Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ANGOLA: Giant Sable Report 2016

Palanca Report 1st Trimester - 2016

Dear friends,

The 2015 El NiƱo was being responsible for an extreme drought condition across southern Africa, particularly in Mozambique and South Africa, but in many parts of Angola if anything it’s been the opposite. At least in Cangandala this rainy season has been quite generous, causing over flooding of rivers and constraining so much our movements that in the first trimester we could only access the park between late January and early February, following a short break in the rains. The rare break allowed us to carry out several activities in the park, reaching for example all the trap cameras. However, and quite exceptionally, this time we couldn’t even approach the giant sable inside the sanctuary, much less see them or photograph them. With few roads at our disposal, we’re often forced to track the animals driving cross country, but this just looked like a terrible idea with waterlogged soils and under threatening skies, and eventually we dropped those efforts. And tracking the animals on foot wouldn’t make much sense either, they would feel chased and not much to gain from it… Instead I spent extra time looking for birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects, while enjoying some photography.

Without being able to track and monitor the animals on the ground, we had to settle with inferring the dynamics from the trap camera record, keeping me busy for quite a while. As usual we obtained plenty of photos, and even after filtering the data to exclude blanks, we got around 30,000! These included the usual species, such as giant sable, roan, hybrids, bushbuck, duiker and warthogs. Still, the vast majority featured giant sable and hybrids inside the sanctuary. Many interesting photos were recorded, allowing us to keep track with well-known animals, but no surprises noted inside the sanctuary where all seems to be going nicely. More calves, plenty of healthy females and Mercury dominating the pure herds. All good here!

On the other hand there was a big surprise waiting for us on photos taken outside the sanctuary, which was the resurfacing of Ivan the Terrible. Yes, the crowd’s favourite is alive and back! He had last been recorded in November 2014, and considering the long absence and the high level of poaching in his territory, we speculated that he had probably been killed. He used to visit the salt licks somewhat irregularly but at least every few weeks. The only exception was between June and December 2013 when he went missing while fighting for his life after being caught in a snare trap. Throughout 2014 we were able to observe monthly his steady recovery, as he was slowly regaining some of his former physical strength, before disappearing again. He surely wouldn’t survive another poaching incident… Well, Ivan is now back with us! In the last three months of record he was photographed on five independent occasions. The reasons for his latest long absence are simply unknown, but he seems to be in good physical shape. Maybe it was just his crazy nature that led him to go wondering for so many months, may have decided to take a sabbatical year… Anyway it was a positive development, and we’re looking forward for his future adventures.

We now have ambitious plans for the remaining of 2016, but these will only be disclosed in subsequent reports.

Best wishes,


Photos can be seen in the following link:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cost of Hunting Bans Versus Sustainable Wildlife Use

Remember how people all over the world cried and shouted for Cecil the Lion?

What have they done for the people of Africa?

At the Breakfast Press Round Table organized in Brussels during the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, representatives from the ministries of environment and departments of wildlife of several African nations wondered that so many people would show such an outpouring of concern for a lion they had never heard of before and yet show such lack of care for the African people who must live with lions.

Zimbabwe's Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water & Climate, P. Mupazviriho had this to say: "When we speak of sustainable utilization, we must think about what that means for us and for the animals in order to understand more clearly what hunting bans would mean. We have observed those who agitated so much for Cecil the lion, but we have not seen any of those people put any resources into the communities that must live with these animals. Other than noise, they have offered no alternatives to the income hunting generates for conservation and for our communities.

"Those who say, 'Ban hunting' are not the people who must live with these animals. And it is these same animals that we all want to protect that will be adversely affected by hunting bans."


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NAMIBIA: WARNING Leopard Hunting


From the Namibia Professional Hunting Association News-Desk (2016/04/08)

Just wanted to share this with everyone, if you've booked a Leopard hunt in Namibia this year, you should contact your outfitter if he or she sold you a discounted so-called Leopard "management / non-exportable / problem animal" hunt.

No Leopard can be legally hunted without a MET Leopard tag in Namibia which then qualifies the hunter to legally export the trophy from Namibia.

Kindly insist to see the paperwork/tag before you book a Leopard hunt, failing to hunt on a legal Leopard permit with a tag is illegal in terms of the Nature Conservation Ordinance and any person who is found to offer such hunts is not only in breach of the NAPHA Code of Conduct, he or she is also in breach of the Law and could be subject to prosecution.

Please conduct all hunting responsibly and in the best interest of long term hunting.

SOUTH AFRICA: Ban Leopard Hunting for 2016

12/04/2016 #VieranasSafaris 

South Africa Withholds 2016 Leopard Hunting Permits

No leopard hunting will be possible in The Republic of South Africa (RSA) for 2016. That's because South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has withheld the quota and no hunting licenses will be issued. The de facto closure is due to a recommendation by DEA's scientific department, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

The Hunting Report learned of this development from Stan Burger, president of PHASA (Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa) and Tharia Unwin, CEO of PHASA. Burger says SANBI believes South Africa's leopard population is in decline but has not presented any research to support that conclusion. Another reason DEA gave to withhold the quota is that the North West Province failed to provide any of the required information for the DEA to make a nondetriment finding in their leopard offtake.

Burger says PHASA is seeking legal action to overturn the DEA's decision. He says the agency used only the input of an outside conservation organization that is devoted to the preservation of wild cats, and did not seek input from PHASA or other groups. If and when permits are issued again, we will notify subscribers via an Email Extra Bulletin.

If you have already booked a leopard hunt for this year, be aware that your operator has no leopard permit for 2016 and will not receive one unless DEA's decision is overturned.
-The Hunting Report. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief

Monday, March 21, 2016

NAMIBIA: 2016 Discounted Cancellation Hunt

CANCELLATION HUNT – August 01 - 10, 2016

Vieranas Hunting Safaris in Namibia is offering a cancellation hunt at 50% less on standard hunt prices.
- 7x full hunt days / 8x nights in camp
- Return road transfer Airport/ Hunt Area

One Hunter / One pH 1x1
= $1800 per hunter (normal price $3600)
Two Hunters / One pH 2x1
= $1500 per hunter (normal price $3000)

Contact VIERANAS SAFARIS in Namibia for more information.

NAMIBIA: 26 Years of Independence

Celebrating 26 Years of Peace and Stability - Congratulations NAMIBIA

#VieranasSafaris  #HuntNamibia

NAMIBIA: NAPHA position paper on hunting as conservation tool

#VieranasSafaris  #HuntNamibia
The Namibian Professional Hunters Association (NAPHA) has released a position paper on the value of hunting as a conservation tool, addressing squarely the ongoing ideological battle between hunters and anti-hunters and the often emotion-basedradicalization of the anti-hunters.

As noted in their introduction, NAPHA has decided to avoid trying to shout down anti-hunters and the public outcry and wait for a level of calm and rationalism to return to point out the positive conservation benefits of hunting as part of an overall wildlife management approach.
The paper addresses the many aspects of hunting and debunks or clarifies misinformation and inaccuracies purposely disseminated by anti-hunting organizations to further paint hunters and hunting as the perpetual villain.

SCI is happy to be able to provide this thoughtful and comprehensive paper to our members. To read the entire paper or to download the pdf, click here.  Position Paper