Namibia’s desert-adapted lions in the Tomakas region of Namibia are being killed off in a sad whirlpool of human politics, with the recent killing of the last of the famous ‘5 Musketeers’ being one such example.
The plan is to move 6,000 animals during the coming three years – and in the coming eight weeks alone the project will move 50 elephants, 100 giraffe, 900 impala, 300 wildebeest, 50 kudu, 200 zebra, buffalo and eland.
Some keyboard warriors regularly call for the boycott of an entire country’s tourism industry in reaction to the death of animals that could conceivably have been prevented.
The president of the Professional Hunting Association of South Africa [Phasa], Stan Burger, unexpectedly announced his resignation on Tuesday with immediate effect.
I am not a hunter. Nor have I ever been. I am a vegetarian (since the age of about 11), I am part of the environmental NGO sector and I have interests in the tourism industry in Namibia. So, it might surprise you that I am a strong supporter of the hunting industry in Namibia, and indeed, throughout Africa.
It is now legal in South Africa to trade domestically in rhino horn, after this country’s Constitutional Court recently overturned an eight-year ban on domestic trade, based on a technicality.
The last few weeks have witnessed some pretty vicious social media attacks on lodges within Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park
Earlier this year, South African Environmental Affairs minister Edna Molewa announced a ZERO quota for leopard hunts in 2017, a continuation of the 2016 ruling.
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.
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.
GOVERNMENT last month issued a permit to a private farmer to shoot a white rhino bull as a trophy worth N$1,4 million for a Chinese client.
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.
Trophy hunting in Zimbabwe’s Matetsi Safari Area is not sustainable at current levels as trophy sizes are declining, there is little scientific data supporting quota sizes and hunting management is seriously incapacitated.
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.
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.
The United States government has again tightened regulations regarding the importation into the USA of lion trophies, this time focusing on trophies from captive populations in South Africa.
“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.
Worrying images surface of lion cub petting at South Africa’s infamous Lion & Safari Park, after it had claimed that it would put a stop to these interactions.
Seven wild leopards found in a concrete shed on Walter Slippers’ farm – reportedly trapped then stored there for American hunters to shoot.
Disturbing footage of wild dog trying to escape on a lion breeding farm.
A recent study shows levels of bushmeat hunting in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are alarmingly high.
Photos of skeletal lions on a farm in Limpopo highlight how “these breeders have no ethical conservation intent.”
An analysis by the US House Committee on Natural Resources shows that African trophy hunting fails to show consistent conservation benefits.
Promoting responsible tourism the “Born to Live Wild” pledge has been initiated to stop canned hunting.
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.
Is there a solution when it comes to the trophy hunting debate?
A debate for and against the motion “Hunters Conserve Wildlife”.
A call to action for the Director General and IUCN Commission to encourage southern African governments to put a stop to ‘canned hunting’.
African safari and ecotourism companies call for an end to captive breeding and canned lion hunting.
A summary of the IUCN’s report on trophy hunting and the importing of hunting trophies to the European Union.
The documentary Blood Lions has been selected by the Humane Society of the United States of America to receive a Genesis Award for their work exposing the canned lion hunting trade in South Africa.
Namibian conservancies say that if trophy hunting were to banned they would see wildlife disappear within a month.
The key to protecting leopards could be in providing high quality research on population numbers and the distribution of leopards across the African continent.
Blood Lions DVD now available for purchase in South Africa on Takealot.com
A definitive line is drawn in the sand when it comes to canned hunting and captive-breeding by a respected group of lion specialists.
Endangered Wildlife Trust has published a study on wildlife ranching, which shows that South African private wildlife numbers may be inflated threefold.
Does trophy hunting support wildlife conservation in Africa? The world’s most influential hunters’ association would like you to think so.
Man advertises rhino horn for sale on Facebook.
As news of a controversial lion raffle spreads, some of the parties that could stand to benefit from the hunt are speaking out about the hunt.
Bubye Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe is raffling an 18-day lion safari. However, the winner can choose not to hunt the lion.
27 things you need to know about lion trophy imports in the US, and the impact hunting is having on lions in Africa.
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.
Good news for the Blood Lions team as wild cat farm’s application for urgent injunctive relief is declined and Zanchieta is instructed to pay all legal costs.
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.
A well-known Free State lion breeder and hunting-safari operator could soon find himself in court on illegal hunting charges.
Nick Chevalier faced death threats while investigating the cruel trophy hunting of lions in South Africa for the documentary, Blood Lions.
Legal action taken against Blood Lions – the documentary that has caused quite a storm by exposing the canned lion industry.
What is the world’s wealthiest hunting organisation and the South African Department of Environment discussing behind closed doors?
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.
PHASA disassociates itself with canned lion hunting establishments as Blood Lions documentary makes waves in European parliaments.
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.
The director of a kennel near Turin in Italy received death threats after photos of him posing with a dead predator emerged on social media.
A German online volunteering portal bans all lion cub activities from its project database.
The documentary Blood Lions is to premiere in the United Kingdom in an effort to create global awareness about the realities behind the unethical canned hunting industry in South Africa.
An examination of whether trophy hunting is a sustainable approach to conserving the continent’s ever dwindling wildlife populations.
A look at trophy hunting as a conservation tool vs. the reality of what is really happening on the ground.
An interview with Brent Stapelkamp, who has worked for nine years on the Hwange Lion Research Project, on what was illegal about the hunt of Cecil and what the effects have been.
An illegal hunter and his two hunting dogs were killed by lions, while the other four men escaped narrowly.
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.
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.