THE SOUTH AFRICAN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SUCCESS STORY

There is no escaping it: Hunting is a controversial issue and unfortunately the uninformed public and animal rights activists are quick to condemn and determined to destroy an industry they know very little about.

To shed some light on the hunting industry and its indispensable role in conserving our wildlife for future generations to enjoy, we will be posting interesting articles and write-ups that we hope will, at the very least, make people think twice about condemning an industry that has contributed tirelessly to countless successful and on-going conservation initiatives. An industry that has ensured that South Africa’s wildlife conservation story has been a remarkable success! 

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Articles & Papers

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THE VALUE OF RHINO ENSURES THEIR FUTURE – Feb 2012

Author: PHASA (The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa). This position paper will provide some history regarding conservation in South Africa and shed light on the massive success story of rhino conservation and utilization in South Africa and how it came to be that we have approximately 20 000 rhino in South Africa today, distributed between our Government Reserves (such as Kruger) and privately owned game ranches.

THE HUNTING CONTROVERSY

Author: Carl Stormanns “I think it is fair to say that, those of us who enjoy hunting are ever more being scrutinized and criticized by a majority who have never had any close association with nature conservation whatsoever. Today this is evidenced by anti–hunting organizations and individuals who vehemently oppose any form of consumptive use of the natural environment, albeit that they have little or no knowledge of the ecological processes that determine these environments.”

THE WILDLIFE GAME BOTSWANA: Is the Game Over?

Author: PH Bob Rokos. “Why is big-game hunting being closed down in Botswana and what are the implications? Will Botswana become another Kenya, where poaching spiraled out of control as soon as hunting was closed in the mid 1970s? There are lots of questions about the future of hunting, wildlife, and poaching in Botswana. Let’s start by looking at the past and present of Botswana and its hunting industry…”

HOW CAPITALISM IS SAVING AND EXPANDING AFRICA’S WILDLIFE POPULATIONS

Author: Frank Miniter – Bestselling author and freelance journalist and contributor to www.forbes.com. “This was our first stop on a trip that took us across southern Africa in search of the best way, politically incorrect or not, to preserve and enhance the continent’s storied wildlife. At each stop we met people Ernest Hemingway once lionized. They welcomed us into their slices of Africa and showed us how they’re using the market economy to restore and manage wildlife populations.”