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Cheetahs in Wine Country: Outreach South African Style

From National Geographic News Watch: Tourists traveling in the Cape Town area of South Africa often make the scenic drive through wine country, which is where Cheetah Outreach is located.  Founded in 1997 by Annie Beckhelling, Cheetah Outreach started off as an...

The Return of the Cheetah

From National Geographic News Watch: Deep in the Karoo of South Africa’s Eastern Cape is a land starting over. The air is dry, the ground recovering from drought, and on high plateaus great plains of golden grass are home to large herds of zebra, red hartebeest,...

Namibia’s Future: AfriCat’s Vision

From National Geographic News Watch: MJ (Maha Junior), resident leopard of Okonjima; confident in her territory where she raises her cubs AfriCat (& Okonjima Lodge) is a family affair. The Hanssens, a Namibian farming family, settled on the property of Okonjima in the...

The Cheetah Think Tank

From National Geographic News Watch: The Cheetah Conservation Fund, headquartered in Otjiworongo, Namibia, is a recognized leader in the field of big cat conservation. CCF is known for many projects, especially their captive cheetah population which number...

Is CapeNature’s Hunting Protocol Breaking the Law?

Report by: Chris Mercer. Campaign against Canned Hunting Inc. (CACH) No Relief from Gin traps for South Africa’s wildlife. REPORT ON WILDLIFE FORUM MEETING IN CAPE TOWN ON 11th JUNE, 2012 Present were the MEC Anton Bredell, Harry Prinsloo and four other members of the...

South Africa: CapeNature Responds

In response to my earlier blog post, Speak Out: Should South Africa Issue Permits to Hunt Predators, Acting CEO of CapeNature (CEO Manana Moroka has been suspended as of May 2012 without details released to the public) Dr. Kas Hamman has this to say: Dear Marcy Thank...

Dereck Joubert & Big Cats Initiative National Geographic Responds

Dereck Joubert & Big Cats Initiative National Geographic Responds In response to CapeNature’s proposal to allow permits for massive hunting of small predators in South Africa, Dereck Joubert has this to say: Read the full proposal: & submit your comments to:...

UPDATE: Landmark Leopard Trust Speaks Out

In response the CapeNature ‘agreement’ mentioned in the previous blog post: Speak Out: Should South Africa issue permits to hunt predators? Landmark Leopard & Predator Project – South Africa has this to say: Please find attached a detailed submission and formal...

Should South Africa issue permits to hunt predators?

Killing animals from helicopters. It’s not just for Sarah Palin’s Alaska. It’s on the table as a justified means of wildlife management in South Africa. Published under a low-profile link on their website, CapeNature says you have until June 5th, 2012 to comment on...

The Desert Cheetah: Part II

From National Geographic News Watch: Imagine four people; one researcher, two volunteers and myself in pursuit of wildlife on foot across an expanse so large it defies description. We’re searching for Lilly, the translocated cheetah and her cubs. Rising...

The Desert Cheetah: Part I

From National Geographic News Watch: I’m not entirely convinced this isn’t a death march. It’s high noon in the oldest desert on earth. Glancing down at the red sand to see a beetle burrowing back under, saving itself from the scorching heat, I’m transported to a long...

India’s Plan to Re-Introduce the Cheetah on Hold

May 8, 2012 – From ‘The Hindu’ & ‘Mail & Guardian’ Well spotted: India’s cheetah plans ‘misconceived’ A plan to reintroduce cheetahs to India from Africa has been axed by the courts after experts said the idea was “totally misconceived”. India’s Supreme Court has...

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