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Hunting is NOT Conservation

Don’t believe the lies. Whenever you see a trophy hunter claim “hunting is conservation”, post one or more of these pins or links.

UPDATE: Wildlife News: Hunting responsible for sharp decline in tropical wildlife and birds

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Proof trophy hunters don’t save a single animal
https://www.thedodo.com/trophy-hunting-conservation-myth-1343952664.html

Six grisly facts trophy hunters don’t want you to know
http://www.salon.com/2016/01/31/and_you_thought_cecil_was_bad_6_grisly_facts_trophy_hunters_dont_want_you_to_know_partner/

Over half the world’s wildlife has been wiped out in the past 40 years
http://inhabitat.com/wild-vertebrate-populations-have-dropped-52-since-1970-wwf-report/

Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an empty landscape scientists say
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/news/latest/global-decline-of-large-herbivores-may-lead-to-an-empty-landscape-scientists-say-22653

Extinction of your favorite animal more real than you realize
https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/extinction-of-your-favorite-animal-more-real-than-you-realize/

How trophy hunting destroys conservation
http://www.cannedlion.org/how-trophy-hunters-destroy-conservation.html

20,000 species are near extinction is it time to rethink
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/131216-conservation-environment-animals-science-endangered-species/#

60 percent of the world’s largest herbivores facing extinction
http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/study-60percent-of-worlds-largest-herbivores-facing-extinction/vi-BBjalGR?ocid=sf

Decline of top predators is a threat to ecosystems scientists warn
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-10/top-predators-crucial-forecosystem-survival/5193736

Top carnivores help shape every aspect of their environments
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-carnivores-help-shape-nearly-every-aspect-their-environment-180949311/?no-ist

More than three-quarters of large carnivores now in decline
http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2014/01/more-than-three-quarters-of-large.html

Here’s every single animal that became extinct in the last 100 years
http://www.pixable.com/article/heres-every-single-animal-that-became-extinct-in-the-last-100-years-photos-67674

13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/wildlife-news/141231/13-species-we-might-have-say-goodbye-2015

13 animals hunted to extinction
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/13-animals-hunted-to-extinction/hunted-to-death

15 endangered species that are still on the menu
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/15-endangered-species-that-are-still-on-the-menu/delicacy

Endangered species in UK decline by 60 per cent in 40 years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10402295/Endangered-species-decline-by-60-per-cent-in-40-years.html

List of most recent extinctions
http://www.petermaas.nl/extinct/lists/mostrecent.htm

What we have lost species extinction timeline
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/deextinction/selected-species-extinctions-since-1600/

Tiny fish on the brink of extinction and the ramifications are huge
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/03/19/3635666/delta-smelt-could-go-bottom-up/

How the Western Black Rhino Went Extinct
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2013/11/13/western-black-rhino-extinct/

Study finds hunters depleting lion and cougar populations
http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/05/27/sa-farmers-fingered-in-lion-smuggling

USFWS declares Eastern cougar extinct
http://nbc4i.com/2015/06/22/u-s-fish-and-wildlife-service-declares-eastern-cougar-extinct/

Killing coyotes wrong when other measures work
http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/22624/

The silencing of the wolves despite the howling of humans
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brenda-peterson/despite-howling-of-humans_b_5003280.html?utm_hp_ref=green

Red wolves could be declared exinct in NC
http://www.thewashingtondailynews.com/2015/01/29/red-wolves-could-be-declared-extinct-in-nc/

Elephants attack as humans turn up the pressure
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/0603_050603_elephants.html

First class article on the Taiji dolphin killings in Denmark
http://www.saawinternational.org/taijidolphins.htm

Resurrecting the extinct frog with a stomach for a womb
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/15/resurrecting-the-extinct-frog-with-a-stomach-for-a-womb/

Common justifications for eating animals hunting
http://freefromharm.org/common-justifications-for-eating-animals/hunting-wildlife-population-control-ethical-eating/

Debunking the myths – hunting is not conservation
http://blog.oceans-campus.com/blog/bid/390956/Debunking-the-Myths-Hunting-is-not-conservation

Five reasons trophy hunting is not conservation
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/5-reasons-trophy-hunting-is-not-conservation/

Why does this famous conservationist keep shooting
http://deadspin.com/why-does-this-world-famous-conservationist-keep-shootin-1721784941

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Lion Farming and Canned Lion Hunting

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If people knew the truth about what happens in lion farming and canned lion hunting, most would want it stopped immediately.  I believe it is a case of getting the word out there, so everyone knows. If it can be made unacceptable to be seen or heard to be petting or walking with lion cubs due to its direct and close connection to trophy hunting – then the battle will be all but won.

Lion farming is an un-policed industry and lion farmers are notorious for their deviousness, frequently telling half-truths and out and out lies. These are people who choose to make money out of a whole lifetime of misery for lions in captivity only to end their life early as fodder for psychopathic “trophy hunters”, people who choose to spend tens of thousands this way rather than help animals or people they choose to kill.

Lion farming – or canned hunting – starts with taking the cubs from their mothers a few hours after birth and keeping them separate in spite of their cries. As there is only a small window of time where cubs can be petted of about three months so there needs to be a constant supply of cubs and the lionesses are used as breeding machines. What happens to those lions once they are too old to breed, or the cubs when they are too old to be petted, and too old to be walked with at only one year old? Cubs are often declawed at least on the front paws which is an extremely painful process akin to amputation.

Canned hunting is a brutal practice where on the surface of it, outfits under various guises of safari parks, farms, lodges, reserves and retreats, appear to love and care for lions – often stated to be orphaned lions – are in fact lion farms. Tourists pay large sums of money to visit and extra to pet cubs and ‘walk with lions’ as if it were a Butlins or Pontins holiday camp. The reality behind the scenes is something far different. These places are more like concentration camps for the lions.

Also deceived are volunteers from all over the world who come from all the world and often pay thousands for the privilege of being able to help care for the so-called ‘orphaned’ lion cubs. These places are set up in such a way that even the volunteers who work there can be deceived as to what is really going on. The volunteers may stay there for week and not realize that the place where they have volunteered is far from what they thought, a place to help animals but rather it is a place where they are mercilessly tortured and used, locked up and forced to walk with tourists like a dog instead of roaming free.

Lion cubs are often used in various publicity campaigns, including being hired out for weddings or other events. For example, he ‘psychic’ ‘spiritualist medium’ John Edward claims to know about canned hunting, but nevertheless posted pictures of himself petting cubs and walking with young lions on his Facebook page. He says he did the research and the place he visited, Ukutula, are known to be involved in canned hunting and supply trophy hunters. The truth is that probably John Edward’s ‘research’ amounted to a single question during a telephone call.  [Let’s leave this unspoken but you know that I know but it’s OK.]

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No matter what they say, the vast majority of the outfits that provide cub petting and walks with lions DO provide lions for canned hunting. It is only extremely rarely that lions are genuinely orphaned. Or else what do they do with them? Lion cubs can no longer be petted with after only four months old, and no longer walked with after they are a year old.

The demand from zoos or circuses is now very much reduced due to the ever increasing legislation against animals being used in this way, but the demand for lion parts especially lion bones for so-called tiger bone wine along with people who want to eat lion meat, means that a dead lion is worth a lot of money.

It is not surprising the people who do these horrible things for profit tell lies about it. Just like the puppy mill breeders don’t want people to know or see the truth about the dogs they breed. On the face of it, it looks innocent. The terrible cruelty is carried on behind the scenes.

There are hundreds of game farms in South Africa alone with many thousands of lions who were taken from their mothers shortly after birth and hand-reared, destined for a short life to be ended in a horrible way when they are often drugged taken to fenced off enclosure – the reason it is called ‘canned’ hunting – to be killed by a trophy hunter. Anyone can go on the internet and buy a lion for this purpose from any number of establishments and suppliers.

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As many as half the lions killed in canned trophy hunting are killed by bow and arrow as the preferred weapon. It is more difficult to kill an animal with a bow and arrow and can be very distressing and painful. Many bowhunters are in fact sadists who enjoy the extra pain and distress that being killed this way usually causes. In order to preserve the head intact for the taxidermist often the animals are not shot in the head and whether shot by gun or by bow, often it takes several attempts to kill. In addition to this, many hunters are bad shots so it takes several attempts to kill the animal.

In the wild, lion cubs stay with their mother for two years where they learn how to hunt along with various social behaviours. In the natural state, lionesses have a litter about once every three years, but in lion farming, lionesses are forced to give birth over and over again, but are never allowed to keep the cubs.  They grieve and mourn terribly for cubs that are taken away from them. This is cruelty beyond belief.

The truth is that while humans enjoy petting and walking with cubs, it is not enjoyable for the cubs to be mauled by humans in that way and being made to walk like a dog. Having been taken away from their mother and hand-reared in a completely unnatural situation, the cubs simply don’t know any different.

Once reared in this way, the lions can never be released into the wild, as they have never learnt from their mother how to hunt and so they will always be magnetized to return to humans to supply their food. So the same people that hand-rear them in a false unnatural world, betray them to be sold to die an often painful death at the hands of an often amateur hunter. The lions cannot fail but understand that something is terribly wrong but there is no way for them to understand what that is.

There are pictures of lions at these farms showing that they are far too thin and clearly underfed and undernourished. Photographs also show that these animals look bored and unhappy and frustrated with their lives, as they are deprived of a natural life in the wild and all that would normally comprise. They are forced to do things that are unnatural, like walk with people as if they were dogs, and live in a unnatural way.

Often tourists are lied to, and unaware that the same lions they are petting and walking with will – at the end of their short and miserable life – be put in a field to be shot by someone who can’t think of anything better to do with thousands of pounds than kill for fun and bragging rights. Some will end up as part of a trophy room collection that can cost many millions as hunters fulfill hit-lists for various Safari Club International awards that involve travelling around the world to kill certain specific sub-species of animals.

Can you imagine the shock and horror for some people when they realize that the same cub they petted or walked with on their South African safari holiday had such a horrible life, with a future mapped out for them with an early death at the hands of despicable trophy hunters?

There are various indications that the true number of lions killed each year in Africa is far higher than we are led to believe and is possibly as high as 4,000 or even more. Many hunters from the US and elsewhere ‘dream’ of killing a male lion and see killing a lion – like some do an elephant – as a pinnacle of achievement.  The fact that most of the lions ‘hunted’ will in fact be canned lions, does not bother them. They lie about it to themselves and others.

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The sordid truth about canned hunting would offend the vast majority of people so the canned hunting operators take steps to deceive in order to pander to the pride and vanity of people that pay to kill animals, so they can boast about how they were the ‘great white hunter’.

They proudly tell their ‘hunting’ stories and show off their photographs taken next to the dead body, perhaps get a wallet or something made out of their skin, and/or take body parts, or the whole body back with them for stuffing and installing in their trophy or gun room.

Lion farming is not confined to Africa, and in the UK for example The Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire charges £250 per person to pet one of teir white lion cubs. As does the West Midland Safari & Leisure Park. As white lions are not an actual sub-species, those same white lions are known to suffer from various problems such as a high rates of both minor and serious birth defects due to in-breeding,

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Inbreeding of captive lions is causing serious problems so there is a much higher percentage of cubs being born with birth defects than would occur in the wild. These lions also suffer many nervous and other problems due to being frequently handled by tourists which is not natural for them.

The practice of hand-rearing captive lions comprises the health of the lions who are prone to suffer far more diseases and various health conditions than if they were raised by their mothers.  This makes them susceptible to illnesses such as tuberculosis which makes the threat of total extinction that much more of a realistic possibility.

These lions do not live a natural or pleasant life and this has been observed to have a profound effect on the lions, so that they are emotionally disturbed, as a human child would be. There are accounts of people who have worked in lion breeding outfits or farms who have been very distressed at what they have witnessed there, such as the account on the Sanwild Lion Rescue site.

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South Africa has an appalling wildlife protection record in recent years fueled by corruption, lack of political will and pure out and out greed. Professor Pieter Potgieter, chairperson of the South African Predator Breeders’ Association, defended the industry saying there is little difference between breeding lions and any other mammal. “Chickens are killed by humans. How are lions different from them?” he asked.

“In principle a lion is not more or less than a crocodile, an ostrich or a butterfly. It’s a form of life. Breeding animals for human exploitation is a natural human process,” he said. Potgieter said that breeding and hunting lions was only deplorable in the eyes of the public because a “sympathetic myth has been created about the lion as the king of the animals”.

He justified the practice, saying the export of lion bones is a legal trade authorised by the department of environmental affairs and denied that South Africa’s approach to captive breeding and canned lion hunting was feeding into the Asian demand for lion bones. “I don’t think that market is being created by the South African situation. That would happen anyhow and the more the Asian tiger gets extinct, the more people will try to get hold of lion bones as a substitute,” he said.

The extinction risk for lions is now even greater than rhino.

The following is from an article by Faranaaz Parker in the South African newsapaper, Mail & Guardian:

“Conservationists have warned that captive breeding and canned hunting programmes in South Africa are providing a source for the lion bone trade. Canned lion hunting is legal in South Africa, as is the exporting of lion carcasses. Lion populations across Africa have been reduced by 90% over the past 50 years, but lion breeders say their operations have nothing to do with the continent’s wild populations.

Breeders can benefit financially a number of times from the same lion. Cubs are often rented as tourist attractions and visitors pay to pet and interact with them. The fee paid by visitors is then fed back into captive breeding programmes. As adults, the lions are sold to hunters in canned hunting arrangements.

Farmers and hunting operators charge in the region of about $20 000 (R160 000) as a “trophy price” and hunters can expect to pay around $18 000 (R145 000) for other services, excluding taxidermy.

But the hunters are only interested in the head and skin of the lion, and often leave the bones with the breeder, who can then sell the bones, with a government permit, to Asian buyers for use in making lion bone wine.

It’s estimated that a complete lion skeleton can sell for as much as R80 000. Last year it emerged that over 1400 lion and leopard trophies were legally exported from the country in 2009 and 2010.  [Most are exported illegally.]

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Why Trophy Hunting Must End Now

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You might not have heard about Dan and Charlotte Peyerk from Michigan. Charlotte was arrested for illegally killing a grizzly bear in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her son Mark was also convicted and they were ordered to pay fines of $25,000 and $30,000 respectively.

In court, it was mentioned that the Peyerks tried to alter the date on their camera so that the trophy pictures would show that the bear was shot during the hunting season. The Peyerks also falsified the date of the kill on a state harvest tag and on a Safari Club International trophy entry form.

Later hunts were more successful, according to federal prosecutors. U.S. District Court magistrate Scott Oravec was apparently offended by the lengths to which the Peyerks went to cover up their poaching. “In imposing sentence, (he) commented that besides the illegal taking of wildlife, the more aggravated criminal conduct was the defendants’ multiple written false statements to cover up the illegal kill,” the government’s press release said.

This is typical of the behaviors of these trophy hunters. That is why usually the first thing that comes out of their mouths is “The hunt was legal“!   Killing animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebra and rare antelope, deer and sheep for sport ought not to be legal and many people amazed that it is.  Anyone with enough money can go to any one of a number of sites on the internet and buy a permit to kill these animals.

There is a bloodbath going on not just because of poaching, but through the legal killing of animals whose lives are sold for hard cash. The law must be changed to protect them before it’s too late as more and more species and sub-species become endangered or extinct.

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Astonishingly this is the hobby of many wealthy people in the US, who would rather obsessively travel the globe to kill as many animals as possible of as many different species as possible – including rare and endangered animals which most of them particularly relish and will pay small fortunes for the permit to kill – rather than to help animals or people.

Each year tens of thousands of animals are killed by US hunters in foreign countries. The body parts are legally imported back into the US. While the Endangered Species Act only allows importation of endangered species for scientific research, there are loopholes allowing trophy imports.

Pro-trophy hunters argue this is good for conservation. Their stance is that the money spent on the hunt is poured back into the community for conservation efforts. In reality, research published by the International Council of Game and Wildlife Conservation (a pro-hunting group) shows that only 3% of revenue from hunts goes back to local communities.

Other research has shown that hunting has almost no benefit whatever to the local communities, although it usually does have a detrimental effect, as it inevitably has a negative impact on local ecosystems.  There are links to a number of these articles on the Welcome page of this blog.

In contrast, ecotourism is a $77 billion global industry, employing tour operators, guides, lodge and restaurant employees. vehicle drivers, park guards and people who benefit from the sale of souvenirs.

According to the Alaska Dispatch – like so many other trophy hunters, who often become obsessed with their ‘hobby’ – big game pursuits in all corners of the globe soon became Charlotte Peyerk’s passion, and her list of accomplishments is truly impressive. Charlotte’s hunts include 26 countries on five continents. She has taken far more than 174 animals to date of which hundreds are registered with SCI (Safari Club International), and she has taken 17 species of sheep in five years.

In spite of the fact that she was convicted by a federal court for illegally hunting the bear, Charlotte Peyerk was awarded the club’s (Safari Club International) Diana Award in 2010, on top of that Charlotte is also listed as vice chairwoman of the award selection committee.

You would think that the Ethics Committee will censure Charlotte, and strip her of her Diana Award, and cancel her membership. Instead the Safari Club International promotes this “stamp collector” approach to hunting with various levels of awards. There are mutterings within the hunting community that SCI members regularly flaunt rules by engaging in shady hunts. The awards are terribly important to these trophy hunters because these Safari hunting Clubs offers dozens of awards for killing an assortment of its more than 500 different “record book” animals, ranking the biggest tusks, horns, antlers, skulls and bodies of hunted animals. Hunters receive “Grand Slam” and “Inner Circle” award trophies, among others, for shooting a prescribed list of animals. For example, the “Trophy Animals of Africa” award requires the hunter to kill 79 different African species to win the highest honor.

SCI has an award for “Introduced Trophy Animals of North America,” glorifying hunters who frequent captive hunting ranches. To earn every SCI award at the minimum level, a hunter must kill at least 171 different animals. Many members go well beyond that number. Some of these hunters have more than 600 different animals listed in SCI’s record books.

SCI has dozens of award categories like:

The Diana Award to encourage women to hunt.

The Young Hunter Award to encourage children to hunt.

The International Hunting Award, based on the number and quality of trophies, the number of countries hunted in, total number of hunts taken and the level of entries in the record book.

The World Conservation & Hunting Award, which has nothing to do with conservation. Rather, hunters must kill more than 300 species on six continents.

World Hunting Award Rings require 11 Grand Slams, 17 Inner Circle Awards at the Diamond Level, the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement and the Crowning Achievement Award—which amounts to a huge menagerie of dead animals.

Inner Circle Awards include Trophy Animals of Africa, Spiral-horned Antelopes of Africa, Pygmy Antelopes of Africa, Wild Turkey Trophy Animals of North America, Introduced Animals of North America, Trophy Animals of South America, Antlered Game of the Americas, Trophy Animals of Europe, Trophy Animals of Asia, Trophy Animals of the South Pacific, Wild Pigs and Peccaries of the World, Antlered Game of the World, Mountain Game of the World, Wild Sheep of the World, Chamois of the World, Red Deer/Wapiti of the World, Predators of the World, Ibex of the World, Gazelles of the World, Wild Oxen of the World and Wild Goats of the World.

Grand Slams, including the African Big Five, Dangerous Game of Africa, African 29, North American 29, Cats of the World, Bears of the World, North American Wild Sheep, North American Elk, North American Caribou, North American Deer, White-tailed Deer of the World, European Deer, Moose of the World, South American Indigenous Animals and Wild Turkey.

Trophy hunters are usually very competitive and love to show off.  No wonder hunters like Charlotte, Melissa Bachmann, Olivia Nacos Opre, Corey Knowlton, the Schockey family and and many, many more must have been under sufficient pressure to kill so many animals to win these awards!

Time has come that we should stop these Safari hunting Clubs from encouraging such excesses and the endless quest for sick awards to those who have lots of spare money and who call themselves “conservationists”?

This is a matter of kill as many animals as you can in as many continents as you can in the shortest time to be awarded all these trophies.

This is the most disgusting sick sport ever and must be stopped!

I am sure that if the general public knew this was happening, the vast majority would not agree that hunting ought to be a pastime at all – particularly trophy hunting – and there are estimates that would be around 95% of the general population.

To normal right-thinking people these practices would be abhorrent and if people knew what was going on there would be such an outcry that laws would be passed to make these practices illegal.  Yet most people don’t even know that this is happening.  

Let’s share the heck out of this article, with friends, family, and anyone and everyone else we know on or outside of Facebook.

The best way to help the animals is to tell the world what is going on, as there are far too many people who don’t know.

Safari Club International Awards and animal hit lists, awards and recipients: http://member.scifirstforhunters.org/static/WHA/

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Volunteering at SA Game Reserves

This list has been compiled by “Volunteers in Africa Beware”

Please visit their Facebook page for further information as they have extensive knowledge and will answer individual queries.

https://www.facebook.com/volunteersbeware

THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY LISTS FOR VOLUNTEERING PLACES IN AFRICA

The updated list as of 09/11/2014 of GOOD places that we recommend so far to potential volunteers includes:

• Shamwari Game Reserve – Host to Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary – www.shamwariconservationexperi ence.com (SA)

• LionsRock – www.lionsrock.org (SA)

• Drakenstein Lion Park – www.lionrescue.org.za (SA)

• Wild cats World – www.wildcatsworld.org (SA)

• Cat Conservation Trust – www.predatours.co.za (SA)

• Wildlife ACT – www.wildlifeact.com (SA)

• Bahati Volunteer Programme – https://www.facebook.com/ pages/ Bahati-Volunteer-Programme/ 610413172406914?ref=ts&fref=ts (SA)

• Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden – www.janegoodall.co.za(www.chimpeden.com (SA)

• Vervet Monkey Foundation – www.vervet.za.org (SA)

• Kariega Game Reserve – www.kariega.co.za (SA)

• FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Gauteng – www.freemewildlife.org.za (SA)

• Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project – www.cheetahinteraction.com (SA)

• Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – www.jukani.co.za (SA)

• Monkeyland & Birds of Eden – www.monkeyland.co.za
www.birdsofeden.co.za (SA)

• Siyafunda Wildlife and Conservation – www.siyafundaconservation.com (SA)

• Samara Wildlife Volunteer Programme – www.volunteersamara.wordpress.com (SA)

• Askari Wilderness Conservation – www.askariwcp.com (SA)

• Amakhala Game Reserve – www.amakhala.co.za (SA)

• Kaapsehoop Horse Trails – www.horsebacktrails.co.za (SA)

• Umkwali – www.umkwali.com (SA)

• Global White Lion Trust – www.whitelions.org (SA)

• Kevin Richardson Lion Sanctuary – www.lionwhisperer.co.za (SA)

• Campfire Academy – www.campfire-safaris.com (SA)

• Khamai Reptile Centre – www.khamai.co.za (SA)

• Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit – www.protrackapu.co.za (SA)

• Umkhondo Big5 Wildlife – www.bigfivevolunteer.com (SA)

• Modgaji Conservation and Rehabilitation Projects – www.modgaji.co.za (SA)

• Daktari Bush School – www.daktaribushschool.org (SA)

• C.A.R.E. Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education –www.primatecare.org.za (SA)

• Ingwe Leopard Research, Mpumalanga – www.ingweleopard.com (SA)

• Tuli Wilderness – www.tuliwilderness.com (Botswana)

• Legodimo Wilderness – www.legodimo.com (Botswana)

• IDA Africa, In Defense of Animals – www.ida-africa.org (Cameroon)

• Limbe Wildlife Centre – www.limbewildlife.org (Cameroon)

• Ape Action – www.apeactionafrica.org (Cameroon)

• Projet Primates – www.projetprimates.com (Guinea)

• Mara Naboisho Conservancy – www.maranaboisho.com (Kenya)

• Tsavo Cheetah Project – www.tsavocheetahproject.org (Kenya)

• Colobus Conservation – www.colobusconservation.org (Kenya)

• Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – www.lilongwewildlife.org (Malawi)

• EHRA – Elephant Human Relations Aid – www.desertelephant.org (Namibia)

• N/a’an ku sê Foundation – www.naankuse.com (Namibia)

• CERCOPAN – www.cercopan.org (Nigeria)

• Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Centre (De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah Ranch) – www.dewildt.co.za (?) Some interaction with ambassador cheetahs allowed, removing some cubs to be hand-reared and very few released cheetahs. Most are sold to zoos (SA)

• Dell Cheetah Centre – www.dccafrica.co.za (?) Some interaction with ambassador cheetahs allowed (SA)

• Daniell Cheetah Project – www.daniellcheetahproject.com (?) Some interaction with ambassador cheetahs allowed (SA)

• C.R.O.W. Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife – www.crowkzn.co.za (?) (SA)

• International Primate Rescue – www.iprescue.org (?) (SA)

• Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre – www.moholoholo.co.za (?) Some interaction with animals allowed (SA)

(?) – These projects are overall good but may have certain practices that some people/conservationists may disagree with. More feedback about these projects is appreciated. We are trying to identify and promote good conservation projects and wildlife sanctuaries that are not connected to canned hunting or promoting hunting as a conservation method.

These are places that, in OUR opinion, are not involved in immoral practices like forced breeding and selling animals to hunting reserves, that try their best to care for wildlife and from whom you’ll have a lot to learn from spending time there. We do not know anything about the accommodations they offer, the food, transportation etc.

WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND YOU DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH TO DECIDE IF A PROJECT IS RIGHT FOR YOU. If you book through a travel agency, you can give them a list of places that you like and you can mention that you don’t want to volunteer at a breeding farm, they will know what you mean.

PLEASE LET US KNOW, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS LIST,

WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP. Any reason any of these places should not be on the good list? Any place you know about that should be added?

REMEMBER, WE CANNOT INCLUDE ON THE GOOD LIST ANY PLACE INVOLVED IN FORCED BREEDING, PETTING FOR PROFIT, AND MOST OF ALL SUSPECTED OF INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CANNED LION INDUSTRY.

THANK YOU.

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The updated list of BAD and UGLY places to avoid if you volunteer in Africa, according to our research:

= THE UGLY =

AS A GENERAL RULE, PLEASE AVOID ALL THE BREEDING FARMS WITH A LOT OF CUBS AND A LOT OF OLDER MALE LIONS AS THESE ARE SIGNS OF CONNECTION TO CANNED/TROPHY HUNTING.

• LETSATSI La Africa – www.letsatsi-la-africa.co.za – EVIL place!!! (SA)

• LIMPOPO PREDATOR PARK – www.predatorpark.co.za ANDwww.ingogosafaris.co.za – Owned by the same person Walter Slippers!!! (SA)

• BOSKOPPIE Lion and Tiger Reserve – www.boskoppie.com (SA)

• MORESON Ranch – www.moresonranch.co.za (SA)

• UKUTULA Lion Park & Lodge – www.ukutula.com (SA)

• AFRICAN DANKBAAR Lion Breeders – www.facebook.com/…/African-Dankbaar-Lion-Bree…/ 106729123983… (SA)

• HORSEBACK AFRICA – www.horsebackafrica.com/ |www.colin.co.za/lion_tours.htm | www.walking-with-lions.za.net/ (SA)

• MABULANI GAME RESERVE – www.mabulani.co.za/ Xara%20Mabulani/activities.htm (SA)

• SEAVIEW Predator Park – www.seaviewpredatorpark.com (SA)

• LION PARK – www.lion-park.com (SA)

• Mbidi Resort and Animal Sanctuary (RAMELA RANCH) –www.tigerman.co.za (www.ramelaranch.co.za – Breeding, hand-raising cubs and using them to attract volunteers, allowing petting, using tigers, lions or cheetahs (cubs and adults) for walks, swiming or shows….using animals only for profit, but NO known connection to hunting (SA)

• Bagamoya Wildlife Estate – www.bagamoyawildlifeestate.co.za – Breeding, taking young cubs away to hand-raise them, allowing petting and sometimes selling lions (SA)

• Otavi Lion Park – www.otavilionpark.co.za (SA)

• Caring4Catz Voluntarily Project – www.facebook.com/ Caring4Catz?ref=stream (SA)

• Zebula – www.zebula.co.za – Breeding and petting of lion and tiger cubs, elephant rides (SA)

• Tshukudu Game Lodge – www.tshukudulodge.co.za/ – Volunteer-program-launches – connected to the beginnings of canned hunting by the Cook Report, lion farm with a separate hunting business on the reserve www.sussens.co.za/about-us.php (SA)

• Ingwe Wildlife Centre – www.ingwewildlife.co.za – Breeding and taking cubs away to hand-raise them, using cubs to attract volunteers, allowing petting, ties to Letsatsi and Limpopo Predator Park and the owners are game traders who sell wildlife including lions (SA)

• Sondela Nature Reserve – www.sondela.com – Using cubs to attract volunteers, offering petting, have been raising cubs for Limpopo Predator Park (SA)

= THE BAD =

We don’t believe these places are directly connected to canned hunting but they are doing practises that we don’t agree with, such as breeding and using the cubs to attract volunteers, animal interaction for entertainment or profit, elephant rides, etc.  More feedback from these sites appreciated. Please send a message or post to our Facebook page. Thank you.

• Kwantu Game Reserve – www.kwantu.co.za – Forced breeding lions with the purpose of attracting volunteers, but taking good care of the animals, also selling lions, possibly to hunting reserves, but NOT related to Canned hunting (SA)

• Marakele Predator Centre – www.marakelepredatorcentre.co. za – Breeding, allowing petting and occasionally selling lions (SA)

• Buffelsdrift Game Lodge – www.buffelsdrift.com – Offering elephant rides (SA)

• Knysna Elephant Park – www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za – NSPCA reports cruel and abusive training methods employed to control and train baby and young elephants to use in the elephant-based tourist industry, offering elephant rides (SA)

• Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre – www.tenikwa.com – Serious concerns regarding the welfare of the primates in their care, also safety related concerns (SA)

• Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary – www.lorypark.co.za (SA)

• Mukuni Big Five Safaris – www.mukunibig5.co.zm (Zambia)

• ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust) –www.lionalert.org/page/ about-us – Part of a force breeding and lion exploitation business through petting and walks with lions, not connected to canned hunting (Zambia)

• LION ENCOUNTER – www.lionencounter.com – Breeding farm exploiting lions through petting and walks with lions, not connected to canned hunting (Zambia/Zimbabwe)

• ANTELOPE PARK – www.antelopepark.co.zw – Force breeding lions, exploiting lions through petting and walks with lions, not connected to canned hunting (Zimbabwe)

The lists are based on opinions expressed by former volunteers and conservationists on Facebook, blogs, reviews and also in articles published on this subject. We do not have any connection to any of the places listed and the reason for our work is to help the volunteers avoid projects involved in immoral practices such as force breeding, petting or canned hunting. We are not engaging in undercover operations.

Please let us know if there is a good reason why any of these places should not be on these lists.

This list is a work in progress.