Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

By Dr. Louise de Waal – Conservation Action Trust The Botswanan government announced yesterday that it was “lifting the hunting suspension in an orderly and ethical manner” – a decision that seemed inevitable, but nevertheless is an enormous blow for Botswana’s...

The Importance of Being-Elephant

The Importance of Being-Elephant

By Adam Cruise – PhD candidate: Stellenbosch University, South Africa Any wild animal, but elephants in particular, who are removed from their expansive natural environment and placed into a sub-optimal area are done a great injustice. A real example of such...

Elephants pay the price for politics

Elephants pay the price for politics

By PETER FABRICIUS - ISS Today (Institute for Security Studies) Are Southern African governments allowing resentment against perceived Western finger-wagging to cloud their judgement? If Botswana’s elephants could sniff the political atmosphere in the country, they...

Open Letter to President Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe

Open Letter to President Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe

By Nomusa Dube Dear Honourable President, In the first instance, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work. I see you each day doing all that you can to portray Zimbabwe in a positive light. I take every opportunity to tell the World about...

Trophy Hunting: End of the game

Trophy Hunting: End of the game

By Don Pinnock - Conservation Action Trust Conservationists who support trophy hunting as a means of raising funds for preserving wild areas and wild animals have always argued that ‘if it pays, it stays’. But new studies seem to indicate that the financial...

Elephant Conservation: Avoiding Terms of Conflict

Elephant Conservation: Avoiding Terms of Conflict

By Adam Cruise - PhD candidate: Stellenbosch University, South Africa A term, especially as it relates to elephant conservation, often bandied about is ‘Human-Elephant Conflict’ or simply HEC. This is a buzzword (or buzz-anagram) that stems from its simplicity and...