Monthly Archives: October 2008

Namibia Opens Bidding in Controversial Ivory Auction: Locks out media, NGO observers

Today, 28 October 2008, Namibia opened bidding for the 9 tonnes of ivory stockpiles it wants to auction in the controversial CITES backed one-off sale. The media has been shut out of this auction. According to a report appearing in the Namibian, a national paper, The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) never made an […]

Elephant range collapses in Congo Basin

This is the latest news from Save the Elephants:   A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Save the Elephants published in the open access Journal PloSONE has revealed massive collapse of forest elephant home range in the shrinking wildernesses of the Congo Basin forest. The researchers fitted Global Positioning System telemetry collars onto […]

Jane Goodall – it is time to do more to protect apes

I was really pleased to see Dr Jane Goodall sticking her neck out to remind the world that we need to do more to save great apes. In an article published in the Calgary Herald Thursday, October 23, 2008, she says “In the couple of months since the historic Spanish parliament resolution granting certain rights […]

Ivory sales to begin over next 2 weeks

This is from the official CITES webstie Geneva, 24 October 2008 – it makes me feel ill The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Mr Willem Wijnstekers, will visit Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe during the next two weeks to supervise closely the ivory […]

Extraordinary predator images from Africa

The world is a buzz about Big Cat Diary and it has been a wonderful week with some extraordinary pictures on Wildlife Direct of predators. Nobody I knew could identify this unusual cat.     If you want to know what it is then go on expedition across Africa with Simon and Laela who are […]

Killing elephants to kill people

I’ve just had a conversation with Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants which I would  like to share. Like me, Iain feels that we need to do much more to raise awareness about the impact of the legal sales of ivory (which will take place later this month) on the  illegal ivory trade and the […]

Ebay bans ivory sales

I can’t shake the feeling that elephants are going to be the big news stories for coming weeks. First, we are all anxiously awaiting the 28th of this month when more than 100 tons of ivory will be auctioned in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The sale approved by the Convention on International Trade […]

Funny money doesn’t tickle in Zimbabwe

We have been coming across terrifying news about Zimbabwe for some time now. Their economy is in melt down at an official rate of 200 million percent. The unofficial rate of inflation is apparently several billion percent! It’s completely incomprehensible what that means – basically cash is worthless. The government has been printing money, well […]

Can you name that gorilla from its noseprint?

After visiting gorillas one can’t help wanting to know more about the individuals I found the family photo of the Amohoro group in Rwanda that I visited and wrote about in June on the IGCP website. This is the family album of the Amohoro Group. A google search reveals that many people have visited this […]

The “Deadly Dozen”: Climate change, wildlife and disease

In a previous post in this blog, Paula reminded us that destroying the environment is far worse than the collapse of banking and other financial services that we are witnessing worldwide. But climate change, accelerated by the same factors that are contributing to loss of biodiversity, has an uglier face that could lead to further […]