News From And About Africa


Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past ten years – according to IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report launched at the 17th CoP CITES, in Johannesburg. The report is an authoritative source of knowledge about the numbers and distribution of elephant populations across their 37 range states in sub-Saharan Africa.READ MORE

Remote Identification And Measuring Of Buffalo

The use of available technology and the applied learning process, which is fundamental to the College’s training methodology, is aimed at helping develop best practice for the industry. One area currently being addressed by the Sustainable Use and Field Guiding Department is the ageing of wildlife, more particularly buffalo, correctly and to look at whether harvesting of these species, depending on their age, is genetically sustainable.


Peter Flack’s Hunting The Spiral Horns: Bongo & Nyala – The Elite African Trophies

This is the fifth and final book in the five-book series covering all thirty spiral-horn species and subspecies that are recognized by Rowland Ward and SCI. Describing the two bongo subspecies and the common and mountain nyala, and all what comes with their conservation and hunting, Peter Flack’s well-known ambition to produce a perfect product undoubtedly won again. READ MORE

Guidelines For Improving The Administration Of Sustainable Hunting In Sub-Saharan Africa

Editors: Vernon Booth & Philippe Chardonnet
Year of Publication: 2015
Publisher: FAO
Pages: 129 p.

These guidelines provide both operational and technical guidance on approaches in countries practicing regulated hunting. When and where well-managed, this hunting industry brings considerable conservation benefits and socio-economic profits. READ MORE

A Film Everybody Should Watch: A Conservationist’s Cry

A brilliant documentary on the absolute importance of hunting. A must see for anyone who takes wildlife conservation seriously.

“A Conservationist’s Cry” was produced by the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA). The group of generous supporters comprised several organizations and private citizens. This film is a necessary action by dedicated hunter-conservationists to educate the world on what really happens if hunting is stopped.


Wildlife Populations Thrive In Wealthy, Urbanized Countries

Editor’s Note: This is a though provoking article which has been discussed extensively on the IUCN-SSC SULI Network. Not all agreed in full with the author’s findings and some said that a bit more differentiation is necessary. Reactions, particularly what people from developing countries are thinking about this article in their own contexts would be of interest.READ MORE