Alan Bunn

Alan Bunn is a hunting publication veteran with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He hunts Africa regularly and is an avid hunter with rifle, pistol, shotgun, and bow.

The Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC) and Mozambique Tax Authority (AT) yesterday intercepted a 20-foot container containing 651 pieces of elephant tusk ivory at the port of Maputo. The consignment was bound for Dubai. According to Moçambique Bio, the prohibited items were hidden in the centre of the container, surrounded by bags of corn. According to the same publication, efforts are now underway to identify the exporter and customs broker of the container. Meanwhile, lawyer David Ucama said that SERNIC would notify the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) so it could carry out an examination of the seized products. “SERNIC…

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During the month of February 2024, there were thirteen farm attacks and one farm murder in South Africa. In January 2024, there were seven farm attacks and no farm murders in the country. And in December 2023, there were eighteen farm attacks and six farm murders. These farm attacks and murders are often accompanied by extreme violence, torture, and rape and are being openly fueled by black South African leaders in the country. 2020 Farm attacks and Farm murders: 446 Farm attacks and 77 farm murders. 2021 Farm attacks and Farm murders: 248 Farm attacks and 43 farm murders. 2022 Farm attacks and…

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28/02/2023: AfriForum launched its latest report on farm attacks and murders. Out of all the farm murders reported last year, suspects were arrested in only 33% of the incidents. However, it is unclear how many were charged and ultimately convicted. This is a drastic decrease from the 47% that AfriForum found in 2020 to be arrested after a farm murder. The number of arrests last year stems from a total of 333 confirmed farm attacks and 50 farm murders that took place in 2022.According to the report, the number of farm attacks decreased in the past year compared to the…

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Tragedy struck yesterday at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Zoological Garden when a nine-year-old male lion killed a zookeeper, Mr. Olabode Olawuyi. A release by the public relations officer of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, said Olawuyi who has been in charge of the Zoological Garden for over a decade was attacked midday of the fateful day while feeding the wild cats in their den. Olarewaju said the other members of staff who were at the scene of the incident did everything within their power to rescue their boss but the wild animal had already caused severe fatalities. The vice chancellor,…

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Researchers have created a powerful synthetic antibody that counteracts the deadly venom produced by snakes in the Elapidae family—which includes the black mamba, king cobra, and kraits. Their findings, published last week in Science Translational Medicine, offer hope for an eventual universal antivenom, one capable of neutralizing the toxins of hundreds of venomous snakes worldwide. “We are wiping out a major subclass of neurotoxins here,” says Nicholas Casewell, a co-author of the study and a toxicologist at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England, to Science’s Christie Wilcox. “I think this is a really huge step in terms of what can be achieved by a…

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An infamous orca killed a great white shark by itself last year in South Africa and devoured the shark’s nutritious liver. It’s the first time a killer whale has been observed preying on a great white shark alone, and the entire attack took less than two minutes. “While killer whales can hunt large prey individually, this is the first documented instance in South Africa involving white sharks as prey,” says Alison Towner, a marine biologist and doctoral candidate at Rhodes University in South Africa. “The surprising element was how quickly the killer whale immobilized and consumed the liver of the shark.” The killer whale…

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GABORONE, BOTSWANA — Botswana says it will use next week’s U.N. Environment Assembly to lobby against a proposed European ban on importing wildlife trophies from Africa. This comes as Botswana’s former president visits the U.K. to lobby in favor of the ban, defying his country’s position. Botswana’s acting minister of environment and tourism, Machana Shamukuni, told Parliament that he would be present when the U.N. Environment Assembly convenes Monday in Nairobi. He said he would be reminding like-minded delegates to continue to lobby against Europe’s efforts to ban trophy hunting. Trophy hunting is the practice of killing large animals such…

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A man from Masvingo who was found in possession of five dried lion heads worth US$100 000, appeared in court yesterday charged with contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act. Prosecuting, Ms Berlinda Chimuka alleged that on Saturday morning at around 9am, detectives from CID Minerals, Flora and Fauna Unit in Harare heard that Patson Ndlovu (32) and his accomplices were in possession of five dried lion heads and were looking for a potential buyer at the corner of Mazowe Street and Herbert Ushewokunze Avenue, Harare. So they went out to have a look, pretending to be potential buyers. Ndlovu and…

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Broadly, rewilding refers to relocating wild species to former ranges and habitats where the critters once roamed but have since vanished or become extremely rare. It is not a new idea: current initiatives follow a trail blazed in the early 20th century by the American Bison Society, which bred enough of the animals at the New York City Zoo to translocate 14 to Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. Now a term of conservation art, rewilding is for the most part a noble goal and has mammoth potential to do good in the face of the “Sixth Extinction” currently…

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The rhinos rouse themselves as we approach, then trot off through the grass, looking surprisingly skittish for animals the size of a family car. Nearby, another group sheltering from the sun turn their heads towards us warily. In the distance, more of the animals break cover from a tree line to inspect what’s going on.There seem to be rhinos in every direction.In fact, this single secret location outside Johannesburg, South Africa, is home to an extraordinary 2,000 white rhinos, equivalent to one in seven of the world’s entire population.Six months ago, the future of this sanctuary was in doubt. The owner…

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