More than 500 endangered vultures died of poisoning after eating the carcasses of three elephants killed by poachers in Botswana, the government said in a statement. A total of 537 vultures, along with two tawny eagles, were found dead at the site in the north of the African country. The Botswanan wildlife and national parks department did not say when the dead vultures had been found or why the three elephants were laced with poison after being killed. But poachers are known to poison carcasses to target vultures as the birds circle in the sky and help rangers to track poaching activity. Most of the birds, 468 of them, were white-backed vultures, which are classified as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list of threatened species. Also among the dead were 17 white-headed vultures and 28 hooded vultures -- also critically endangered. "The poisoning was believed to have been caused by lacing of three poached elephant carcasses with a … [Read more...] about 500 vultures die in Botswana after eating poisoned elephants
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A pride of 14 lions is on the loose near a mining community bordering South Africa's Kruger National Park, officials said Friday, and warned members of the public to be alert. The lions have been spotted roaming around the Foskor phosphate mine outside the town of Phalaborwa on the western boundary of the famed wildlife park, which is fenced in. But a disagreement broke out what to do with the big cats, which are being monitored by a team of rangers until a new home is found where they cannot run into humans. Officials from the Limpopo provincial government said the lions had escaped from the Kruger park and should be taken back. But a Kruger spokesman said the big cats were not from the park and could not be moved there as well-established prides would drive them out. "The widely reported pride of lions seen recently in the mining area outside Phalaborwa is not a known pride from the Kruger National Park," spokesman Ike Phaahla said in a statement, adding this meant they were the … [Read more...] about 14 lions on the loose in S.Africa, with nowhere to go
Watch the CBSN Originals documentary, "Trophy Hunting: Killing or Conservation?" in the video player above. The full hour special premieres on CBSN Sunday, June 9, at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET. El Dorado, Texas — One windy morning in late January, Kobe Howell pointed out the wildebeest in the distance to his trophy hunting client, Tess Talley. They had been tracking the exotic animal for a couple of hours at 5 Star Outfitters, the 35,000 acre hunting ranch Howell runs and lives adjacent to. "It's that big black spot right over there — see him?" Howell said to Talley, and helped her set up her shot. They high-fived as the animal went down with what they referred to as a "clean" shot — a bullet to the shoulder. "They don't go down easy all the time," said Talley as she approached the animal and began to pose him for the so-called trophy photo. Not long ago, a photo like this one made Talley infamous, and turned her life upside down. In 2017 Talley hunted … [Read more...] about Trophy hunting: Killing animals to save the species?
Africa 7 June 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48553562 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel A group of 14 lions has been spotted roaming near a mine in north-east South Africa, prompting warnings from local officials.The pride was … [Read more...] about Alert after lions stray from South Africa reserve
Date created : 23/05/2019 - 22:15 Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants. The lifting of the ban raised concerns about a possible increase in illegal poaching of elephants for their tusks to supply the ivory trade."Expect mass culling next," the CEO of WildlifeDirect, Paula Kahumbu, said in a post on Twitter, warning that the impact of Botswana's decision will be felt across Africa.Botswana has long been a refuge for elephants on a continent where tens of thousands have been killed over the years for their ivory, and the animals have long been a tourist draw. Some had warned of tourism boycotts if the ban was lifted, and even American talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres joined the protest."President Masisi, for every person who wants … [Read more...] about Outrage after Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting