Media Articles

A SANE VOICE IN A LUDICROUS CONSERVATION DEBATE – WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT? THE ELEPHANT OR THE COMMUNITY?

We have learnt with concern about the inaccurate, rubbish and false reports and the assumptions made through social media about the elephant that was destroyed through trophy hunting after being declared a problem animal in the Omatjete area in the Erongo Region.

THESE SURVEYS FOCUS ON THE SURVIVAL OF VULTURE NESTS VERSUS THE SURVIVAL OF THE TREES IN WHICH THEY ARE NESTING.

There is a worrying trend of declining white-backed vulture (Gypis africanus) numbers in Africa, with the major factors being poisonings (Ogada et al. 2016), poaching (McKean et al. 2013), electrocutions (Van Rooyen 2000) and habitat loss (Bamford et al. 2009). These factors primarily influence adult vultures, thereby, having confounding consequences on the vulture populations.

Open letter from the President of the African Professional Hunters’ Association

Unless you have been to Africa and ventured beyond the well-travelled roads and comfortable accommodations found in many of the continent’s great national parks, you will never understand the real reason why Africa’s precious wildlife is in such peril.

FRONTLINE DISPATCHES - VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6, APRIL 2019

Frontline Dispatches brings you a monthly digest of conservation and hunting news. Our quarterly E-Magazine Conservation Frontlines provides in-depth analysis and opinion on topical issues and our Conservation Frontlines website gives you access to an abundance of reference material.

Media Invitation- Press Conference- Lifting of the Hunting Suspension In Botswana

The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism wishes to inform the public that following extensive consultations with all stakeholders, the Government of Botswana has taken a decision to lift the hunting suspension.

Botswana, Country With Most Elephants, Lifts Ban on Hunting

Botswana, which has the world’s biggest population of elephants, lifted its suspension on hunting, a move that is likely to spark further debate on a politically charged issue in the southern African nation.

Exclusive: the horrors of "lion farming" in South Africa - WARNING: distressing content.

Presented by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, this film discloses the horrific details and illegal aspects of captive-lion breeding, whereby thousands of Africa’s most iconic animals are killed either for the bone trade or as hunting trophies.

Trophy Hunting, Part Three: Not quite the end of the game

It is incorrect and a cherry-picking of facts to state that the International Union for Conservation of Nature has concluded that trophy hunting is inimical to conservation of wildlife in Africa. In fact, the IUCN has a clear policy of supporting sustainable use of wildlife, including hunting.

Gove to meet trophy hunting campaigners

An investigation by the group reveals that the government has given permits to British hunters to bring home hunting trophies of tigers, black rhinos, and a rare sea turtle. UK trophy hunters have also been allowed by Defra to shoot scimitar-horned oryxes, which are classed as extinct in the wild; the Addax, of which just 30-90 survive in the wild; and the dama gazelle, reduced to just 100-200 animals.

Africa's 'last great wilderness' in jeopardy as autocratic president plans mega-dam that could bankrupt Tanzania

It is arguably the Empire’s greatest legacy to conservation, the outrageous vision of a British poacher-turned-naturalist whose misanthropic cussedness would shape Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary. Stretching across a swathe of woodland savannah four-fifths the size of the Republic of Ireland, the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania is among the world’s biggest protected wildernesses, home, until Africa’s latest poaching frenzy, to one of the largest elephant concentrations on the continent.

Racist Western NGOs versus African’s wildlife use values

It is both a slave-master and neocolonial racist thinking that gives Western animal rights groups and the Western media the right to tell poverty-stricken Africans not to use their own wildlife to benefit conservation and development in Africa. 

Changing the Ideology of Biodiversity

This morning I read an interesting article co-authored by Dr. Malan Lindeque whose day job is Chairperson of Namibia’s Sustainable Development Advisory Council. Basically, he describes an ideological confrontation between rural African communities efforts to benefit their local wildlife and a pervasive international ideology.

Opinion: Selinda Reserve in Botswana was not hunted out, say former owners in reply to Dereck Joubert

We are concerned that the above blog post has created an inaccurate impression of the state of the Selinda concession (NG16) when it was purchased from us by Dereck Joubert in 2005. We wish to place on record that our operating methods in Selinda during our 10-year tenure as concessionaires have been recognised as being some of the foremost by any safari operator in an era that saw many shifts in Botswana’s applauded conservation strategies.

“Hunters do nothing for conservation”

That is a quote from a comment on DSC Foundation’s post about lion hunting and lion conservation. We all immediately recognize the absurdity of the comment, but it is often the default retort from the anti-hunting crowd and too often we let it slide without rebuttal.

Camptalk August 2017

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Funds contributed by US sportsmen and women, Feeding America’s Hungry, Feeding Africa’s Hungry, Protecting and preserving wildlife…

How Hunting Saves Animals

In 2013, the Dallas Safari Club worked with Namibian wildlife officials to auction a hunt of a black rhino, the most endangered of the rhino species. They expected to raise as much as $1 million from the auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to rhino conservation efforts. Moreover, the rhino to be hunted was a cantankerous old bull, no longer of breeding age, which was harassing and even killing other rhinos.

About The Culling Of Elephants In Botswana

I am amazed at how many elephant management experts there are in the Western World.  Gauged by the number of letters of advice that land upon the desk of the Botswana President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, there must be thousands.  Now we have more advice from a well-known South African, John Varty, who has never conducted an elephant culling operation in his life – but who, none-the-less, has all the answers to Botswana’s massively-excessive elephant population management problem.

The Importance of Elephant Hunting to CAMPFIRE and CAMPFIRE to Elephants: A Case of the Mahenye Community in Zimbabwe

The initiation of the Community Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) in Zimbabwe has brought with it a number of positive contributions to the lives of people, and in turn improved the management of wildlife in Communal areas, especially elephants from which people directly benefit the most through trophy hunting.

SAWC's K9 Unit

The Southern African Wildlife College’s K9 Unit, established in 2015, is helping meet the increasing demand for well-trained dogs and handlers to help combat wildlife crime. 

ELEPHANTS, SCIENCE, AND POLITICS

In the March issue of Sports Afield we looked at the story behind the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision on Zimbabwe elephants under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in late 2017. The finding—that legal hunting will enhance the survival of elephant there–should have allowed American hunters to import elephant trophies once again, but the White House responded to the media firestorm by putting permits on hold.

Campaign against trophy hunting

Campaign against trophy hunting – a western urban cultural imposition on rights of rural African communities: arrogant cultural superiority or ignorance?

The complex issue of big game trophy hunting

Responses to a call for a ban on the importing of hunting trophies to the UK, made in the Guardian by a dozens of public figures, from parliamentarians such as Jeremy Corbyn to wildlife campaigners including Virginia McKenna

Informing decisions on trophy hunting

A Briefing Paper regarding issues to be taken into account when considering restriction of imports of hunting trophies.

How hunting is saving endangered species

Since that low point in 1995, the Black Rhino population has doubled in number. This growth has occurred primarily in Namibia. To understand how, it’s best to first learn more about Namibia and how the country’s attitude toward hunting has helped dramatically increase the Black Rhino population.

African countries make case for trophy hunting

African officials from multiple countries are helping a high-profile Interior Department advisory panel make the case for international trophy hunting.

Responsible hunting organisations denounce shooting of captive-bred lion

There is increasing pressure on all forms of wildlife-based tourism and enterprises in the wildlife sector to become more sustainable and to generate income and benefits without significant deterioration of the environment and natural resources, whilst also addressing social responsibility.

Hunting bans would condemn a lot of game

Another hunting photo, another fit of celebrity-led social media outrage. Clamouring for a ban on trophy hunting from the comfort of their wealthy, urban armchairs, none understand the consequences of what they so loudly demand. Let’s consider what would happen.