Conflict between endangered predators and cattle-owning Masai significantly helped by project using African myrrh trees...
A new low-tech solution is helping eliminate an age-old problem in northern Tanzania – the conflict between predators and farmers.
Lions raid Masai cattle in the villages, and then the herders kill lions in retribution. Lion numbers in the region have declined by 50% since 2003 as a result of killings by villagers, as well as habitat fragmentation and loss.
But that trend is now being reversed by a new kind of pen, known as a living wall, which is keeping livestock safe from attacks by big cats, and the cats safe from Masai spears. About 360 of these lion-proof fences have already been built in the Masai steppe region over the past five years....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Some good LION NEWS... on the human-wildlife conflict front.
he year 2013 will go down in the annals of history as ‘annus horribilis’ for Sabah wildlife.
The gruesome death of 14 Borneo pygmy elephants near Gunung Lara Forest Reserves will not be easily forgotten nor can the killers be forgiven.
Neither are we likely to forget the grim images of bush meat (picture left from The Star) from protected animals being sold in the broad day light in Nabawan and Keningau, where ironically the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) office is located....
Making Europe a wilder place. With much more space for wildlife, wilderness and wild values. Bringing the variety of life back to Europe's abandoned lands and exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild.
Less than 100 meters drive into the gate of Ol Jogi ranch, one is confronted by two extremes, the sight of wildlife and of the livestock grazing not far apart.
The predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas have all come to learn to coexist with what would make for them a ready and easy meal.
But what is more attractive about the 58,000-acre ranch located at the heart of Laikipia county is the richness of wildlife. Rarely would one drive for a few meters without a sight of a wild animal.
It may be the wild rabbit, or it could be the mighty elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion or the boisterous giraffe.
The ranch’s general manager John Weller said the idea of keeping beef cattle and wildlife was a deliberate move, partly to maximize the income for the ranch owners who include Kenyans and American investors, and also to achieve a balance in conservation.
While cows generally feed on the grass, the herbivorous wildlife feeds on the shrubs....
[Namibian] CONSERVATION is key to Namibia's tourism industry. That is why the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) decided to have its 10th Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Namibia this ...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Slight problem :(
The trophy hunting issue. Adam calls this a win-win situation... sadly he forgets the wildife that ends up dead on someone's wall.
The number and area of wildlife ranches in Zambia increased from 30 and 1,420 km2 in 1997 to 177 and ~6,000 km2 by 2012. Wild ungulate populations on wildlife ranches increased from 21,000 individuals in 1997 to ~91,000 in 2012, while those in state protected areas declined steeply. Wildlife ranching and crocodile farming have a turnover of ~USD15.7 million per annum, compared to USD16 million from the public game management areas which encompass an area 29 times larger.
The wildlife ranching industry employs 1,200 people (excluding jobs created in support industries), with a further ~1,000 individuals employed through crocodile farming. Wildlife ranches generate significant quantities of meat (295,000 kg/annum), of which 30,000 kg of meat accrues to local communities and 36,000 kg to staff.
Projected economic returns from wildlife ranching ventures are high, with an estimated 20-year economic rate of return of 28%, indicating a strong case for government support for the sector....
Just a quick note to express my gratitude to all of you for signing and sharing my petition to stop US Fish & Wildlife (USFWS) from using helicopters to carpet bomb the Farallon Islands with 1.3 metric tons of rat poison. Your support is deeply appreciated, and I can tell you that with over 23,000 signatures WE DO have the attention of US Fish & Wildlife now. Thank you!
The public comment period closed on Dec 9, 2013, and I was able to submit the first 500 signatures (with comments) to US Fish & Wildlife. However, the pressure needs to be kept on USFWS to abandon the irresponsible and reckless idea of using aircraft to aerially dump one of the most deadly pesticides to wildlife since DDT, across an area designated as wilderness. Even though I have typed these words many times and spoken to so many people about it, I am still flabbergasted that this is something our government has under serious consideration. You can find the a copy of the draft environmental impact statement at this link; https://tinyurl.com/toxicislands ;
Anne Morkill of USFWS stated at the November meeting of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council that a formal decision will happen sometime in the spring of 2014 with the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). That will contain a recommendation of one of three options on the table. Two of three options involve helicopters scattering tonnage of rat poison across the southeast Farallon Islands. One option, Option A is the “do nothing” alternative. USFWS is giving the option of either carpet bombing the island with lethal rat poisons or do nothing at all.
I think there is a better way. First, the very obvious conflict of issue for the Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project needs to be called out.
Island Conservation has been paid $481,883.00 to write the environmental impact statement. This explains a highly biased and misleading document that has crossed the line to being fraudulent. If given the go ahead Island Conservation will then get the contract with USFWS to carpet bomb the islands with 1.3 metric tons of Brodifacoum. The financial interest that Island Conservation has in the Farallones project was never disclosed in the draft environmental impact statement and is a violation of NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) 40 CFR 1506.5c. This was something the EPA mentioned in their 18 page comment letter found here.
You can help by reaching out to Gerry McChesney and/or Anne Morkill with USFWS to make a personal statement, their contact info is below.
Please keep your comments respectful. To keep things friendly, you may want to make mention of my upcoming 50th birthday to Gerry McChesney and/ or Anne Morkill. For those that need it, there is a small script below.
“On December 28, Maggie Sergio, the creator of the petition on Change.org will be turning 50. For her birthday, Maggie is asking people that care about what happens on the Farallon Islands to help her celebrate her 50th by reaching out to Refuge Manager Gerry McChesney and/or Anne Morkill with USFWS, to help make her birthday wish come true.
Maggie’s only wish is that USFWS abandon the foolish plan that involves the use of aircraft to aerially disperse rat poison over the southeast Farallon Islands. Please choose the no action alternative. It is the mission of US Fish & Wildlife to protect ALL of the protected living resources in the public trust. Collateral damage, death to non-target animals and the potential contamination of the food supply for the Farallon Islands are unacceptable risks for this project.
The Audubon Society tells Obama: “The 30-year permit rule is a blank check for the wind industry and provides no comfort or confidence at all that you will be protecting America’s majestic Bald and Golden Eagles and safeguarding their populations.”
Green gadflies have used inconsequential threats to wildlife to thwart industry for years. Will they stand with CFACT and Audubon against the double standard for "renewables?"
Human — Discussions on the co-existence of humans and wildlife are again taking centre stage following a number of human deaths in Kavango and Zambezi regions from encounters with wild animals.
This follows the death of an eight-year-old in Nantungu area, a tributary of the Zambezi river, where people and wildlife compete for limited resources. This year two deaths have been reported in the Zambezi Region and three deaths in Kavango.
Last year, no deaths were reported in the Zambezi Region compared to the seven lives that were lost in Kavango due to crocodile attacks. People of the Nantungu area, which is home to over 200 villagers, are heavily dependent on the river for several resources such as water, fishing, washing and irrigating fields as a source of subsistence...