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Kruger guest captures striking shot of Singita’s white lion

Singita in the Kruger National Park has shared a captivating pic of its Shangaan pride, which includes its striking white male lion, now almost two-years old.

500kg of horn for sale – rhino owner hosts controversial global online auction

The world’s biggest rhino breeder has announced plans to sell part of his massive stockpile of horns in a global online auction, sparking concern that this could undermine the 40- year-old international ban on rhino horn trading.

Mountain gorilla population bounces back, quadruples to 1000

The largest population of mountain gorillas in the world has grown to four times the size of its once-dwindling number, as poaching has become virtually non-existent among the magnificent apes of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zimbabwe’s ‘Disneyland’ receives Chinese investment

Zimbabwe just got one step closer to its dream of building a “Disneyland in Africa,” at the site of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls.

Alleged rhino poaching brothers win bail, vow to fight US extradition

In South Africa, Dawie Groenewald, his wife Sariette, and nine others, including two vets and professional hunters, have faced a massive total of 1 872 charges since their arrest on World Rhino day, in September 2010.

Authorities excavated the carcasses of 26 rhino at the Groenewald’s Musina farm, Prachtig, that were allegedly illegally hunted and dehorned without permits. To date, the group, known as the Musina Mafia, have managed to stave off prosecution through a number of postponements and delays.

Rise in jumbo population lifts tourism recovery bid

The population of elephants in Maasai Mara and Tsavo parks has increased to 15,360 elephants in three years on reduced poaching, offering a major boost to Kenya’s rebounding tourism sector.

Are elephants more at risk from poaching or habitat loss?

Ivory poaching is the most immediate, urgent threat to Africa’s elephants. But even if that can be tackled, they will have to fight humans for land, food and water.

Two arrested at OR Tambo with rhino horn worth almost R5m

Two Chinese nationals who were arrested for attempting to smuggle 10 rhino horns out of the country in violation of international laws, appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Man dies as elephant falls on his car in Victoria Falls

A 44-year-old man has died after an elephant fell on top of his car in Victoria Falls, reports said Tuesday.

Rhino anti-poaching good cop being set up?

Warrant officer JP van Zyl-Roux is facing an internal disciplinary hearing this week for allegedly failing to hand over a docket to anti-corruption investigators‚ having private firearms at work and bringing the force into disrepute.

Breaking news: R.I.P Tullamore, the last lion of the 5 Musketeers

Tullamore, the last of the famous ‘5 musketeers’ desert lions of northern Namibia has been killed in the Okongue area, along with a lioness and two cubs, in the ongoing battle between rural cattle farmers and free-roaming lions. Exact details

Tragic news: Rhino kills ecologist

It is with utmost regret that I inform you that Krisztián Gyöngyi was killed this morning by a rhinoceros in Akagera National Park in Rwanda while out tracking animals in the park. Kris was instrumental in supporting the reintroduction efforts of the black rhino into Friends of Akagera National Park, and was on the ground training rangers how to track and protect them.

China’s ivory ban sparks dramatic drop in prices across Asia

Prices of raw ivory in Vietnam have fallen, which traders are linking to China’s announcement of its domestic ivory ban, according to new research.

Two former circus lions poached at sanctuary

In 2016, 33 lions freed from circuses in Peru and Colombia were transported to South Africa to live out their days in a wildlife refuge. Last week, poachers broke into the sanctuary, killing two of the big cats.

Rhino Conservation Awards 2017 nominations now open

Since 2012, the Rhino Conservation Awards have been held annually, honouring those that put themselves between Africa’s rhinos and those who seek their destruction.

Hunting body president resigns over canned lion dispute

lion in crate, Blood Lions

The president of the Professional Hunting Association of South Africa [Phasa], Stan Burger, unexpectedly announced his resignation on Tuesday with immediate effect.

Kruger invites public opinions at city meetings

SANParks, Kruger National Park

To broaden the consultation process for the Management Plan review, the Kruger National Park (KNP) will hold structured meetings at major cities in the country from 17 to 27 May 2017 and would like to invite interested members of the public to come and give input.

No golden bullet to eliminate poaching in the Kruger National Park

Defense Web, anti-poaching

In spite of a drop in rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) officials have cautioned that there is no single solution to eliminate wildlife poaching and a wide variety of tools are needed to address the problem.

Conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot by armed Laikipia raiders, airlifted to Nairobi

Kuki Gallmann

Gunmen wounded Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park in Laikipia on Sunday.

Key SA leopard population ‘crashing’, study warns

leopard, Africa

The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned on Wednesday.

Search called off for missing hunter after possible remains found in crocodiles

Scott van Zyl

Teams searching in Zimbabwe for missing SA hunter Scott van Zyl, 44, have found what is possibly human remains in two crocodiles they shot.

Permit scheme will control SA rhino horn sales, says DEA

A permit system for the local sale and possession of rhino horn is in place, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) says.

Giant elephant Satao 2 poached in Tsavo, 6 super tuskers left

SATAO 2 is dead, and another of the last super tuskers left in Africa has been poached, leaving only 6 of these giants in the Tsavo Conservation Area in southern Kenya.

Acclaimed filmmakers gored by buffalo in Botswana

Award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert were gored by a buffalo on Thursday night in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Rhino orphans released into iSimangaliso

On Monday, three white rhino orphans were peacefully released into their new home within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Pangolins: Chinese meat banquet under investigation

An investigation will begin in China after online images were found showing local officials enjoying a banquet of pangolin meat – the most trafficked animal in the world.

New species of dwarf lemur discovered in Madagascar

In the forests of northern Madagascar, scientists have discovered a new species of dwarf lemur.

Hunting: the colour game is over

The breeding of wildlife to produce unusually coloured animals, in the hope that hunters would pay a lot more to shoot them, has fallen flat in a spectacular manner — with the practice being widely condemned.

Lion bones: SA public has no time to contest sale

South Africa is about to permit the export of lion bones to produce fake tiger wine but has given the public almost no time to object. The permit will allow an annual export of 800 skeletons to Asia.

Sylvester the lion: released into the wilderness at last

Sylvester the lion has finally been released into the 15,000ha Kuzuko contractual area of Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.

Crocodile kills guide at Cape Town tourist facility

Tragedy struck at the Le Bonheur crocodile farm in Paarl, near Cape Town, when well known guide and artist Johann Burger was attacked and killed by a crocodile.

Beyond the China ivory ban

China to ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching.

Lion skeletons – 800 to be exported annually

SANBI’s recommendation to the Department of Environmental Affairs to allow export of 800 captive-bred lion skeletons from South Africa is coming under fire from Humane Society International and the producer of the film Blood Lions.

Constitutional Court Breakthrough for Animal Welfare

A new Concourt recognises the intrinsic value of animals and allows NSPCA to prosecute.

Rhino Poaching: Kruger Park confirms arrests of 11 suspected poachers

white-rhino

South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 16 January 2017, confirmed the arrest of 11 suspects in anti-poaching operations inside and outside the Kruger National Park on Friday the 13 January 2017.

Governments are not doing enough to stop wildlife crime

A new report shows that key countries affected by wildlife crime have failed to halt poaching and illegal trafficking of endangered animals as a result of widespread corruption and inadequate law enforcement, thus putting increasing numbers of species at risk of extinction.

Namibians challenge Chinese over wildlife crime

Outrage at the looting of Africa’s wildlife and environmental destruction by Chinese nationals boiled over in Namibia last month in a strongly worded letter of protest to the Chinese Ambassador, Xiun Shunkang, signed by almost every environmental protection and research organisation in the country.

Hunting: Namibian government issues permit to hunt N$1,4m rhino

GOVERNMENT last month issued a permit to a private farmer to shoot a white rhino bull as a trophy worth N$1,4 million for a Chinese client.

North West Province ducks R100m game donation questions

Parliament is struggling to get answers out of the North West province’s Department of Rural, Environmental and Agricultural Development about a suspicious “donation” of 130 buffalo, 50 white rhino, 50 sable and 32 nyala worth about R100 million to a company with ANC connections. The “donation” has destroyed provincial breeding programs.

Video: buffalo gives birth in the Timbavati!

This special and heartwarming moment of a buffalo giving birth was captured in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve by field guide Morné Hamlyn.

Trophy Hunting: unethical Namibian hunters to blame for poor image

Hunters who engage in unethical and illegal practices are largely to blame for the decline in the “overall acceptance” of trophy hunting by the general public and influential institutions across the globe says Namibian Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) immediate-past president Kai-Uwe Denker.

Remembering Mohawk the magnificent lion

A personal account remembering Mohawk the magnificent lion of Nairobi National Park, Kenya

Video: rhinos charge tourists on walking safari

Watch this video of rhinos charging tourists on a walking safari in the Kruger National Park.

A dominant silverback gorilla dies in Bwindi, Uganda

Ndahura, Uganda’s dominant male gorilla died on Sunday morning after falling off a tree branch in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park located in South Western Uganda

Ivory trade: China to set date to close factories

Preparation is under way in China to bring in a ban on their domestic ivory trade, following a promise made with the US earlier this year.

Botswana bans elephant-back rides

From the end of this month, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris.

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