A couple of exciting new conservation projects will be added in the next few weeks.
Today is World Lion Day!
South Africa has just announced that the rhino horn trade would now be legal on its territory, the aim being to reduce poachin. But a lot of specialists think that this will in fact drive rhinos to extinction in the wild. Source: https://africageographic.com/blog/rhino-horn-trading-extinction/
Great news for the elephants: China, the largest consumer of ivory, will ban all domestic trade by the end of 2017. Last year, 20000 elephants were killed for their tusks. Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/30/china-ban-ivory-trade-2017-elephants-wwf
The U.S. hunters will no longer be able to bring back home a little souvenir from the lion they just killed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just announced a ban on the import of trophies taken from captive-bred lions in South Africa. Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/wildlife-watch-canned-lion-hunting-trophies-banned/
Today we celebrate the rhinos, out of the two African species, the black rhino is the most endangered as its population has decreased by 96% in the last 20 years.
Today we celebrate the biggest mammal on Earth: the elephant!
Today is World Giraffe Day!
Two lions and more than a hundred of vultures have been found dead, poisonned, after eating a poached elephant carcass. Source: http://africageographic.com/blog/elephant-wildlife-poisoned-poachers-kruger-national-park/
The Department of Environmental Affairs has set leopard trophy hunting quotas at zero for 2016, effectively banning leopard hunting throughout South Africa. The number of leopard being unknown, this decision has been made to put less pressure on the animal population. Source: http://africageographic.com/blog/south-africa-bans-leopard-trophy-hunting-2016/