CONSERVATION & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

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

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


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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

Protectionist NGOs Obstruct Real Conservation–And the Dunning-Kruger Effect keeps them in power


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Through social media, protectionist NGOs are flourishing. Anti-hunting groups broadly refuse—or refute—scientific research and often ignore socio-economic factors while collecting millions in donations and saddling range states and rural communities with high conservation costs. It doesn’t have to be this way.READ MORE

Trophy Hunting Bans Imperil Biodiversity


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International scientists—many of them non-hunters—argue there is compelling evidence that ending trophy hunting risks land conversion and biodiversity loss. Trophy hunting can provide income for marginalized and impoverished rural communities. Effective hunting reforms should be prioritized over bans.READ MORE

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


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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

The Latest on Angola’s Giant Sable


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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

Conservation First


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This editorial highlights the “trial by ordeal” that hunting is now being subjected to and asks some questions of those who engineer global anti-hunting campaigns. What will happen to biodiversity and rural communities if hunting is consigned to the dustbin of history? The hunting community also faces stark choices. Hunters not conforming to long-term sustainability objectives—those who do not put conservation first, and who fail to convey a convincing message—will self-destruct. Malan Lindeque and Rosalia Iileka suggest solutions.READ MORE

The Yellowstone Bison Range War – As the Old West collides with the New, America’s icon, the bison, is caught in the middle


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The American bison’s near-miraculous revival sprang from handfuls of animals in ranches, zoos and national parks. Yellowstone National Park today holds several thousand bison, but neighboring states do not allow them entry for fear of spreading disease to domestic cattle. In response, excess bison are slaughtered—a practice that is being called the “second persecution of the American bison.” Allowing bison to repopulate the West is a complex and challenging issue that involves many stakeholders. African nations such as Botswana and Namibia can show the US how to accomplish this.READ MORE

New Partnership To Protect Underdog Species From Direct Threats – Four leading NGOs have joined forces through Restore Species to tackle illegal and unsustainable hunting & trade as well as poisoning of animal species worldwide.


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Extinctions can be prevented when we have the right commitment. Restore Species—a cooperation between BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Fauna & Flora International and TRAFFIC—holds enormous, innovative potential with each of the four partners committing their extensive network of experts, community contacts and vast experience to long-term, strategic collaboration. Cressida Stevens gives details.READ MORE