Sickening – Canned hunting: the lions bred for slaughter

Canned hunting is a fast-growing business in South Africa, where thousands of lions are being bred on farms to be shot by wealthy foreign trophy-hunters. It’s sickening. The easy slaughter of animals in fenced areas is called “canned hunting“, perhaps because it’s rather like shooting fish in a barrel. A fully-grown, captive-bred lion is taken from its pen to an[…]

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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 – Essential Tips for Wildlife Photography – the 5 ‘P’s

Practice, Preparation, Position, Patience, Pizazz Of course there are lot more than 5 great tips for improving your wildlife photography skills but if you can get a grip on these 5 you will be well on your way. Practice It really is that simple; practice. The more you use your camera and lenses the more familiar you will become with[…]

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Is a legal trade the best way to curb poaching?

In the face of rampant rhino poaching in South Africa, some conservationists and private rhino farmers are lobbying for removal of the international ban on rhino horn trading and the creation of a legal market, to quell poaching. They believe the trade ban is creating a situation where rhinos are being killed unnecessarily. It’s taking resources away from other conservation[…]

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