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Rebirth in the Cape

Wildlife once roamed South Africa’s Western Cape, but over the years, conflict with humans, loss of habitat and poaching have been detrimental to the region’s fauna. The Cape mountain lion was hunted to extinction, and elephant and rhino all fell victim to the hunter’s bullet some 250 years ago. But Searl Derman, owner of Aquila Private Game Reserve, two hours from Cape Town, has set about changing all this by reintroducing four of the Big Five species:
Credit: Aquila Private Game Reserve

Lion During the search for the closest species to the extinct Cape mountain lion, Derman came across an industry that shocked him to the core: ‘canned hunting’. This includes the practice of breeding animals to be killed, as well as hunting them in small enclosures or when they are tame or drugged.

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