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  1. As I know from long research, any exemption on a total ban on ivory will only result in more poaching. Its all too easy to disguise ivory from recently killed elephants as antique using tea. As a potential antique buyer, I would certainly be more likely to buy from a dealer who refused to sell ivory on ethical grounds. Surveys indicate that the overwhelming majority of the British public supports a total ban on ivory. How many demonstrations have there been in the U.K calling for a stop to elephant and rhino poaching?
  2. Hi all, My name is Mikkel and I have made an infographic about the poaching situation in Africa. I am an editor on the Danish safari blog: Safari Tanzania. After writing an article about poaching in Africa, I got inspired to make an infographic where I wanted to emphasize the most important issues and facts on poaching, as they are discussed among NGO's and involved news sites. In the last part of the graphic, I tried to encourage people to act through donations, adoptions and fundraising. All images are clickable and linked directly to the reference source, including articles and videos for further explanation. Please see the infographic following this link: (works best on a pc). It is made in collaboration with Kruger National Park and the sustainability-driven Kipling. I hope you like it
  3. Own of my travel agent (Nickadventure) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, just posted on his Facebook page comments from locals about a jaguar poaching increase, especially in Northern Bolivia, corresponding to the Beni Wetlands and Amazonian Forest, south to Tambopata reserve in Peru. I will quote his comments here: Note for those interested to discover wild Bolivia. The place I have seen a jaguar in Madidi (with another local agent) is the same Nick use to go. Nicks offers fantastic tour in the Bolivian Chaco, and reached really good results in tapirs and jaguars observations. Let's hope tourism will develop in there, I greatly admire Nick perseverance. If Kaa Iya is rather an expedition compared to Pantanal confortable lodges in Tres Irmaos region, Nick uses camera traps during the trip to show his tourists the most secretive wildlife he cannot guarantee to his clients, which I really appreciate. I really expect to visit KINP one day with Nick, as well as other new destinations I discovered a couple of year before: Reserva Barba Azul (Beni) to see the once thought extinct endemic macaw, Red front macaw in the upper dry valleys. He also offers tour in Noel Kempff, Pantanal and seems to have a new tour to see the andean cock of the rock...
  4. "A herd of endangered rhinos fleeing the deadly floods sweeping northern India now faces another threat, wildlife officials said on Monday: Poachers are stalking the animals in the few areas of high ground to which they have managed to escape. Severe flooding since June in Assam State has forced half a million people from their homes and left scores of animals in Kaziranga National Park in grave danger, said Pramila Rani Brahma, the state’s forest and environment minister. Some animals, including most of the park’s elephants, have managed to flee the flooding to areas near where park officials say they can provide them protection from poachers, but the rhinos have escaped to areas difficult for the rangers to patrol, said Satyendra Singh, the park’s director."
  5. we are truly turning nature into a commodity , something that I and many others profoundly regret here is an article which points the way to a decline in wildlife including elephants , tigers and orangutans due to deforesttion , which in turn is partly caused by palm oil production please see please also se D Gaveeau What a Difference 4 Decades Make: Deforestation in Borneo Since 1973, on deforestation , forest cover has gone from 61% in 1970 to 44% in 2010 for an international comparism please see from high quality imaging by region most forests have been replaced for palm oil in SE Asia ant South America , the largest areas of vulnerable forests are in Africa and Mesoamerica on agricultural expansion please see Proximate and Underlying Causes of Forest Cover Change in Peninsular Malaysia, by M Miyamoto and others
  6. I was very pleased to read the following story in the Daily Telegraph this morning, it would appear from looking up this story on their website that they are moving towards being a subscription only site so you may not be able to read the full story. However I have found the same story in the Sun so I will provide a link to that as well. British Army Gurkha 'super-tracker' hunting poachers in Gabon to save last remaining elephants The Gurkhas are extremely well trained in the art of jungle warfare mainly in Brunei but I presume also in Belize and when it comes to tracking Corporal Rai is clearly the best of the best, the British Army has actually been involved in ranger training in Gabon since 2015, I hope that the skills that Corporal Rai can pass on will really start to turn the tide. Forest elephants have been taking a real hammering in recent years and evidence shows that they reproduce very slowly and that the effect of poaching is even worse than it is for their savannah cousins and could cause their extinction and without intervention certainly will cause the extinction of some populations. Like the lowland gorillas that share these forests the forest elephant is a vital component of the ecology of the rainforests of Gabon and the wider Congo Basin distributing the seeds of many different tree species. Their loss would have a huge impact on the fauna and flora of this region. Besides the ecological impact, if Gabon is ever to seriously get its act together and develop a proper wildlife tourist industry then it needs to ensure that it's elephants are safe so that tourist will be able to visit and see them as I did. It is the sad reality of poaching in Africa that rangers need to have not only excellent tracking skills but also proper combat training to deal with the people that they are up against and I am extremely glad that the British Army is helping to provide the necessary training, in particular some of our Gurkha soldiers. ONE-MAN TUSKFORCE ‘Super tracker’ soldier deployed to Africa on a mission to save elephants from cold-blooded poachers
  7. Reports To read the full article click here.
  8. The first aerial assessment of the impact of Central African Republic's recent conflict on wildlife and other natural resources in the northern part of the country shows that wildlife populations have been depleted in large areas of their former range, yet there is hope as some populations of Kordofan giraffe, giant eland, buffalo, roan, and other key species that still survive in low numbers. report continues no elephants were found there is ongoing violence , with commercial poaching and trafficking , mining and cattle raising remains a challenge there are large areas of wildlife habitat intact but an urgent security scheme has to be implemented which cooperates with neighboring Chad, Cameroon, Sudan, and South Sudan. CAR is an area where armed militias attack each other and the ordinary people , Human Rights Watch reports on this the government is largely ineffective and not very stable
  9. Reports To read the full article click here.
  10. Reports To read the full article click here. Meru NP is truly a beautiful place as many Safaritalkers, including myself, are aware. It needs more visitors but how to encourage them?
  11. ~ This June, 2017 article in National Geographic explains that Egypt's unstable political and security infrastructure, and the corresponding decrease in international visitors has resulted in a marked increase in Nile crocodile poaching. Crocodile skin, meat, body parts used as aphrodisiacs, eggs and hatchlings are all used in commercial trade to supplement the dwindling monthly earnings of Egyptians.
  12. ~ This August, 2016 research article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology and the explanatory article from Nature present findings from a field study of Loxodonta cyclotis, African Forest Elephant, in the Dzanga Forest of the Central African Republic. Evidence is presented that African Forest Elephants are particularly vulnerable to poaching due to slow maturation and long inter-calving intervals.
  13. ~ This June, 2017 article from the U.K. Guardian explains the impact that traditional medicine is having in demand for elephant parts, leading to increased poaching within Myanmar. Inevitably much of the elephant trade is taken across the border to China, where the elephant trade continues to flourish.
  14. "When a poacher steps into a certain wildlife park in Kenya in the middle of the night, a thermal camera at the perimeter notices the action. Then an algorithm automatically identifies that the heat is coming from a person and not a giraffe, and a team of rangers gets an alert. The technology—which World Wildlife Fund started testing in two Kenyans parks in March 2016—has already led to more than 25 arrests. "It allows you to see in total darkness," says Travis Merrell, senior vice president of FLIR, the thermal technology company that donated the equipment to WWF. The cameras can also see through rain, smoke, and fog. In the Mara Conservancy—home to lions, rhinos, elephants, and other threatened or endangered species—the cameras are mounted on trucks. As rangers drive, a screen inside shows movement of both animals and poachers up to a mile away."
  15. with longer term safari hunting and ongoing serious poaching , the genetic diversity of black rhinos has greatly declined this has implication for how they will be able to adapt to future challanges including climate change very interestingly the historic range of the western black rhino , declared extinct in 2011, goes into southern Kenya, a few remain in the mara please see search black rhinos the piece is called rethink need to save critically endangered black rhinos , there is an article link at the end go to scientific reports , the article was published 9 FEB 2017 EXTINCTIONS,GENETIC EROSION AND CONSERVATION OPTIONS FOR BLACK RHINOCEROS DICEROS BICORNIS
  16. "I firmly believe that we are going to be able to prove that they can," said Kirsty Brebner, whose organisation Endangered Wildlife Trust had the idea of putting rats to work on the illegal wildlife trade. "They are clearly trainable, they clearly have a strong sense of smell," Brebner told Reuters from South Africa. She said the eventual aim is to train rats to find ivory and rhino horns, too. Pangolins, a mammal hunted close to extinction for the unique scales on its body, which find a ready market in Asia, are the first target because they have a stronger scent than ivory or rhino horn, giving the rats a better chance of success. The rats will be tested and trained by APOPO, a Tanzanian-based group that pioneered using the African Giant Pouched Rat to find landmines." -- After reading the article, I had to laugh at the first entry in the comments section.
  17. ~ This article from the U.K. Guardian explains how strong Chinese demand for the solid red beaks of Rhinoplax vigil, Helmeted Hornbill, is resulting in high levels of poaching. Carvers in China use the red casques to carve decorative trinkets for wealthy consumers. Poachers kill both juvenile and adult hornbills, decimating populations of the slow-breeding species.
  18. Today at 12:30 BST Prince William will be giving a keynote speech on wildlife crime at Tusk’s Time for Change event at The Shard anyone who wants to listen can do so via the Tusk’s Facebook page Tusk
  19. This article is about photographer Benjamin Rutherford's work documenting the bushmeat trade in Zambia: A web page displaying some of Mr. Rutherford's photos is here: I was sorry to read about the private wildlife conservancy that is selling its game animals, closing, and becoming a farm because of insurmountable poaching. But I was glad to read about a reserve along the Kafue River that was once heavily poached and now is a success story. Wish they said which reserve it was...
  20. Conservationist Mike Chase gave an interview to National Geographic about the results of the elephants survey of the South Eastern corner of Angola, one country we know is receiving the surplus of elephants from Botswana. The conclusions are alarming, depressing. But I have huge hopes things change in the future. Angola is the best place to receive the overcrowded elephants from Northern Botswana and from Hwange in Zimbabwe. Once home of an estimated 200.000 elephants before the civil war, the census determined that there are around 4000 elephants in this remote part of Angola. It is far less than what Mike Chase expected. Please see the details of the survey on:
  21. I've been making this point repeatedly in many discussions about legalisation of ivory and rhino horn trade. It's nice to see that proper research from two highly regarded university confirms my points. Prof Christopher Alden, at the London School of Economics, who is not involved on the new analysis, said: “The linkage [of the 2008 sale] with the surge in poaching is a sound one based on rigorous scholarly research.”e said it was true that the elephant poaching crisis in east Africa has yet to hit southern Africa as hard, but that it was very likely to do so if a new sale was allowed: “[The proposal] is deeply disingenuous and one which flies in the face of the contemporary moves by China and the US to shut down the market for ivory.” The new analysis was possible because poachers do not hide or destroy the carcasses of the elephants they poach. “It’s not worth the trouble,” said Hsiang. “So they’ve basically left us a complete and visible record of their activity.” The 2008 ivory sale also corresponded with a 70% rise in the seizures of illegal ivory. The surges in poaching and seizures occurred right across Africa and the researchers checked for other factors that might have been involved, such as an increase in Chinese workers in Africa or rising affluence in China or Japan. “We looked for alternative explanations in the data, but the best evidence still indicates that the legal sale exacerbated the destruction of elephant populations across Africa,” Sekar said. A guardian article about it, and a link to the original article.
  22. Tanzania's shame Tanzania turns a blind eye to poaching as elephant populations tumble
  23. Good luck to Kenisa Adrobiago and Park Manager Erik Mararv and peace for the 3 remarquable park rangers who passed away yesterday. APN shows a lot of courage to protect Garamba.
  24. Lisa Hywood established the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe in 1994 as a wildlife orientated not for profit organization. Targeting smaller and lesser known endangered animals, the Trust was established to address gaps in conservation left by the immense focus on larger and more charismatic wildlife. Such an enigma is the Pangolin, now a priority species for the Trust. From broad spectrum beginnings which involved translocation of elephants and rescue and rearing orphaned animals, to more specific conservation actions of addressing laws that protect wildlife and the environment, the Trust has developed a multifaceted approach to the preservation of our global heritage. Lisa Hywood has been at the helm since inception in the capacity of Founder and CEO. To find out more about the work of the Tikki Hywood Trust, visit the website at ------------------------------ Why has it taken so long for awareness of the pangolin’s conservation plight to reach mainstream media? Unlike your charismatic species, such as the rhino, elephant, tiger together with the cheetah, the pangolin sits in a unique niche all on its own. Firstly they are rather small, covered in scales, (so most people perceive them as reptiles), and they are mainly nocturnal so not easily seen. The pangolin has not been romanticized in novels or films and therefore most people are ignorant in the role that these truly amazing animals have to play in our ecosystem. When one thinks of TCM, rhino horn comes to mind and there is documented evidence of its use going back centuries. What is the history of pangolin body parts in TCM and how come the poaching of it in Africa has accelerated recently? There are eight species of pangolin four in Asia and four in Africa. The Asian species have been so severely poached over the past decade that now those numbers cannot supply the Asian demand and so the harvest grounds for pangolin have turned to Africa. With multiple trade agreements and investment coming into Africa from Asia, so to are the new cultures and TCM beliefs, which of course will affect all our African species including the pangolin. Pangolin TCM like with the rhino horn has been around for centuries in Asia and hence why it is so difficult to try and reduce the already existing demand. How concerned are you that pangolin is considered a delicacy in Chinese cuisine and how is this leading to increasing pressure on its numbers? It is a huge concern, as the socio-economics of Asia increase so to it seems does the demand on pangolin cuisine. Pangolin soup is considered a delicacy when finalizing a deal – “kind of sign on the dotted line and lets eat a pangolin!” These pangolin, are kept alive in cages and when ordered wheeled out to the customer prior to having his or her neck slit. Barbaric - cannot or does not even describe this activity. What is being done in Vietnam and China to engage consumers? To engage political support? One sees in social media the efforts with regard to elephant ivory and rhino horn, but what about the smuggling of pangolins for consumption and their scales for use in TCM? There are groups working in Vietnam and China in the fight to reduce demand, however as we know education takes generations and what might be the sad fact right now is we do not have this length of time to solve the issues facing pangolin. In China a law was passed stating that it was illegal to eat endangered wildlife. Pangolin are one of these species sited in this law, which carries a 10 year jail term if found guilty. Yet since the law was passed I am unaware of even one offender having been arrested. So to China I say – “in order for the law to serve as a deterrent, one has to enforce it.” One thinks of the huge sums of money involved with rhino horn, what are the monetary sums involved with pangolins? How are pangolins smuggled out of the country and what efforts to stop and search are made at border points, ports of egress etc? The value of pangolin, are up there with rhino horn – sad thing is that no one knows this except the criminals. Due to the ease of being able to capture pangolin, poachers can transport pangolin readily from country to country. Pangolin are smuggled on buses, in suitcases and cargo trucks. As of yet, all of the 8 species of pangolin are only listed on CITES Appendix II, therefore trade is still allowed and this is something we need to address and quickly. There is now a CITES agenda which does include the 8 species of pangolin and here’s hoping that by elevating the pangolin to an Appendix I listing not only will it stop all trade and therefore make monitoring the illegal trade slightly easier, but it will bring the plight of these animals into the light along side of the rhino and the elephant. Like the rhino horn, the use of pangolin in Vietnam is being linked to those with wealth willing to eat or use them as a demonstration as wealth and status, (source,, QUOTE, “The problem, Nguyen complained, was not Vietnam's poor and uneducated, but its wealthy elite - the senior government officials and the wealthy businessmen who ordered pangolin to flaunt their status or to celebrate a deal.” How can you ever hope to engage these people when the rarer something becomes, the more value it has to them? Likewise, how worried are you that a growing and more affluent middle class may seek to emulate them? If they don’t care about its conservation status, what hope is there of stopping the trade? Extremely worried and the only area which might be working in our favor here is that the elite are educated and will always want to save face. Should the Governments, Authorities and the youth of these countries stand up and make enough noise our hope is that those wealthy business men will also wake up and be forced to listen to the law. When, how and why did the trust begin focusing on the Pangolin? The Tikki Hywood Trust received the first pangolin in 1994. Nothing could have prepared me for that moment. A pangolin is like no other mammal – there are no books to read or information which has been past down through the ages as to how best to take care of this species. There in front of me was a sack and in a tightly rolled up ball was a pangolin. The stench that came from the sack was overwhelming, I opened the sack only to see the most beautiful eye staring back at me – terror was the first emotion I detected but besides that there was great wisdom I sensed and this only made me even more nervous. It was that single moment, that look that made me realize we have to do more for this animal and how can we be in 1994 and know almost nothing about how to care and save this animal. Over the past 20 years we have been involved with all aspects of the pangolin from rescue, rehabilitation and release together with working with our Authorities on improving the law involving the pangolin together with the enforcement of the law. We have become a voice for this otherwise silent, magical and prehistoric species around the globe. Why aren’t more NGOs involved in the Pangolin's conservation? One sees a multitude of organisations raising awareness and money for rhinos, elephants, lions etc., but which are the NGOs, including your own, focusing on the pangolin? I don’t know and cannot answer for other NGO’s and or groups – maybe the pangolin at this point is not sexy enough! Maybe size maybe ignorance – either way the Tikki Hywood Trust believes that all animals are equally and as important as the next, that we are all intricately intertwined and should one species perish then it will have a catastrophic knock on affect to yet another species. Please tell us about the African Pangolin Working Group. The Tikki Hywood Trust is a co founding member of the APWG and one of the main aims behind this group was to engage with like minded people around Africa so that we could come together and put multiple resources and energy into saving this species. The APWG attempts to monitor and launch research, rehabilitation, law enforcement and community projects on African pangolins across multiple African states. How easy is it to rehabilitate a rescued pangolin and release it back into the wild? What has been your success rate and what is the cost of doing so? Due to the lack of knowledge and understanding of these mammals I can readily say this is no easy task. One of the main factors that affect a pangolin is stress and one can only imagine how much stress these animals will endure from being captured and transported from pillar to post for who knows how many days and weeks, prior to being rescued. All pangolin that come through our center are invariably dehydrated and very under weight. Many of the pangolin have also been wounded and due to the stress they have endured, succumb to terrible infections, which are difficult to fight. The time to rehabilitate pangolin, vary from one individual to another as does the cost. As with any rehabilitation the injuries that have been inflicted will also determine the cost required. Rod Cassidy from Sangha Lodge in CAR has stated many times that local people also consume the pangolin: what affect has the illegal bush meat trade had on its numbers? What can be done to sensitize local communities to the conservation status of the pangolin, change their habits, when bush meat has always played a part in their diet? In Central and West Africa the bushmeat trade in pangolin continues consuming large numbers of pangolin. The obvious first step is through education in trying to sensitize the local population as well as Government, to the value of these wild animals. The pangolin in CAR is fully protected under their wildlife laws and hence I believe that enforcement of these laws will have the most effect when trying to stop the illegal use of pangolin. How these African countries are resource strapped and until this can be addressed there will be very little done to assist species such as the pangolin. How are you made aware of the pangolins’ plight in the area of the trust’s operation and what action do you take? How many times have you personally seen pangolins, whether dead or alive, for sale in bush meat markets and what do you do about it? How much are pangolins sold for in these markets? (Dead/alive?) In Zimbabwe when a pangolin is confiscated it goes directly to or through our Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authorities. We are then notified and the pangolin should it be alive is handed over to our care for rehabilitation. We then work with the Authorities on the necessary charges and action required to prosecute the poachers. Once we have successfully rehabilitated the pangolin they are then released into designated areas around the country. Each pangolin is micro-chipped and funding dependent where ever possible we use a tracking device to monitor the pangolin once released. We have been involved with more than 64 pangolin cases over the past five years. Whenever we hear about a pangolin in any situation we follow up with the Authorities. With rhinos, lions, elephants, cheetahs etc., there are estimated numbers, various counts and studies but what are the difficulties in trying to ascertain a reliable figure on the number of pangolins? Currently there are no true figures of pangolin numbers worldwide! This is a huge concern as well as a problem, as how do you try and protect a species that you cannot even see? We are fighting a silent enemy and we do not know other than by trade figures how severe this issue is. When you are dealing with tons of pangolin confiscated in Asia and now from Africa, and you do know that the pangolin only gives birth to one young once a year – you can start to understand that this species cannot sustain these figures. Aside from the poaching for bush meat and TCM, what are the other threats facing the pangolin? How are their movements affected by land subdivision and fencing? And talking of fencing, what is the impact of electric fencing on pangolin numbers and what can be done to mitigate loses caused by it? Electric fences, which are used for game ranches, are one of the greatest threats to pangolin in South Africa and due to this there is now a fence that has been designed to try and allow the free movement of pangolin from one property to another in South Africa. Agriculture and poisoning is also a factor but obviously nothing as great as the illegal trade in this species. But lets not forget ignorance – I do believe that this too needs to be mentioned. How seriously are government parastatals in Zimbabwe and other pangolin range state countries taking the threat and what are they doing on the ground? All Authorities have taken the conservation of pangolin within Zimbabwe, extremely seriously and I believe the conviction outcomes speak for themselves. Currently Zimbabwe is the most proactive country in pangolin conservation addressing all aspects from education to law enforcement as well as Zimbabwe having the stiffest penalties for the illegal possession of pangolin which is 9 years in jail and USD 5000.00 fine. I believe that other African countries can indeed learn from the proactive approach Zimbabwe has had with pangolin conservation. At this point it is important to note that for the law to act as a deterrent then one it has to be enforced but secondly it would be made that much stronger if neighboring countries carried a similar penalty making the poacher understand that he cannot poach from the country whose law is weaker and get away with the offence. Once again I believe that from informant to arrest and arrest to conviction Zimbabwe has had very positive outcomes. This year alone, (2015), has seen Zimbabwe prosecuting 22 pangolin poachers to the mandatory sentence of 9 years in jail. These results speak for themselves. And there has been more focus in the national Press, such as this article, which focuses on how the trust is working with the government. This is a paper I co-authored re Zimbabwe and the stance that it has taken through our work for pangolin protection. For many people, to see a pangolin on safari represents a “bucket-list” sighting and yet still there are many who don’t know what it is. So, what are the different African species and where can they be found? If planning a safari with the aim of, (hopefully), spotting a pangolin, where should one go to be in with a reasonable chance? The four species of pangolin in Africa are; The Giant Ground Pangolin – Central to West Africa The White- bellied Pangolin – Central to West Africa The Black-bellied Pangolin – Central to West Africa The Temminck’s Ground Pangolin – Southern and East Africa above 30degree latitude. One must always remember that pangolin are nocturnal and hence hoping to see one during day light hours you are less likely – perhaps my advice would be to go on a night drive or a very early morning drive in the hopes of seeing a pangolin. How would a 25 dollar donation help the Tikki Hywood trust in its objectives to conserve the pangolin and how can one make a donation? A USD 25 donation would go towards the rescue and rehabilitation of a pangolin in care. Should one wish to donate via credit card we have two facilities on our FACEBOOK page otherwise the bank details below: USD Bank Details Correspondent Bank: STANDARD CHARTERED BANK, NEW YORK USA Swift Code: SCBLUS33 Beneficiary Bank: Central Africa Building Society Head Office Northend Close, Northridge Park Harare Zimbabwe Swift Code: CABSZWHA Account Number : 3582-026441-001 Beneficiary Name : TIKKI HYWOOD FOUNDATION Beneficiary Acc No.: 9016337893 Photo Credits: courtesy and copyright Tikki Hywood Trust, images 1 and 7, @@Wild Dogger, images 3 and 4, @@pault. The views expressed therein are solely those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of Safaritalk.
  25. Protecting endangered species such as the Mountain Gorilla, Elephants which are hunted on a daily basis for ivory, and other animals is not only a moral obligation but a responsibility that humanity needs to address. In December 2015, the Barcelona Legends football team visited Uganda, and played a charity match in Kampala with the Uganda legends (Retired national team stars), where Patrick Kluivert scored his best ever goal, according to his own admission. They visited the country’s top attractions, and ventured out to see the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert fell in love with the country’s wildlife, “In the short time I have been here, I have no doubt that Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We will give you good global coverage for both tourism and investment, because you have a lot to offer.” But while the team was visiting Bwindi Park, poachers killed five elephants in the country’s nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park. Although these two events appear unconnected, tourists like the Barcelona Legends might be able to help fight this poaching crisis indirectly. Hundreds of thousands of elephants have been killed in Africa over the last decade. In 2012 alone, 35,000 elephants – four every hour – were slaughtered across the continent. According to recent statistics from the Wildlife Conservation Society, about 5,000 elephants remain in Uganda today. Nevertheless, poaching is still a lucrative business, and although governments and conservation charities are trying to address the issue, but the current efforts have been slow and painful. A report by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) highlighted the scarcity of data on the economic value of wildlife tourism in Africa, but surveyed data from 48 government bodies and 145 tour operators from 31 African countries and concluded that poaching “threatened the tourism sector’s long-term sustainability”. However, only 50% of the operators were directly funding anti-poaching initiatives or engaging in conservation projects. Encouraging them, and getting tourist numbers back up is vital. Jonathan Scott, who presents the BBC’s Big Cat Diary and has lived in Kenya for 40 years, says: “If the world is serious about helping to prevent poaching, we need those tourist dollars.” Cavin Mugarura Director | Stride Safaris | Askay Hotel Suites Email: Website:

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