Apr 112018
 
Trump’s elephant, lion trophy hunting policy hit with double lawsuits

Just weeks after the Trump administration announced a new policy allowing the importation of dead African elephant and lion parts by U.S. trophy hunters, a group of environmental and wildlife conservation NGOs has filed a lawsuit alleging the move goes against recent court rulings. Around the same time, Born Free USA filed a second lawsuit […]

Apr 102018
 
Watching the largest herd of African Elephants in Amboseli National Park

While out on the safari drive in Amboseli National Park, we saw a huge cloud of dust in the distance. As the animals came closer, it became clear that this was probably the largest herd of African Elephants (as seen in the feature image) that we had seen here. It was also a herd with […]

Mar 132018
 
Trump Backtracks on Elephant Trophy Ban – This Must Be Stopped

Late last year, the White House announced that it would get rid of a ban on elephant trophy imports, and immediately the American public became outraged that the Trump administration would allow such cruelty. A couple months later, President Donald Trump himself called that idea “terrible” and it looked like African elephants would get a […]

Jan 222018
 
Beware…

An old African proverb states: “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers most”. African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) somewhere along the Shire River, Liwonde National Park, Malawi. With Mvuu Lodge. Nikon D3s. Nikon 200-400 mm. ISO 800 f4 @ 1/4000 sec. Lexar Media. © Dana Allenwww.photosafari-africa.net www.facebook.com/DanaAllenPhotoSafari    

Dec 122017
 
Trump’s indecision on trophy hunting reignites heated debate

On November 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted a ban on the U.S. import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The president put a hold on the order two days later, calling trophy hunting in a tweet a “horror show.” He has yet to make a final determination regarding the USFWS order. […]

Nov 202017
 
Lilac-breasted Roller in Amboseli National Park

After several safaris into the Amboseli National Park, we were yet to see anyAfrican Lion. And our driver-guide wanted to make one last attempt to search for them on one of our game drives. We started off on a good note with the sighting of yet another African Elephant, this time with a suckling calf. […]

Oct 162017
 
POLL: Should hippos have a higher level of protection under CITES?

It seems almost incomprehensible that the desire for an ivory ornament or piece of jewellery justifies the slaughter of a majestic elephant, but as their populations continue to crash, the ever-hungry black market has become creative in order to satisfy its greed. Now, ivory hunters are setting their sights on everything from arctic narwhals to […]

Oct 092017
 
Pied Kingfisher in Amboseli National Park

After the hair-raising close encounter with the African Elephant, this game drive through Amboseli National Park quickly turned into a amazing birding safari. We saw a Hadeda Ibis (below) not far away from the road. But the highlight of this post is the Pied Kingfisher (below). We will talk about it a little later in […]

Sep 112017
 
Closest African Elephant  sighting in Amboseli National Park

As we drove through the Amboseli National Park for another morning game drive, we spotted an African Elephant at a fair distance. Our guide pointed out that it was a Tusker and we drove towards it to get a closer look. As we got closer, we realised that this was a huge male Elephant (below). […]

Aug 282017
 
Pink-backed Pelican in Amboseli National Park

While we titled this post after the beautiful Pink-backed Pelican that we spotted in Amboseli National Park, I could not take my eyes of the majestic Tusker that we saw non-chalantly grazing by the roadside in knee-deep swamp. Hence we made it the feature image (first image) of this post. The Pink-backed Pelican (below) of […]

Aug 212017
 
Karma? Another Trophy Hunter Has Been Killed by an Elephant

April 2017: Scott Van Zyl, owner of a canned hunting facility in South Africa and an organizer of trophy-hunting African safaris, is eaten by the crocodiles he’d intended to kill in Zimbabwe. May 2017: Theunis Botha, a friend of Van Zyl and the owner of another South African hunting facility, is crushed to death by […]

Aug 202017
 
POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for allowing the ivory trade to continue?

Thousands of jewelry, seals, scrolls and other items made of elephant ivory continue to be sold online in Japan each week, concludes a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. In just four weeks in May and June, 2017, nearly 10,000 ivory items were sold on Yahoo Auction, one of Japan’s largest e-commerce […]

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