Jan 272017
 
POLL: Should the trade in captive lions and their bones be stopped?

Conservationists have condemned plans for the skeletons of 800 captive bred lions to be shipped to the Far East for use in traditional medicines. The highly-prized bones would come from South African big cats used for canned hunting as well as captive animals that died naturally or were euthanised. Producers of the film Blood Lions […]

Jan 102017
 
Sixteen Scenes from 2016

Hello my friends! Firstly- I want to wish you a very happy and blessed 2017! It’s that time of year, eh? If you follow a plethora of photographers you will no doubt see many of them put out some sort of “best of 2016” image collection. I’ve outlined in previous posts why I think it’s […]

Dec 072016
 
Innovative technology creates safe haven for rhinos

An innovative new technology might be able to protect rhinos like never before. Unveiled last week, the new system integrates a set of technologies — Wi-Fi, thermal cameras, biometrics, closed-circuit televisions, and sensors — to create a security network across an entire game reserve. What makes it so promising is that it helps rangers react […]

Oct 252016
 
Returning to Namibia

For someone who feasibly lives merely a day’s hard drive from the glorious expanse that is Namibia, I visit very seldom. I suppose that’s the way it is – life gets in the way, other destinations beckon…but that will change soon. We will be embarking on a 24-day camping adventure, with families in tow, across […]

Oct 062016
 
The grey parrot and the race against Africa’s wildlife extinction

Perry, a five-year-old African grey parrot, is for sale on a well-known pet trade website for £750. She looks in good condition with her large black bill, red tail and white mask and her owner says she can whistle the tune of Flower of Scotland, does a passable imitation of R2D2 and is “very clever […]

Sep 202016
 
Wildlife Photography with the Nikon D810 and 400mm f2.8

When Nikon in South Africa approached me in September 2015 to test out the Nikon D810 and the new lightweight Nikkor 400mm f2.8E FL VR lens I was relishing the opportunity – you see, I was heading to the Mara Triangle in Kenya (part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem) to host a photographic safari in […]

Aug 212016
 
POLL: Should the sale of elephant ivory be legalized?

World Elephant Day was not necessarily good news for Africa’s elephants: Pressure is mounting in southern Africa to lift the ban on the sale of ivory. In the mid-1980s, during the last great elephant poaching crisis, Africa lost nearly half its elephant population, roughly 600,000 animals, in a decade. But the world responded in 1989 […]

Aug 162016
 
The Nutcracker Badger

It’s 6 January 2016…early in the morning. The sun has just risen, and we spent its rising with a lioness close to the Rooiputs waterhole in the Kalahari desert, more specifically, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that straddles the borders of South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is experiencing a heat wave of sweaty proportions – […]

Jul 292016
 
South Africa's great white sharks face extinction, says study

South Africa’s great white sharks face the threat of extinction after a steep decline in numbers caused by trophy hunting, shark nets and pollution, according to a study. The six-year research project along the country’s coastline revealed that only between 353 and 522 of the sharks are still alive, half the level previously thought. “The […]

Apr 292016
 
South Africa Backs Away From Legal Rhino Horn Trade

South Africa will not propose ending the ban on the international rhino horn trade at the next major meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the body that regulates the worldwide wildlife trade. Jeff Radebe, the minister of planning, monitoring and evaluation, said the government has […]

Mar 282016
 
South Africa bans leopard hunts due to uncertainty on numbers

For the first time in decades, hunters with deep pockets will not be able to shoot all of the “big five” game animals in South Africa after the government banned leopard hunts for the 2016 season. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) recommended the temporary ban because it said leopard numbers could not be […]