Pre-CITES Win: Polar Bears Off CoP17 Agenda

Suffering a devastating defeat at the last CITES CoP to try to up-list the abundant Polar Bear, this year the Animal Rights Extremists will pursue and target other species.

First For Wildlife

Anti-Hunting Groups Strike Out with Polar Bear Science

Something big is missing from the CITES agenda at the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this month in Johannesburg. In an early win for Safari Club and for the first time in years of debate, polar bears will not be discussed on the CITES floor.

Fighting anti-hunting groups on public perception of polar bear science has been a long battle. At the CoP16 in Bangkok three years ago, polar bears were the symbol of a so-called “imperiled” species. Anti-hunting groups dressed up in furry white costumes with life jackets and painted a doomsday picture of the last polar bear drifting away on a melting ice floe. Pushed by HSUS, among others, the United States proposed to uplist the polar bear from CITES Appendix II to Appendix I status.

shutterstock_193652336 Polar bears will not be discussed at CITES CoP17

But, the CITES…

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The CAMPFIRE Program in Zimbabwe

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By Charles Jonga and George Pangeti


Zimbabwe’s Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) is highly regarded in the conservation community. From CAMPFIRE’s inception in the 1980’s, the program has encouraged rural communities on communal lands to conserve local wildlife populations. Prior to the program, Zimbabwe did not have a system where landowners and rural residents could manage the wildlife for their own benefit. Like other African countries, upon independence Zimbabwe inherited a system of State ownership of wildlife. But, in 1975, the Parks and Wildlife Act was passed that gave private landholders the right to manage wildlife for their own benefit. This change in policy facilitated the recovery of wildlife on private lands. In 1982, the legal provisions of the Act were extended to Rural District Councils (RDCs), which was the beginning of the CAMPFIRE program.

The RDCs administer communal areas in Zimbabwe, and have become a mechanism…

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Front Cover

Iquitos – Portal to the Amazon – Front Cover


IQUITOS, PERU – A city of mystery, wonder and opportunity.

Isolated,with no roads to the outside world and situated on the banks of the great Amazon River, deep in the Amazon Jungle of far north-eastern Peru.

One of the most wild places left on earth.

Seeped in superstition. The home of witch doctor Shamans, with their trance and vision inducing Ayahuasca potions. Guiding visitors desperately seeking their path in life or searching to find natural plant cures for an illness.

Friendly indigenous natives migrate to Iquitos from their tribal jungle villages hoping to find a life in this century, despite not progressing since the stone age.

Fortune seekers and foreign companies are working to exploit the rich resources of this Amazon Jungle region with its bounty of wood, oil, gold, minerals and plants for healing.

Born by missionaries and raised in the days of the rubber boom, Iquitos is a unique, alluring, wild and fascinating place.

 This coffee table style photo-book takes you to the magical world of the Amazon and Iquitos. Iquitos-Portal to the Amazon is a photo tour of Iquitos,  with stories of the people, places, attractions, markets, food and events.

 Artwork by Iquitos artist, David Slocum Hewson.    Artwork by Peruvian visionary artist, Anderson Debernardi.   Contribution by Dr. Patch Adams.

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A great resource for anyone interested in Iquitos or the Amazon Jungle.

First edition printing end of May 2015.

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IQUITOS – Portal to the Amazon