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200th Black Rhino Translocated

Black Rhino image by Micky Wiswedel

South Africa, 7 August 2019 – Marking a major milestone in wildlife conservation, the WWF-SA Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) has just completed its 12th successful black rhino move by translocating its 200th rhino, as part of an ongoing ...

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Voluntourism At Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary

Cheetah in an enclosure at Ashia

Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary and Awareness Centre offers opportunities to participate in ground-breaking conservation programme CAPE TOWN, 20 June 2019 – Ashia, a world-class and Fair Trade Tourism accredited cheetah sanctuary outside Paarl in South Africa’s Western Cape, is now offering ...

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Animal Interaction Consultations Go Online

Cheetah cub paw in hand

Johannesburg, Tuesday 23 April 2019 – Following ten workshops held over the past two months across the country, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is making the content of the Animal Interaction workshop available online for comments and suggestions ...

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Rhino Conservation Awards Call for Entries

African Rhino

Nominations for the 8th annual Rhino Conservation Awards have officially opened and are invited from the five rhino range states of Africa. The 2019 Award Nomination Categories are: Best Field RangerBest Conservation PractitionerBest Political, Investigative and Judicial supportBest Rhino Conservation ...

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Earth Hour For Hotels

Earth Hour branding

This year, Earth Hour falls on Saturday 30 March and the initiators of the #Connect2Earth global campaign – WWF has partnered with United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to create connect2earth.org. Hotels are urged to participate in the #Connect2Earth ...

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Cheetah Swap To Boost Metapopulation

Cheetah close up at Samara Private Game Reserve

The recent swap of male cheetah between Samara Private Game Reserve and Welgevonden Game Reserve will have significant implications for South Africa’s cheetah metapopulation. The swap saw Samara’s Shadow (a male cheetah) transported to a new home at Rogge Cloof. ...

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The uMfolozi: A Conservation Story

Zulu Chief

The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is a special conservation story – the story of how Dr Ian Player started a global effort to save the rhino from extinction, and how years later five tribal chiefs contributed their land to conserve ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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