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NEWS WRAP: Last male northern white rhino deteriorating + shipments of protected African species to Asia soar

In this week’s news wrap Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, is starting to show signs of ailing; a new study has revealed that shipments of protected African species to Asia are soaring; the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will now consider all permits for importing elephant trophies from Africa on a “case-by-case basis”; and the World Wildlife Fund has announced that Google, Facebook and other major tech firms are joining an effort to halt the illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife parts.

Lion relocation success: Somkhanda lions reveal their cubs

Four cubs have been spotted recently, sticking closely to their mom, at Somkhanda Community Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This is a true success story around wild lion and their translocation to one of the only community-owned reserves in the country.

NEWS WRAP: US remains top wildlife trophy importer + Kenyan elephants relocated

In this week’s news wrap it has been reported that the United States remains the biggest importer of endangered African wildlife trophies; 30 elephants are relocated in Kenya in the hopes to end human-wildlife conflict; Kenyan MPs urge President Kenyatta to ban logging and declare it a national disaster; African penguins have succumbed to avian flu in the Western Cape; the US Embassy supports the South African wildlife crime investigations through donation of forensic trailer units; and a major seize of an abalone consignment goes down at Durban harbour.

Baboons: The least loved primate

When you take a road trip in South Africa you are bound to get to see a troop of baboons at some point. I am thrilled at every sighting, but realise that my reaction towards seeing baboons is out of the ordinary. For most people the baboons evoke very different feelings: to some they are the witches funny flying monkeys, while others harbour a more intense dislike for them, usually over a past picnic invasion.

Pangolin found in man’s backpack

Sourced from third party site: News24, written by Kerushun Pillay, The Witness A man was caught at a South African shopping mall with a pangolin in his backpack. He was allegedly trying to sell the pangolin, one of the world’s most endangered animals. UPDATE 26 Jan 2018: Unfortunately the pangolin died in the care of an […]

Pangolin research in the Kalahari

Little is known about how pangolins might cope with the direct and indirect effects of a changing climate. A PhD researcher is therefore investigating the body temperature, diet, and activity patterns of free-living ground pangolins in a semi-arid environment in South Africa.

Zimbabwe to stop selling elephants, says newspaper

  UPDATE 21 January 2018: It has come to our attention that the Zimbabwe government has NOT made any formal announcement in this regard, and that the Daily News news report below was therefore not accurate. We have been informed by persons close to the process that the government is reviewing its policies, and we […]

Prince Harry appointed president of African Parks

Sourced from third-party site: African Parks In a move that underscores his commitment to conservation, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales has formally joined African Parks as their president. The appointment was just made public in a statement released by Kensington Palace. African Parks is a conservation NGO, founded in 2000, that manages national […]

Bees protect large trees from elephant impact

A study has found that hanging beehives containing African honeybees from the branches of marula trees protects these trees against elephant impact because the elephants avoid those trees.

Opinion: Hunting is sustainable (ab)use

None of the existing role players in conservation understand what is required to save Africa’s vanishing wilderness. The issue is just too broad and deep – and politically charged.

The elephant orphans of Zambia

The Elephant Orphanage Project provides a sanctuary for defenceless elephant calves, who are the victims of poaching, human conflict or occasionally natural abandonment. Under the age of two, young elephants are extremely vulnerable and very dependent. Most will not survive without both their mother’s care and her nutrient-rich milk.

NEWS WRAP: China seizes 12 tonnes of pangolin scales + canned lion hunting

In this week’s news wrap Chinese customs officials in Shenzhen have seized 11.9 tonnes of scales from endangered African pangolins; the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) has now approved canned lion hunting; a study reveals that trophy hunting may cause extinction in a changing environment; SANParks claims that some Kruger National Park rangers are collaborating with poachers; and staying in the Kruger, the Park and Mozambican authorities are now collaborating in a bid to clamp down on rhino poaching.

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park: Protecting the “birthplace of rhino”

Over the past few months, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP) in KwaZulu-Natal – managed by conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife – has been hard hit by a significant escalation in rhino poaching. Ezemvelo has subsequently been hard at work developing more effective anti-poaching and resource management strategies. In support of this, Peace Parks Foundation has committed an additional R10,6 million towards the implementation of advanced technology solutions in this sacred rhino protection area.

Decoding Kruger’s ‘Elephant Management Plan’

The Kruger National Park is vast, at about 2 million hectares, and requires a thorough management strategy in order to ensure long term sustainability. Part of that strategy, The Elephant Management Plan – compiled by Kruger management and Scientific Service – is currently in force, and covers the period 2013 to 2022.

Opinion: Too many lions in Kunene

Whether tourism operators and armchair lion-lovers like it or not, there are now too many lions in some parts of the Kunene region. Trying to save the lions that are killing livestock, or harassing the farmers who kill them, including impounding their firearms, will not serve the interests of conservation in the region.

Video: Call for funding to de-horn rhinos for conservation

Project Rhino, an association of like-minded organisations established in 2011 that facilitates vital rhino conservation interventions, is making a national and international call for funding to have approximately 200 rhino de-horned in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa over the next year.

NEWS WRAP: First cheetah cubs in 100 years + lion skeletons in Asia

In this week’s news wrap Liwonde National Park in Malawi celebrates the birth of the first cheetah cubs in 100 years; a report reveals over 6,000 lion skeletons have been exported to Asia in the last decade; African aquaculture is threatening native fish species; and good news for rhinos as 14 black rhinos are successfully moved from Kwa-Zulu Natal to a new private reserve to help with population growth.

Rhino horn: Recipes for disaster

In the middle of the sixth mass extinction, when 50% of the living species are at risk of extinction due to the ever growing, destructive human hands, the six rhinoceros species are at the tip of the pyramid, among the most endangered species on Earth.

Can carbon measuring save Tanzania’s forests?

Up until now I have never been involved in projects that mitigate climate change, however during my last expedition, I had the opportunity to spend some time exploring the greater Mahale ecosystem and Carbon Tanzania’s newest project site.

Please HELP: Funds needed for my rhino research

Recent rhino research has focused on anti-poaching, dehorning and horn treatments as deterrents, with less interest paid to improving long-term management of these shrinking populations. The study I am working on aims to analyse behavioural, demographic and genetic patterns to compile a ‘Genetic Metapopulation Management Plan’.

Hippo teeth: Hong Kong trade threatens species in Africa

Hong Kong has always been regarded as the epicentre of the global wildlife trade. It appears however that this trade is not adequately controlled by authorities and may lead many species to the brink of extinction. Unfortunately many news headlines announce illegal elephant ivory and rhino horn trade being processed through Hong Kong’s borders. Many other […]