South African pit bull-inflicted fatality rate, over past 100 days, soars to four times the U.S. record rate of 2022 LICHTENBERG, South Africa––Few Americans would recognize the name Philemon Mulala, but among soccer fans in Africa, he enjoyed approximately the fame of a major league baseball player who punctuated a career longer than most by […]
Former Safari Club International president convicted of killing his wife
Larry Rudolph & mistress Lori Milliron are now trophies of federal justice DENVER, Colorado––Former Safari Club International president Larry Rudolph, 67, and his longtime trophy-hunting girlfriend Lori Milliron, 64, were on August 1, 2022 convicted by jury in U.S. federal court of multiple charges associated with the October 11, 2016 murder of Rudolph’s wife, Bianca […]
Whose trophies were Bianca Rudolph, Paddy Curtis, & Riaan Naude?
Two alleged perps in trophy hunter murders go to trial; four still at large DENVER, Colorado; BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe; MOKOPANE, South Africa––Former Safari Club International president Larry Rudolph, 67, and his longtime trophy-hunting girlfriend Lori Milliron, 60, go to trial in Denver, Colorado, on Monday, July 11, 2022. Rudolph and Milliron face multiple charges originating […]
Factory farming scheme in Zambia threatens wildlife over half of Africa
Straw-colored fruit bats, giving birth in just one place, pollinate trees throughout central Africa LUSAKA, Zambia––Public comment on what appears to be one of the most ecologically destructive development projects in all Africa, menacing Kasanka National Park, Zambia, and especially threatening to straw-colored fruit bats, closes on June 16, 2021. Who cares about African […]
Remembering Rory Young, Glenn Summerlin, & Helen Marston
Soldier, fundraiser, & campaigner: three animal advocates whose work & approaches could scarcely have differed more Rory Young, 49, founder of the anti-poaching organization Chengeta Wildlife, was killed on April 26, 2021, along with Spanish journalist David Beriáin, 44, and photographer Roberto Fraile, 47, in an ambush in Burkina Faso attributed to the jihadist militia […]
Could Zambia contracept wild hippos instead of culling?
Or is hippo overpopulation even really the issue? LUSAKA, Zambia––Why has Zambian tourism minister Charles Banda revived a five-year-old plan to cull up to 250 hippopotamuses per year from South Luangwa National Park, only two years after scrapping it? “The South Luangwa National Park has a population of more than 13,000 hippos but the area […]
“Kenya’s wildlife should remain in the wild” –– Sidney Quntai, 57
Little known outside Kenya, hugely influential within NAIROBI, Kenya––Pioneering Kenyan journalist and wildlife advocate Sidney Quntai Tauwo, 57, died “on the morning of April 20, 2018 after a short illness which he courageously fought, but lost,” Africa Network for Animal Welfare senior officer for communications and advocacy Sebastian Mwanza emailed to ANIMALS 24-7 on […]
Trump words had no teeth: elephant & lion trophy imports resume
Under current rules, Walter Palmer might have imported Cecil’s head with little fuss WASHINGTON D.C.–– In 20-20 hindsight, the November 19, 2017 Twitter message by U.S. President Donald Trump hinting that he might protect African elephants and lions from trophy hunting by executive order looks more like camouflage than a decision. Twittering that trophy […]
Who killed ivory trade investigator Esmond Martin, why?
Survived more than 30 years of work in some of the world’s most dangerous places, only to be stabbed in his bed NAIROBI, Kenya––Nairobi police homicide detectives appear to believe that renowned elephant ivory and rhino horn trafficking investigator Esmond Bradley Martin Jr., 75, was murdered on February 5, 2018 in connection with a […]
Trump stalls elephant & lion trophy imports after meal of shark fin soup
Appointees had put elephants & lions back on trophy hit list WASHINGTON D.C.––Tweeting “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts,” U.S. President Donald Trump on November 17, 2017 unexpectedly suspended U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services decisions –– trumpeted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and praised by both […]