An Early Obituary In Memory of the One-time Great Biological Diversity of Kruger National Park

At the United Nations semi-annual Biodiversity Conference (Cop15), held in Montreal, Canada in 2022, implementation was a key theme. Implementation was highlighted because, previously, all the biodiversity targets determined at such conferences were never achieved. So the delegates tried again.  In December 2022, along with 195 other nations, South Africa agreed to adopt the Kunming-Montreal …

Comment on the USFWS Submission

Re – Draft Environmental Assessment and Economic Analysis Revisions of the African Elephant Rule under Section 4(d) of the United States Endangered Species Act (50 CFR 17.40(e)). November 2022. Prepared by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service International Affairs Program Division of Management Authority This response, from The True Green Alliance (South Africa), is addressed to: …

The Elephants of Kruger National are Way in Excess of the Sustainable Elephant Carrying Capacity of their Habitat. What’s to be done about it?

The TGA is starting to get a reaction since the release of our FIRST video documentary on this subject.. After our examination of the impact that the  elephants of Kruger National Park had had on the park’s habitats since 1960 – and continuing since 1960 – our conclusion is that the sustainable elephant carrying capacity …

Who is the Poacher in Modern African Mythology? EPISODE 5 & 6

EPISODE FIVE ZAMBIA John Coleman, a Rhodesian game ranger turned professional hunting guide, who operated throughout south-central Africa for most of his adult life, had this to say (verbatim) about commercial poaching in Zambia, in an open letter to American Dr Andre Degeorges: “I have been a game ranger in Rhodesia and then a professional …

Who is the Poacher in Modern African Mythology? EPISODE 3 & 4

EPISODE THREE MOZAMBIQUE Following on the last Selous Game Reserve poaching event (2008 -2012) there was a political-elite-controlled-onslaught on the elephants of the Niassa Province in Mozambique. As I understand the situation, tens of thousands elephants were killed but I have insufficient information to provide any further details. EPISODE FOUR ZIMBABWE Don Heath was a …

Who is the Poacher in Modern African Mythology? EPISODE 2

TANZANIA Dr Rolf D Baldus, President of the European Tropical Game Commission of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), spent 13 years working in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve (SGR) (1993-2006). And he studied, closely, the history of his new responsibility. He reports that in 1976 the SGR had been home to 110 …

Who is the Poacher in Modern African Mythology? EPISODE 1

EPISODE ONE KENYA KENYA WAS DECLARED A BRITISH PROTECTORATE IN 1895 and from 1920 became known in the UK as the The Kenya Colony. The country’s Rift Valley and the surrounding fertile highlands were reserved for white settler occupation, and by the 1930s, 30 000 European farmers were in possession of agricultural holdings in this …

Who is the Poacher in Modern African Mythology? Introduction

INTRODUCTION WHEN THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT was placed on the CITES Appendix I list (which effectively proclaimed it to be an ‘endangered species’) (CITES Cop7 in 1989), and when (at the same time) the international trade in elephant ivory was officially banned, the accredited animal rights NGOs at the convention blamed elephant poaching on the existence …