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Leopards have scent glands on their cheeks which leave behind olfactory messages. fair chase, no baits, no drag lines, no dogs, no shooting from the safety of a blind, no shooting from the safety or from the back of a high railed cruiser, as seen on Leopard attack, where our leopard is blasted away after being chased by a pack of dogs in Botswana. The TGA does not accept the apparent divine right of the FWS to enact domestic American laws that will adversely affect another country’s wildlife. But we have to remember that new regimes do things “differently” to the way the old regimes did things. Leopards vary in size according to where they live: male leopards living in the Western Cape in South Africa only weigh about 30 kg whereas its counterpart in Zimbabwe can, exceptionally, tip the scales at 90 kg. In 2016, South Africa stopped the hunting of leopards, over concerns that untold damage was being wrought. All the thick bush was removed by the superabundant elephants (a vital requirement in black rhino habitat) – and black rhinos were an iconic species in the Bophuthatswana days. See all posts by Ron Thomson. All of this data points to a downward trend, with threats and pressures that are unlikely to relent – such as habitat loss due to human population growth/land demand. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has confirmed that a zero quota for the hunting of leopard (Panthera pardus) has been extended to 2017. The leopard is the second largest of the big cats in South Africa and is nocturnal predators. A study of a sample of leopards in South Africa has shown that 22 … South Africa is currently experimenting with a new and constructive way of controlling the hunting of leopards involving, inter alia, dividing the country up into leopard-range blocks and allocating one huntable leopard per year per unit-block. The leopard, the smallest of the Panthera family of cats, is a shy creature that tends to carry out most of its activities after dusk – which makes night time safari drives all the more exciting! South Africa) a leopard can be sought out that conjures the illusion of it being a “ problem animal that had to be killed by a trophy hunter that happened to be in the area ” – thereby, CITES Appendix I protection can be out manoeuvred it would seem by such farcical contrived “ problem leopards ” and flawed base data. A Leopard is one of the most majestic animals on the planet. They will also kill leopards in pre-emptive defence of their cattle, sheep and goats, whenever and wherever their presence becomes known. The hunting zones were absorbed into the tourism zones. There is a good chance, therefore, that South Africa will find its own solution: to making leopard hunting sustainable and viable; to protect the leopard from indiscriminate killings; and the hunting community is working with the government in this regard. We must NEVER stop doing THAT! This approach works best for Africa’s leopards! 9. Locals poison and kill these animals to keep them from killing their flock animals, I understand their side of it, but they live in Africa !!!! Please help the world save these wonderful animals. Management then placed 5 Leopard per year on the hunting quota. Leopards are found throughout Africa but have been exterminated in the North of Africa and in the greater part of South Africa. To designate the African leopard as “endangered,” the law requires that there be substantial evidence that the species is on the brink of extinction in the wild. Leopards are native to Africa, parts of the Middle East, and in Asia from Sri Lanka up through India to China. including the local communities. Commercial farmers in Africa, on whose domestic stock leopards also prey, kill them with poisons, too, and/or they trap and/or shoot them. Stephen Wiggins 21st January 2017 Article, Petition 6 Comments, Banner image courtesy of animalplanetgallery.com, Petition – “This is our chance to stop leopard trophy hunting and ban the U.S. import of leopard parts from Southern Africa.”. This is the amazing moment two leopards were captured falling from a tree during a mid-air tussle. The Southern African cheetah lives mainly in the lowland areas and deserts of the Kalahari, the savannahs of Okavango Delta, and the grasslands of the Transvaal region in South Africa.In Namibia, cheetahs are mostly found in farmlands. A study of a sample of leopards in South Africa has shown that 22 percent of males were still living in their childhood habitat even after crossing the age of 3. While South Africa’s leopards are better protected within national parks and nature reserves, 68% of remaining leopard habitat is outside legally protected areas. I think that the old Bophuthatswana wildlife management programme was much better than the present one – but who am I say what is right and what is wrong. In 2017, its status changed to vulnerable – one step below endangered. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Fish & Wildlife Service, The Leopard & Its Endangered Species Ranking, This statement is a service to society. Born Free rescues individual leopards from lives of misery in African and European zoos, circuses and other captive environments. The department said the decision is based on the review of available scientific information on the status and recovery of leopard populations in South Africa. b The wide variation in size (and coat colour) of the African Leopard most likely reflects natural phenotypic variation in response to the diverse range of habitats and environmental conditions in which this species is found across its range. Their success in all regions can be attributed to the fact that they will catch and eat any animal upwards from the size of a mouse. The vast majority of leopard deaths in Africa today, are the result of these kinds of killings. I am also not a game rancher. So, the original South African National Conservation Strategy became an almost verbatim replica of the World Conservation Strategy. And they look forward to hearing that the Service has rejected this petition on the African leopard. Found throughout South Africa with concentrations in most National Parks, provincial reserves, protected and inaccessible areas. And because of Africa’s massive human population explosion, this reality is of particular importance to the continent. And pre-emptive killings, which are the most damaging to local leopard populations, STOP. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. Leopards are endangered mainly due to over-hunting and habitat loss. Everyone will be very welcome. He will grow maize, spinach, cabbages and bananas; and he will not want to protect elephants, buffaloes, lions and leopards. Whilst numerous places offer up close and personal moments with elephant, lions … Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), South Africa is permitted to allocate 150 leopard trophy export permits a year. In six countries leopards have lost their battle altogether, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, Syria, Libya and Tunisia, the leopard is extinct. And that fact is going to grow ever more intense as this century advances. Reports of stock-killing outside the Park were negligible. We rehome leopards at our big cat sanctuary in South Africa and provide them with lifetime care in spacious, natural bush enclosures, giving them the space and privacy they so desperately need. A Leopard is one of the most majestic animals on the planet. Whilst they compete well with other predators, in the absence of other big cats they are extraordinarily successful. Leopards live all over the world in zoos and national parks, but most of their wild populations can be found in Africa and India. And good and proper wildlife management practice dictates that conservation management should be applied to SAFE leopard populations and preservation management to UNSAFE leopard populations. The deceit of made-up numbers, as used by hunters to try to ‘justify’ and uphold their delusion to cover their need to kill, must end for the sake of true species’ sustainability/conservation. There is a long history in South Africa of conflict between farmers with live stock and leopards. Southern Africans see nothing wrong and whole lot right, with the idea of man living in symbiotic harmony with nature. It should be noted that SCI and its ilk, promote leopard trophy killing as a badge of honour, not as any scientifically proven, altruistic endeavour, but encourages the taking of leopards and other big cats as a ‘must have’ for any worthy hunter seeking peer group acceptance/recognition. Pilanesberg, we must not forget , is only 55 000 hectares (200 square miles) in extent and there are severe limitations with regards what a wildlife manager can do with it. He is a vital and integral part of the earth’s food chains and food webs; and attempts by urban man to induce society into believing than modern man can and should be excluded from this reality, are ridiculous. As a result of this increased population, a number of displaced Leopards would periodically leave the Park and kill domestic stock outside the Park, for which the owners required compensation. They are primarily solitary and nocturnal by nature but often hunt during the day; and females are sometimes accompanied by their adult offspring. Although they are widely distributed across Africa and Asia, due to habitat fragmentation and loss, their range has reduced by 31 percent worldwide in the past three generations (about 22 years). If the opportunity presents itself, these ‘displaced’ Leopards, are killed outside the Park and the ‘shoot, shovel and shut-up’ principle is applied. But leopards are a unique challenge: unlike other apex predators in South Africa, 62% of their known range is outside protected areas. They will still kill leopards, as they have always done, for the same reasons! Hunting in a national park was considered to be a scandalous practice by the old South African guard in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Other predators in South Africa – lions, wild dogs, cheetahs – are managed by conservationists, moved around reserves and often to other countries to help with repopulation or genetic diversity. The Leopard POPULATION in Pilanesberg is by no means threatened or endangered ! South Africa’s National List of Threatened or Protected Species (2007) gave the leopards a status of Vulnerable and the Convention on the International Trade Endangered Species (CITES) placed it in Appendix I, meaning that commercial trade is prohibited and the export and import of skins and hunting trophies is limited through the quota system. 3, 9; UNEP 2012a, p. 2); future population growth in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to be large and rapid (UN 2013, p. 9). As they are endangered , no amount of money should be able to buy an endangered trophy !!! What kind of a world are we living in, when we have to watch every word we say, but it’s, ok to kill an endangered animal for sport. We believe this is not only an arrogant assumption it is also another indictment on the Service’s professional integrity. I do not believe hunting dollars do this in a case like this , remember when they are all gone they are all gone , what will hunting dollars do then? DATES June/July 2023 (12 days) x pre-enroll GENRE wildlife TOUR LEADERS Marsel van Oosten and Daniella Sibbing FEE 9,975 EURO from Johannesburg, South Africa SINGLE SUPPL. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. What people don't know, is that the numbers of Leopards, especially in the wild, is also RAPIDLY declining!!! Zululand is recognized as one of the most biodiverse wildlands in Africa, with much of it declared a World Heritage Site. The concept of the cautionary principle is required, always erring on the pessimistic scenario, rather than a best case scenario to try to justify a desire to perpetuate a delusion “there are plenty left to kill.”. Throughout Africa south of the Sahara Desert, it occurs in every conceivable habitat; up to elevations of 5000 metres (Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania); and in rainfall areas of between 100 and 5000 mm (Mount Inyangani, Zimbabwe). 2016 - The Department of Environmental Affairs has set provincial leopard trophy hunting quotas at zero for 2016, effectively banning leopard trophy hunting throughout South Africa for a year. Of course, the only way to enforce this outside of range states with their CITES hunting quotas is to restrict trophy importation via mechanisms such as the ESA, but sadly trophy import ‘issues’ may, or may not ensure the kill is not taken in the first place. When survival stakes are all that a man in Africa has to think about, which will be the case by 2100, he will not grow beautiful flowers in his garden. Then along came 1994 and Bophuthatswana was re-absorbed into the new South Africa. They arrange themselves at the population level; and they can ONLY be managed at the population level, one by one. In other words, man in Africa, at the turn of this century, will not tolerate any kind of survival competition. South Africa) a leopard can be sought out that conjures the illusion of it being a “problem animal that had to be killed by a trophy hunter that happened to be in the area” – thereby, CITES Appendix I protection can be out manoeuvred it would seem by such farcical contrived “problem leopards” and flawed base data. Just 7,100 of the big cats remain in the wild, spurring conservationists to call for the species to be declared endangered. Hunting was conducted strictly outside of the tourist zone. Tigers & Leopards . These, however, were extrapolated, which produced a flawed national estimate of leopards of over 14,000. By comparison, the numbers of leopards killed by hunters is minuscule. Leopards enjoy think vegetation and use this as a means of hunting and hiding. © International Wildlife Bond 2015 - Registered Charity Number 1164833, This is our chance to stop leopard trophy hunting and ban the U.S. import of leopard parts from Southern Africa, USFWS is taking comment (until 30 January 2017) on the issue of adding the leopard to the ESA, Trophy Hunting Culture – International Wildlife Bond. And the same is the case for all the other states of southern Africa. These big cats are of no value to rural folk. I refer now to the population in the Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa. Learn how your comment data is processed. and they began eating very expensive breakfasts (disease free buffaloes that were selling to the game ranch industry at that time for R 250 0000 each – and the fact that Pilanesberg was created for the benefit of the local people (when profitability was of major concern) was ignored. Captive Leopards have lived up to 23 years. And because it is illegal to kill a leopard in most parts of Africa, the farmers avoid conflict with the authorities by simply applying the “Triple-S Solution” to their perceived leopard problems: They “Shoot, Shovel and Shut-up”. You cannot manage wildlife by way of public referendums, and THAT is what a petition is. Conservation volunteers work across 5 unique parks – most of them nationally proclaimed reserves. The innovative Bophuthatswana wildlife management policies, therefore, were tossed out the window. In rural areas African villagers persecute leopards, killing them indiscriminately at every opportunity. 4, max. Over the past number of years a lot of attention has been given to the poaching of Rhinos (which is still a major problem today). During the 1980’s and 1990’s we had a hunting operation in Pilanesberg and during that time I was a manager in the Parks system and also a Professional Hunter and I hunted extensively in the Parks system with overseas paying hunting clients for 12 years. On the other hand, it has been the experience of professional hunters and wildlife managers that if they work with Africa’s rural folk, and with Africa’s commercial farmers, convincing them that it is in their own best interests not to kill leopards indiscriminately but to make them available as huntable trophies to the professional hunting industry, they can benefit greatly from their sale for a very high price. The IUCN Red List leopard population data that does exist (despite the potential flaws outlined at the start of my comments) indicate that across sub-Saharan Africa, a decline of over 30% has been noted over the past 25 years, with some 67% of the leopards’ historic range lost. There are over 1,100 species of mammals and 2,600 species of birds in Africa.A number of these species are now at risk of extinction, primarily due to human activities such as poaching and habitat loss. Furthermore, every single sovereign state member of the IUCN obligated itself to model its National Conservation Strategy on the WCS template. Africa would like to know if the FWS takes this probability into account too, when it makes its doctrinaire wildlife management demands on Africa, like declaring the leopard to be an endangered species? The ‘abundance’ (or lack thereof) of leopards is virtually unknowable – the leopard is highly elusive and it would take vast resources to count every one in existence – but still hunting quotas exist. Income to the Park from the hunting operation increased. And, in this respect, many progressive African states are getting restless. Its purpose is to create. Because these cultivated plants and domesticated animals are the only species that provide mankind in Africa with survival advantages. The TGA reiterates that you cannot manage wild animals by public referendum. We are living in different times, Koos, and nowadays we have to go with the flow….. like dead fish in a tidal stream! Wildlife ACT is officially contracted by the international wild cat organisation, Panthera, to conduct Leopard population surveys within South Africa.
If this is repeated during the current century, there will be over 4 billion people living in this same region of Africa by the year 2100. These include well-known names such as the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and collectively are undoubtedly the best places to see leopards in Africa. 1,950 EURO per single room DEPOSIT 2,500 EURO per person GROUP SIZE min. Collectively, they should be given the opportunity to take this domestic programme to its logical conclusion without having to suffer the impediment of having to also contend with unwanted and unwarranted legal restrictions imposed by foreign states. Lubinda, Thank you for your insight at a local level – there are always knock-on consequences when the eco-system is manipulated by humans (and in the case of leopard hunting, that’s humans seeking fun from killing, nothing more). By locals and game hunters? Under this sustained use of a natural resource and wise management, the Leopard population stabilised and was healthy in numbers. Also found in some private nature and game reserves. As with all species, the statuses of individual leopard populations vary from SAFE to UNSAFE. Mark, Agreed! I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. Their limbs and head area contain single black spots, while their tails are white-tipped underneath. If I remember correctly (? Although leopards are listed as endangered and anyone in South Africa owning a pelt should apply for a licence from the local wildlife authority, Mr Dickerson said many do not come forward. They want to make it possible for wild animals to contribute to the survival prospects of Africa’s rural people in a similar manner to the way that their cattle, sheep and goats do. The survey work has a direct impact on protecting the leopard population in South Africa. Species: A species is a group of animals that share the same physical and behavioural characteristics (they look and act alike) and which, when they breed, produce fertile off-spring with the same physical and behavioural characteristics. On the trail of lions, leopards and a black mamba in South Africa The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve offers an exhilarating safari experience By Luke Abrahams, with images shot on a Leica The elusive snow leopard was listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered in 1986. Common outside conservation areas and generally the only large predator that is often found close to human habitation. Animal Rights Groups Fail to Hijack Africa Wildlife Summit, Important Perspective - Joint Statement on Captive Bred Lion Shooting, Media Release: Captive Bred Lions have a Huge Conservation Value. There are some things they have to put up with, like we have to put up with traffic ect. The vast majority of the wild leopard population lives in East and Southern Africa. In terms of ‘saving’ habitat, there might be some habitat protection offered by hunting concessions (often sold to the highest bidder, regardless of any conservation credentials). This involves conducting a number of exciting, short-term Leopard Population … Many species of leopards also suffer from traps that livestock farmers leave for them in an attempt to protect their herds. Practically every other animal species was properly ‘managed’ and cropped via the hunting facility. Volunteer With Endangered Species . But more elephants were brought in after I left. Prey animals are meant to be hunted not predators. Hunting was stopped overnight. Their policy objectives are different to the policy objectives that you and I strove to achieve. Well, that is not sport. This rabbit is one of the most endangered terrestrial mammals in South Africa. ‘Conservation management’ implies consideration for ‘wise and sustainable use’ (as prescribed by the World Conservation Strategy 1980); and ‘preservation management’ implies ‘protection from all harm’. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Remember the good times – and keep trying to convince today’s hierarchies to manage our wildlife heritage in the best possible manner. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. But leopards are a unique challenge: unlike other apex predators in South Africa, 62% of their known range is outside protected areas. Kruger Park’s biological diversity is in serious trouble! For example: there are approx. THAT is their prerogative and it is to be expected. Leopards are found throughout Africa but have been exterminated in the North of Africa and in the greater part of South Africa. My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. One may get a thorn in the foot. More elephants were introduced to Pilanesberg – far more than the habitats could support. So, any reference to leopard population numbers is based on modelled estimates (or guesstimates) – any proposal to base hunting quotas on leopard species numbers is scientifically subject to risk/confidence levels that the source data cannot reliably substantiate. Leopards have fared slightly better than other big cats, due mainly to their wide distribution and amazing adaptability. I remember those days well. ), we took off 400 warthogs a year from the national park. Africa’s wildlife managers are cognizant that this is the likely outcome and their wildlife management programmes take this probability into account. Part 1. 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