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Adam Cruise

of Conservation Action Trust

Adam Cruise has a philosophy degree in environmental and animal ethics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He specializes in wildlife conservation and wildlife crime and has traveled throughout the continent documenting and commenting on the key conservation issues and crises that face the continent.

New Dawn Rising: Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park Makes a Comeback

Decades of poaching and regional conflict in and around Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park has decimated one of Africa’s most prolific wildlife hotspots. Some species, such as the northern white rhino, were driven to extinction, elephant numbers crashed from 14,000 to less than 800. The instability and insecurity not only had a devastating impact on…

How a remote Indonesian island community is reclaiming its fishing heritage by restoring ruined coral reefs

Is this the future of marine conservation? A remote island community in Indonesia is restoring damaged coral reefs and reclaiming its fishing heritage.

From high-tech to the eccentric: Kruger Park pulls out all the stops to combat poaching

Kruger Park rangers are making a valiant effort to combat the scourge of poaching of rhino and other animals in South Africa’s famous wildlife sanctuary.. They have launched a sophisticated multi-prong anti-poaching campaign. Time will tell if their efforts are making a difference. But is their enough time to save the rhinos?

South Africa and Kenya Seek Consensus on Ivory Trade

South Africa and Kenya will hold talks with other African countries to find a common position on ivory trade ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg in September-October. Kenya, as part of a group of 27 African…

Why Rhino Poaching Isn’t High on the CITES Agenda

At the 66th meeting of the Standing Committee for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in Geneva, Switzerland, from the January 11 to 15, deliberation over the plight of rhinos was brushed over in less than an hour. Despite considerable efforts by range, transitional, and consumer states…

For Nations Lax About Ivory Smuggling, An Easy Pass

The Lao Peoples Democratic Republic recently became the latest of the countries most implicated in the illicit trafficking of elephant tusks to be let off the hook. Here’s the background. At the 16th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Conference of the Parties, in Bangkok, Thailand,…

Hunters Bagged 10,000 Lions in Africa Since 2003, Trophy Data Show

Given that in Africa wild lions are in catastrophic decline–the latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) figures suggest that fewer than 20,000 remain–it may come as a shock to discover that as many as 10,000 of the  continent’s iconic big cats were legally hunted and exported as trophies in the ten years ending…

How to Save Elephants: Obliterate Ivory Stockpiles Simultaneously

To save African elephants from extinction, “range states should put their ivory stockpiles beyond commercial use immediately and simultaneously,” says South African economist Ross Harvey.

Cat Out of the Bag: Trophy Hunting Fuels African Lion Bone Trade in Asia

In the first full research report of its kind, the trophy hunting industry in South Africa has been exposed as the main source of Asia’s rapidly expanding lion bone trade. The implications are that thousands of lions are being raised in South Africa to shot in cages, stoking a market for lion bone medicine that ultimately threatens the last 2,300 wild lions in the country.

Death of Zimbabwe’s Best-Loved Lion Ignites Debate on Sport Hunting

Zimbabwe’s most well-known and much-photographed black-maned lion, affectionately named Cecil, was killed by sport hunters just outside the nation’s premier wildlife park, Hwange, last week. The killing by a hunter using a bow and arrow has sparked considerable discussion about the ethics of hunting big cats in areas adjacent to wildlife sanctuaries, especially when research has shown that it can cause severe destabilization of prides, including the killing of fatherless cubs.