Burnings, Bannings and the Bereft – The Churches of Modern Conservation

It’s been a sad week for African wildlife. One branch of the The Church of Modern Conservation has been very busy with burning and banning. They continue to believe in the same failed strategies informed by their doctrine and dogma. They persuaded the South African government to reverse a 2013 decision to introduce a legal, regulated trade … Continue reading Burnings, Bannings and the Bereft – The Churches of Modern Conservation

Aldo Leopold and Lessons for African Conservation

Aldo Leopold was quite simply, the conservationists conservationist. He was a quiet, considered man, a hunter, forester and a pioneering ecologist. The story of his environmental awakening from the 1920s through to the 1940s could teach modern African conservationists, as well as those animal rights advocates who oppose hunting, some important lessons. In my opinion, … Continue reading Aldo Leopold and Lessons for African Conservation

One man’s Ebola is another man’s Swine Flu. ‘Bushmeat’ vs Venison.

The Ebola virus has killed over 5000 people in a small part of West Africa and now needs the maximum response from local and international health care organisations to slow the transmission rate and save lives. Recently there has been some discussion on how Ebola was transmitted to humans with speculation that the trade in venison or game … Continue reading One man’s Ebola is another man’s Swine Flu. ‘Bushmeat’ vs Venison.

You Can’t Count Wildlife.

We all need figures to support our statements. The decrease in African elephants has been in the news recently, and to the reader of these articles the counting of elephants must seem a trivial exercise. Reports of elephant declines always ignore the methods used to count the animals and always assume that it’s just a matter … Continue reading You Can’t Count Wildlife.

Conservation Organisations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Conservation is an industry, and like any industry, it has its problems. For my post this week I’m doing a review of a number of different types of organisation, with a few examples which are not exhaustive, but representative of some of the best and some of the worst of the different organisations I have … Continue reading Conservation Organisations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Nelson Mandela, The King of Spain and Melissa Bachman…

This weeks blog title sounds like I’m about to tell you a joke, but I’m not. What do Nelson Mandela, the King of Spain and Melissa Bachman have in common? They have all hunted wild animals in Africa at some point. Yes – shot with a rifle and killed antelope (a blesbok in Madela’s case), … Continue reading Nelson Mandela, The King of Spain and Melissa Bachman…