Conservationists push at CITES conference to ban trophy hunting

Conservationists push at CITES conference to ban trophy hunting 1

GENEVA, Switzerland – A group of activists is trying to persuade an international conservation conference to ban trophy hunting, which outrages some animal lovers but has long been tolerated by some environmentalists as a way of protecting wildlife. More than 50 members of the European Parliament and 50 environmental groups, led by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, signed a petition to the triannual CITES conference taking place this week in Geneva. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international treaty…

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Binga hospital terror baboons disrupt surgeries, steal from expecting mothers

Binga hospital terror baboons disrupt surgeries, steal from expecting mothers 3

BULAWAYO – Imagine you are a hospital patient undergoing a surgical procedure, and a baboon suddenly lands next to your bed. Terrified at the thought? Well, consider patients and medical staff at Binga district hospital who daily have to fight off the primates which have caused untold damage. Roofing sheets have been destroyed by baboon troops, and occasionally the animals misjudge their swings and land among patients. Expecting mothers who cook their own meals recount how the baboons emerge from the nearby mountains and valleys as they prepare lunch and…

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Leopard kills toddler in South Africa’s Kruger park

Leopard kills toddler in South Africa’s Kruger park 6

A leopard killed a two-year-old boy inside a fenced-off staff compound at South Africa’s Kruger national park, officials said Thursday. Kruger National Park officials say the big cat may have attacked as it was too accustomed to contact with humans. (Picture by AFP) “The toddler was only 30-months-old,” the park said in a statement. “The boy was certified dead by doctors at the Shongwe hospital after being rushed there by family members.” The leopard attacked the boy on Wednesday evening after getting into the staff living quarters, which are separated…

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Botswana hires Hollywood firm to fight elephant hunting PR

Botswana hires Hollywood firm to fight elephant hunting PR 7

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and MICHAEL BIESECKER | AP | The Botswana government has enlisted a public relations firm with deep ties to Hollywood to push back against the bad publicity generated by the southern African nation’s decision to lift its ban on elephant hunting. How would re-introducing elephant hunting affect communities and the economy in Botswana? 42 West, a firm mostly known for its work with celebrities and the film industry, notified the U.S. Justice Department last week that it will be working with Botswana’s tourism ministry, according to a…

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Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

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Botswana has lifted a ban on elephant hunting, citing growing conflict between humans and the animals, which at times destroy crops. How would re-introducing elephant hunting affect communities and the economy in Botswana? Critics of the ban, imposed in 2014, say the restriction was causing problems to small farmers and to those who previously benefited from hunting. Botswana has some 130,000 elephants, the world’s largest population. The decision is likely to trigger an angry reaction from conservationists, who believe the move is political. Related Articles It could also damage the…

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Southern African countries want end to ivory trade ban at elephant conference

HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa is attending a conference on elephant management in Botswana on Tuesday, as Southern African leaders seek a united front to have the international ivory trade ban lifted. Mnangagwa landed in Kasane, a town in the north-eastern corner of Botswana, in a private jet hired from Dubai ahead of the six-nation regional summit. The leaders of Botswana, Zambia and Namibia are among the attendees. Home Affairs Minister Cain Mathema and Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira are also at the conference. On Monday, Botswana’s Environment and Tourism minister…

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Gorillas pose for selfie with rescuers

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Two gorillas have been photographed posing for a relaxed selfie with the rangers who rescued them as babies. The gorillas are apparently trying to imitate humans The image was taken at a gorilla orphanage in Virunga National Park, DR Congo, where the animals were raised after poachers killed their parents. The park’s deputy director told BBC Newsday that they had learned to imitate their carers, who have looked after them since they were found. The gorillas, he added, think of the rangers as their parents. Innocent Mburanumwe, deputy director of…

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Poacher thrown behind bars

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By Michelle Gwizi/ Whinsley Masara A 40-year-old man has been jailed for a year for killing a warthog and an impala in Fort Rixon while three others have been arrested for allegedly killing a lion in Tsholotsho. Bulawayo Magistrates Court (Picture by Lionel Saungweme for Nehanda Radio) In the first case involving the killing of a warthog and an impala, Richard Sibanda appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Mr Tinashe Tashaya. “You are sentenced to 12 months in prison, three months suspended on condition that you do not commit any similar offence…

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Stray lion terrorises villagers

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By Michael Magoronga Silobela villagers are living in fear of a stray lion that is reportedly attacking and killing their livestock. Chief Ruya confirmed that there is a lion, suspected to have strayed from the nearby Chirisa Game Park, which is wreaking havoc in Gobo area and has so far devoured two beasts. “The lion was first spotted by a man who was fishing at Arda Fair Acres Dam on Friday while it was drinking water on the opposite side,” he said. “He ran and alerted neighbours, but people were…

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Poachers kill 750 rhinos since 2000

Poachers kill 750 rhinos since 2000 12

By Jeffrey Gogo More than 750 rhinos have been killed by commercial poachers in Zimbabwe since 2000, according to data from the International Rhino Federation (IRT). A white female rhino named Kuda is dehorned by the Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation (AWARE) at Lake Chivero Recreational Park in Norton, Zimbabwe August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo The rhino is targeted for its horn, which sells for tens of thousands of dollars in the underground, illegal wildlife markets, particularly in Asia, where dubious cultural beliefs drive demand. In an article…

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