With fellow Safarians in the field every day, this is the source for the latest from-the-field updates on Conservation around the globe.
Elephant Conservation - A Continental Imperative
Africans are lambasting the EU for voting against a proposal to protect elephants. But perhaps they can learn something from the EU by working together.
International ivory trade ban, and proposals to relax ban, all defeated
EU casts pivotal 28 votes against protecting all African elephants.
The captive lion industry: a sustainability scam?
The notion of ‘sustainability’ has become the most overused and consequently meaningless phrase within conservation and wildlife circles. Used in equal measure by those that manage responsibly and the abusers of wildlife, it’s hardly surprising then that the predator breeding and canned or captive lion hunting industry is also invoking the term as a way of trying to sanitize what they do.
Ivory Trade Mechanism Rejected in Heated Debate at COP 17
Yesterday Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwes’ recommendation for the adoption of a Decision-Making Mechanism (DMM) for a future trade in ivory was roundly rejected by parties led by outspoken opponents Burkina Faso, Kenya, Republic of Congo and Chad.
7 Deserts Run - The Richtersveld, part of a landmark new series
"The difference between us and the bushmen is that they have learned to adapt to the environment. We adapt the environment to us, and in the process we destroy the whole thing."In the Richtersveld of South Africa plants and animals have learnt to survive in one of the harshest water environments on earth. The country's mighty Orange River, once its biggest, flows at a fraction of its capacity all because of the effects of human consumption. The 5th leg of the 7 Deserts Run sheds a little light on the extent we will need to adapt as humans if we don't change our water habits.
The battle over ivory
The future of Africa’s elephants may be decided in Johannesburg at the end of this month. When delegates from around the globe arrive at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a divisive debate about the trade in elephant ivory is expected to take centre stage.
Can CITES Cope with the Illegal Wildlife Trade?
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is increasingly expected to control the estimated U$19 billion illegal trade in endangered plants and animals. However, a recent paper, for the African think tank, the South African Institute for International Affairs, reminds that CITES is a treaty among nations, established to regulate legal trade, and is neither self-executing, nor legally binding. The success of CITES relies on its implementation by its signatories and is badly needed at a time of unprecedented legal and illegal trade both in terms of volume and scope.
Good News for Elephants as IUCN votes to close down all domestic ivory markets
By Adam Cruise for Conservation Action Trust Honolulu, Hawaii - On Saturday, September 10th world government and NGO representatives voted at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Hawaii urging governments to close down their domestic ivory markets.;
Young Gorillas Dismantle Poachers’ Snares
Gorillas never fail to impress us with their intelligence, compassion and problem-solving abilities, however, this brainy species recently surpassed all expectations when two young mountain gorillas started to work as team to dismantle poachers’ traps in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
VIETNAM’S ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE THREATENS AFRICA’S ELEPHANTS
Vietnam is now one of the world’s biggest illegal ivory markets. The number of items seen for sale had risen by over six times from 2008 to 2015, according to a survey report released today by Save the Elephants.
Riding Wild in the Waterberg
Once a year at The Ant Collection, gallant riders from across the world gather to conduct a game census on horseback that is vital in order to understand what actions are necessary to achieve a balanced ecosystem in which wildlife can thrive. During the course of the week, participants also assist with the relocation of certain wild animals in order to establish new populations or to avoid culling.
SA’s predator breeding industry out of control
Revelations this week of wild animal abuse at a Limpopo lion breeding and hunting facility show that the predator breeding industry remains unchecked despite claims of regulation by the South Africa’s Predator Association. A social media storm expressing public outrage at recent photos of starving lions and video footage of a disasterous wild dog introduction, taken at a farm owned by Walter Slippers of Ingogo Safaris, raises questions regarding the role that South Africa’s Predator Association (SAPA) plays in enforcing animal welfare compliance at captive breeding facilities.
Fair Trade Tourism app goes live on smartphones!
The Fair Trade Tourism App is now available for download free of charge for both tablets and now smartphones too! Find out more!
500 ELEPHANTS ON THE MOVE IN MALAWI
African Parks leads an historical elephant translocation to repopulate Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. One of the world’s largest and most significant elephant translocations kicked off on July 3rd from within Liwonde National Park. In just one week, and as of today, 92 elephants have been successfully captured from Liwonde, transported 450 kilometers by truck, and released in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, all within Malawi. Of the 80 individuals, six are bulls and the rest are family units made up of matriarchs and their young.
Yanbaru, Forests of the North - Teaser
This is the teaser trailer for the soon to be completed series of short wildlife films that intrepid Safarian Mark Thorpe recently filmed in the dense jungles of Northern Okinawa in Japan, a region known as the 'Yanbaru'. What sets this apart is that he filmed everything in this, apart from the underwater and risky elements such as snake strikes, with an iPhone6S+! Watch on Safarious now!
South Africa want to Resume the Trade in Ivory
In a surprise move, South Africa is proposing to re-open an international trade in ivory. A working document requesting commercial exports of ivory will be submitted at the next Conference of the Parties (CoP17) of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) to be held in September-October in Johannesburg.
A gallery from an Oudzala National Park team trip, an experience worth adding to your bucket list!
Passage to Africa Partner guide Michael Lorentz and Adrian Bantich star in this dramatic rescue of a pelican that had been tangled in fishing wire.
Guilt Tripping - the moral minefield of volunteer travel
‘We have a responsibility to tell the volunteers that they are not going to change the world.’ Sallie Grayson’s words at the 2012 World Travel Market London conference bring a sense of reality to the volunteer travel industry, an industry that is largely hypocritical and often destructive.
Everglades National Park
The Everglades National Park in Florida, a gallery depicting the frightening reality of the fragility (and urgency to preserve it at all costs) one feels when visiting this precious ecosystem.