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? 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 …

As Promised: Ron on JERM Warfare

Ron Thomson joined Jerm for a discussion about Kruger’s elephants. His experience and knowledge are next level. Ron Thomson has a total of 57 years of hands-on experience in wildlife management, national park administration and African big game hunting. This, together with his thorough understanding of the science of wildlife management, places him in a …

THE BIG LIE The Story of CECIL THE LION by Ron Thomson Chapter 1

1. Preamble NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD have so many people in so many different countries become so equally besotted by the reported killing of a single wild animal. In this case, by the death of, by all accounts, a truly magnificent Zimbabwean male lion called Cecil! But everybody, it seems, wanted their …

Let Africans Decide

In the latest of Resource Africa’s series Let Africans Decide video series, Dr. Moreangels Mbizah, a member of the Community Leaders Network, reflects on her journey in wildlife conservation – from Zimbabwe’s Lowveld to Oxford University and back – and emphasises the need for diverse approaches to wildlife conservation. Moreangels is the founder of Wildlife …

The Source ISSUE NO.10 27 August 2019 CITES – CoP18 Notes

Compiled by Emmanuel Koro, African environmental journalist who has extensively written on environment and development issues in Africa. IN THIS ISSUE: SADC Chair Tanzania to lead fight against CITES injustices? Western countries blame Brazil for causing Amazon fires but not themselves for causing SADC elephant and rhino poaching. Secret ballot good manipulation tool for CITES …

Ill-informed Worldwide Opposition from Desktop Conservationists & Keypad Commandos

In Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia where there is community private business partnerships with hunters facilitated by the government there are tangible infrastructural development investments made through hunting revenue. They built schools, clinics, roads and bridges. They have bought grinding mills and ambulances. They have employed community rangers. Most importantly, these socioeconomic benefits have incentivized wildlife …

Elephants and the Carrying Capacity of Habitat

In 1960, Dr Graham Child, who was then working for the United Nations in Botswana, told the Botswana government that the elephants of Chobe were destroying the riverine forest along the Chobe River; he said this indicated that the elephants had exceeded the elephant carrying capacity of the Chobe habitats; and he recommended that the …

How International Animal Rightist NGOs Function on the Global Canvas

The annual income – derived from public donations in the U.S. and Europe – to ‘conservation charities’, (as the animal rightist NGOs like the public to call them) – runs into hundreds of millions of US dollars. A great deal of this money is raised to fund the so-called ‘saving’ of charismatic wild animals in …

Excerpts From Final brief – Is California’s Law Banning All Ivory Trade (AB 96) Constitutional?

By: Godfrey Harris. Managing Director, Ivory Education Institute The statute is actually the product of various Western animal rights organizations who use their financial resources to influence how African nations should treat their wildlife resources. The legislature in California has no business in abetting this repellant racism and colonialism. It is attempting to do in the 21st century …