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As the pandemic winds down, continual surveillance of wild animals is vital to ensure that it doesn’t switch to another sphere of life. Kamil Martinovsky/ shutterstock

COVID infection of three lions and a puma in private South African zoo points to need for wider surveillance

A growing body of research shows that COVID-19 protocols should be extended to areas in which there is a human-animal interface such as zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and game farms.
In some African countries, lion trophy hunting is legal. Riaan van den Berg

Recreational hunting, conservation and livelihoods: no clear evidence trail

Debates centred on the role of recreational hunting in supporting nature conservation and local people’s livelihoods are among the most polarising in conservation today.
Once cubs in captivity get too big to be stroked and cuddled by tourists, they’re sold into the canned hunting and Asian bone trade industries. Shutterstock

South Africa kicks the can down the road on captive predator breeding

While the international conservation community unites against the captive breeding of big cats in South Africa, the government stalls.

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