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The Old Way and the New Way:

Interactions and Connections among San, Lions, and Elephants in the Kalahari

Professor Hitchcock discusses what we've failed to learn and respect and what we've too often replaced it with - "In March, 2012, Roy Sesana, a G//ana healer and a member of the organization First People of the Kalahari, came across a herd of elephants in his garden near Molapo in the Central Kalahari. Employing the principles of the Old Way, he talked to them and told them to leave, which they did. He did not employ New Way techniques to handle human elephant conflict such as problem animal control, having the elephants captured and relocated to another place. Instead, he simply talked to them."

More… Dec 14, 2014

Desperate to relocate

Chetty communities living in the core area of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve have been demanding that they be shifted out of the forest for three decades. Why is the forest department delaying their rehabilitation?

More… Dec 08, 2014

#HuntersNotPoachers: Bushman appeals to Prince William ahead of USA visit

Ahead of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the United States this week, a Botswana Bushman leader has appealed to Prince William for help in recognizing that tribal peoples who hunt for food are not poachers.

The couple are scheduled to visit New York and Washington D.C., where Prince William will launch his “United for Wildlife” initiative in the United States – a consortium of conservation organizations such as Conservation International and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) aiming to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

More… Dec 02, 2014

Tanzania refute claims to evict 40,000 Maasai from their land in Ngorongoro

According to a Press Release issued by the APO The Government of Tanzania has never had any plan to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land

More… Nov 29, 2014

Loliondo - Setting the record straight

The Nyalandu-Style Loliondo Land Grab Attempt Almost Becomes World News.

The renewed 1,500km2 grab attempt finally was reported about by the press, but in a distorted way. One Tanzanian newspaper is inciting the public against the people of Loliondo. The same paper published a letter by the councillor for Oloipiri supporting Thomson Safaris and OBC. Minister Nyalandu denies everything and talks about other things. The delegation from Loliondo failed to meet the Prime Minister.

More… Nov 23, 2014

Tanzania accused of backtracking over sale of Maasai’s ancestral land

Maasai told to leave historic homeland by end of the year so it can become a hunting reserve for the Dubai royal family

More… Nov 16, 2014

On India’s Forest Fringes, Widening Animal-Human Clashes

How do people living around wildlife protect themselves? - The survey found that 83% of households tried to keep animals away: 66% ran night watches, since that is when most raids occur; 61% fence their property; 41% light up their areas and 51% built stronger homes or storage areas.

More… Nov 10, 2014

Conservation Projects That Harm Communities:

Threats against community rights continue to rise in and around the Boumba Bek - Nki Conservation Area of Southeast Cameroon

The transfrontier TRIDOM area has been targeted for conservation for the past 20 years. Its cornerstones comprise Minkebe National Park in Gabon, Odzala Park in the Republic of Congo, the Dja Reserve and Boumba Bek-Nki Parks. The area is also home to many rural communities, including thousands of indigenous Baka whose livelihoods and culture have relied upon forest hunting and gathering across the region for many years.

More… Nov 03, 2014