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Cartoon from Peter Flack’s blog (reproduced with permission)

South Africa regulates the ‘improvement of wild animals’—seriously?


A critical view of the inclusion of iconic wildlife species into South Africa’s Animal Improvement Act. With this action, SA’s Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries demonstrates gross incompetence in matters of conservation. Negative consequences for wildlife and habitat will be inevitable.READ MORE

Hunting & Social Media: Namibia Has a Position on That–Today’s hunters must take the Worldwide Web into account


Social media posts of happy hunters with dead animals often dismay anti-hunters and non-hunters alike, with predictable negative consequences. Namibia’s Ministry of Tourism and Environment, which regulates that country’s safari trade, has said it wants to ban such posts outright. NAPHA, Namibia’s professional hunting body, has countered with a social-media code of conduct. All hunters everywhere should think long and hard before publicizing trophy photos.READ MORE

Momentum for Community-Based Conservation in Southern Africa Continues with Namibia’s Conservancy Forum


Community-based natural resource management must make a positive impact on livelihoods and good governance is essential for the future of successful community development and wildlife conservation in NamibiaREAD MORE

The Latest on Angola’s Giant Sable


Since 2003, Pedro vaz Pinto has worked to conserve the giant or royal sable (Hippotragus niger variani, better known in Angola as Palanca Negra). This is his latest report from the Cangandala and Luando reserves, where, thanks to his relentless efforts, this enigmatic antelope still thrives.READ MORE

How The Truth On Community Wildlife Conservation In Namibia Is Twisted

How The Truth On Community Wildlife Conservation In Namibia Is Twisted


On February 26th, 2019 Mongabay.com (‘News & Inspiration from Nature’s Frontline’) published an unusually long article called “It pays, but does it stay? Hunting in Namibia’s community conservation system”, replete with photos, graphs, statistics and videos. In it, the author, John Grobler, heaped scathing criticism on Namibia’s Wildlife Conservation Model.READ MORE

The Shangani Sanctuary Vulture Restaurant – What’s good for the vulture is good for the hyena — and much more


In his 1987 book The World of Shooting, Peter Johnson described the Mbembezi District of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, 70 years ago, as a countryside dotted with settlements and villages surrounded by crops, their livestock herded by day and kraaled at night. Thanks to the crops, gamebirds flourished around these villages and, in the land between them, wildlife thrived undisturbed and unhindered, in harmony with humans. Man’s activities and Nature’s wellbeing seemed to be in balance . . .READ MORE