In 2011 tourism contributed R83,4-billion to South Africa’s GDP and last year more than 9-million tourists splashed out R76,4-billion across the country. As a major economic driver, South Africa’s tourism industry has traditionally been in a position of strength when applying pressure on the government to respond to major issues which negatively affect it. Likewise,… Continue reading Tourism – Poaching’s Silent Witness
A recent wildlife survey has highlighted that lions in some of Uganda’s conservation areas are dropping in number. In some areas the losses could be as great as 60% over the last 10 years. It is estimated that just 408 lions remain in the 3 top strongholds for lions in the country. “African lions are a vital component… Continue reading Ugandan National Park loses nearly 60% of lions in 10 years
The Deputy Speaker of the Botswana Parliament, Pono Moatlhodi, has called for the immediate introduction of a shoot to kill policy to tackle poachers targeting rhino and elephants in the country. His call for a new tougher stance against the poachers comes just days after Mozambique declared that the Limpopo National Park lost its last… Continue reading Botswana Minister Calls for Shoot to Kill Policy
Wildlife officials in Mozambique have announced the devastating news that there are no rhino left in the Limpopo National Park in the south of the country. They made the announcement earlier today (Wednesday) at a media briefing. Uncontrolled poaching over the last couple of years has resulted in the last rhino being killed in the… Continue reading No rhinos left in Limpopo National Park
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) confirmed yesterday that their rangers did shoot and kill 2 poachers in a follow-up operation while investigating the deaths of 6 elephants. The families of the 2 poachers claim that there was no need for the rangers to shoot at close range as they were not challenging the… Continue reading Did Zimbabwe wildlife rangers shoot on sight – and do we care?
Back in September we reported on 529 parrots being seized at Kavumus regional airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The parrots were on the way to Singapore and were packed in such bad conditions that 29 were already dead when officials moved in. The survivors were sent to the Lwiro Primate Sanctuary for treatment… Continue reading Confiscated parrots returned to dealer
This month saw the start of a crackdown in the African parrot trade by authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Officials of the central African country seized 523 African Greys at Kavumus regional airport. The birds were on their way to Singapore to joined the illegal wildlife pet trade. When the crates were… Continue reading DR Congo begins wild parrot trade crackdown