The ugly face of human nature
The documentary film Blood Lions shines a spotlight into a dark corner of the human psyche, one that is driven by vanity, and fed by greed.
In South Africa there are an estimated 8,000 predators held in captivity, most of them lion. The animals represent a lucrative income for their captors. Until now it’s a story that has been untold.
Continue reading Vanity, vanity, vanity
The most important publication issued since the first report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has gone largely unnoticed in the conservation world.
The Laudato Si is a 200 page position paper issued by the Catholic Church on the impact humans are having on Planet Earth. Published in May 2015 the document is a call-to-action to redress the damage we’ve caused to Mother Nature.
Continue reading The Pope on Conservation
The reaction of the Botswana Government to a black rhino hunt in Namibia has thrown the conservation/hunting square-off into stark relief.
Continue reading If It’s About The Money
Most conscientious travellers have asked themselves at one time or another what is the etiquette around taking photos of locals in the places they visit. I’ve always gone by the rule of ‘do unto others as you would have done unto you.’
Continue reading Photographing locals
I was intrigued to hear Adam Welz of WildAid speak out on a pivotal point in the rise of demand for rhino horn in Vietnam. He said a rumour started that General Giap, a general in the Vietnam People’s Army, owed his long life to the use of rhino horn. I think there is more to it.
Continue reading General Giap and the demand for rhino horn
Reading so many posts on year-end reflections and listening to the news about floods, drownings and aeroplanes lost at sea, I am drawn to making some connections.
Continue reading Water, water everywhere (or not)
A friend recently related how she had come across the decapitated corpses of two Spotted Eagle Owl chicks on a suburban road. Highly distressed by the discovery she approached a nearby construction site to confirm her worst fears. “Sangomas will pay a lot of money for them,” she was told.
Photo credit: The Diamond Route
Continue reading Abstracting Owl Power for Conservation