Namibia’s drought forces wildlife auction

Namibia’s drought forces wildlife auction

Namibia’s government plans to auction off some of the wildlife living in its national parks because of the severe drought affecting the southwest African nation – a drought that has left them without water and vegetation to sustain them. Stanley Simataa, the country’s information minister, made the announcement during a…

Botswana defends elephant hunting ban reversal

Botswana defends elephant hunting ban reversal

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, in a controversial decision announced Thursday by environment and wildlife minister Kitso Mokaila. The ruling follows a year-long process in Botswana to evaluate the ban, which was put in place five years ago by former president Ian Khama. He was succeeded in…

Angola launches new wildlife protections to curb poaching

Angola’s Ministry of Environment is launching a new wildlife conservation initiative to assess the impact of poaching, and strengthen legal protections and enforcement. Aristófanes Fontes, the director of the National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas, tells state news agency ANGOP that national training, a licensing program and a law…

Project moves elephants from South Africa to Mozambique

There are some major moves afoot in South Africa and Mozambique, as conservationists and researchers try moving elephants to help protect them from ivory poaching and habitat loss. So far this summer, the “Moving Giants” project has relocated four dozen elephants from the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR), a conservation…

Study: Radiocarbon dating finds illegal ivory in EU markets

A scientific study of ivory traded by dealers across Europe proves that the sales are illegal, according to the activist groups that released the study Tuesday. Avaaz, working with the Elephant Action League, purchased 109 pieces of ivory in 10 countries across Europe in an attempt to demonstrate to European…

Shock, sadness as conservationists mourn Bradley Martin

Environmental and conservationist groups across the globe are mourning the loss of Esmond Bradley Martin, a champion of wildlife protection and leading world expert on the illegal ivory trade who was stabbed to death in Kenya on Sunday. Authorities say the 76-year-old American researcher, a former United Nations special envoy…

Kenyan Lalampaa receives Stanford global environment award

Kenyan Tom Lalampaa, the chief program officer at the Northern Rangelands Trust conservancy, will speak Wednesday afternoon at Stanford University as he receives this year’s Stanford Bright Award. Lalampaa was selected for the 2016 award, which is given annually to an otherwise unsung hero for significant contributions to global sustainability….