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  1. Safari Club International sponsored it's 14th annual African Wildlife Consultative Forum. The writer of this article states that the forum: - See more at: http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/Home/Detail?articleId=104223&publishingChannelId=3#sthash.KcigrGvW.dpuf
  2. http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/guinea-arrests-ex-wildlife-director-for-alleged-trafficking-of-chimps-1.2543636 Guinea's former wildlife director, who was also Guinea's representative to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), has been been arrested on wildlife trafficking charges. Many dozen chimpanzees and 10 gorillas were sent to safari parks in China “utilizing travel routes established by Chinese development companies.”
  3. Following the South African Government's proposal to lobby CITES in 2016 to push for a one off rhino horn stockpile sale, I have spoken with a number of people from various backgrounds and of differing viewpoints about the issue - the one thing they have in common is that they are all involved in some form or another with rhino conservation. My original intention was to compile the results into an article, however, such indepth answers deserve to be read in full, without my own opinions/point of view offering bias one way or another, and so have decided to launch a special Safaritalk Interview series, which will see a new interview published on a weekly basis.
  4. The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has congratulated South African law-enforcement authorities combating rhinoceros-related crime, on being awarded Certificates of Commendation by CITES. It is the first time South Africa has been afforded this accolade. Press release continues https://www.environment.gov.za/mediarelease/molewa_certificatesofcommendation Why ??? the poaching continues, arrests are few especially at higher level and the penalties are light At best the overall performance is D grade
  5. The report highlights the rather horrifying reality of what is happening to cheetahs as far as trade goes. http://www.cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/com/ac/27/E-AC27-18.pdf
  6. The INGWE – Leopard Research team are currently in the middle of a four-week leopard-collaring program, in association with my good friend Dairen Simpson. Dairen is probably the worlds premier large predator capture expert and is being shadowed by a TV film crew as he moves around from project to project. Of-course catching a leopard to collar isn’t something that should be taken lightly. The reasons for collaring a leopard and the ethics surrounding the capture must be sound. After all, any captured animal will experience stress when it is caught, there needs to be a very good reason to catch, collar and release a wild leopard. Our motivation is fairly straightforward. Leopards are the last of the so-called big five to roam free in South Africa. With rare exceptions the other four (Buffalo, Elephant, Lion and Rhino) can only be found in National Parks and Game Reserves. Our aim is to gather data on the density and behaviours of free roaming leopards to enable reasoned management decisions to be made by provincial and national authorities. As many of you will know CITES issue 150 permits for international big game hunters to ‘harvest’ leopards in South Africa alone each year. As abhorrent as it may be to many people (including myself), the hunting lobby would argue that 150 is a sustainable number to ‘harvest’. Not to state the blindingly obvious, but without an understanding of the numbers of leopards, how can we know if 150 is a sustainable figure or if there is significant harm being done to the leopard population and genetic lines. My judgment leans towards the latter, but that is a view based on incomplete data and anecdotal evidence i.e. an unreliable perhaps emotive conclusion. What we do know is that it isn’t only 150 leopards that are killed. The knock on effects of taking a large tom out of a system is that other leopards move in to the vacuum (assuming there are others to fill the space) and they will attempt to establish a territory and can kill any cubs in residence. So back to our leopard capture program. We have been very lucky in that the TV film company is funding the event. Without their support we would struggle for the funding to complete this capture work. The total cost of collaring a leopard is around $10,000 per animal, which is normally way beyond our means. So let me put a challenge out to the big game hunters. Help to fund our research and prove that you’re right i.e.that there are sufficient free roaming leopards to take off 150+ each year. After all if your right your right, if not…… Written by Will Fox

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