It’s a wild world out there, and it’s no surprise the wilderness world has some Wild News of its own. Check back for the latest news, and the best events spanning 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.
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.
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.
Safarious-Wild Shots Photo Competition Finalists
Congratulations to the finalists in the Safarious-Wild Shots "Conflicts in Nature" Photo Competition! Click on the headline to see all the finalists.
The Photoshoot, and how I lost my tail.
Created by Warts and All •
Curated Aug 24, 2016 • by Clare Townsend
Curated Aug 24, 2016 • by Clare Townsend
A warthog's attempt at fame backfires during a photo safari in Kruger National Park.
Groundbreaking new documentary 'To Skin a Cat'
To Skin a Cat follows leopard conservationist Tristan Dickerson, Panthera's Furs For Life Leopard Program Manager, on his mission to halt the alarming decline in leopard populations.In the last three decades the four million strong Shembe Church have adopted the leopard furs into their ceremonial costume resulting in huge demand. As he attempts to find a workable solution, Dickerson explores the cultural significance of the leopard skin to the Zulu and the Shembe, and realizes that the solution may lie in a collaborative approach.
Celebrating the world's most iconic species
"Guarding our temples, adorning our flags, decorating our coins and capturing our hearts, the lion is beyond doubt the world's most iconic species." To celebrate World Lion Day, we bring you a collection of our favourite images from some of our talented contributors. To read more about World Lion Day go to worldlionday.com
Wild Shots Registration now OPEN and Programmes Finalised!
The programmes for Wild Shots are now finalised and registration is open! We are delighted to announce that this year’s keynote will be given by Jonathan and Angela Scott, of BBC Big Cat Diary, and the only couple to have won the Overall Award in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition as individuals. With many other local and international speakers, this year's event is not to be missed!
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.
Great Migration Update
Late last week we received reports from Rekero Camp safari guide Onesmus Irungu that the wildebeest herds were crossing the Mara River at the Lookout Hill crossing point.
I doubt it…Temperatures in the North look like they are headed for the hottest on record yet again. Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on melting ice. Somewhere above the Arctic Circle, near Svalbard, Norway.
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!
The largest mammal migration on earth - Kasanka, Zambia
A few pictures from Kasanka National Park and the annual bat migration. An unreal experience!
Great Migration Update
Early last week we received reports from a Coastal Aviation pilot that the migration is widely spread out from the Grumeti region with some herds visible in the northern Serengeti.
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.
Calling all Capetonians, please join us on Wednesday the 6th of July at 5:30 pm for a glass of wine at Chandler House as we celebrate the publication of Robert J. Ross’ new book The Selous in Africa - A Long Way From Anywhere and the opening of his photographic exhibition in our Voorkamer Gallery.