The Lion’s Share? On The Economic Benefits Of Trophy Hunting

Dr Cameron K. Murray of Economists at Large Pty Ltd from Melbourne, Australia is the lead author of the report “The lion’s share? On the economic benefits of trophy hunting“. This report was commissioned by Humane Society International (HSI). HSI hails the report with the article “New report reveals big game hunting makes minimal contribution to African economies and jobs – Trophy hunters’ inflated claims debunked; trophy hunting ‘insignificant’ to economy“. READ MORE

Saluting Dr. Wolfgang Burhenne 1924-2017

Pericles said in his speech for the fallen of the Peloponnese War: a man’s tombstone is not the place where he is put to rest, but rather it is the memory in which he continues to live within our minds.READ MORE

WESSA: How To Enhance Value Of Legal Rhino Horn

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) thinks out of box to enhance funding for the rhino anti-poaching battle: rhino-horn-infused wine, rhino horn massages, additional hunts with the original rhino horn trophy replaced by a mouldings are just some of the suggestions WESSA has come up with in its innovative action to grow the legal value of rhino horn in South Africa.READ MORE

The Fair Chase Guild – What Is It?

I attended an historic meeting on Tuesday 18 October 2016. Or at least in time to come, I hope people will look back and say it was an historic meeting. Fittingly, it was held under canvass at the HQ of SA Hunters and chaired by its President, Gerhard Verdoorn. Present were ten other people – including the CEO, Conservation Manager and Manager Hunting Affairs of SA HuntersREAD MORE

Open Letter To Ambassador Xin Shunkang Of The People’s Republic Of China To Namibia

CEO, Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE)

Chris Brown, the NEC CEO wrote a letter to the Chinese Ambassador in Nambia dated 21st December, 2016. The letter reflects the opinion of NEC members and supporters

Dear Ambassador Xin Shunkang,
During the past few weeks, several Chinese nationals have been apprehended and charged with wildlife crimes,READ MORE

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit Exposes People And Powers Behind Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

In a six-month long investigation, an Al Jazeera team penetrated a network of dealers, agents and traffickers who profit from the multi-million dollar trade in rhino horn. In a piece of undercover journalism of the finest order, investigators filmed the documentary, ‘Al Jazeera Investigates – The Poachers Pipeline’. and aired it on 13th November 2016 READ MORE

News From And About Africa

Compiled by Gerhard R Damm

Africa – Ivory
Carbon-14 measurements on 231 elephant ivory specimens from 14 large ivory seizures (≥0.5 ton) made between 2002 and 2014 show that most ivory (ca. 90%) was derived from animals that had died less than 3 years before their ivory was confiscated. More details HEREREAD MORE

Abstracts Of Recently Published Wildlife Papers

Compiled by Gerhard R Damm

Bushmeat Hunting And Extinction Risk To The World’s Mammals. William J. Ripple, Katharine Abernethy, Matthew G. Betts, Guillaume Chapron, Rodolfo Dirzo, Mauro Galetti, Taal Levi, Peter A. Lindsey, David W. Macdonald, Brian Machovina et al. 2016. R. Soc. open sci. 3: 160498. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.160498
Abstract: Terrestrial mammals are experiencing a massive collapse in their population sizes and geographical ranges around the world, but many of the drivers, patterns and consequences of this decline remain poorly understood. READ MORE