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Newsletter 46
06/08/11

The Body Parts Scam


Shadow in the snow

A sign at the entrance of Tiger Canyons now reads "For their own safety, all tigers at Tiger Canyons have satellite tracking devices".

Another sign reads "Abandoned at birth, raised by human beings, rare and beautiful, taken by greed"

Shine:    9 January 2009 - 15 August 2010

The death of Shine (Newsletter 37) still haunts me, but today things have become a lot clearer.

On the day that she was killed, a rhino was killed near Tiger Canyons and the horn hacked off.

I have always suspected but could never prove that the men that killed Shine were connected to the rhino poaching.

Recently, on Carte Blanche, Taiwanese citizens were arrested for trading in rhino horn and "lion body parts".

In 2010, an International Wildlife Agency monitoring the trafficking of illegal products, had contacted me and asked me if I knew of a trade in tiger body parts from South Africa. My reply was that I didn't think there were enough tigers to sustain the trade. I was wrong!

In South Africa there are over 5,000 captive lions providing the lucrative canned lion industry with trophies for overseas hunters.

In the Free State alone, 100 male lions can be shot in a single season. Normally the hunter takes the trophy, but not the body parts.

In addition, from a population of 5,000 lions, there will be natural mortalities from sick and old lions. etc.

Let's say 5% natural mortality. This would be around 250 dead lions per year. Add another 300 hunted for trophies and it's conceivable that the body parts of 550 lions would become available.

A lion is not a Cites Appendix 1 animal and therefore the Taiwanese men can legally ship all the lion body parts to China. Once the body parts are in China, guess what, the "lion body parts" become "tiger body parts" and no one is any the wiser except the price of tiger body parts is so much higher.

I have been given a price of $15,000 for the body parts of an average size tiger. Therefore, 550 lions at $15,000 amounts to $8,250,000 or around R58 million.

So the ball game for the tigers at Tiger Canyons has changed. I must now accept that like owners of rhino's, I will now be a target for unscrupulous people who would attempt to steal a tiger for the canned tiger industry or kill a tiger for the body parts. The money is big, the trade is lucrative and the greed is higher than ever.

Even if the Taiwanese men go to jail, you can be sure there will be others exploiting the "lion body parts" loophole.

Thank you to Lane Batot and others who responded to my newsletter, Tiger Subspecies. The responses are on my website and are outstanding.

When the Florida panther was so low in numbers, where did they go for panthers? To Canada! I hope they weren't "mixing subspecies" (smile)

Another excellent example is where wolves and coyotes have crossbred naturally in the wilds. So it seems that nature too has its methods of cross breeding to keep species strong and to invent new species as well.


Mahindra in snow

Shadow

Back at Tiger Canyons, many photographers have written to me wishing they could have filmed and photographed the tigers in the snow.

If it is any comfort to you, no one could get into the sanctuary, it was totally waterlogged.

In addition, the weight of the frozen snow and gale force winds had collapsed the perimeter fence in three places, so we were back to repairing fences.


Sariska inspects the damage

I decided to walk, cameras in hand into the tiger area, a pretty stupid thing to do. For my trouble, I got knocked down by the tigress Shadow, who was invigorated by the snow. I did manage to get these pictures captioned "Shadow charging from the snow"

Some truly breathtaking pictures have been entered for the photo competition. Because of the interest and all the setbacks, we have moved the closing date for pictures to 15th of November.

We have decided to split the photo-shopped pictures from the straight pictures and have prizes for both, so send any type of picture you like. Only three pictures per photographer please. Children's photographs welcome, put your age on entry.

I was fortunate and privileged to film Zaria's first kill, a springbuck. (Zaria was hand raised and is now 30 months old) After she had caught the springbuck, she had no idea how to kill it, proving that the suffocating throat grip is learnt and not instinctive.

The new area is complete and fully stocked with suitable prey and is awaiting inspection by Nature Conservation.

A prize is being offered for the first photographer to capture a picture of a tiger swimming in the pools below the platform.

Tread lightly on the earth
JV

 

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01/10/15
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13/09/15
Give it a Name

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10/09/15
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Newsletter 120
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11/08/15
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Newsletter 117
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An Open Letter to the President: Operation Wild Lion

Newsletter 116
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Newsletter 109
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Newsletter 108
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The Healing Power of Cats

Newsletter 107
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Goddess Gaia

Newsletter 106
03/02/15
Ambassador Cats

Newsletter 105
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Invitation
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Gaining ground for tigers

Newsletter 103
14/12/14
Tibo's Dilemma

Newsletter 102
05/12/14
Wilderness Man

Newsletter 101
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Newsletter 100
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The Power of the Picture

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Newsletter 96
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Corbett's Journey

Newsletter 95
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Bush School: Where are they now?

Newsletter 94
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Open letter to Jani Allen: Oscar Pistorius

Newsletter 93
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John Varty interview with Sizie Modise

Newsletter 92
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Marion's Big Cat Safari

Newsletter 91
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Newsletter 90
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Newsletter 89
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Newsletter 88
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Managing the Genes

Newsletter 87
16/01/14
Capture the Moment

Newsletter 86
07/12/13
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26/11/13
The Communicators

Newsletter 84
26/11/13
A Letter to All Conservationists in SA 
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by Maxine Gaines

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16/11/13
Tell me what happened

Newsletter 82
04/11/13
Profit is the Name of Your Game

Newsletter 81
30/10/13

Big Cat Cub Safari


Newsletter 80
18/10/13
In the Jaws of the Tiger

Newsletter 79
11/10/13
Open letter to Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa about rhino crisis

Newsletter 78
06/10/13
Open letter to Min of Defense, South Africa about rhino crisis

Newsletter 77
30/09/13
Digital Photography

Newsletter 76
06/09/13
Zoochosis

Newsletter 75
20/07/13
Rhino Horn Trade - Response

Newsletter 74
09/07/13
Raw Power

Newsletter 73
02/07/13
The Evolution of the Tracker

Newsletter 72
02/07/13
An Open Letter to the Honourable Edna Molewa, Minister of Water Affairs and Environmental Affairs

Newsletter 71
06/06/13
Using flash or spotlight on cats at night

Newsletter 70
14/05/13
Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the best eyesight of them all?

Newsletter 69
12/04/13
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fastest of them all?

Newsletter 68
25/03/13
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best fighter of them all?

Newsletters 67
07/03/13
Wild Cheetah return to the Free State after 100 years

Newsletter 66
28/02/13
Seeking the genes

Newsletters 65
06/02/13
Corbett's Journey

Newsletters 64
22/01/13
In Search of a Mate

Newsletters 63
11/01/13
Rumble in the Jungle

Newsletters 62
30/10/12
Voronin Big Cat Safari Breaks All Records

Newsletters 61
09/12/12
A Journey to Nowhere

Newsletter 60
03/10/12
The John Hume Approach

Newsletter 59
28/09/12
Response to Rhino Horn Auction

Newsletters 58
24/09/12
A Letter to John Hume, SA biggest Rhino Breeder

Newsletters 57
05/09/12
Newsletters 56
01/08/12
Indian Government -
the wrong decision

Newsletter 55
11/07/12
What price must beauty pay?

Newsletter 54
21/04/12
Corbett's Freedom

Newsletter 53
15/04/12
Lethal injection or Freedom

Newsletters 52
04/04/12
The anatomy of an aggressive tiger

Newsletters 51
14/02/12
Majestic, breathtaking pictures

Newsletters 50
04/11/11
Tigress Calendar

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19/11/11

Let your pictures do the talking

Newsletters 48
26/09/11

Rhino Wars

Newsletters 47
06/09/11
A Letter to the President

Newsletters 46
08/08/11
The Body Parts Scam

Newsletters 45
11/07/11
Tiger Subspecies

Newsletters 43
01/05/11
Your future and the Tiger

Newsletter 42
08/05/11
Talk to Me

Newsletter 41
26/01/11
Gaian Reminder

Newsletter 40
18/11/10
Ron's Journey

Newsletter 39
20/10/10
"Descreprimate"

Newsletter 38
06/09/10
Beauty comes at a price

Newsletter 37
18/08/10

The Light Has Gone Out


Newsletter 36
08/07/10
The Beautiful Game

Newsletter 35
05/07/10
The Ethics of
Tiger Green Hunting

Newsletter 34
21/06/10
Tiger Hunt

Newsletter 33
26/05/10
The Year of the Tiger

Newsletter 32
11/02/10

Riding the Tiger


Newsletter 31
24/01/10

Runti's Journey


Newsletter 30
12/01/10

To intervene or not to intervene -
that is the question...

Newsletter 29
07/12/09

Lion - Tiger - Human Communication


Newsletter 28
12/11/09

Emotional humans, emotional cats


Newsletter 27
03/11/09

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Newsletter 26
24/09/09

International Tiger Day


Newsletter 25
17/08/09

To all Photographers


Newsletter 24
16/07/09

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Newsletter 22
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Newsletter 21
24/03/09


Newsletter 19
14/01/09

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10/10/08

Tiger Courting


Newsletter 11
29/01/08

Privatizing the Tiger


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Newsletter 8
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Newsletter 7
14/09/07

Water Cats


Newsletter 6
14/08/07

Tiger Intelligence


Newsletter 5
16/05/07

Tiger language
Tiger Boma


Newsletter 3
09/03/07

Interspecies communication


Newsletter 2
06/02/07

Cub relocation


Londolozi
Newsletters

Death of a Legend
17/08/09


Newsletter 20
10/02/09

Newsletter 15
17/08/08

Painted Wolves


Newsletter 13
11/04/08

Response to Elephant Trust
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Newsletter 12
09/04/08

Elephant Trust