Should we give in the the Asian market and legalise the trade in rhino horn?

The poaching of rhino horns and lion bones feeds a massive “millennium-old” industrial market in Southeast Asia, in countries such as China and Vietnam – and there is no way to stop it, except by legalising trade. This is the view of wildlife economist Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes and of insiders in the “legal” lion bone trade. Click here to read[…]

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#PHOTO TIP – Taking Photos on a Wildlife Safari 5 – Perspective

The majority of photographs taken in game parks are – naturally enough, taken from game vehicles. With larger mammals, like elephants, this is not a problem as you are at an ideal height to photograph them, but with smaller animals, and especially with cats that are lying around on the ground, you will frequently find yourself looking down on them.[…]

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South Africa Calls on Neighbours to Assist in the Fight Against Rhino Poaching

Here’s a transcript of the SA Government press release. In a bid to curb the ongoing rhino poaching, Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe has called on authorities from neighbouring countries such as Mozambique and Swaziland to help in this regard. Shongwe was addressing members of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature during an oral reply session on Tuesday,[…]

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#PHOTO TIP – Taking photos on a wildlife safari 2 – An understanding of animal behaviour.

It is something that cannot be over stressed. If you know a bit about the animals you are trying to photograph you can significantly improve your chances of getting great photographs. It’s not just knowing where to look but also what to expect. Often their movements or attitude will give clues as to what they are going to do next.[…]

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#PHOTO TIP – Taking photos on a wildlife safari 1 – Why don’t my photos look like THAT?

This series of blogs looks at the art of taking wildlife photos and some of the things you can do to ensure that your safari photographs are out of the ordinary.   Expectations Running wildlife safaris throws up all sorts of challenges but one of the toughest to deal with is client expectations. With so much top quality wildlife photography[…]

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LRA poaching elephants in Central Africa

According to the UN, armed groups in central Africa are using powerful weapons, some of which may be left over from the civil war in Libya, to kill elephants for their ivory, the United Nations said on Monday. In a report to the U.N. Security Council, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said elephant poaching was a growing security concern, particularly in[…]

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Chinese police seize ivory, rhino horn and live animals in illegal wildlife trade clampdown

Some good news at last. Although it would be foolish to believe that the amount of illegal wildlife products seized represents anything more than a fraction of the total trade, the investigations and seizures in Beijing and elsewhere in the country are a positive demonstration of the seriousness of China’s strengthened commitment to fighting illegal wildlife trade. Click here to[…]

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