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Calls to shut down wildlife markets grow, but China struggles with an industry worth billions

China is under increasing pressure from various governments (most recently the US and Australia) to permanently shut down wet food markets, thought to be the original source of the Coronavirus pandemic, and to also close all wildlife markets. But the Chinese wildlife trade industry is vast, complex and vital to the economic survival of sectors of its rural people – and shutting it down is no simple matter, as this report explains.  Read more: Mongabay

Lobbies oppose development plans for Nairobi National Park

The 11,700 hectare (117 km²) Nairobi National Park on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital city Nairobi is under threat of too much development, say environmental lobby groups. Home to lions, buffalo, cheetah, black rhino and many other species, the park has recently seen the construction of a major road and railway line through the park. Current plans by Kenyan Wildlife Services now include an additional eco-lodge, high-end restaurant and amphitheatre, and to fence the park to prevent human-wildlife conflict. Read more: Daily Nation

Knysna elephant breaks forest hut, reminds us she is still around

The female Knysna elephant known as ‘Oupoot’ (old foot) visited the Wilderness section of the Outeniqua Hiking Trail last week, breaking parts of a hut in the process. The ever-secretive Oupoot was not seen during this visit, but tell-tale fresh dung confirmed her presence. There is much speculation as to whether Oupoot is the only remaining elephant in the Knysna forests, or whether any of the previously re-introduced elephants (or their progeny) still remain. Read more: George Herald

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