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Experts gather in Durban on wildlife management

07-12-2012 14:23 BJT

400 experts attend 4th Int'l Wildlife Management Congress for better wildlife management and conservation

The goal of this year's congress is to gain sustainable cooperation in cross-border wildlife management

Save China's Tigers, a wildlife conservation program in S. Africa, is dedicated to re-wilding captive bred Tigers in a wildlife reserve

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As the scourge of Rhino poaching remains a constant threat in many of South Africa’s wildlife reserves, Durban played host to the 4th International Wildlife Management Congress. The event draws together wildlife experts from over 42 countries, for a panel of discussions in the latest trends in wildlife management and environmental sustainability.

Co-operative wildlife management across borders, this was the common thread, that emerged from this year’s International Wildlife Management Congress, an event, held for the first time on the African continent.

Co-operative wildlife management across borders, this was the common thread, that emerged
from this year’s International Wildlife Management Congress.

Over 400 of the world’s top wildlife professionals gathered to discuss various ways of pursuing international best practices in the field of wildlife management and raise awareness about ongoing wildlife conservation programs.

Dr. Greg smith, director of Patuxent Wildlife Research, said, "I think there is many endangered species many threatened species that will benefit from the kind of thinking and synergism that’s happening at this years congress, again we at a stage right now in global conservation where the threats are much more complicated than they where 10,15,20 years ago, certainly 100 years ago and these types of meetings are critical in order to stimulate thinking and exchange new ideas."

South Africa, known internationally as leader in wildlife conservation, has attracted a number of unique wildlife conservation programs to its shores.

Save China’s Tigers, is one such program, that has uses innovative methods of re-wilding
captive bred and critically endangered South China Tigers, in a dedicated wildlife reserve.

Save China’s Tigers, is one such program, that has uses innovative methods of re-wilding captive bred and critically endangered South China Tigers, in a dedicated wildlife reserve.

Li Quan, founder director of Save China’s Tigers, said, "Because South Africa has been successful with the wildlife like Lions and Cheetah’s and that’s why we able to actually make the saving South China Tiger successful because, South Africa actually has all the ingredients to make it successful."

The congress, also allowed delegates to share their knowledge an experiences in the latest trends in wildlife management and conservation.

Jj Van Altena, wildlife expert, said, "We’ve been contra-cepting Elephants since 1996,we did an initial project in Kruger National Park and from there we moved on into a private industry to a more of a discreet population to determine how viable it was as an actual concepted tool."

As delegates debate the paradigm shift with which wildlife management is currently moving, organizers claim the ultimate goal of this year's congress, would be sustainable co-operation, in cross border wildlife management.

Coming at a time when certain species of wildlife, face the very real threat of extinction, this year’s congress highlighted some these daunting issues, currently plaguing the international wildlife management community. Endangered species like the Rhino and the Tiger will in the end be the ultimate beneficiaries, of any positive conservational synergisms, that emerge from this year’s congress.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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