Wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic says that rhino horn smugglers have become more sophisticated, smuggling their contraband out as luxury goods.
With a lack of appropriate enforcement tools at the border and unregulated domestic markets, if you manage to get your ivory or rhino horn into New Zealand or Australia, you are home and hosed to make a killing.
Three bull elephants were saved from being shot and further damage to mango orchards averted after the bulls broke through the fences of a game reserve bordering the Kruger Park, raiding local farms and affecting human infrastructure.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would probably need in the region of 180-billion dollars, to help it recover from the carnage created by Hurricane Harvey.
Experts believe radioactive readings recorded in four Johannesburg communities are dangerously high, exposing locals to severe health risks.
Owners of homes that were completely destroyed by the Knysna fires, earlier this year, will not have to pay any property rates for the next 12 months.
126 captive elephants in 26 facilities. All used for human entertainment of which 14 facilities offer elephant back riding and only a handful of facilities show signs of stopping.
A petition appeared on change.org a few months ago to raise money to ‘save 80 elephants who will be shot unless we move them’ from Atherstone Nature Reserve in Limpopo. But there was hope: ‘We have found a home for all 80 elephants! They will be able to roam freely with their families, safe from hunters and poachers.’
The walls are closing in on animal interaction operators in South Africa as international tourism role-players distance themselves from unethical wildlife experiences.
Eskom’s Development Foundation has donated R750 000 in aid of the Free State’s Setsoto Municipality drought relief programme.