August 28, 2018


El Nino looms

Latest forecasts from the South African Weather Service (SAWS) indicate that over the next few months, sea surface temperatures over the equatorial Pacific Ocean will become warmer than normal. This means the area is going into an El Nino phase which will peak toward the end of this year. Forecasts indicate a 70% probability of...
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Are there too many elephants?

(Source – Koedoe Vol 59, no 1 2017) Are there too many elephants? What is the solution? These are questions we get asked regularly. South African National Parks (SANParks) manage landscapes rather than numbers of elephants (Loxodonta africana) to mitigate the effects that elephants may have on biodiversity, tourism and stakeholder conservation values associated with...
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Rhino poaching syndicate arrested in Gauteng

(Source – News24) The Hawks have announced a significant breakthrough in a two-year long operation that led to the arrest of two men suspected of being kingpins in a rhino poaching syndicate operating in Gauteng. The Hawks’ Colonel Johan Jooste said that the directorate, in cooperation with SANParks, had managed to disrupt the supply chain...
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SADC anti-poaching co-operation to be extended

(Source – defenceWeb – Africa’s leading defence news portal) Six SADC states, namely the close-knit countries of Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe have undertaken to co-operate in order to deal with the poaching scourge, particularly that of rhinos and elephants. The countries met last month in Mpumalanga for the fourth multilateral meeting...
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