Part II: Exploring the issues If you haven’t read Part I, read it here: http://www.whispersofthewild.com/killing-poachers-part-i/ Is it effective to kill poachers? Let’s for a second say that by some unexpected turn of events, the constitution is amended to make the death penalty legal, and convicted poachers can now be hauled in front of a firing squad […]
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Part I: Painting the Picture I recently read an article about a tattoo sporting ex-US marine called Kinessa Johnson, who was coming to “Africa” to “Hunt poachers” for a Animal Planet TV series. She proudly toted enormous automatic riffles in her tree-trunk like arms, and her stated goal was to train up anti-poaching units and […]
So, let’s start at the beginning. What is ivory? Ivory unsurprisingly comes from elephant tusks, which are those white spikes that stick out of an elephants face. These are in fact modified front teeth that grow forward out of the elephant’s mouth. These teeth grow continuously throughout the elephant’s life and are vital to its […]
Commercial hunting is one of the most polarising issues in all of conservation. Those opposed to hunting often shout from the rafters that hunting denudes the land of its wildlife, and is a treat to conservation worldwide. Hunting enthusiasts on the other hand claim that despite what logic might tell you, killing animals is actually […]
In 2011, my friend and I went on a 4×4 trip through Botswana. We had just arrived at Savuti camp in the Chobe National Park after a long drive and after lunch we set up our tent and settled in for an afternoon nap. My sleep was interrupted by a swooshing noise which struck me […]
The game drive had stopped on an open grassy plain for a sundown drink and the game ranger invited everyone to step out and stretch their legs. He turned to me, an 18-year-old volunteer who was assisting him on the drive, and asked me to keep an eye out while he entertained the guests. I […]