A permit system for the local sale and possession of rhino horn is in place, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) says.
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.
On Monday, three white rhino orphans were peacefully released into their new home within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
In the forests of northern Madagascar, scientists have discovered a new species of dwarf lemur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IUCN Red List confirms that giraffes are under threat.
Proposal points to troubling explosion in captive animal entertainment in China and their interest in capturing orcas in Namibia
The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) is to defend its position on captive-bred lion hunting and breeding in the Pretoria High Court on 22 November.
A Zimbabwean minister wants to sell her country’s supposed US$10 billion ivory stockpile to China using a possible international legal loophole.
Zambia’s elephant population has declined by about 90% due to poaching. Its black rhino population, estimated at 13,000 in 1981, is now extinct.
A pack of domestic dogs seen in the Kruger National Park roaming the roads and chasing animals.
Examining the concept of a central selling organisation in the legalisation of the trade in rhino horn and how this is seriously flawed when compared to the diamond industry.
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.
Gorillas, forest elephants and bonobos threatened by plans to make the world’s second largest rainforest the next frontier in the global palm oil trade.
CITES delegates vote overwhelmingly to protect rhinos by rejecting a proposal to legalise the rhino horn trade submitted by Swaziland.
CITES meeting blocks proposal for ban on all trade of ivory from four southern African countries.
The 182 countries at the Johannesburg summit did reach a compromise, banning only the trade in bones, teeth and claws from wild lions.
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.
In line with its approved management plan, Kruger National Park is planning to sustainably harvest some of its wildlife in order to combat the effects of drought and distribute meat to disadvantaged communities.
Barbaric elephant slaughter creates horror scene on the banks of the Okavango River.
Vietnam’s growing illegal ivory trade threatens Africa’s elephants.
A ground-breaking technique to collect and catalogue DNA from rhinos and rhino horn which can lead to more convictions of poachers and reduce rhino poaching in Southern Africa.
Photos of skeletal lions on a farm in Limpopo highlight how “these breeders have no ethical conservation intent.”
A famous big tusker elephant gets speared in an incident of human-wildlife conflict in Kenya.
A leopard has killed 33 Endangered African penguins in a single incident in Betty’s Bay, South Africa
Ban on domestic rhino horn trade reinstated as Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, files application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court.
The introduction of mobile applications designed to share information on interesting animal sightings in national parks has become a major cause for concern for South African National Parks (SANParks).
Communities in Botswana want elephants and buffaloes to be exempted from the country’s two-year-old hunting ban, arguing that the two species are not in decline.
In an effort to stop the decimation of the African elephant population and halt the smuggling of ivory products, the Obama administration has fulfilled its pledge to implement a near total ban on the sale of ivory within the US.
Zimbabwe will lobby for the lifting of an international ban on ivory sales, saying it would allow the government to raise money to combat poaching and for conservation programmes.
Photos documenting the biggest ivory burn in history, which took place in Nairobi National Park last weekend.
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.
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.
Problems concerning the coexistence of people and wildlife is noted to be caused by conflict amongst humans, proving a need for greater collaboration with scientists, historians and psychologists in the conservation sector.
Namibian conservancies say that if trophy hunting were to banned they would see wildlife disappear within a month.
Oupoot, the Knysna elephant, has made an appearance again!
Illegal shipments of African grey parrots intercepted in the DRC and local governors make efforts to crack down on the trade before it is too late.
Drawing inspiration from the bumpy geometry of the Namib beetle, scientists have developed a material that could improve water harvesting and electricity generation.
The rare okapi faces numerous threats, but SMART technology could save them.
Meet the hirola – an unassuming creature that is the centre of what may be one of the most successful conservation efforts in recent history.
A definitive line is drawn in the sand when it comes to canned hunting and captive-breeding by a respected group of lion specialists.
U.S.-based entrepreneurs are developing synthetic rhino horn that can’t be differentiated from actual horn, but WildAid and the Center for Biological Diversity believe that this will only accelerate consumer demand in Asia for illegal wildlife products.
Endangered Wildlife Trust has published a study on wildlife ranching, which shows that South African private wildlife numbers may be inflated threefold.
To avoid putting additional pressure on leopard populations, a leopard trophy hunting ban is in place throughout 2016.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda was surprised and delighted to discover a mountain gorilla with twins!
The moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horn has been lifted after the Environmental Affairs Department lost an appeal application in the High Court in Pretoria this week.
In a stunning reversal from previous positions, the Hong Kong government will act “as soon as possible” to pass legislation to ban the import and export of ivory and elephant hunting trophies.
On 7th January Botswana’s Chapman’s Baobab, one of the three largest trees in Africa and a national monument of Botswana, fell to the ground.
Citing a “better and safer environment,” a high-ranking official in Zimbabwe states that more of the country’s wildlife will be captured and sent to China in 2016.
Lions in central and West Africa are to be placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in order to set a higher bar for hunters who want to bring lion trophies into the United States.
Experts state that the government’s target to kill 20,000 threatened Mauritian flying foxes was exceeded in the recent cull of the Mauritius bat.
A project that started in a township aims to challenge stereotypes about South Africa’s wine industry and leave a lasting legacy for communities in the Cape Flats.
The number of dragonfly species known in Africa has increased by almost 10%, and this research highlights that we must prioritise the search for unknown life before it’s too late.
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.
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.
35 rhinos die from blackquarter bacteria on a breeding farm in South Africa, belonging to pro rhino horn trade protagonist, John Hume.
Measures are being put in place to put a stop to the high levels of deforestation in Mozambique.
French officials have been told to stop issuing import permits for lion hunting trophies, including heads, paws and skins, while country considers stricter controls on other species.
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.
A major ringleader, who is also a supplier of weapons, ammunition and cars to poaching syndicates, is arrested. And with both ‘Shetani’ and the ‘Queen of Ivory’ now in custody, there is a chance to crack down on the international networks involved in the illegal trafficking of ivory.
Accused of “failing to prevent an illegal hunt” of Cecil the lion, Theo Bronkhorst’s application for his case to be referred to the constitutional court has been dismissed, and the case will be adjourned on 20th November.
Animal rights group PETA has named the hunter who killed one of Africa’s largest elephants as German businessman Rainer Schorr
China has issued a one-year ban on African ivory hunting trophy imports ahead President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain this month.
An elephant with tusks estimated to weigh 120lb (54,4+kg) each was shot in the Malapati concession, located in southeastern Zimbabwe near Gonarezhou National Park.
Zimbabwe’s environment minister said that the US dentist, Walter Palmer, could not be charged for an illegal hunt as all his “papers were in order”.
“The Queen of Ivory”, a Chinese national, has been arrested by a specialised task force in Tanzania. To date, she is the most important ivory trafficker ever arrested in the country.
One giant leap for elephants (and mankind) as China and the United States commit to ban ivory sales.
A sensational and shocking film provides the first direct evidence linking ivory trafficking to terrorism.
No charges have been filed against Walter Palmer for the killing of Cecil the lion and the Zimbabwean police have not supplied the required documentation for his extradition.
In light of the uproar following the death of Cecil, three prize winners weigh in on trophy hunting.
The privately owned global shipping company, MSC, has banned the transportation of hunting trophies on ethical grounds.
An examination of the African grey parrot populations in the DRC and suggestions of what can be done to prevent their extirpation.
The endangered cape parrot really is a distinct species, according to a newly-published molecular study – a finding that could impact conservation decisions and strategies in South Africa for decades to come.
The nationwide ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants in Zimbabwe has been lifted, but a ban is still in force in a limited area including on the farm where Cecil was killed and on another farm where a second lion was hunted.
Delta has announced a ban on transporting trophy kills following pressure from customers, activists and a petition with 395,245 signatures.
New research suggests that the golden jackal should actually be classified as a species of wolf.
Hopeful that two ivory dealers will get the punishment that they deserve, a witness describes his experience in a court case regarding illegal ivory possession in Botswana.
An American hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said that he wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of the hunt.”
A Minnesota father of two is discovered to be the hunter who shot dead Cecil – one of Zimbabwe’s most loved lions.
Zimbabwe authorities are trying to track down the Spaniard that allegedly paid €50,000 to kill Cecil, one of Africa’s most famous lions.
Pictures taken by a local wildlife charity activist of the elephants in quarantine pens at Chimelong Safari Park show young elephants in visibly poor conditions with protruding bones.
South African Airways have lifted with immediate effect the embargo that was placed on elephant, rhino, lion and tiger hunting trophies.
A well-known and much-photographed black-maned lion affectionately named Cecil was killed by sport hunters just outside Hwange in Zimbabwe last week.
In the largest camera tracking survey to date, a researcher captured 1.2 million stealthy animal “selfies” in the Serengeti National Park.
A study shows that female mongooses are able to make calculated decisions to secure the best future for their offspring even if that means risking injuries by mating with males outside of their pack.
A female elephant was accidentally killed instead of an allegedly ‘damage causing’ bull elephant when a hunting permit was suspiciously issued at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve.
The European Union has banned the import of elephant hunting trophies from two African nations that have seen a significant decline in elephant numbers due to soaring levels of poaching.
The lion population in Niassa National Reserve is increasing as a result of “getting huge amounts of meat” from poached elephants.
Dwindling elephant populations in Tanzania and Zimbabwe justify the USA ban on the importation of elephant trophies from the two countries.
A 5-month old elephant is killed in Kenya.
It is feared that the SANParks’ rhinos have been sold to hunters.
Graphic footage of farmed crocodiles being slaughtered for the sake of fashion.
Confiscated ivory burnt in Times Square.
Enjoy a talk in Cape Town that will discuss the solutions to saving rhinos.