The Black Rhino Cows’ Horns Stand Between the Species’ Survival and its Extinction

I HAVE JUST READ A NUMBER OF SCIENTIFIC OPINIONS about the safety of cutting off a black rhino’s horns for the purpose of protecting the species from poachers. The authors claim that there were no deleterious effects and that wild populations of black rhinos were unaffected by the dehorning process. The way in which this …

Public Information bulletin.No.1. (re the Minister’s HLP report)

I am concerned that the Minister – from the very beginning – did not properly define specific practical and/or scientific criteria that would have correctly qualified applicants (or nominees) as being suitable people for membership of the Minister’s High Level Panel of so-called “Experts”.  And I openly question the so-called “expert” label that was attached …

Take Away all the Blockages and Assist South Africa’s Rhino Farmers

It is my opinion that government paid far too much attention to the animal rights opposition to WHITE rhino farming and WHITE rhino horn trimming and it put blocks all along the highway towards the development of a rational legal trade in rhino horn. My advice? Take away all the blockages and assist South Africa’s …

To be Delivered into the Hands of Mr Ryan Zinke, United States Secretary of the Interior

Last week I entrusted a letter to Mr Chris Hudson of the IWCC in America – to be delivered into the hands of Mr Ryan Zinke, Secretary to the Department of the Interior in the Unites States of America.  The International Wildlife Conservation Council  (IWCC) is an advisory body to Mr Zinke and it deals …

The Argument for an International Trade In Rhino Horn

The following article was written by Mike Eustace (17 July 2017) and published in the African Wildlife and Environment magazine of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). It is reproduced with the author’s permission.   Mike Eustace is an investment analysts and director of Parks in Malawi and Zambia. He is a …

Rhino Horn – Let Sanity & Logic Prevail

By Emmanuel Koro Against the background where scientist, governments and environmental NGOs have failed to change people’s mindsets that the rhino horn does not have the medicinal value attributed to it as it has the same properties as human figure nails, it therefore means that both the demand and sale of the rhino horn remains …

Elephant and Black Rhino Management in Conflict (2017) PART 2

The Black Rhinoceros Now let’s have a look at the black rhinoceros which, after the elephant, is next in line in the human-created African icon ranking. After elephants, I know the black rhinoceros perhaps better than any other of Africa’s wild animals. I spent seven long dry seasons of my life (1964 – 1970) pioneering …

Elephant and Black Rhino Management in Conflict (2017) PART 1

The African Elephant The two most iconic big game animals in Africa are the elephant and the black rhinoceros but under all the non-intervention elephant management programmes that have been imposed on Africa since 1989 – ostensibly to ‘save’ the elephant from an imagined threat of extinction (which does not exist) – the black rhino …

Comment on the Draft Regulations for the Domestic Trade in Rhino Horn.

Comment to the Department of Environmental Affairs by J.C. Rance. Director: The True Green Alliance (TGA). The Director General, Dept of Environmental Affairs. Att:  Ms Magdel Boshoff. By e-mail: mboshoff@environment.gov.za Dear Madam, Comment on the draft regulations for the domestic trade in rhino horn, or a part, products or derivative of rhino horn – notice 74 of …

What Americans should know about Africa’s Elephants – Part 3

One must also understand that the Number One wildlife management objective of a national park is the maintenance of its species diversity (the healthy maintenance of all the plants and animals that occur naturally within its ecosystems). Nothing else is of greater importance. And excessive elephant populations destroy biodiversity. So maintaining excessive elephant populations is …