reintroduce 7,500 game animals in Zinave over the next five years and to date over 1,300 animals have been rewilded to the park.

NEWS WRAP: Elephant poaching in Botswana + giraffe tramples mother and child

Poached elephant carcass, northern Botswana

In this week’s news wrap the Botswana government has provided context and questioned irresponsible reporting regarding the discovery of 87 elephant carcasses; a mother and child were left critically injured after they were trampled by a giraffe in Limpopo; a Namibian ‘problem’ lion has died during a relocation operation; Zimbabwe will be donating ten white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo; cheetah smugglers were nabbed in Somaliland’s first court conviction of wildlife criminals; and a study shows that the delay on the full ban of ivory trade in Hong Kong could encourage elephant poaching.

Elephant poaching: Botswana gov provides context, questions irresponsible reporting

The government of Botswana responds to the recent reports alleging that about 90 elephants were killed recently.

Giraffe tramples mother and child – both left critically injured

A mother and child were left critically injured yesterday afternoon after they were trampled by a giraffe on a farm in Hoedspruit, Limpopo.

Zimbabwe to donate 10 white rhinos to DR Congo

Zimbabwe will be donating ten white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo with the aim of re-establishing a population that was driven to extinction by poachers a decade ago and expand the regional rhino range area.

Free access to national parks in South Africa during National Parks Week

From the 10th to 14th September, 2018, South African National Parks (SANParks) will be offering visitors free access to the majority of the national parks in South Africa.

Namibian ‘problem’ lion dies during relocation, remaining five are safe in a private reserve

Tragedy as a Namibian desert-adapted lion dies during relocation. This follows two unsuccessful attempts to relocate six ‘problem’ lions to a national park. The five remaining lions are now safe in a private reserve.

NEWS WRAP: Kruger lion pride caution + ivory processing workshop found in Angola

In this week’s news wrap a lion pride in the Kruger National Park is apparently becoming accustomed to cars as management issues caution to tourists; authorities in Angola have arrested five Vietnamese nationals in connection with a massive seizure of wildlife products, including rhino horn pieces, elephant ivory and pangolin scales; a Kruger guard has been arrested on suspicion of poaching; 90 African buffalo were welcomed into a community conservancy in Zambia; and nine lions made history when they were translocated to Liwonde National Park in Malawi, returning the species to the park for the first time in 20 years.

Kruger lion pride becoming accustomed to cars, management issues caution

The Kruger National Park Management has received reports of a pride of lions north of Satara which are showing abnormal behaviour around vehicles such as the biting of tyres.

Video: 90 African buffalo welcomed into community conservancy in Zambia

Peace Parks Foundation has presented 90 African buffalo to the communities of the Simalaha Community Conservancy, with an additional 110 buffalo still to be brought in over the next month.

Video: Lions return to Malawi’s Liwonde National Park

African Parks has completed a series of lion translocations as part of wider efforts to restore Malawi’s parks; and for the first time in 20 years, a population of the iconic predators has been re-established in Liwonde National Park.

Coal mine threatens livelihoods and wildlife

The Somkhele and Fuleni communities neighbouring the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park unite on 24th August 2018 at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in their resistance against the ongoing allegedly illegal mining by Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) LTD and its proposed expansion.

NEWS WRAP: Massive rhino horn seizure in Malaysia + elephants trample and kill two Tanzanians

In this week’s news wrap Malaysian authorities discovered 50 pieces of rhino horn in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in what is believed to be southeast Asia’s largest single seizure of rhino horns; two Tanzanians were trampled to death by elephants in the north of the country; a nationwide survey has revealed that the majority of South Africans believe the captive lion breeding industry is harming the country’s international reputation; conservationists in Kenya are warning of an imminent poaching crisis should proposals to open the doors to game hunting sail through; and police in Cameroon have shut down an international poaching gang after catching six traffickers carrying more than 700 kilos of pangolin scales.

Game hunting in Kenya will cause poaching crisis, experts warn

Conservationists in Kenya are warning of an imminent poaching crisis should proposals to open the doors to game hunting sail through.

New survey: Lion breeding industry harming South Africa’s reputation

A nationwide survey has revealed that the majority of South Africans believe the captive lion breeding industry is harming the country’s international reputation.

Elephants trample and kill two Tanzanians

Two Tanzanians have been trampled to death by elephants in the north of the country, police said on Monday.

NEWS WRAP: Leopard hunting reinstated in South Africa + hippo kills tourist

In this week’s news wrap South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has issued a quota of seven male leopards for trophy hunting during 2018; a hippo attacked and killed a Taiwanese tourist, and injured another, at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha in Kenya; customs officers seized rhino horns worth 1.3 million ($245,000) Turkish Liras at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport; and a crocodile was successfully relocated from the famous Victoria Falls Bridge.

Hippo kills tourist, injures another

A hippo has attacked and killed a Taiwanese tourist, and injured another, at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha in Kenya.

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