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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.

Elephants with a purpose

Why did 53 elephants travel more than 1,250 km across three different countries this month? Here’s why.

Lions kill suspected poachers in South African reserve

At least three alleged poachers were killed by a pride of lions in the Sibuya Game Reserve outside Kenton-on-Sea in South Africa earlier this week.

Humpback whale monitoring returns to KZN coast after 15-year absence

Excitement builds as the East Coast Humpback Whale Survey begins again in Cape Vidal, iSimangaliso after a near two-decade absence.

NEWS WRAP: Scientists create embryos to save near-extinct rhino + Kenya relocates endangered black rhinos

In this week’s news wrap scientists have created embryos to ‘bring back’ a near-extinct African rhino subspecies; Kenya relocates endangered black rhinos to a more secure habitat; The Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism has responded to the killing of the male desert-adapted lion, Gretsky (XPL 99); an investigation has been conducted on South Africa’s wildlife cryptotrade; the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga, South Africa, have been officially added to the World Heritage Site List; and Zambia’s wildlife paradise and legendary safari mecca of Luangwa Valley may in future partially function as one giant tap for some of Zambia’s growing water needs.

Scientists create embryos to ‘bring back’ near-extinct African rhino

The northern white rhino is essentially extinct – just two females remain – but new research paves the way for its resurrection.

Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains declared World Heritage Site

The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga, South Africa, have been officially added to the World Heritage Site List, alongside three other sites in Mexico, China and France.

Death of desert-adapted lion: Namibian minister explains policy and requests understanding

The Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism has responded to the killing of the male desert-adapted lion, Gretsky (XPL 99).

Investigating South Africa’s wildlife cryptotrade

A casual search of some of South Africa’s biggest online marketplaces shows just how easily endangered wildlife species are reduced to their parts – and how simple it is to sell them online while retaining anonymity.

Kenya relocates endangered black rhinos to more secure habitat

The Kenya Wildlife Service has started moving 14 black rhinos to a sanctuary in the southeast of the country to offer a more secure location for the endangered species.

Video: Lions make a comeback

With wild lions under pressure from so many threats, this is a wonderful story of lions being reintroduced to an area that used to have lions.

Will Zambia’s Luangwa River be dammed? Have your say

Zambia’s wildlife paradise and legendary safari mecca of Luangwa Valley may in future partially function as one giant tap for some of Zambia’s growing water needs. Gone will be the seasonal, natural water cycles that sustain and nurture this incredibly fecund river valley. You see, a sizeable chunk of Luangwa Valley may be dammed in the near future, at Ndevu Gorge

NEWS WRAP: Three rhinos die at hands of poachers + Botswana MP proposes lifting elephant hunting ban

In this week’s news wrap three rhinos, a mother and two calves, died after a poaching incident; a Botswana MP proposes lifting the elephant hunting ban; an enormous amount of ivory was confiscated after a wide-ranging law enforcement sweep of Yunnan border areas in China; Zakouma National Park’s six black rhinos were dehorned to help reduce the risk of poaching; the DR Congo is considering whether to open up two world-famous national parks to oil exploration; and Zimbabwean police are investigating the illegal hunting of a ‘problem’ elephant bull by two Americans visiting the country on tourist visas.

Three rhinos – mother and two calves – die after poaching incident

SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary near Gravelotte lost three rhinos at the hands of poachers over the past weekend.

Botswana MP proposes lifting elephant hunting ban

Botswana’s parliament has adopted a motion requesting the government to consider lifting the ban on the hunting of elephants in areas that are not designated as game reserves and national parks.

Foreigners hunting in Zimbabwe: investigations into corruption and fraud

Zimbabwe’s wildlife estate is open for business among unethical foreign hunters, corrupt officials and fraudsters, an investigation by Oxpeckers reporters shows.

Zakouma’s six black rhinos dehorned

Zakouma National Park’s six black rhinos have been dehorned to ensure they are protected and have an opportunity to breed and thrive.

NEWS WRAP: Desert-adapted lion shot + rhino breeder on verge of bankruptcy

In this week’s news wrap a desert-adapted lion was shot by Namibian authorities after killing livestock; South African rhino breeder, John Hume, has said that he is on the verge of bankruptcy and may have to sell off his 1,626 southern white rhinos; the Namibian NGOs respond to questions from abroad about lion management; the rhino population in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro crater rises above 50; two field rangers were arrested for suspected rhino poaching; a pride of five lions were tested for tuberculosis in the Greater Kruger; and customs officers in Hong Kong arrested a man carrying about R1-million worth of sliced rhino horn.

Rhino breeder John Hume says he is on verge of bankruptcy, appeals for cash

The world’s largest private rhino breeder, John Hume, is on the verge of bankruptcy, leaving questions open as to what will happen to his 1,626 southern white rhinos.

Lion killings: Namibian NGOs respond to questions from abroad about lion management

In light of the recent backlash against Namibia for the death of a desert-adapted lion, Dr Chris Brown, CEO of the Namibia Chamber of Environment, responds to a foreign national’s questions regarding Namibia’s management of lions in the wild.

Guarding Limpopo National Park’s carnivores

A new carnivore protection ranger force, the Limpopo Lion Protection Team, has been trained and deployed – specifically assigned to support the Greater Limpopo Carnivore Programme and tasked with securing known lion ranges from targeted lion poaching.

Gretzky, a desert-adapted lion, shot by Namibian authorities after killing livestock

Gretzky, the iconic Huab River male desert-adapted lion, who sired and established the Ugab Pride has been shot and killed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) at De Rust Farm.

Rhino horn slips past security‚ uncovered in Hong Kong

Customs officers in Hong Kong have arrested a man carrying about R1-million worth of sliced rhino horn that appears to have been smuggled past three airport security checks in Johannesburg‚ Beira and Doha.

NEWS WRAP: Kruger lion hunted + lioness saved from snare

In this week’s news wrap a large male lion was trophy hunted in the Greater Kruger National Park; a lioness with cubs was saved after a snare was discovered around her waist; an anti-poaching guard was seriously injured when a buffalo charged him; and two pristine reserves in southern Mozambique, Maputo Special Reserve and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, are set for transformative tourism development.

Southern Mozambique set for major tourism development

Transfrontier conservation NGO, Peace Parks Foundation, has signed a partnership agreement with Mozambique to support the management and development of the Maputo Special Reserve and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve.

NEWS WRAP: Canned hunter convicted + escaped Kruger lion captured

In this week’s news wrap a South African canned hunter was successfully convicted; a male lion was darted and captured after presumably escaping the Kruger; two men suspected of being kingpins in a rhino poaching syndicate were arrested; the Zambian government has denied reports that it has authorised the culling of 2,000 hippos in the Luangwa Valley; and the population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species, is on the rise after a population survey was performed in the transboundary Virunga Massif.

Mountain gorilla numbers surpass 1,000

The population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species,, has increased by a quarter to over 1,000 individuals since 2010, wildlife authorities said.

South African canned hunter successfully convicted

Deon Cilliers, a Free State province Professional Hunter, taxidermist and owner of Hunters Safari, pleaded guilty to 45 counts of contravening the Biodiversity and Conservation Acts in the Ladybrand court yesterday

Zambia hippo cull via trophy hunting not as high as 2,000, says minister

The Zambian government on Tuesday denied reports that it has authorised the culling of 2,000 hippos in the Luangwa Valley.

NEWS WRAP: Buffalo kills hunter + Zambia reinstates plan to cull hippos

In this week’s news wrap a well-known hunter has been killed by a buffalo in Limpopo, South Africa; Zambia reinstates plan to cull 2,000 hippos; justice is served for foreign lizard poachers; an elephant cow with two-week-old calf is saved from a snare in Mozambique; and South African fisheries control officers nab abalone poachers.

Justice served for foreign lizard poachers

A Japanese man has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars or a R1-million fine for trafficking 48 armadillo girdled lizards.

Well-known hunter killed by buffalo

A buffalo has killed professional hunter, Claude Kleynhans (54), in what is considered a freak accident on the banks of the Levubu River in northern Limpopo, South Africa, on Tuesday, 22 May.

Zambia reinstates plan to cull 2,000 hippos

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Zambian authorities have overturned their 2016 decision to suspend the culling of up to 2,000 hippos in Luangwa Valley.

Elephant cow with calf saved from snare

An elephant cow, with a 2-week-old baby in tow, needed all the help she could get after sustaining a serious injury from a poaching snare.

NEWS WRAP: Elephant tramples farmer + fight against rhino poaching continues

In this week’s news wrap a 35-year-old farmer has been trampled to death by an elephant in southern Tanzania; Rhino Project in KwaZulu-Natal shows firsthand how much effort is still going into the fight against rhino poaching; a lactating female elephant has died after being poisoned with cyanide in the Bumi Hills area in Zimbabwe; A South African hunter has been accused of bribing Zimbabwe government officials to shoot an elephant illegally; ranger forces strengthened in Mozambique after more recruits join the ranks; and Japan has partnered the ZimParks and Wildlife Management Authority in its quest to curb the illegal killing if elephants.

The fight against rhino poaching

Project Rhino hosted key national and international media on a visit in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal to show them firsthand how much effort is still going into the fight against rhino poaching.

Elephant tramples farmer to death in Tanzania

In another case of human-wildlife conflict, a farmer has been trampled to death by an elephant that strayed from Selous Game Reserve.

Ranger forces strengthened in Mozambique

On 16 May 2018, 39 recruits, of which three are women, celebrated their graduation as rangers during a passing out parade held in the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. This follows the successful completion of a gruelling eight-week ranger training course presented by the Southern African Wildlife College, that prepared the new recruits for their stand against wildlife crime in the various conservation areas to which they will soon be deployed.

NEWS WRAP: Attacks by captive carnivores stats revealed + logging planned in Selous Game Reserve

In this week’s news wrap stats regarding attacks by captive carnivores in South Africa are revealed in an open letter to the minister; Tanzania invites bids for logging in Selous Game Reserve to pave way for huge hydropower plant; Kenya plans to

Tanzania invites bids for logging in Selous to pave way for huge hydropower plant

logging © Simon Espley

The Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) has invited tenders for large-scale logging in the Selous Game Reserve, a world-renowned wildlife area, where it plans to construct a large hydropower plant.

Kenya to fast-track laws to make wildlife killing capital offence

Kenya will fast-track laws to make wildlife poaching a capital offence as part of the country’s bid to conserve flora and fauna.

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