Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

“Who will guard the guardians?” THE MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND ENVIRONMENT, Mrs Barbara Creecy, recently shocked South Africa’s wildlife management aficionados when she published her draft report on the deliberations of her hand-picked High Level Panel of (related to wildlife management) Experts. Many of whom were far from being experts. In a nutshell, if …

CITES Comprises of 183 Sovereign States, Only 10 Host Rhino Populations

CITES comprises of 183 sovereign states. Only they control – or should control – the outcome of the voting. Each sovereign state member has a vote – a single vote for each item on the agenda. And those votes determine the consensus decisions that approve or disapprove every item on the agenda. It works like …

Conservation vs Preservation – Bringing Clarity to the Confusion

In the context of the natural world ‘Conservation’ and ‘Preservation’ are the two essential arms of ‘wildlife management’. They are not synonyms because they each have a distinct and vital purpose. It is incorrect to believe that ‘conservation’ is just another word for ‘wildlife management’ because that is not the case at all. ‘Conservation’ is, …

How Gullible can Society be?

My concerns are profound – insofar as I believe that CITES has become the biggest impediment to implementing “best practice” management to ALL Africa’s wildlife resources; and that if CITES continues in its present direction, it will not be the “saviour” of Africa’s wildlife but the “cause of its demise”.  It is my opinion – …

Botswana’s Elephants Die Because of Lack of Food

I have been asked to comment on a major article in the Africa Geographic magazine written by its editor, Simon Espley, dated 13th October 2017. Its title is “The Real Elephant Problem in Botswana” – and it wants to make me cry with frustration. Here is a magazine that purports to reproduce noteworthy “conservation” material …

Managing our Wildlife Heritage

This inexpensive little book was written as a ‘handbook for nature lovers’ at the behest of South Africa’s three main hunter associations.  It explains the principles and practices of wildlife management (‘conservation’) in simple to understand layman’s language.  It should be an obligatory acquisition for every nature-loving hunter’s bookshelf – worldwide. Non-hunting nature-lovers would also …

What is WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT?

Wildlife management is what most people call conservation. In other words, they perceive conservation to mean wildlife management. They are not, however, synonyms. Conservation is one of two very distinct functions of wildlife management; the other being preservation. Unless you understand this, and know how to apply both these concepts in an appropriate manner, you …

What Americans should know about Africa’s Elephants – Part 2

So, what is the real situation with regard to the African elephant? The elephant occurs in 37 African countries which are host to150 different, separate and quite independent elephant populations. A population is defined as: A group of animals of the same species, the individuals of which interact with each other, in continuum, on a …

What Americans should know about Africa’s Elephants – Part 1

Following very successful propaganda campaigns over the last several years, orchestrated by, especially, the American Animal Rights lobby, the whole world has been imbued with a totally false perception about what is really happening with regard to elephants, rhinos and lions in Africa; and the consequential fall-out on all these species has been detrimental in …