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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.

Video: Crocodile relocated from Victoria Falls Bridge

The famous Victoria Falls Bridge, situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia, had an unexpected visitor on Sunday in the form of a 2-metre-long crocodile.

Video: Spotted hyena project commences with collaring first of 14 hyenas

A spotted hyena research project in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa will be collaring up to 14 hyenas with GPS/VHF collars, enabling researchers to better understand how hyenas move through formally protected areas and non-protected areas, where they are coming into conflict with communities and farmers, and hopefully assist in understanding how to mitigate conflicts and find solutions for their future survival.

Captive-bred lion industry to be investigated by SA Parliament – you are invited

South Africa’s parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs will be holding a two-day colloquium to review the unregulated captive-bred lion industry.

SA film wins award ahead of world premiere at US festival

STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War, the locally made documentary film, has been awarded the 2018 Green Tenacity Award by the judges of the Eighth Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival.

Update on rhino translocation fiasco: WWF-Kenya admits mistakes were made

WWF-Kenya has admitted that grave mistakes were made in the translocation operation in Kenya which saw 10 out of 11 critically endangered black rhinos die.

World Ranger Day 2018: Mobilising support for Africa’s rangers

On World Ranger Day, the 31st July 2018, we acknowledge the contribution of these courageous men and women to conservation.

Snake app for snakebite first aid

The African Snakebite Institute’s new mobile app provides information about snakes in southern Africa and first aid for snakebites, as well as resources to find trained snake removers in your area.

Update on rhino translocation fiasco: Tenth black rhino dies, remaining survivor attacked by lions

A tenth endangered black rhino has reportedly died after a botched translocation, according to Kenya’s tourism minister.

Virunga welcomes two new baby mountain gorillas

Virunga National Park has welcomed the good news that two new mountain gorillas have been born, bringing a total of nine new gorilla births in the park this year.

Video: Young Zim elephant rescued after becoming stuck in the mud

A young elephant has been rescued from a muddy pit in Zimbabwe after rescuers used a bulldozer to help with the rescue operation.

200 Elephants to be moved from South Africa to Mozambique

De Beers Group, in partnership with Peace Parks Foundation, has begun to transport 200 elephants across 1,500km from the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve in South Africa to Mozambique.

Alleged poacher trampled by elephants in Kruger

An alleged poacher was arrested on Sunday shortly after being trampled by elephants in the Kruger National Park.

NEWS WRAP: SA’s lion bone export quota set at 1,500 skeletons + 9 black rhinos die after translocation

In this week’s news wrap 1,500 lion skeletons from captive-bred lions can now be exported annually from South Africa according to the new lion bone export quota; nine out of 14 critically endangered black rhinos have died after being translocated from one reserve to another in Kenya; two Zimbabwean women have drowned after a hippo attack caused their fishing boat to capsize; Taiwan’s ivory ban is to enter into force in 2020; and Botswana’s intelligence agency has been accused of using its anti-poaching operation to conceal elephant tusks from the responsible government department, potentially using it as a conduit for ivory smuggling.

South Africa’s lion bone export quota set at 1,500 skeletons

The DEA has announced that the new lion bone export quota will allow 1,500 lion skeletons from captive-bred lions to be exported annually from South Africa.

8 Endangered black rhinos die after translocation in Kenya

Eight out of 14 critically endangered black rhinos have died after being moved to a reserve in southern Kenya, wildlife officials have revealed.

NEWS WRAP: Illegal ivory openly sold in Europe + elephant tramples handler

In this week’s news wrap a study has revealed how illegal ivory is being openly sold across Europe; a 40-year-old man has died after being trampled by a domesticated elephant at an elephant sanctuary in Victoria Falls; a Kruger lioness who was treated by vets for a deep snare wound around her waist a month ago has recently been sighted again; at least three alleged poachers were killed by a pride of lions in Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa; seven baboons have been killed after hunting permits were issued to two Cape wine farms; and humpback whale monitoring has returned to the KwaZulu-Natal coast after a 15-year absence.

Video: Lioness with snare wound sighted after treatment

A Kruger lioness who was treated by vets for a deep snare wound around her waist a month ago has recently been sighted again.

Elephant tramples handler to death

A 40-year-old man died on Saturday after being trampled by a domesticated elephant at the Wild Horizons elephant sanctuary in Victoria Falls.

7 Baboons killed on Constantia wine farms after permits issued

Seven baboons have been killed after hunting permits were issued to two Constantia wine farms in Cape Town, South Africa.

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