The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa on Friday (25 January 2013) published the Biodiversity Management Plan for black rhinoceros (Diceros icornis) in Government Gazette No. 36096 for implementation. The gazetting of the Management Plan is in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA), 2004 and was developed in accordance with the National Norms and Standards for the Development of Biodiversity Management Plans for Species (BMP-S) published in 2009.
Following a long term AALF (Support to the Implementation of the Wildlife Act) undercover investigation on an international ivory trafficking sea route, two traffickers were arrested in the sea port with 18 ivory tusks weighing a total of 178 kg on its way to board a ship. The operation was carried out at the seaport by the Judicial Police and the AALF project (Appui à l’Application de la Loi sur la Faune), which is a partnership between the Water and Forestry Ministry and Conservation Justice.
For rural, young men in Mali, elephant conservation is proving more attractive than being recruited by the Jihadi's , and is reducing conflict along the way. The escalating conflict in Mali poses a real threat to the Gourma Elephants. The Mali Elephant Project is finding that adapting its methods to respond to the challenges, and the perspectives of the local people, has led to new, creative activities.
Over the past few years there has been a shocking increase in rhino poaching for their horns. The horrific figures of rampant poaching indicate the urgent need for proactive and preventative measures to fight the current severe poaching threat. On 20 December 2012, AFB Hoedspruit conducted the DNA sampling and Chemical Treatment of Rhinoceros Horns. AFB Hoedspruit was assisted by Lt Col Phillip Oosthuizen who initiated the project, Protract, Rhino Rescue Project who sponsored the treatment, the Green Kids, the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Veterinary Doctor Dr Van Niekerk and the Directorate Animal Health SAMHS.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
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Sir David Attenborough, patron of Population Matters, has talked in an interview with the Radio Times of humanity being a plague on the Earth. What did he mean? Surely he does not mean that we are a disease? More probably, he was thinking of a plague of locusts, which consumes all that it sees, and then dies off.
Sunday, 20 January 2013
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Tourism has always used the best shot. Beaches in brochures are enticingly empty or inhabited by immaculately toned models. The sun is setting with the concrete tower block cropped just out of view. Nowhere is this more true than in the way we present our most iconic wildlife. Lions, elephants, rhinos and tigers provide the easiest of shorthand when we want to promote our trips. We've used the awe they inspire to sell our products – through our websites, brochures, photographs or articles – for decades. Unfortunately, our pin-ups are being driven to the brink of extinction.
The growing appetite for ivory means more elephants are being needlessly killed for their tusks. In 2011, more than 5,000 tusks were seized worldwide, which represents the lives of 2,629 elephants. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - known as CITES - will meet later this year to discuss the issue. [VIDEO]
The South African National Parks (SANParks) has enlisted the help of Crime Line and its partner, Crime Stop in the fight against rhino poaching.
The 'Rhino Alive' campaign was launched at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP) today. 618 rhino have been slaughtered in the country since the beginning of the year - almost 50% in the Kruger Park alone. The KNP's rhinos account for 60% of the country and 40% of world's rhino population.
A high local authority, the Prefect (Senior Divisional Officer) of Mitzic has been finally convicted and sentenced to 12 months in prison, 5 of which are a pending sentence, and 7 of applied prison term.
POLICE in Dar es Salaam have arrested two Kenyans and a Tanzanian in unlawful possession of 214 elephant tusks and five bones of the mammal worth 2.1bn/- at Kimara Stop Over area in Kinondoni municipality over the weekend.
LONDON: Responding to the release today (October 18) of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's Wildlife Crime: Third Report of Session 2012-13, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) makes the following statement: "EIA welcomes the recommendation by the UK's influential Environmental Audit Committee that there should be a complete ban on the trade in ivory from all sources."
Campaign group calls auction & trade plans 'untimely and ludicrous'
LONDON: Tanzania has formally applied to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for permission to hold a one-off sale of 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory and to reduce protection for its elephant population.
Why is the profit of a small oil exploration company taking precedence over the safety of thousands of people and the survival of species found nowhere else on earth, WWF asked SOCO in an open letter published today.
Despite a commitment to honest and ethical business and in face of widespread opposition, including from the UK government, SOCO refuses to abandon its exploration plans in Virunga, a World Heritage and Ramsar site.
One of the world's most precious nature reserves, Virunga is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas but its area also encompasses mountains,
Kinshasa – London-based oil company SOCO has been granted permission to conduct aerial surveys for oil exploration in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The British foreign office said today that both SOCO and the DRC government must "respect the international conventions to which it is signatory".
The use of rhino horn as a recreational drug or cancer treatment in Asia is based on myths, but has escalated exponentially over the last few years. As a result, rhino in Africa and Asia are brutally slaughtered in huge numbers for their horns. With prices able to fetch more than cocaine or gold, the trade is attracting the attention of organised crime and terrorist organisations alike. So whether you have a passion for rhinos or not, the trade could potentially still have an impact on all of our lives.