Four young elephants are plucked from their families and their homes in the African bush. They are drugged and shunted to various institutions before being dumped unceremoniously on the tarmac at Johannesburg International airport.
Tour operators and ''jeep jockeys'' cashing in on SA's increasingly competitive wildlife industry have taken to taunting animals and herding them towards tourist vehicles for a close-up view - with fatal consequences. At least two people were trampled by elephants over the festive season.
In spite of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which was supposed to save Earth from further destruction, the planet seems to be in worse shape than ever. A report shows that at least 11 167 species of plants and animals face a high risk of extinction soon.
Farmers in the western Free State hate small wild predators so much that after killing them they string them up along a public fence in a grisly head-hunting competition. Their trophies are on display at a T-junction of farm roads near Soutpan.
Breeders of ''canned lions'' in the Free State are brazenly advertising what must be the biggest sell-off of endangered and exotic big cats in captivity that the world has seen to date. Six breeders are auctioning more than 84 big cats, including lionesses that are pregnant.
Last Friday, September 13, was a bad day for the elephants of the Sabi Sands game reserve next to the Kruger National Park. Normally placid herds charged around in apparent terror, trumpeting, shaking their heads and running with their tails stuck straight out behind them.