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Lion farmers in South Africa threaten big cats worldwide

South African lion farmers are supplying large volumes of lion bone, teeth and claws as ‘tiger parts’ to an insatiable Asian market – says a report recently published by the Environmental Investigation Agency. South Africa is the world’s largest exporter of lion body parts.

Kruger lions shot dead

The three lions that escaped from Kruger National Park in South Africa have been shot dead.

Search continues for escaped lions from Kruger NP

SANParks, together with Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) officials, made every effort yesterday and overnight to lure and catch the four lions that were first sighted wandering near the N4/Crocodile River gorge area which is managed by MTPA.

Escaped lions spotted outside Kruger National Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017 were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park and would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution.

Two more lions killed in Namibia

Two lions were shot and killed last week in communal farmland west of Etosha National Park in Namibia. The lions attacked a cow at night, and were killed in retaliation.

Lions poisoned for bone trade

Poachers are using bait laced with poison to target and kill lions in Limpopo National Park, Mozambique, for the lion bone trade.

Tanzania’s task force tightens noose on international traffickers

Tanzania has managed to revolutionise conventional anti-poaching tactics that were clearly failing, demonstrating how the intelligence-led multi-agency approach to endangered species protection offers an efficient and cost-effective solution to the urgent issue of wildlife security.

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.

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.

Massive Noah’s Ark project attracts critics

The plan is to move 6,000 animals during the coming three years – and in the coming eight weeks alone the project will move 50 elephants, 100 giraffe, 900 impala, 300 wildebeest, 50 kudu, 200 zebra, buffalo and eland.

Elephant-back riding awaits baby elephants at Dubai zoo

According to a YouTube video hosted by Show Me Dubai, the five wild baby elephants recently captured on a Namibian game reserve and heading for a new Dubai zoo, Dubai Safari Park, will be subjected to elephant-back riding.

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. The lions were poisoned. Tullamore was the last surviving member of a group of 5 desert lions made […]

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.

Major ivory trafficker jailed in Republic of Congo

Northern Congo’s notorious elephant poacher and ivory trafficker Daring Dissaka, 39, has been convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment. Connected to international ivory networks, Dissaka’s imprisonment represents another significant step forward for the Republic of Congo’s justice system and forest elephant conservation in Central Africa.

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.

Breaking: Rhino mother and calf killed in auction pen

Rhino poachers have struck the auction holding pens in South Africa at iMfolozi’s game capture centre, killing a mother and her calf.  The wild rhinos were captured and auctioned off on Monday, and the mother and calf were sold as a unit.  The mother reportedly had the biggest horn of all the rhinos auctioned that […]

Malaria prevention advice for Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park (KNP) Management would like to caution visitors to the Park to take precautionary measures against malaria before visiting the Park, although classified as a low risk area but is situated in a malaria area.

Baby elephants to be exported to Dubai zoo

A game farm in Namibia has been issued permits to sell five baby elephants to a zoo in Dubai. The elephants range in age from four to eight years old. The sale, at an undisclosed price, will be finalised later this year when the elephants are exported.

Kruger invites public opinions at city meetings

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.