A DECISION taken this week by five southern African countries to sell rhinoceros horn as a way to undermine poaching has been criticised by a leading conservationist, who says it will only increase the illegal practice.
Government officials from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia reportedly met in Windhoek on Monday, where they agreed to allow the sale of rhino horn powder in clinics and pharmacies around the region.
At least 50 per cent of the elephant population of Cameroon's Bouba Ndjida National Park is dead. They have been killed in a bloody poaching spree by horseback bandits whose deadly mission has continued virtually unhindered for eight weeks thanks to the tardy response of government and wildlife authorities.
Colchester Zoo's charity Action for the Wild is continuing to support an Elephant Orphanage Project in Zambia and has recently received an update on one of the young orphans rescued back in October, as well as on a recent rescue.
Elephant meat in Central Africa has an earning potential that could exceed that of ivory according to a new report by the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group and the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme. To prevent a future increase in elephant poaching, consumer demand for elephant products must be reduced and law enforcement efforts should be focused on those who commission and fund the elephant hunting parties.
The year 2011 has been called the "annus horribilis" for African elephants.
The head of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John Scanlon, has expressed his deep concern over recent reports of the poaching of almost 450 elephants in a national park in Cameroon.
The Zululand community and the conservation world at large are in mourning following the sudden death of acclaimed conservationist and lauded 'elephant whisperer' Lawrence Anthony. Anthony, the son of Zululand Observer founder and current Managing Director Reg Anthony, died in his sleep in Johannesburg on Friday morning. He was 61 years old. Founder of The Earth Organisation, Anthony was due to hold a conservation gala dinner in Durban later this month to raise international awareness of the rhino-poaching crisis, and to launch his new book, 'The Last of the Rhinos (The Powerful Story of One Man's Battle to Save a Species)'.