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Raging debate: Does culling wolves curb poaching?

2017-11-23 12:19

A researcher in Norway has launched the latest salvo in a fierce, sometimes caustic debate on how legal hunting impacts the poaching of large predators.

'Suspicious smell' leads to R5m abalone bust

2017-11-04 21:36

A "suspicious smell" led police to arrest two suspects in possession of R5m worth of abalone in Caledon, Western Cape police say.

Poachers kill, mutilate Bisley animals

2017-10-23 13:57

City residents enjoying a hike in the Bisley Nature Reserve have stumbled across five animals — including a giraffe — killed by poachers.

Poachers target Africa's lions, vultures with poison

2017-09-28 13:00

Conservationists fear the poisoning of African wildlife is escalating in some areas, saying relatively easy access to agricultural chemicals and the surging illegal market for animal parts are putting some already beleaguered species under more pressure.

To fight wildlife crime, follow the money

2017-09-17 17:39

With wildlife crime escalating, nations are going beyond raids to "follow the money" in an effort to track down the kingpins financing smuggling rings.

Corruption fuelling ivory trade in central Africa

2017-09-07 17:03

Sophisticated international trafficking of ivory in central Africa is being fuelled by high levels of corruption.

Poachers’ latest target

2017-08-27 05:58

With rhino poaching on the decrease, a new scourge is rearing its head in SA’s nature reserves – elephants being killed for their tusks.

State opposes bail for hunter, game farm manager after stash or tusks and horns discovered

2017-08-24 22:44

The state has opposed bail in the matter of a professional hunter and Limpopo game farm manager who was arrested last week for illegal possession of rhino horns, elephant tusks, and unlicensed hunting rifles.

Horn of contention: Behind the controversial rhino horn auction

2017-08-22 12:44

The Department of Environmental Affairs has shown it has neither the political will, the necessary clout nor the resources to properly regulate the domestic trade in rhino horn.

Cape Town police nail two with R2m worth of abalone

2017-08-15 11:14

Two people have been arrested after they were caught transporting abalone worth over R2m in Philippi, Cape Town, Western Cape police have said.

 

Top anti-poaching cop fired

2017-11-13 13:30

One of South Africa’s top anti-rhino poaching cops has been fired on allegedly “trumped-up charges” and is now unemployed and looking for a job.

Elephant poaching in Africa falls but ivory seizures up: study

2017-10-24 08:48

Elephant poaching in Africa has declined for a fifth straight year in 2016 but seizures of illegal ivory hit records highs, the CITES monitor says, calling it a "conflicting phenomena".

Divers arrested after huge abalone haul found in Simon's Town

2017-10-20 14:33

City of Cape Town law enforcement officials have confiscated abalone worth more than R700 000 and arrested 11 suspected poachers in Simon's Town.

Rhino horn is smuggled in trinket form, conservationists say

2017-09-18 15:36

Conservationists say some criminal groups are processing rhino horns into powder and trinkets before smuggling it to Asia, a developing trend that could make it harder for law enforcement agencies to intercept trafficked horns.

Chinese national caught with 5 rhino horns at OR Tambo International Airport

2017-09-11 22:15

A Chinese national attempting to smuggle an illegal stash of five rhino horns has been nabbed at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Intertnational Airport, just two weeks after an online rhino horn auction was held in South Africa.

Vietnam seizes over 1 ton of ivory smuggled in from Africa

2017-09-07 11:31

Authorities have seized more than a ton of smuggled ivory at a Vietnamese port where some 6 tons were seized last year.

Poachers target lions in Limpopo

2017-08-25 10:48

Lion poaching in Limpopo has increased as conservation authorities clamp down on rhino poaching.

Shucks! Cops sniff out R10m stash of perlemoen in Cape Town house

2017-08-23 10:48

Two men have been arrested after police officers discovered perlemoen in a house in Cape Town with an estimated street value of R10m, according to Western Cape police.

Mpumalanga wildlife operators could face string of sentences after latest arrest

2017-08-15 19:37

Two Mpumalanga wildlife operators might face a string of sentences if convicted on game-theft and illegal medicines possession charges.

Manhunt to find poachers after lions poisoned, mutilated

2017-08-11 15:53

Police outside Lephalale have launched a manhunt after suspected poachers poisoned and killed two lions at a farm in Vaalwater, Limpopo.

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