South Africa’s Rhino Dilemma

South Africa has an alarming problem with the poaching of rhino, including ‘rouge’ hunting ‘outfitters,’ police and authorities (allegedly): “Rogue South African trophy hunters are directly involved in ‘a mad scramble’ to poach rhinos and get their horns out of the Kruger National Park, according to reliable intelligence sources.” “Confidential documents reveal that the kingpin is a […]

“Hunters Conserve Wildlife” Debate

The post-intelligence squared debate, 4 May 2016 post-debate result is in: “Declared Winner: Against The Motion” – ‘Hunters do not conserve wildlife‘ – 65% of the debate audience agreed. It should be noted, that the “Online Voting” pre-debate poll (far right in the figure above) was subject to a flaw upon internet browser refresh (not openly […]

Saturday, 30 April 2016 – A Complex Day for Wildlife

Saturday, 30 April 2016 will be remembered as a complex day for wildlife: In Kenya, there was a burning of confiscated ivory and rhino horn; In London, A March to Stop Lion Trophy Hunting; In Swaziland, a proposal for rhino horn harvesting emerged; In South Africa, the sad loss of an inspiring wildlife advocate and campaigner. […]

Who’s Actually Killing and ‘Making a Killing’ from Rhino?

By Andrew Van Ginkel, Durban, South Africa, 19 April 2016 Pseudo-hunting, Trophy Hunting and Rhino Poaching South Africa is home to 93% of the rhinos in Africa. At the start of the 20th century there were only 500,000 wild rhinos on earth. By 1970 this number had dropped to 70,000, today the estimated number of rhinos […]

Feeding the Hunters’ Addiction in South Africa

The attached video is from a 2015 documentary (“Safari, Paying to Kill”) published onto YouTube in March 2016: It’s a very interesting 45 minutes, with the interviewer, Olivia Mokiejewski clearly exposing the deceit of the ‘canned’/captive-breeding industry in South Africa. Olivia describes ‘canned’ hunting as South Africa’s “nasty little secret” which at its worst, is […]

SAPA’s Cynical PR Exercise Using Sylvester the Lion

The clumsy attempt by the South African Predator Association (SAPA) to try to gain some good ‘Public Relations’ regarding Sylvester, a lion that recently escaped Karoo National Park with an offer of “Relocation of Karoo lion and replacement with another lion” (see the SAPA’s offer statement in full below). The SAPA’s Statement “Relocation of Karoo lion […]

China’s Wildlife Trade is Out of Control

Photo by J. Patrick Fischer via Wikimedia Commons – Annamiticus IWB’s Letter to the Chinese Ambassador, Chinese Embassy, London, dated 6 April 2016 “Tiger Range Countries Urged to Commit to Ending Tiger Farming and Trade,” 8 April 2016 There are as few as 3,200 wild tigers left, occupying a range of less that 6% of their […]

Saving One Rhino at a Time – Meet ‘Vinnie’

As we know, there is bloody battle to save rhinoceros from the poachers’ brutal onslaught, particularly in South Africa, the last natural rhino strong-hold. “Further reports came in this morning around 04h30 of yet another two rhinos found dead in a private reserve in South Africa. It feels like a huge giant has grabbed me […]

“Hunters Conserve Wildlife” – The Debate

Cecil’s Pride has already highlighted the forthcoming intelligence2 “Hunters Conserve Wildlife” – debate due 4 May 2016, the motion is:  “In 2014, a permit to hunt a single endangered black rhino was sold for $350,000… as part of a program to support its conservation in Namibia. Counterintuitive? Through funds raised from legal hunting—the purchase of permits in Africa, […]