Chief Stephen Fritz Wildlife Conservationist

The Khoi are traditionally very strongly connected to our natural world, the environment and the wild animals who live in this environment.

BABOONS OF THE WESTERN CAPE

Chief Stephen Fritz is working with concerned conservationists regarding the ongoing human baboon conflict and the management of baboons in the Western Cape. He hopes that a new management plan will be be beneficial to the baboons whose natural territory is being lost because of the urban spread.

WHITE LIONS

Chief Fritz was awarded a scholarship to the annual Academy for Lion Hearted Leadership, which is a leadership program organised as part of the Global White Lion Trust. Chief Fritz is a lion tracker and communicator. He has also participated in the Global White Lion research project which took place in the UNESCO Kruger to Canyons Biosphere. The research project highlighted the importance of combining indigenous knowledge systems with cutting-edge scientific findings.

LIONS IN CAPTIVITY IN SOUTH AFRICA



In 2018 Chief Stephen Fritz was invited to address the Portfolio Committee on the Environment in Parliament in Cape Town. His presentation was part of a two day colloquium that was held about the South African Captive Lion Industry and the Lion Bone Trade.

Chief Fritz reiterated the Khoi interpretation of the important role of the Lion in the wild.

TROPHY HUNTING OF LION IN GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Chief Stephen Fritz publicly voiced his outrage at the killing of “Skye” on the 7th July 2018 by trophy hunters. A much loved and photographed lion who lived in the Umbabat Reserve, an associated private nature reserve which is situated next to the Kruger National Park.

ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY

In 2019 Chief Fritz was asked to open the “Taking Elephants Out of the Room” Indaba. This conference was held in Hermanus in the Western Cape of South Africa. The conference was attended by elephant specialists from around the world, some of whom attended the conference in person and some who attended and took part virtually. The conference was organised to highlight the captive elephant.

IMAGE CREDITS:

Lammie the Elephant photographed at Johannesburg Zoo by Ban Animal Trading

Skye photographed by Charlie Lynam

Captive Lions and Ligers at Letsatsi La Africa photographed by EMS Foundation

Wild White Lion photographed by the Global White Lion Protection Trust

Kataza photographed by Baboon Matters

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