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  • First cheetah cubs born at Rietvlei Nature Reserve

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    Pretoria:  The birth of three cheetah cubs at Rietvlei Nature Reserve (RNR) south of Pretoria early in November 2016 has caused great Read More
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Nuusflits / News Flash - Jan 2017

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LW: Let asseblief daarop dat sommige van die webwerfskakels wat hieronder ingesluit is, slegs aan intekenaars volledige toegang verskaf. Indien nodig, lewer SA Jagters kortliks kommentaar of verskaf addisionele inligting.

BEWARING/CONSERVATION

South Africa

First cheetah cubs born at Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Pretoria:  The birth of three cheetah cubs at Rietvlei Nature Reserve (RNR) south of Pretoria early in November 2016 has caused great excitement among regular visitors and staff at this 4000 ha reserve in the heart of Tshwane.

Their mother, Kiara, has been hiding them away from public eyes, but mother and cubs all seemed healthy and thriving. Only a few RNR staff members were fortunate to spot mother and her cubs on rare occasions. Their gender is not known at this stage.

Cheetahs were introduced at RNR for the first time in 2014 when a male cheetah, Sanbona was purchased with a donation from the Pretoria East Branch of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters). The branch donated R44 000 to RNR to purchase Sanbona and to equip him with a telemetric collar to enable staff to monitor his movement.

Read full media release here

Uitstekende werk gedoen deur Pretoria Oos Tak. As Takke ons ingelig hou van soortgelyke projekte kan ons probeer om soortgelyke blootstelling in die pers vir hulle te kry. Fred Camphor


Dis peuter met natuur

Deur Janet Heard 29 Januarie 2017 00:02

Parlementslede beskuldig die Noordwes-regering daarvan dat hulle “met die natuur peuter” deur al die buffel-koeie uit twee nasionale parke te verwyder en net die bulle oor te hou.

Die koeie is boonop geskenk aan ’n onderneming wat luidens sy webwerf meer as 2 000 ha gebruik om “een van die voorste skaarswild-telers in Suid-Afrika” te wees. Hulle verkoop dié wild.
Noordwes se departement van landelike, omgewings- en landbou-ontwikkeling het sowat 150 buffels, 50 renosters en 50 swartwitpense ter waarde van sowat R100 miljoen geskenk.

Lees volledige berig hier

Is southern Africa running out of fish?

Geoff Hill raises concerns about the southern Africa's fish populations. He refers to academic studies on the decline of marine life.

"The problem is so serious that fish we saw on restaurant menus just a few years ago are now threatened with extinction.
But while schools may have posters on the wall for gorillas and wild dogs, white steenbras or red stumpnose don’t get a mention, yet they’re just as endangered.

And it’s not all at sea. Freshwater species like cave catfish and Berg River redfin are on the critical list."  Read the full article here

Boere reg om verder te baklei oor uraan-ontginning

In hul stryd teen uraanontginning in die Karoo, rol boere en bewaringsorganisasies weer die moue op vir die hofsaak hieroor wat in Februarie in die hooggeregshof in Kaapstad sal dien.
Die voorgestelde ontginningstreek lê tussen Rietbron en Beaufort-Wes in die westelike deel van die Karoo wat deur skaap- en sybokhaarboerdery gekenmerk word.

Een van die grootste besware teen uraanontginning in dié gebied is dat radioaktiewe materiaal vrygestel sal word en daardeur mens én dier se lewe sal bedreig, waarsku Douglas Stern, president van Agri Oos-Kaap en self ’n Karooboer.

Lees volledige berig hier

HUNTING/JAG

Wildbedryf moet sy jagskoene vol staan

Wildpryse is op die afdraande pad, ongeag waarna ’n mens kyk, sê mnr. Ernst Janovsky, hoof van Absa-Agribesigheid se sentrum vir uitnemendheid. Dit was veral die pryse van kleurvariante wat verlede jaar skerp gedaal het, maar hy sê hierdie daling moet gesien word teen die toename in getalle. Die omset is dus nog daar.

Janovsky sê die pryse van party wildsoorte sal vanjaar waarskynlik verder daal, maar daar sal ook meer wild van daardie soorte verkoop word as in vorige jare. Hy verduidelik dat diere se veilingspryse besig is om ál nader aan hul werklike ekonomiese waarde te beweeg.
“As jy na buffels se pryse die afgelope jaar kyk, sal jy sien dat hul pryse die beste hou omdat hulle reeds naby aan hul ekonomiese waarde in die veilingslokaal verhandel.”

Lees volledige berig hier

SA Jagters het drie jaar gelede reeds gewaarsku dat hierdie pryse gaan val en nie kan hou nie. Ons is gekruisig oor ons standpunt, nou realiseer dit. SA Jagters wil verantwoordelik omgaan met die natuur en ook met besigheid en maan daarom ons lede om uiters versigtig te wees wanneer besluite geneem wordoor belegging in enige riskante produk. Fred Camphor


Green hunting: Drugs instead of bullets

The trend of using tranquilliser guns to dart-and-release trophy wildlife has drawn attention to the verifiable worth of Africa’s controversial hunting industry.

Big-spending hunters come from Europe (particularly France and Spain), and the US, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their time spent at a game ranch can be lucrative for owners.

And with the negative publicity so often cast on canned hunting, "green" hunting may seem like a responsible alternative.

Darting of trophy species ordinarily occurs under the strict supervision of wildlife vets, who designate for darting only those animals in need of veterinary care, or who are to be relocated.

Green hunting is marketed as a thrill for hunters without the kill that usually comes with it. Read full article here

Alhoewel daar wel geleenthede is waar “green hunting” sinvol kan wees wanneer diere in elk geval immobiliser moet word vir welke wettige rede ookal maan SA Jagters teen die gebruik om enige diere te immobiliseer bloot vir die pret van die persoon wat die doofpyl skiet. Dit kan geensins ondersteun word nie. – Fred Camphor

LEGISLATION/WETGEWING

DEA extends ban on leopard hunting in South Africa for 2017

News24 reported that "Conservationists breathed a sigh of relief on Monday, 16 January when the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) confirmed that a zero quota for the hunting of leopard (Panthera pardus) has been extended to 2017."

The article includes a comment by DEA that there is a "possibility of introducing a precautionary hunting quota in 2018". The DEA said their decision to extend the zero quotas for leopard hunting in South Africa was "based on the review of available scientific information from SA's Scientific Authority on the status and recovery of leopard populations in South Africa".  

The publication welcomes the 'zero quota'.

Read the full News24 article here

PHASA criticises DEA decision on leopard quota

The Professional Hunters’ Association of SA (Phasa) criticised the department of environmental affairs’ (DEA) zero quota for leopard hunting for the second year in a row. PHASA warned that sustainable leopard populations could be nonexistent by the time new leopard hunting legislation came into being. PHASA CEO Tharia Unwin said there was currently no reliable scientific evidence to substantiate the zero quota for the second consecutive year.

Meanwhile, DEA confirmed that the Norms and Standards for Leopard Hunting would be published for public comment soon.

Read the full article here

Lion farmers may get export quota
ECONOMY / 28 January 2017, 3:51pm

Johannesburg - South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs plans to establish an annual quota for the export of skeletons from farm-bred lions and won’t authorize shipments until one has been put in place.

An export permit will only be granted when a scientific authority has advised that it won’t be detrimental to the survival of the species, Albi Modise, a spokesman for the department, said on Tuesday in response to questions, adding that the proposal is for 800 skeletons to be exported. He said the export quota for captive lions may help prevent the poaching of wild lions as demand surges following initiatives from countries including India and Russia to better protect tigers.

Read full article here

WILDLIFE CRIME/OMGEWINGSMISDAAD

Interpol bal ystervuis vir wildsindikate

In Januarie, het Interpol, die internasionale polisie-owerheid,’n nuwe projek aangekondig wat hom in staat sal stel om die netwerke van sindikate wat by georganiseerde omgewingsmisdade betrokke is, te identifiseer, binne te dring en te ontwrig.

Luidens 'n verklaring het Interpol gesê hy gaan hom aanvanklik toespits op netwerke wat tussen Afrika en Asië bedrywig is. Sindikate wat tussen Afrika en Asië werk, is besig om Afrika se wild, veral olifante en renosters, uit te roei, sê Interpol.

Interpol sê met dié inisiatief staan dit lande by wat negatief deur stropery geraak word en veral dié lande waar olifante, renosters en groot Asiatiese katte voorkom.

Interpol sal hom voortaan ook toespits op ander misdade wat regstreeks aan omgewingsmisdade gekoppel is. Dit sluit in geldwassery, korrupsie en die onwettige handel in vuurwapens.

In ’n verslag wat die Verenigde Nasies se Omgewingsprogram (Unep) in Junie verlede jaar die lig laat sien het, word die waarde van omgewingsmisdade op $258 miljard geskat.

Lees volledige berig hier

OPINIONS/COMMENT

Andrew Muir: Fighting rhino poachers only the start – all wildlife needs help
Part of the Davos charm is the eclectic group that gather for a week in January in Europe’s highest town. Among them this year was Andrew Muir, CEO of the Wilderness Foundation, an organisation founded by the legendary conservationist Ian Player. Andrew worked with his mentor for over a quarter of a century, continuing the work of the great man. Including the war against rhino poaching, battles are being won but the war against extinction remains very much in the balance. – Alec Hogg
This special podcast of the Alec Hogg’s interview with Anre Muir provides an interesting perspective.

Read this very interesting interview and supportive statistics regarding the rhino situation here

[Daily Maverick Opinons]
Response by NMMU academics on accusations by Don Pinnock of dubious research methodology regarding jackal populations.
Prof BLANCHE PRETORIUS from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University wrote to DM to “set the record straight”. He said no jackals whatsoever were killed or culled by or at the request of the scientists from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) who authored an article on jackals published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, Volume 53, Issue 2, as was alleged in the regrettable and baseless Op-Ed by Don Pinnock in the Daily Maverick (18 January, 2017),573 dead jackals in search of a reason. Read the full letter here
To understand the context of the letter by NMMU academics, access Don Pinnock’s full article published in Daily Maverick on 16 January 2017, is available here .

Every now and then, Don Pinnock, regular contributor to DM, gets caught with his foot in his mouth when he uses statistics selectively to express his views on wildlife and conservation matters. SA Hunters regards this type of reporting in the media as irresponsible and misleading. The claim made by Pinnock in this article that jackals were culled purely for the study done by NMMU seems to be false.
“We advise our members to be circumspect with information that seems one-sided. SA Hunters have wildlife experts among its members, its executive team and its Board that can provide context to irresponsible claims and careless reporting. – Fred Camphor.

 

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