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Japan’s ivory market must close down, according to study

With China announcing that it would shut down all ivory trade by the end of this year, concerns have been raised that Japan’s failure to prevent illegal ivory exports will undermine China’s prospective ban and the efforts to end the global trafficking of elephant tusks.

Snakebite season in Southern Africa

Many bites from deadly snakes are difficult to prevent as people accidentally stand on snakes, especially at night. But the snake that has been biting lots of people recently is the poorly-known stiletto snake, also known as the side-stabbing snake.

PHASA approves canned lion hunting, faces backlash

In a change of policy after earlier turning its back on the breeding and hunting of captive lions, the Professional Hunters’ Association of SA (PHASA) has now approved such practices. During their annual general meeting on 22 November, members voted to approve “the hunting of captive bred lions as a legitimate form of hunting”.

Mega-carnivore dinosaur footprints discovered

An international team of researchers from South Africa, UK, and Brazil have discovered massive footprints belonging to a carnivorous dinosaur that roamed Southern Africa 200 million years ago.

New life for elephants in Nyika National Park

In early August, 34 elephants were translocated from Liwonde National Park to Nyika National Park, Malawi, in an effort to bolster the viability of the resident herd and fast-track recovery of critical numbers.

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.

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.

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.

South Luangwa: dog detection unit hounds poaching

In eastern Zambia, Conservation South Luangwa, in partnership with Working Dogs for Conservation and Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife has launched a fantastic initiative: Zambia’s first ever canine wildlife detection unit.

R.I.P SATAO 2

SATAO 2 has died, at the hands of ivory poachers. We pay tribute to this giant elephant by quoting several people who had the pleasure of meeting SATAO 2.

Rhino Bombshell: SA Minister plans to permit trade in horn

South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has declared that she plans to permit the trade in rhino horn domestically and, in what looks like a loophole big enough to drive a tractor through, the export internationally of horn for ‘personal purposes’.

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.

Chinese traders going after Africa’s donkeys

According to several sources, there is a growing demand in Chinese markets for donkey pelts, and some rural areas in Africa are reportedly being stripped of free-roaming donkeys to feed the demand.

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.

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.

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.

Kruger to become sustainable food source for communities?

SANParks are testing various management methods as part of formulating an ongoing plan to manage and harvest wildlife in the Kruger National Park, the remains of which will be distributed to surrounding communities for them to use or sell as meat products.

Letter: flaws in plan to sell rhino horn

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.

SANParks responds to Kruger off-takes

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.

A near total ban on ivory sales in the US

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 wants trade ban on ivory lifted

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.

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 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.