1004 CONSERVATION IN SOUTH AFRICA: THE WAY FORWARD
Coordinated by Bronwyn Laing, researcher, Project Rhino
Africa is facing a massive wildlife crisis. South Africa is one of the top five fastest growing tourism destinations in the world, in part because of its wildlife, and the Big Five in particular. Despite this, four of the Big Five are facing poaching at levels not seen before. Three rhinos are killed every day in South Africa and an elephant is lost to poachers every twenty minutes. This course will highlight the truth behind these figures and what is being done to stop the slaughter. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the demand for these animals and the syndicates running the trade in animal parts.
1. Lions: at the crossroads of commerce, conflict and conservation Dr G. Balme – Director, Panthera Leopard Programme
2. Leopards: caught in a conservation blindspot Dr G. Balme – Director, Panthera Leopard Programme
3. Rhinos and elephants: will conservation triage be the only option for their future in the wild? Dr J. Hanks – Independent environmental consultant
4. Not for the faint-hearted: Operation Lock and the scourge of rhino poaching Dr J. Hanks – Independent environmental consultant
5. Panel discussion Dr John Hanks, Prof John Donaldson, Dr Guy Balmeand Dr Jo Shaw (Chair).