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October 2020 – Vol. II, No. 4

The Achilles Heel of Conservation – There is a ceiling in conservation science, particularly in Africa.


Conservation is a global challenge and battle. Movements against climate change, plastic pollution and deforestation are on the rise. So too are ground-breaking research and futuristic interventions. And yet the natural world is still burning. Nowhere is this more evident than in Africa, and this is why.READ MORE

The Great Elephant Balancing Act


Recent research emphasized the importance of males in elephant society, findings that are now being used to batter countries in Southern Africa into changing their elephant management policies. This article reviews the scientific evidence and calls for a balanced approach that considers both humans and elephants.READ MORE

The San of Southern Africa – Among the Bushmen, nature is appreciated, respected, honored and revered.


Long considered “model” hunting and gathering people by anthropologists, the San, or Bushmen, of Southern Africa have begun to assert their human rights in seeking to direct their own social and economic circumstances and in conserving their environments.READ MORE

Trophy Hunting – A Complex Picture


Trophy hunting has become a divisive topic, but calls for an outright ban risk undermining the substantial contributions that well-managed hunting can make to conservation. So-called “smart bans”—which selectively target operators or even countries that fail to ensure hunting delivers meaningful conservation outcomes and benefits to rural communities—could help clean up an industry plagued by corruption and bad practices.READ MORE

A Central Asia Conservation Initiative from the Wild Sheep Foundation


Now a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Wild Sheep Foundation is expanding its efforts, expertise and programs in the world’s largest and most diverse Caprinae habitat—the remote republics of Central Asia. READ MORE

Human Relationships with Wildlife in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan


The author has worked in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan since 2017—with ANCOT (the Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan), Panthera and WSF, the Wild Sheep Foundation—in a program helping women to take a role in conservation, guiding, wildlife monitoring, tourism and sustainable hunting expeditions. Around the world, she has observed people’s strong feelings about nature, their environment and animals.  READ MORE

Conservation Challenges for the Roan Antelope


The roan, Africa’s second-largest antelope, is patchily distributed—the northern cluster stretches from Guinea in West Africa to South Sudan into Ethiopia; the southern cluster occurs in South-Central Africa. Sub-populations face conservation, natural and anthropogenic threats ranging from climate change, predation, genetic contamination, tick-borne and other diseases, and habitat loss due to short-sighted management decisions.READ MORE

October Update: Amur Tiger Prey Study


In July, Conservation Frontlines introduced its first Select Study: research in support of predators, prey and rural communities in Russia’s vast and remote Far East. Only some 500 Amur (Siberian) tiger survive there, and they depend on wild boar and red deer. These two species are also vital for the food security and culture of the human community in the region. READ MORE

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