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SANParks Fees to Increase from 1 Nov 2018

SANParks Crocodile Bridge Gate

PRETORIA, South Africa, 31 October 2018 – South African National Parks (SANParks) will increase its Conservation fees from 1 November 2018 at all National Parks. All funds generated from conservation fees are used with the primary mandate of SANParks, which is ...

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SANParks Receives 3 Million Rand For Anti-Poaching

SANParks Anti-Poaching Donation

SKUKUZA, Mpumalanga, 26 October 2018 – South African National Parks (SANParks) received a 3 Million Rand donation from the Legacy Experience project spearheaded by international cricketers, Kevin Pietersen and Mark Boucher. The money is meant for the Airwing based at Skukuza ...

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First Captive-born Cheetah Released at Kuzuko Lodge

CAPE TOWN, Paarl, 07 September 2018 – Cheetah Experience Ashia hosted guests and media at their cheetah sanctuary today to officially announce and celebrate the release of their first captive-born cheetah into the protected wild at Kuzuko Lodge, a private ...

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Timbavati Welcomes New Warden

GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, 15 August 2018 – The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve has formally welcomed their new Warden, Edwin Pierce, who joined the reserve on 1 May 2018. Edwin wasted no time in sharing his energy, passion and valuable experience, and ...

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Fair Trade Tourism Publishes Captive Wildlife Guidelines

SOUTH AFRICA, 23 July 2018 – Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) has published its Captive Wildlife Guidelines, which aim to assist the travel industry make decisions about which captive wildlife facilities to support and which to avoid. The Guidelines, which were developed ...

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Duo Paddle to Save Shongweni Reserve on #MandelaDay2018

DURBAN, 18 July 2018 – In honour of International Mandela Day today, the founder of Conservation Guardians, Greg Vogt and Italian-born, Sara Agostini will paddle for 67 km’s on Shongweni Dam to raise funds for the mammoth challenge of rescuing the Shongweni Resource Reserve which has ...

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SANParks Refutes Carte Blanche Story

SANParks SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON CARTE BLANCHE STORY RELATED TO GUN TRADE Johannesburg, Tuesday, June, 26 2018 –  South African National Parks (SANParks) has categorically stated that a story that appeared on Carte-Blanche on Sunday, 24 June 2016 by Ms Kathi ...

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Aquila Translocates Rogue Hippo

Cape Town, 31 May 2018 – In a dramatic game capture operation today, personnel from Aquila Private Game Reserve successfully captured a rogue male hippopotamus, whereafter he was translocated. Unbeknown to guests at Aquila over the last while, the conservation teams had ...

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In Memoriam: (Mad) Mike Penman

The southern Africa tourism industry has lost a legendary wildlife ambassador with the passing of Michael Nicholas Penman on Friday 05 January 2018. By Des Langkilde. Known affectionately as “Mad Mike”, in reference to his part in Discovery Channel’s Animal ...

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SANParks Concerned About Online Impersonation

A rapid increase of groups on social media platforms impersonating South African National Parks and some of the national parks under its management is a cause of great concern for the organisation. This according to SANParks Head of Communications, Janine ...

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Gucci Goes Fur-Free

Leading global fashion house Gucci has declared that it will no longer use animal fur, beginning with its spring-summer 2018 collection. Gucci’s President & CEO Marco Bizzarri announced the fur-free policy on 11 October during the 2017 Kering Award for ...

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Ford Provides Grants for Conservation in Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa – Conservation and related education projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania have gained new impetus following the provision of $ 20 000 (USD) grants to leading environmental organisations by the Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company has ...

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Ongava Records Conservation Success in Namibia

Ongava Game Reserve in Namibia is home to some of the rarest wild animals on the planet, and at Ongava Research Centre it is their mission to protect them. With many 1000s of animals to study (including almost 100 different ...

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Call For Rhino Artist Submissions

The Rhinos Are Coming!!! will host a 3-month public outdoor art exhibition with a difference. They aim to protect and conserve our rhino population through art. Artists’ canvasses will be blank life-sized fibre glass rhino sculptures that will be transformed ...

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UK Media Headline Rhino Poaching Crisis in SA

The recent killing of nine white rhinos on a private farm in South Africa has hit media headlines in the United Kingdom (UK), with a prominent tabloid featuring the tragic story on its online site. Wildlife television presenter and filmmaker ...

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A Ranger’s View On Rhino Poaching

Xolani Nicholas Funda, Chief Ranger of the Kruger National Park, says that Rangers are fighting an uphill battle against lawless criminals while they themselves must uphold the letter of the law. Leading counter-poaching operations have always been part and parcel ...

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VFAPU Scouts Receive Gas Stoves Donation

A Harare business, Naklon Trading, has generously donated 17 two-plate gas stoves and cylinders, one for each of Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit’s scouts, as a gesture of appreciation for the important work they do in the day to day battle ...

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The Impact of Drought on SA’s Wildlife Environment

To provide a better understanding of Tourism Tattler’s feature regarding the impact of drought on South Africa’s game reserves and wildlife environment – and with specific reference to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park (HiP) reserve – I have repeated an article ...

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World Pangolin Day 2017: What the Trade Ban Means for Conservation

Pangolins gained the highest level of protection under CITES with the decision to bring in a ban on international trade. In this article, Dan Challender from IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Co-Chair of IUCN’s SSC Pangolin Specialist Group looks at ...

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WildArk Announces First Conservancy Acquisition in South Africa

International Rugby star David Pocock of Australia, will kick off his six-month sabbatical in South Africa next week (Friday February 3, 2017), joining newly established conservation organisation WildArk to announce the acquisition of its first wildlife conservancy, in partnership with ...

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Sale of Illegally Poached Abalone Must End

The South African Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has allegedly awarded an irregular contract worth R60 million to sell confiscated abalone. According to the Sunday Times, the contract was awarded to a company called Willjarro and has been suspended ...

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Elephant Killing: A Threat to Tanzania Tourism

  Elephant poaching in southern Tanzania wildlife conserved parks is under the spotlight by wildlife conservation groups worried over negative economic consequences. A recent report on elephant poaching had indicated that Tanzania has been losing big numbers of elephants in southern ...

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Remembering Cecil the Lion on World Lion Day

Editors note: World Lion Day, celebrated on in August each year, is an independent campaign working to highlight the importance of the lion globally and to raise lion conservation awareness worldwide. The article below is very relevant to this cause, ...

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The Other Side of the Rhino War

A heart wrenching account of life as a Game Ranger’s daughter. This article details the fear and trials that the families of those who fight in the war against rhino poaching must face – and the devastating results of failure. ...

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VulPro Wins PAAZA Award

For the second year running, VulPro – The Vulture Conservation Programme of South Africa has been awarded the prestigious PAAZA (Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria) conservation award for their vulture conservation work. Last year VulPro was recognised and awarded ...

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Vultures and Aviation

Vultures are listed as endangered and VulPro are appealing to pilots to respect Africa’s vultures and their habitat. Even one lost egg or chick is one vulture too many, writes Kerri Wolter. Vultures evoke strong emotions from many different individuals ...

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Rhino Award Winners

The heroic actions of those that fight for the conservation of rhino were recently acknowledged, celebrated and rewarded at the 2015 Rhino Conservation Awards, writes Andrew Campbell of the Game Ranger’s Association of Africa. At the gala-dinner ceremony, held on ...

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Rhino Conservation Awards Honour Rangers

Game rangers are the soldiers on the frontlines in the war against the desecration of a species, putting their lives and that of their families on the line for nature conservation, writes Andrew Campbell of the Game Ranger’s Association of ...

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Call for China to Support Africa Conservation

Following Tourism Tattler’s article ‘Taking Responsible Tourism to China’ in the April edition, Dorria Watt follows up with the outcome on Deborah Calmeyer’s presentation to guests at the prestigious ‘Her Village International Forum’ in Beijing, China. So strong was the ...

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2015 – Year of the Rhino?

Unofficially, the national statistic for rhino poaching deaths in South Africa during 2014 is 1173 – will 2015 be any better? By Tourism Tattler contributors, Trevor & Susan Barrett. Even the official statistic of 1020 poached rhino (as at 20 ...

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Trade in Rhino Horn Debate

The August 2014 edition of the Tourism Tattler magazine features 5 pages of in-depth articles on the rising debate in South Africa over the trade in rhino horn and how best to conserve the species from extinction. To read these ...

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Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Botswana’s Okavango Delta became the 1000th site inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage List on 22 June. This significant listing increases Africa’s protected resources to 89 properties. By Des Langkilde. The Okavango was ...

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Court Decision Bars Road Across Serengeti

We’ve waited years for this – The The East African Court of Justice has ruled in favor of the Serengeti, banning the government of Tanzania from constructing a paved road across the northern Serengeti. African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), ...

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Emergency Ocean Rescue

For decades, humanity has netted too many fish and trashed the seabed all across our blue planet. But this month we could get a breakthrough to set up a series of sanctuaries where sea life can thrive and live in ...

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Winning Comment for May

Congratulations to Elisa Galgut. Elisa’s comment has been chosen as the prize winner for May 2014. Her prize of a Dietz Monarch D10 Hurricane Lantern will be delivered with the compliments of Livingstones Supply Co – Suppliers of the Finest ...

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CACH Accused of Harming Conservation

Is the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) a threat to conservation? – You decide! Three large NGO’s dominate the SA conservation landscape. WWF, EWT, and WESSA (Wildlife and Environmental Society of SA.) All three are pro-hunting, and lobby for the ...

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Letter to US Fish and Wildlife

By Chris Mercer, Campaign Against Canned Hunting. I refer to the hysterical letter of protest by hunting fanatic Ron Thomson to US Fish and Wildlife, complaining angrily about the decision to temporarily suspend imports of elephant trophies taken in Zimbabwe and ...

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Rhino Are In Trouble

The above rhino was sketched by Dereck Joubert in a matter of seconds from memory. In a decade’s time will rhinos be so easy to draw from memory as they fade into extinction? Great Plains Conservation would like to hear ...

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Conservation: Unmanned Aerial System – Demo Invite

“Rhino have been on this planet for at least 50 million years. At the current rate of attrition it has approximately 10 years to go! I want the world to know this, and to unite in finding ways to end ...

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Kwandwe Leads the Charge on World Rhino Day

Leading up to World Rhino Day on Sunday 22 September 2013, conservation success story Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s scenic Eastern Cape will be hosting a week-long programme of interactive and educational activities for guests, staff and local ...

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