Emmanuel Koro Southern African countries might sadly soon find themselves with virtually no markets to sell their ivory worldwide. This follows the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Washington-based Senior Vice President’s announcement today that the WWF is on a drive to shutdown all Asian ivory markets. Read more >>>
Emmanuel Koro If you thought vote rigging was only associated with African presidential elections where the UN always sends well-funded delegates to inspect them; think again. Right here in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Western animal rights groups and some Western countries are buying votes against ivory trade. Read more >>>
A MOU was signed between the PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund, Rhino Direct and Singatha Conservation Research Fund. Below is the background and an introduction to the role-players. ~By Mariska Nel & Leanne Ray Singatha Conservation Research Fund (SCRF) was born out of the recognition of the difficulties post-graduate students face in conducting field research, the challenges landowners have in obtaining scientific information relevant to their specific needs, and an opportunity to involve corporate sponsors in transparent, funding-worthy projects. We strive to forge connections to promote conservation research, tertiary education, and community involvement. SCRF’s current endeavours include research projects running in the Magaliesberg [...]
The next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES 2019), is just around the corner. This is the 19th Meeting of the Parties (CoP19) since 1975 and Africa is no further forward (than we were in 1975) in getting the convention to “work with African countries” to create legal markets for our wildlife and wildlife products. Indeed, we have regressed. And, lest we forget, the purpose of CITES is to REGULATE the wildlife trade on behalf of its 183 sovereign state members - NOT to PROHIBIT trade; and to make sure that whatever trade is permitted is [...]
Report back from China A first time show in the Asia Pacific, the China Hunting Show as expected received mixed results from exhibitors and safari outfits. As a new and potential market that can possibly expand on South Africa’s wildlife success story. The Chinese International Hunting Tourists will require more effort and long-term nurturing than other traditionally hunting based cultures, such as those found in Europe and America. Regardless, what the feeling was on the floor, the China Hunting Show certainly gave many an eye opener to a disciplined, organised and courteous Chinese people who welcomed all who visited. The China [...]
I am Rudolph Jooné, a true Kalahari hunter who believes strongly in respect for nature and the animals we hunt. Resides in Kathu but prepared to travel. Licensed for Northern Cape and Limpopo. Rifle safety is critical to me. To make my customers/hunters happy during every hunt, gives me great sense of satisfaction. Love to work with people and learn from their experiences. Work hard to find the animal the client wants. Have a fully equipped 4x4 hunting vehicle. I prefer walk & stalk type of hunts. This brings you closer to nature. Plenty of experience in plains [...]
The Botswana government has made the decision to lift its ban on hunting. In an emailed statement released on Wednesday, the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said that the country would ensure that the “reinstatement of hunting is done in an orderly and ethical manner”. According to the government, the growing conflict between humans and wildlife (notably human-elephant conflict) and the negative impact of the hunting suspension on people’s livelihoods is one of the findings that led to the decision. Read full article....