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April 2021 – Vol. III, No. 2

It’s About the Future—Yours, Ours & Theirs


In January, more than 50 countries—the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People; in short, HAC—announced a bold commitment: That the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biodiversity, scheduled for October in Kunming, China, agree to protect at least 30% of the planet’s lands and oceans by 2030. Science justifies this bold 30×30 target at the global and regional levels.READ MORE

The Truth: Conservation’s Biggest Weapon–Misinformation leads to devastating real-world impacts


Shutting down trophy hunting in Africa without viable alternatives—for income, land use, coexistence—would imperil wilderness and biodiversity and undermine local communities.READ MORE

Hunters and Wildlife Conservation in America–Will wildlife conservation survive the evolution of outdoor recreation?


Wilkinson, founder of Mountain Journal, and Sadler, its Washington, DC, correspondent, talk about the links between hunting and conservation in America and the impact of declining hunter numbers on wildlife management. Conservation Frontlines echoes MoJo’s sentiments in the introduction, below, about trophy hunting.READ MORE

The Story Behind Namibia’s Elephant Auction– Facts are important—and Namibian conservation could do with fewer critics and more supporters


The recent decision by Namibia to sell 170 elephants drew public outcry, confusion and unsubstantiated and accusatory media coverage. Instead of simply assuming the worst, consider history, facts and context. READ MORE

Botswana’s Varying Elephant Population(s)–The numbers are all over the place—are they being manipulated?


Botswana now has the largest elephant population in Africa. In the early 1960s, there were thought to be fewer than 10,000; by 1990, there were 50,000 elephants; by the mid-1990s, 80,000. How many are there today? The answer is critically important.READ MORE

Building Landscapes of Coexistence–Anthropogenic resistance helps determine where wildlife could safely move within a landscape


As human-dominated landscapes increasingly fragment wildlife habitats, conservation planning requires better understanding of the impact of humans on wildlife. A new concept called anthropogenic resistance has been developed to inform connectivity planning by estimating the impact of human behavior on wildlife movement.READ MORE

Photogrammetry for Wildlife Data Collection–A ‘non-invasive’ method for measuring deer antlers


Gathering information about physical traits in wildlife, such as horn length or body sizes, is commonly done by measuring live-captured or deceased animals. Photogrammetry—extracting real-world measurements from photographs—makes it possible to do this without capture or mortality.READ MORE

Hunting Expressed in Music: And both captured on video


The DVD “La Chasse-Die Jagd / Paris-Wien” is a live recording of the acclaimed New Year’s Concert 2013 of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg under its principal conductor, Hansjörg Angerer, from the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Austria:

“Thematically and musically, everything revolves around la chasse—the hunt. Since time immemorial, Humankind has hunted not only wild animals, but also happiness, recognition and love. All these different forms of hunting can be expressed in music, as can the art of hunting itself. This is associated with the sound of horns, especially the parforce horn [a “field” version of the French horn], whose warm and festive sound warms the heart of not only the huntsman.

“Many great composers introduced hunting music into their works, evoking incomparable moods of nature, the forest and hunting. Typical court hunting music played on the historical parforce horn is presented here, as well as light music from the 19th Century.”

The bonus film to this concert, “Huntsman’s Sound,” is a visual and personal exploration of the relationship between hunting (chamois with single-shot stalking rifles), the countryside and Humankind. A sample is available here. It was filmed in the sweeping vistas and high crags of the Austrian Alps, in the Lungötz area of the state of Salzburg, with musical excerpts and a historical and philosophical analysis. Participants include Dieter Schramm, Hansjörg Angerer and Konrad Paul Liessmann.

The 133-minute recording, on DVD and with English subtitles, can be ordered online for €26.99, about $33, plus shipping.

Silvio Calabi is Conservation Frontlines’ North American Editor. 

Banner image: Hansjörg Angerer, hornist and conductor of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg, plays the parforce horn (from the film).

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