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A youthful World Wildlife Day 2017

Friday, March 3rd we celebrate World Wildlife Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness for the plight of our world’s wildest and most endangered creatures.

Why conservation is failing

Free roaming wildlife populations in Africa are crashing, and natural habitat is being destroyed at an alarming rate. There is a war going on, and the other side is winning hands down – why is that?

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.

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.

Chinese company seeks to capture orcas in Namibia

Proposal points to troubling explosion in captive animal entertainment in China and their interest in capturing orcas in Namibia

Hunting: Botswana remains strong under fire from EU and SADC

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Tshekedi Khama, Botswana’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, says his country is under unprecedented pressure from the pro-hunting lobby in the European Union and regional neighbours to allow lift the hunting ban imposed in 2014.

Zimbabwe wants to sell ivory stockpile to China

A Zimbabwean minister wants to sell her country’s supposed US$10 billion ivory stockpile to China using a possible international legal loophole.

Breaking: State Security Minister allegedly involved in rhino poaching syndicate

Relocating a white rhino from South Africa to Texas

State Security Minister David Mahlobo has allegedly been hanging out with a Chinese organised crime figure who traffics rhino horns and openly brags about bribing South African justice and immigration officials.

Cheetahs on the edge

Cheetahs are often overlooked whilst on safari. However, their species is incredibly unique and their population is facing tough times as they become more endangered.

Lions poisoned for bones on border of Kruger

Shock poaching of lions and vultures near the border of Kruger National Park raises questions about CITES’ lion bone trade loophole.

CITES: observations from a young Honorary Wildlife Warden

A honorary wildlife warden bears witness to the verdict at CoP17 that denies Africa’s elephants any hope.

Video: Johannesburg market sells illegal wildlife products

Footage emerges of body parts of endangered species being sold in a South African muthi market, highlighting “how little is actually being done on the ground” in spite of CITES’ intellectual discussions.

CITES CoP17 – Africa in a nutshell

A brief summary of the main decisions taken at CITES CoP17 that affect African wildlife species.

It’s a no for Swaziland rhino horn trade proposal

CITES delegates vote overwhelmingly to protect rhinos by rejecting a proposal to legalise the rhino horn trade submitted by Swaziland.

CITES votes against strongest protection for elephants

CITES meeting blocks proposal for ban on all trade of ivory from four southern African countries.

Countries fail to agree on complete ban to protect African lions from global trade

The 182 countries at the Johannesburg summit did reach a compromise, banning only the trade in bones, teeth and claws from wild lions.

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

Delegates at a global wildlife conference on Sunday voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world’s most trafficked birds.

Do or die – deciding the pangolin’s fate at CoP17

To date the pangolin has remained under the radar of mainstream conservation campaigns, but the pangolin’s plight is indeed a global one.

Demand for rhino horn outstrips global supply

A new study highlights that even the global rhino population of just under 30,000 individuals is not nearly enough to meet demand if rhino horn trade is legalised.

Ivory trade mechanism rejected in heated debate at CITES conference

Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe’s recommendation for the adoption of a Decision-Making Mechanism for a future trade in ivory is roundly rejected by parties at CITES CoP17.

The legal racketeering of ivory

Are discussions costing more than actions when it comes to saving the elephant from extinction?

A nail campaign highlights the absurdity of the illegal wildlife trade

Kilogrammes of nail clippings are being collected to present at CoP16, with the aim of highlighting the need to educate people about the lack of benefits of horn, ivory and bones.

Ex secretary-general of CITES calls for conservationists to support sustainable use of wildlife

Swiss-based hunting and ‘sustainable use’ lobbyist refers to those in the conservation industry as “eco-colonialists” and “arrogant, paternalistic imperialists”.

What can we expect from South Africa at CoP17?

With a huge range of pressing issues to be addressed, find out what lies in store this year at the Conference of the Parties for CITES.

Why you should vote to stop trade in African grey parrots

Sign this petition and help to save thousands of wild African grey parrots!

Southern Africa holds the rest of Africa to ransom over ivory trade

South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe are pushing instead to establish a process for an international trade in ivory – in opposition to the rest of Africa.

The role of CITES in elephant conservation

In the lead-up to CoP17, the history of elephant trade provides a context to proceedings.

Appeal denied – South Africa can trade rhino horn within borders

South African rhino ranchers can legally trade in rhino horn as government appeal denied.

India may burn its ivory stockpile as poaching deterrent

India decides whether to follow in Kenya’s footsteps and burn its ivory stockpile.

What will Africa propose to CITES?

A provisional list of proposals by African states for amendment of current trade allowances for endangered species of wild fauna and flora.

Swaziland accuses South Africa of backtracking on rhino horn trade proposal

Suspicion ignited as to South Africa’s intentions regarding the legalisation of the rhino horn trade.

Swaziland proposes a regulated trade in rhino horn

In order to escalate security requirements to protect the country’s rhino populations, increase the salary of park employees, and cover supplementary food costs during drought periods, Swaziland proposes for a limited trade in rhino horn to be permitted.

Why it makes sense to burn ivory stockpiles in Kenya

In the lead up to 30 April, when Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will set fire to 105 tonnes of ivory, a Kenyan conservationist takes a closer look at why it makes sense to burn ivory stockpiles.

South Africa backs down from proposing legal trade in rhino horn

South Africa won’t bid to have global ban on trade in rhino horn lifted.

SA rhino horn trade proposal hidden in DEA Budget

The decision to submit a rhino horn trade proposal to CITES has been “hidden away” in the National Treasury budget for South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs.

Video: Aim for the future of elephants

A short, graphically minimalistic, conceptual animation that portrays the loss of elephant populations across African countries.

How China’s taste for wildlife feeds a killing frenzy

Africa’s extraordinary and charismatic wildlife is clearly under siege from the wrecking ball that is China.

How CITES is undermining its wildlife regulations

Markets of death and blood permits – how cheating officials at CITES are fuelling the illegal wildlife trade.

South Africa opposes burning of ivory stockpiles

CITES and many countries believe that destroying illegal ivory is the best way to deter people from buying ivory products, but South Africa disagrees.

An open letter to point out flaws in legalising the rhino horn trade

An open letter to Mr. Hume, the owner of South Africa’s largest privately owned rhino herd, with regards to his wish to lift the CITES ban on the rhino horn trade.

Rhino horn trade suspended as appeal lodged

The Minister of Environmental Affairs has filed a leave to appeal the South African High Court’s decision to lift the ban on the domestic trade of rhino horn.

Nearly 99% of African grey parrots wiped out in Ghana

Researchers have found that since 1992, Ghana has lost between 90 to 99 percent of its grey parrots as a result of the pet trade and habitat loss.

Rhino horn trade pushed into the belly of the underworld

Ecologists argue that legalising trade in rhino horn won’t save the species, and that South Africa needs to be careful about decisions that they make.

Six pangolins rescued in Zambia

Zambia Wildlife Authority scale up their efforts to protect the world’s most trafficked animal.

South African government and US hunters plot future of wildlife

The nature of the African Wildlife Consultative Forum that is currently taking place in South Africa makes it difficult not to infer a conspiracy between hunters and government.

Chinese traditional medicine industry says NO to illegal wildlife trade

The traditional Chinese medicine sector pledges zero tolerance to purchasing and selling products made from wildlife from illegal sources.

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