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Sustainable utilisation of wildlife not so sustainable

“The harvesting of species from the wild at rates that cannot be compensated for by reproduction or regrowth” has been recently identified as the single biggest threat to biodiversity, highlighting that proposals for sustainable utilisation need to be examined with extreme care.

Anti-hunting lobbyists cost Namibia dearly

Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism says that anti-hunting lobbyists cost the Namibian government US$650,000 last year after pressurising the United States government on the legal auction of a black rhino hunt.

France bans import of lion hunting trophies

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.

Wildlife ranching in South Africa

Dr Peter Oberem takes a closer look at game breeding in South Africa as well as colour morphs and says why we should support wildlife ranching.

Zimbabwean hunter loses bid to have Cecil case dropped

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.

Iconic elephant shot in Zimbabwe

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.

Hunting lions for fun

Award winning filmmaker, Dereck Joubert, explores the viability and ethics of hunting in the hope that Cecil the lion has died for at least some cause: to rally everyone to get important legislation passed and to stop the killing of lions for fun.

Zimbabwe lifts nationwide trophy hunting ban

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.

Cubs doing okay after Cecil’s death

The light at the end of the tunnel: Cecil’s story not only raises awareness about conservation issues, but it also sends the message that people care about the future of his offspring and his kind. Here are some fantastic photos of his cubs to ease your minds.

Alternatives to canned hunting

Legal trade, breeding programmes and other economic measures could be effective alternatives to canned hunting provided ethical boundaries are in place and local people are allowed to benefit.

US dentist thought lion hunt was legal

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.”

Female elephant mistakenly shot by hunters

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.

Lion trouble in Namibia

Lions could be in trouble in Namibia’s north-west if nothing is done to reduce human-predator conflict.

Hunting for conservation

Russel Gammon discusses what every conservationist should be fighting for – both hunters and non-hunters alike.

The Thing About Hunting

The thing about hunting is that the topic is so polarising that it prevents meaningful discourse between people who probably have more in common than they care to admit. And, while the protagonists battle it out, the grim reapers continue to harvest Africa’s wildlife and other natural resources. We humans tend to silo information to …

Namibian black rhino hunt may be cancelled

The Texas hunting club that auctioned off a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia said it will cancel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denies the winning bidder’s request to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. as a trophy.

More desert elephants to be shot

Concerns have been heightened by the Namibian Ministy of Environment and Tourism’s decision to issue additional hunting permits for desert elephants.

Kenyan ranger’s moving letter to American rhino hunter

A Kenyan grassroots initiative, Walk With Rangers, has spoken out against the controversial rhino auction held by the Dallas Safari Club that saw the highest bidder, Mr. Corey Knowlton, cough up a staggering US$350 000 to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia.

Botswana minister in lion trade scandal

Botswana’s Minister of Agriculture, Christian de Graaff, is under fire after he exported a large shipment of lions to a canned hunting outfit in South Africa last month.

Melissa Bachman’s lion hunt – the latest

Melissa Bachman has sparked international outrage after posting a picture on social media, boasting publicly about killing a magnificent male lion in the Maroi Conservancy in South Africa.

Zambia Hunting Ban Update

On Wednesday the Zambian government held a stakeholders meeting in Lusaka in an attempt to thrash out some of the issues surrounding the crisis within the local trophy hunting industry. Chaired by the Vice-President (VP), Dr Guy Scott, those in attendance included a cross-section of hunters, wildlife managers, eco-tourism consultants, outside observers, government personnel and …

Fingers Off the Trigger: Zambia Cancels All Trophy Hunting Licences

Towards the end of last week Zambian wildlife authorities suspended the tender process for hunting concessions and cancelled all hunting licences for the foreseeable future. According to sources and local news reports, Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo has based her decision on corruption and malpractices between the hunting companies and various government departments. …