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Namibia defends black rhino hunt

Namibia wildlife authorities on Friday defended the auction of permits to hunt black rhino, saying the kill was aimed at conserving the endangered species. The auction conducted in the United States by The Dallas Safari Club is part of a government approved annual quota, in place since 2012. It gives permission for the killing of five black rhino per year. "We have been confronted by individuals and organisations who express their dissatisfaction about the programme... They sometimes think that we do things randomly," said Deputy Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta.

Namibia defends black rhino hunt

Namibia wildlife authorities on Friday defended the auction of permits to hunt black rhino, saying the kill was aimed at conserving the endangered species. The auction conducted in the US by The Dallas Safari Club is part of a government approved annual quota, in place since 2012. It gives permission for the killing of five black rhino per year. "We have been confronted by individuals and organisations who express their dissatisfaction about the programme...they sometimes think that we do things randomly," said the Deputy Minister of Environment Pohamba Shifeta.

Lion found hanging in cage at Indonesia 'death zoo'

A young African lion has died after getting its head caught in cables in its cage at an Indonesian zoo notorious for hundreds of animal deaths in recent years, it was announced Thursday. The 18-month-old lion named Michael was found early Tuesday at the zoo in Surabaya, in the east of the main island of Java, said zoo spokesman Agus Supangkat. "The lion was found hanging from the roof of his cage. He was very young and got his head stuck in cables that keepers use to open and close the cage," Supangkat told AFP.

Football: African Nations Championship fixtures

Fixtures for 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) between January 11 and February 1 in South Africa (times GMT): Group A (Seeding: 1. South Africa, 2. Mali, 3. Nigeria, 4. Mozambique) Matches at Cape Town Stadium unless noted Jan 11: South Africa v Mozambique 1600, Mali v Nigeria 1900 Jan 15: South Africa v Mali 1500, Nigeria v Mozambique 1800 Jan 19: South Africa v Nigeria 1700, Mali v Mozambique, Athlone Stadium, Cape Town 1700 Group B (Seeding: 1. Zimbabwe, 2. Uganda, 3. Burkina Faso, 4. Morocco)

Football: African Nations Championship fixtures

Fixtures for 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) between January 11 and February 1 in South Africa (times GMT): Group A (Seeding: 1. South Africa, 2. Mali, 3. Nigeria, 4. Mozambique) Matches at Cape Town Stadium unless noted Jan 11: South Africa v Mozambique 1600, Mali v Nigeria 1900 Jan 15: South Africa v Mali 1500, Nigeria v Mozambique 1800 Jan 19: South Africa v Nigeria 1700, Mali v Mozambique, Athlone Stadium, Cape Town 1700 Group B (Seeding: 1. Zimbabwe, 2. Uganda, 3. Burkina Faso, 4. Morocco)

Giraffe, flamingo on menu for ancient Romans

Ancient Romans dined on giraffes, pink flamingos and exotic spices from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new scientific study of excavations in Pompeii near Naples in southern Italy. The study of food waste dug up by researchers from the University of Cincinnati in the United States led by archaeologist Steven Ellis found that menus in the city were far richer and more varied than previously thought.

Niger's giraffe population on the rise again

The small number of surviving giraffes in western Africa is on the rise again, after 366 were counted in southwest Niger in 2012, up from 311 the previous year, official figures published Tuesday showed. The latest figure includes 177 males and 189 females, said Niger's ASGN department for the environment and preservation of giraffes.

Connect the dots: infant mortality, graft and elephant poaching

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - What do infant mortality and elephant poaching have in common? Plenty, according to conservation groups. Researchers have for the first time made clear connections between elephant poaching in Africa, which has been surging to meet soaring ivory demand in Asia, and factors such as poverty, as shown by high rates of child deaths, and corruption. These links have always been suspected but never pinned down with hard data.

Indonesia builds sanctuary to save world's rarest rhino

On a leaf-covered dirt path overlooking lush paddy fields in western Indonesia, the world's rarest rhino had left a trail of hoofprints in the soft mud and bite marks on foliage. For people seeking a glimpse of the Javan rhino -- revered in local folklore as Abah Gede, or the Great Father -- such small signs are likely to be the closest they get. There are thought to be only around 50 of the animals left in existence, all living in the wild in Ujung Kulon National Park, an area of stunning natural beauty on the western tip of Indonesia's main island of Java.

S.Africa rhino poaching toll approaches 1,000

South Africa has lost nearly 1,000 rhinos this year in a poaching surge to feed the black-market demand for their horns, the environmental ministry said Thursday. "The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since January 2013 has increased to 946," the ministry said in a statement. Asian demand for rhino horn -- prized as a status symbol and wrongly thought to possess medicinal properties -- has fuelled an ever more intense onslaught on the animals.
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