African Elephants

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2013-08-12
The War on African Poaching: Is Militarization Fated to Fail?

Africa’s elephants are also being shot in extraordinary and rising numbers for their ivory, now a hot-selling status and investment commodity in China. Experts estimate that a mind-boggling 25,000 to 40,000 elephants are being killed annually across the continent, which could be close to 10 percent of the total number remaining, and significantly more than are born each year.
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2013-08-02
Destroying Elephant Ivory Stockpiles: No Easy Matter

When the Philippines destroyed its five-ton stockpile of seized elephant tusks on June 21, it marked not only the first time an ivory-consuming nation took such a public action but also the first time a country took key steps to guarantee that it could not re-enter the black market.
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2013-07-27
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta launches campaign to save elephants

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Friday night launched an anti-poaching campaign dubbed “Hands off our Elephants” whose main objective is to educate Kenyans and the world on the need to conserve the elephant for posterity.
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2013-07-25
Kenya: Get Tough to Save Kenya's Elephants

YESTERDAY a national campaign 'Hands off our elephants' was launched in Nairobi by Wildlife Direct. It was heartening to see the widespread support for the campaign from Environment Secretary Judy Wakhungu, Kenya Airways, Vision 2030 and KWS.
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2013-07-24
Kenya: State to Foster Human-Wildlife Habitation

The government is working on mechanisms to see communities living near wildlife benefit economically from the animals. Water, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu says this will improve the communities' economic status and deter them from poaching wildlife.
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2013-07-18
Q&A: Armed Groups Find a Payday in Wildlife Trafficking

In a recent report to the U.N. Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged the possibility of poaching as a threat to not just wildlife or endangered species, but to the greater stability and peace in general.
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2013-07-18
Elephant tusks: the new blood diamonds

Militant groups in Central and East Africa are cashing in on the lucrative ivory trade to fund their operations across the continent, threatening both regional security and the survival of Africa’s endangered elephants.
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2013-07-18
Tanzania government responds over elephant poaching

Reacting to circulating reports over escalating crime on poaching of elephants and the bloody ivory trade, Tanzania government said more than 1,000 poaching suspects were booked in the span of a year.
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2013-07-15
Kenya: Poachers kill four jumbos using poisoned arrows

Four elephants have died of arrow wounds in the Tsavo Conservation area (TCA) in Taita-Taveta County.
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2013-07-12
Zimbabwe: Storage space for elephant tusks runs out

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) yesterday said the country was running out of storage space for elephant tusks.
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2013-07-10
The War on Tusks

Tusks up–in some parts of the world that means good luck; a saying full of irony considering the unfortunate plight of elephants today.
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2013-07-09
Kenya: Guns will not win the war against elephant poachers

Despite best efforts we are not winning the war on poaching. A massive seizure of 1.5 tons of ivory in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on 3 July flies in the face of threats against poachers and dealers by the Kenya government, and yet ivory traffickers continue unabated.
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2013-07-08
Kenya: Nyamu Treks to Save Kenya's Jumbos

Nairobi — "I gained more impetus to continue with my conservation work when a senior government officer during the International Elephant Awareness and Appreciation Day in Voi asked me why I bother walking around talking about elephants... getting blisters when we have one million elephants in the country," Jim Nyamu an animal conservationist told Capital FM News.
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2013-07-08
Abundance Of Elephants Strains South African Game Reserves

While most of the news about elephants out of Africa concerns poaching and falling numbers, South Africa has the opposite problem. Its elephant populations have grown greater than the country can manage.
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2013-07-05
Only 4 Percent of South Sudan’s Elephants Remain. Can Satellites Save Them?

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2013-07-03
South Sudan expands efforts to protect remaining elephants

With expert assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society and funding from USAID, South Sudan's Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism (MWCT) has ramped up efforts to protect its last elephants by fitting individual animals with GPS collars for remote tracking, a critical practice in the fight against ivory poachers.
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2013-07-01
Obama to launch major wildlife trafficking initiative in Africa

President Obama will launch a new initiative in Tanzania on Monday aimed at combating illegal wildlife trafficking, according to White House officials.
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2013-06-29
Kenyan poachers make a killing in ivory

The shooter had laid up atop a flat, house-sized boulder - no more than 10 metres from the elephant - and blasted a bullet down through the animal's head.
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2013-06-21
Why the Philippines crushed $10M worth of ivory with a backhoe

The Philippines began destroying five tonnes of elephant tusks on Friday in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world's worst hotspots for illegal African ivory trading.
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2013-06-21
Pulling Teeth: The Philippines sets a new bar for combatting global ivory crime.

On Friday the Philippines became the world's first non-African country to undertake the destruction of its national ivory stock. The government's action represents the first time an ivory-consuming country or an ivory-transit country has destroyed its seized ivory.
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2013-06-13
Kenya: Cabinet Approves Tough Anti-Poaching Measures

Nairobi — The Cabinet has adopted tough measures aimed at protecting the country's wildlife including fines of up to Sh1 million for those found guilty of poaching.
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2013-06-09
Philippines: Government to burn P420-M seized elephant tusks

About five tons of confiscated elephant tusks worth $10 million or roughly P420 million will be destroyed by the government to show its zero tolerance for illegal wildlife trade.
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2013-06-09
Illegal assault rifles taking deadly toll on African elephants

KABO, Republic of Congo--AK-47 assault rifles have taken a heavy human toll during civil wars in various African nations, but now the weapons are being used to slaughter African forest elephants.
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2013-06-07
Kenya overhauls wildlife laws following rise in elephant and rhino deaths

Kenya's Cabinet has approved a complete overhaul of the country's national wildlife legislation by approving the Wildlife Bill and Policy, in one of the swiftest responses to the recent reports of escalating poaching of elephants and rhinos.
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2013-06-07
Uhuru Kenyatta’s Cabinet cracks whip on poachers

NAIROBI, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Cabinet has put in place measures to curb poaching among them increasing fines of offenders to one million shillings.
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2013-06-06
Africa's Elephants Threatened

With militia groups in Africa suspected of arming themselves through the illegal ivory trade, elephant poaching is not only causing concern among conservationists, it is also a security problem.
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2013-06-06
Inside the Global Industry That's Slaughtering Africa's Elephants

A United Nations Rapid Response Assessment (the UN may be slow to act, but the assessments come quick) puts last year's losses around 32,000 African elephants, as compared to 2011 casualties of 25,000, reporting "mass and gruesome killings of elephants."
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2013-05-28
Ban Ki-moon to warn UN security council of dangers of wildlife trafficking

An estimated 11,000 elephants have been killed since 2004 in Gabon's Minkebe National Park alone.
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2013-05-26
Special report: Interpol acts to stem ivory trade

Dubai: Interpol sent a strong signal on Wednesday to organised crime that it is stepping up efforts to stem illegal ivory trade shipments — such as the consignment of 259 elephant tusks intercepted earlier this week at Jebel Ali Port by Dubai Customs.
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2013-05-26
Breaking the gridlock on the global wildlife crime crisis

Wildlife crime not only destroys our vital natural heritage, but it is also a crime against the stability and prosperity of nations and a crime that puts human lives at risk.
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2013-05-24
Court case verdict reveals true scale of 2011’s “Annus horribilis” for African Elephants

The sentencing of three men in Fujian Province for their role in smuggling ivory to China from Africa has provided new insights into the scale and nature of the global illicit ivory trade in 2011, already the worst year on record.
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2013-05-24
South Africa: Ivory now on poachers’ shopping list

An elephant has been gunned down in the Tembe Elephant Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, an ominous signal that Mozambique-based rhino horn syndicates have added ivory to their shopping list.
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2013-05-21
Uganda: LRA Poaching Elephants in Central Africa

United Nations — Armed groups in central Africa are using powerful weapons, some of which may be left over from the civil war in Libya, to kill elephants for their ivory, the United Nations said on Monday.
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2013-05-21
UN says elephant poaching may be linked to crime and terrorism, threaten central Africa peace

The illegal trade in elephant ivory may constitute an important source of funding for armed groups, including the Lord's Resistance Army, threatening peace and security in central Africa, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council.
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2013-05-20
Libya war weapons may be killing central Africa elephants : UN

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Armed groups in central Africa are using powerful weapons, some of which may be left over from the civil war in Libya, to kill elephants for their ivory, the United Nations said on Monday.
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2013-05-18
Dar's secret poaching report implicates China

Investment relations between China and Tanzania have been cited in elephant poaching in Tanzania, calling for serious government intervention, a report on the elephant poaching crisis has revealed.
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2013-05-18
Gabon steps in to help protect elephants from ivory poaching at Central African Republic site

Gabon has agreed to help battle poaching in protected areas in the Central African Republic following an elephant massacre at a renowned World Heritage site, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
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2013-05-17
Wildlife rangers fight to save elephants from poaching extinction

First came the sound of gunshots late at night. Then, a few hours later, a rhino carcass was glimpsed - his bloodied face and mutilated body shielded by the long grass.
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2013-05-16
African leaders must emulate Chinese celebrities to save elephants

The world can no longer ignore the reality that elephants may be gone within decades, unless something drastic happens to stop the slaughter. Crushing the criminal cartels in Africa is only half of the challenge, demand in consumer countries must also be choked.
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2013-05-16
Wildlife Bandits: How Criminology Can Fight Poaching

With no shortage of human-on-human misdeeds, criminologists haven't typically concerned themselves with crimes against wildlife and the environment. But with poaching raging out of control in several areas of the world, that may be changing.
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2013-05-15
Kenya: Judiciary Hinders the War Against Poaching

There was excitement in the conservation fraternity when it was reported in the Standard on May 2 that the DPP, Keriako Tobiko, had declared that he now regarded wildlife poaching as an economic crime.
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2013-05-13
Chaos and Confusion Following Elephant Poaching in a Central African World Heritage Site

As poachers fired on forest elephants inside the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, a World Heritage Site in the Central African Republic (CAR), the impotence of foreign governments and non-governmental organizations in preventing the slaughter of wildlife amid political chaos was, once again, revealed.
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2013-05-11
Kenya must do whatever it takes to protect wildlife

Danger looms terribly large for Africa. According to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), an estimated 150 rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year and in 2012 the country lost about 700 elephants to poachers.
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2013-05-10
Central African Republic: Madness in the Village of Elephants: 26 Pachyderms Slaughtered

In the forest clearing locals call the “Village of Elephants,” or Dzanga Bai, 17 heavily armed men arrived on Wednesday, May 8, with AK-47s.
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2013-05-09
Unknown number of elephants feared dead at world heritage site

A heavily armed gang have killed an unknown number of elephants at a world heritage site in the Central African Republic (CAR). WWF says that ivory poachers were seen using a scientist's observation platform to shoot the animals who gather there in large numbers.
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2013-05-09
Kenya requested to support a new wildlife agency for Congo Brazzaville

The Republic of Congo Brazzaville has sought Kenya’s expertise in operationalizing and building the capacity of a newly established Congo Agency for Fauna and Protected Areas (CAFPA).
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2013-05-09
Central African Republic: The Dzanga-Ndoki incident, is there a Chinese connection?

Was it just a coincidence that poachers headed for the elephants as a team of Chinese diamond prospectors visited the area?
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2013-05-09
The Economics Of The Illegal Wildlife Trade

The illegal trade of animals or animal parts has become one of the most lucrative black market activities in the world. Driven by the promise of high profit margins, poachers in Africa – namely militias, armed groups, and insurgent groups – have driven rhinos and elephants close to extinction, while murdering hundreds of park rangers in the process.
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2013-05-08
Central African Republic: CITES Secretary-General calls for urgent action to protect elephants in the Dzanga-Sanga Nati

The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John E. Scanlon, expressed his grave concern over the recent reports of the deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic.
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2013-05-07
Kenya: Saving Elephants - 10 Ways in 100 Days

"My fellow Kenyans, poaching and the destruction of our environment has no future in this country. The responsibility to protect our environment belongs not just to the Government, but to each and every one of us". - President Uhuru Kenyatta
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2013-05-06
Tanzania to Deploy Army, Drones in Anti-Poaching Campaign

Tanzania is taking steps to combat the rise in elephant and rhinoceros poaching by deploying army personnel and camera-equipped drones to engage in anti-poaching operations.
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2013-05-03
South Africa: Kruger elephants ‘manageable’

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) elephant population is manageable and has not reached crisis levels, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Friday.
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2013-05-02
Tanzanian Elephants Could Be Extinct Within 7 Years, Official Says

Tanzania's jumbo elephant population could be wiped out in seven years if poaching continues at current rates, chairman of the parliamentary committee on land, environment and natural resources James Lembeli told the National Assembly on Tuesday
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2013-05-02
South Africa: Poaching syndicates set sights on elephants

South Africa’s elephants are next on the shopping list of wildlife poaching syndicates, the Wildlife and Environment Society has warned.
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2013-05-01
Tanzania: Parliamentary team warns on slaughter of jumbos

The Parliamentary Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources yesterday warned that the elephant population in the country would be extinct in the next seven years.
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2013-05-01
Kenya: Ivory Poaching Rears its Head

With Growing Demand for Ivory, Kenya’s Elephants Again Face an Uncertain Future. Uhuru lay in a clearing surrounded by acacias, far from any roads, legs bent as if ready to run. He was headless, and whatever glory he had when he was alive had bled from the open wound.
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2013-04-29
How to save the elephants of Central Africa recommendations from conservation organizations

The elephants of Central Africa are dying. A recent study shows forest elephant populations in the Congo Basin fell by almost two-thirds - or 62% -over the past decade as a result of extensive ivory poaching.
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2013-04-29
Africa: UN Recognises Wildlife Trafficking As 'Serious Crime'

Environment groups are applauding a new United Nations decision to officially characterise international wildlife and timber trafficking as a serious organised crime, in a move that advocates say will finally give international law enforcement officials the tools necessary to counter spiking rates of poaching.
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2013-04-29
Over 125,000 Elephants Killed In South Sudan During Civil War

A wildlife officer displays elephant tusks and other game exhibits recovered from a suspected poacher in Torit. Illegal killing and Ivory trade might still be continuing on Elephants in South Sudan.
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2013-04-28
African elephants pluck at Japan’s heartstrings

Next time you attend a shamisen performance, neither you nor most anyone else there will likely notice the elephant in the room. And those who do probably won’t have given it much thought.
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2013-04-27
State of war protects Chad's last elephants

Chad guards parade in Zakouma National Park, 800 kms east of N'Djamena, on April 5, 2013. In an isolated wilderness in Chad, a war is being fought to save central Africa's decimated elephant herds from gangs of ivory poachers.
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2013-04-26
550 Elephants. 1 Bloody Civil War. How Did They Survive?

When Mali descended into armed self-conflict, the Mali Elephant Project stepped in to safeguard the country's rare pachyderms.
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2013-04-25
South Africa: Government Must Urgently Erect Fencing Between Kruger National Park and Mozambique

The IFP calls on Government to urgently erect border fencing and deploy armed forces between Mozambique and Kruger National Park.
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2013-04-25
Elephant poaching increases in Central African Republic after government overthrow

Elephant meat is flooding food markets in villages near a famed wildlife reserve in Central African Republic one month after rebels believed to be involved in poaching overthrew the government, conservationists said Thursday.
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2013-04-23
Elephant Poachers Plague Mozambique

Hunting for ivory on the African continent has tripled, and elephants now are facing their gravest crisis in decades, according to the U.N.
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2013-04-23
UN urges crackdown on poaching

Growing Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn as gifts and hangover cures - not for traditional medicine - is fueling a poaching boom, international officials said on Tuesday, demanding stiffer penalties for traffickers.
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2013-04-22
Kenya: Alarm as 24 elephants killed in Tsavo

At least 24 elephants have been killed by poachers in the Tsavo conservation area in three months, the Kenya Wildlife Service has said.
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2013-04-21
Rangers risk their lives to save African forest elephant

Deep inside Cameroon's Lobeke National Park a team of conservationists venture into the lush rainforest, weaving their way through the bush's narrow paths.
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2013-04-17
Uganda: Farmers issue ultimatum to government on stray elephants

Farmers in Dufile and Laropi sub-counties in Moyo District have given the government until April 27 to compensate them after stray elephants destroyed their crops.
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2013-04-16
Kenya: Wildlife Act Must Be Enforced to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

The illegal killing of elephants and rhinos continues to escalate across the country, amidst ever increasing clamour for stiffer penalties for convicted poachers.
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2013-04-16
Kenya: Ivory loses its shine for a man who killed elephants for a living

As dawn breaks deep in the savannah of northern Kenya, Kuyaso Lokoloi quietly slips out of his hut clutching his mobile phone.
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2013-04-16
Cameroon: Anti-poaching plan (PEXULAB) to protect elephants in ECCAS countries adopted in Yaounde

2012 was marked by the slaughter of elephants in the northern part of Cameroon, according to official sources, 300 elephant carcasses were found without trunks in the Cameroonian National Park of Bouba N’Djida.
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2013-04-15
Kenya: Stiffer Penalties Will End Poaching - KWS Director

Poaching has recently been on the rise, with whole herds of elephants massacred for their ivory. Rhinos have also not been spared.
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2013-04-13
Kenya: KWS Working to Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflict

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says most wildlife zones have been fenced to bring an end perennial human-wildlife conflicts.
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2013-04-12
WWF: Clock Ticking on Hunt for Sudanese Poachers

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says time is running out for Central African nations to track down a group of Sudanese poachers accused of slaughtering hundreds of elephants in just the past two years.
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2013-04-09
Kenya: Narok Conservationists Decry Poaching in the Mara

CONSERVATION groups in the Maasai Mara game reserve have decried the killing of elephants in the park.Led by Narok Wildlife Forum Cordinator Nicholas ole Morero, they said that if the trend continues it will affect tourism in the country.
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2013-04-07
Kenya to toughen poaching sentences to save elephants

Kenya plans to bolster current lenient sentences for convicted wildlife poachers or ivory smugglers in a bid to stamp out a spike in elephant killings, the government said on Saturday.
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2013-04-07
Kenya: Outrage over Sh30,000 fine for poaching

A week ago, two fascinating tweets were posted about Kenya. In one of them, American Grant Brooke wondered: “Why does my work permit cost eight times a poaching fine?”
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2013-04-07
Tanzania: Dar Risks Sanctions Over Ivory Trade

TANZANIA is among eight member countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which have been placed on the list of worst offenders in ivory trade likely to face trade restrictions.
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2013-04-07
Kenya to Deploy 1,000 More Rangers to Fight Poaching

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) will deploy 1,000 additional rangers to fight poaching, which has killed 74 elephants since the beginning of the year
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2013-04-06
Kenya: Collared jumbo killed, tusks hacked off

A GPS collared elephant known as Heritage has been killed at the Maasai Mara.
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2013-04-06
Kenya: Govt Steps Up Anti-Poaching Operations

The government has stepped up anti-poaching operations with a view to stamping out the poaching menace noting that the country has already lost 74 elephants since the year begun.
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2013-04-06
Tanzania: Poaching At Record High in Selous

LACK of mandate by local authorities to supervise activities in the Selous Game Reserve and forests in Kisarawe district in Coast region is said to be among the reasons for enduring poaching and poor promotion of tourism in the area.
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2013-04-05
South Africa: Poachers set sights on Kruger ivory

Poachers are reported to have killed at least six Kruger tuskers on the Mozambican side of the border with the flagship national park, raising fears that the ivory wars afflicting other parts of Africa have filtered through to South Africa.
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2013-04-02
C.Africa elephant population down 62% in 10 years: NGOs

Poaching on an "industrial" scale has slashed the elephant population in the countries of central Africa by nearly two-thirds, a group of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said on Friday.
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2013-03-30
Kenya: Tourist Group Unhappy With Elephant Poaching

Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association chairman Mohamed Hersi has expressed disappointment in the slow response to poaching by the government. Hersi said the wanton killing of elephants by poachers is hurting the tourism industry and could spell a disaster if immediate is not taken.
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2013-03-27
Sudan: African Troops to Fight Sudanese Elephant Poachers-WWF

Central African countries have agreed to deploy as many as 1,000 soldiers and law-enforcement officials as part of a joint military operation to protect the region's last remaining elephant populations from a group of 300 poachers believed to be from Sudan, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said.
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2013-03-26
A thousand soldiers sent after marauding elephant poachers [warning: graphic photos]

Eight Central African nations have announced they will send a thousand soldiers after poachers responsible for slaughtering 89 elephants, including over 30 pregnant mothers, in Chad earlier this month. The mobilization of soldiers and law enforcement officers could be a sign that Central African countries are beginning to take elephant poaching, which has decimated populations across Africa, more seriously.
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2013-03-26
Tanzania: Serengeti Wildlife Devastated By Poaching

The wildlife population in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania's Mara region has dropped drastically due to poaching
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2013-03-25
Zimbabwe Introduces Stiffer Penalties For Poachers

The government has enacted new laws imposing stiffer penalties for poaching, Zimbabwean news agency New Ziana reported.
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2013-03-25
Mali's Fragile Elephant Population at Risk

As the conference of CITES, the international organization that controls the trade in endangered species, came to an end in Bangkok, the United Nations released a report warning that elephant populations across Africa are at grave risk.
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2013-03-24
Cameroon: ECCAS Gets Emergency Combat Strategies for Elepehant Massacre

Ministers of Defence, Forestry and External Relations of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have adopted an emergency combat plan for growing poaching of protected and endangered animal species, especially elephant massacre that is disturbingly gaining grounds in the sub-region.
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2013-03-23
Kenya: Africa Wildlife Conservationists Want Poaching Declared a National Disaster

WILDLIFE conservationists have protested against the rate of poaching in the Kenyan parks.Through the African Network for Animal Welfare, the conservationists say unless poaching is stopped, Kenya's wildlife will be extinct in the near future.
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2013-03-22
Tracking the Traffickers: Alarming Trends in Ivory Smuggling

Blog: The illegal trade in “bloody teeth,” the name traffickers have given ivory, reached new heights in 2012. According to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, more than 32,000 elephants were killed in Africa in 2012 alone to supply the growing demand in ivory.
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2013-03-22
Can Drones Save the Elephants?

To stop the massacre of these stately beasts, conservation groups are fighting poachers with eye-in-the-sky drones. These unmanned aerial vehicles -- introduced with the help of local researchers and Western firms such as Google -- are giving park rangers new tools in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade of not only ivory from elephants and rhinos but also hides from tigers and other big cats.
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2013-03-20
Kenya: CITES Convention "Fails to Protect the African Elephant"

The Kenyan delegation to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the Kenya Elephant Forum members' hopes were dashed in the first few days of the convention in Bangkok, Thailand. The Cites conference was held from March 3-14.
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2013-03-20
More Proof That Rules Alone Won’t Save Threatened Wildlife

A major international conference on wildlife trade last week added 343 animal and plant species to the list of roughly 34,000 that are considered threatened. Trade in these creatures is either banned or strictly monitored, and the outcome was widely welcomed by conservationists as an important development.
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2013-03-20
The Surge In African Elephant Slaughter

Radio piece: The kill-off of elephants is getting worse. Humans are wiping them off the face of the earth, and scientists say the elephants know it. Elephants appear to be not just grand but wise. Smart. Knowing. And right now they appear to know what the world is just not getting, despite all the bloody evidence: the elephants of Africa are being slaughtered on an epic scale.
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2013-03-19
`Convention lame in stopping ivory trade'

Environmental groups are criticising the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) for its "blatant lack of international pressure" on countries they claim are still feeding the unsustainable trade of elephant ivory.
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2013-03-19
86 elephants killed in Chad poaching massacre

Poachers in south-west Chad have killed at least 86 elephants including 33 pregnant females in less than a week, in a potentially devastating blow to one of central Africa's last remaining elephant populations.
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2013-03-19
Poachers kill dozens of elephants, including 33 pregnant females, in Chad

Poachers killed at least 86 elephants in Chad last week, including 33 pregnant females and 15 calves, conservation groups said on Tuesday, warning that elephants in Central Africa risked being wiped out by such slaughters.
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2013-03-18
Poachers in Chad slaughter 86 elephants, cut out ivory

The International Fund for Animal Welfare reports that poachers in Chad slaughtered 86 elephants, including 33 pregnant females, in less than a week and hacked out their ivory.
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2013-03-17
Even on Reserves, Scant Protection for Elephants: Three Stories From One Region

Like so many of Africa’s wilderness areas, the Buffalo Springs and Samburu reserves in Kenya are too cramped — smaller than the city of Detroit — for the majestic inhabitants they are supposed to protect.
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2013-03-16
Slaughter of the African Elephants

Op ed: There is nothing a mother elephant will not do for her infant, but even she cannot protect it from bullets. About a year ago, poachers attacked a family of forest elephants in central Africa.
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2013-03-15
Saving Cameroon's elephants

Editorial: Check off another majestic animal species your kids will probably never get to see: The forest elephant of Cameroon. Smaller than savanna elephants and with straighter tusks, the intelligent behemoths are being cut down by poachers at a horrifying pace.
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2013-03-15
An alarming map of the global ivory trade that killed 17,000 elephants in one year

The global illegal ivory trade has more than doubled since just 2007, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which also estimates that the trades is now three times as large as it was in 1998.
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2013-03-14
‘Gang of eight’ on ivory probation

The worst offending countries in the ivory trade have been given a strict deadline to reduce their involvement or face sanctions.
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2013-03-13
Poachers kill 28 forest elephants in Cameroon - WWF

Poachers have killed 28 endangered forest elephants in the Nki and Lobeke national parks in southeast Cameroon in recent weeks, the conservation organisation WWF said on Wednesday.
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2013-03-13
Seized ivory to undergo DNA tests to track trade

Countries making large seizures of illegal ivory will be required to conduct DNA tests to determine their origin under new anti-trafficking measures adopted on Wednesday.
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2013-03-12
Ivory trade puts Kenya on spot

Kenya and seven other nations risk being slapped with trade sanctions after an international lobby group accused them of condoning the sale of elephant tusks.
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2013-03-12
Impunity for poachers will continue if int'l laws don't match

Four Chinese immigrants walked away in late January from a Nairobi court after pleading guilty to possession of game trophies. What shocked most people was the combined fine of $1,200 they received for the poached ivory they had, which on the black market can easily fetch as much as $1,300 a pound.
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2013-03-10
Thailand: Ivory sellers on the horns of a dilemma

Ivory shop owners in Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani are unhappy with the government's attempts to tighten local controls on the ivory trade.
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2013-03-10
Ruthless crime gangs driving global wildlife trade

Ruthless and heavily armed “criminal syndicates” linked to drug smugglers and militias are running the global wildlife trade and turning their guns on the park rangers tasked with protecting endangered species.
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2013-03-08
Thailand should put an end to ivory trade

It is no easy thing to tell a friend that he or she has a serious problem. Telling a whole room full of friends while simultaneously enjoying their hospitality is even harder. As a conservationist with strong ties to Thailand, this is the position I find myself in at CITES.
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2013-03-07
Europe ivory trade fuels slaughter

Hundreds of ivory items are illegally traded online in Europe each week, adding to the slaughter of African elephants, an Interpol report said Thursday. A recent survey of Internet sites in nine European countries found that ivory items worth an estimated 1.5 million euros (two million United States dollars) had been sold in a two-week period
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2013-03-07
CITES links ivory trade with organised crime

More resources are needed to stem the flow of the illegal African ivory trade, the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (Cites) says.
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2013-03-07
What happened to the elephants of Bouba Ndjida? [warning: graphic photos]

A new report released by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that poachers have killed a staggering 62 percent of Africa's forest elephants in the last decade. The insatiable demand for elephant ivory hails mainly from China and Thailand, which is ironically hosting this year's CITES (CoP16) meeting.
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2013-03-07
CITES: bid to curb sale of ivory and rhino horn voted down

At the 178-nation Convention in Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) meeting, Burkina Faso and Kenya cited the "merciless slaughter of elephants" in their attempt to extend to a wider group of nations a pledge from some countries not to sell ivory stockpiles before 2016. But the proposal was seen as legally flawed by many delegates and failed to get support.
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2013-03-06
Elephant Poaching Pushes Species To Brink Of Extinction

A new study of Central African forest elephants has found their numbers down by 62 percent between 2002 and 2011. The study comes as governments and conservationists meet in Thailand to amend the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
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2013-03-06
India: Jumbos desert scorching Bandipur

The Bandipur National Park (BNP) is seeing hundreds of elephants leaving it for neighbouring forests with almost 70 per cent of its water bodies having dried up under unprecedented drought conditions even before the onset of summer.
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2013-03-06
Ivory Trade Nations Face Threat of Sanctions

Top conservation organizations warned Wednesday that the illegal ivory trade is hastening the decline of Africa's already endangered elephant population, and said they are ready to punish nations that are lax in fighting the problem.
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2013-03-06
Death in the Forests

Editorial: Day after day, the slaughter of the elephants continues at a record pace — 25,000 killed in 2011, conservationists say, and more than 30,000 last year.
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2013-03-06
New Report Warns of Uncertain Future for African Elephants: Poaching Doubled and Illegal Ivory Trade Tripled in Last Dec

Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows - with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized, over the last decade. Full report--http://www.grida.no/publications/rr/elephants/
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2013-03-06
Stop ivory poaching or face sanctions, nations warned at Cites

'Gang of eight' countries at the heart of surge in elephant slaughters must deliver plans with goals for the next 12 months
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2013-03-06
Rwanda Elephants Not Endangered, Says WCS

Rwanda has not recorded a decline of elephants in the past few years, Telesphore Ngoga, the acting Conservation Division Manager at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), has said.
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2013-03-05
Thai, Viet gangs 'involved in elephant, rhino poaching'

Thai and Vietnamese criminal gangs are involved in the illegal poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa, according to the state wildlife and plant protection agency. Individuals are hired for about US$500 (Bt15000) per trip to carry rhino horns and ivory from Africa to Thailand via African airlines.
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2013-03-04
Prince William calls on world leaders to save elephants and rhinos - video

A video address from the Duke of Cambridge to nearly 200 governments meeting in Bangkok for Cites, an international effort to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.
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2013-03-04
Extinction Looms for Forest Elephants: 60 Percent of Africa's Forest Elephants Killed for Their Ivory Over Past Decade

African forest elephants are being poached out of existence. A study just published in the online journal PLOS ONE shows that across their range in central Africa, a staggering 62 percent of all forest elephants have been killed for their ivory over the past decade. NOTE: The paper referred to is freely available online at http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0059469
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2013-03-04
Group says Google shopping ads fuel ivory trade

A conservation group claims that Google has something in common with illicit ivory traders in China and Thailand: It says the Internet search giant is helping fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants at record levels.
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2013-03-04
China must send a clear message to consumers on ivory trade

Unwilling to take the blame for the extinction crisis facing African elephants, Chinese authorities have the power to stop it.
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2013-03-04
Thailand: Ivory needs a new approach

The Cites delegates have come to Bangkok with many items on their agenda, but one big issue dominates - elephants. It is the opinion of many that the Thai law on ivory art has helped to drive both a demand and supply for elephant tusks in a way that actually causes extensive poaching in Africa.
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2013-03-03
Thailand: Park chief rebuffs ivory hub claims

The deputy conservation chief has rebuffed suggestions that Thailand is a hub for the illegal ivory trade, but conceded that the country remains a transit point for smugglers.
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2013-03-03
Thailand in landmark ivory pledge

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised Sunday to end her nation's trade in ivory, delighting conservationists who have long urged the kingdom to tackle the rampant smuggling of tusks through its territory.
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2013-03-02
Elephant Numbers Still Declining In The Okapi Reserve

New statistics show that the elephant population in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declined by 37 percent in the last five years. According to wildlife surveys by the Wildlife Conservation Society and DRC officials, only 1,700 elephants now remain in the DRC, which holds the largest remaining forest elephant population.
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2013-03-02
Demand in Thailand 'cause of African elephant poaching'

More than 500 soldiers have been working hard in the Bouba Ndjida National Park on a mission to end a bloody business - elephant poaching. And though this operation is taking place thousands of miles away, it is very much related to the ivory trade in Thailand.
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2013-03-01
From Elephants’ Mouths, an Illicit Trail to China

Chinese investors have anointed it “white gold.” Carvers and collectors prefer the term “organic gemstone.” Smugglers, however, use a gruesomely straightforward name for the recently harvested African elephant tusks that find their way to this remote trading outpost on the Vietnamese border.
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2013-03-01
What Happens When Forest Elephants Are Wiped Out in an Ecosystem?

As go the elephants, so go the trees. That’s the message of a new study published in the May 2013 issue of Forest Ecology and Management that found more than a dozen elephant-dependent tree species suffered catastrophic population declines in new plant growths after forest elephants were nearly extirpated from their ecosystems.
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2013-03-01
Thailand a "bottomless pit" for ivory laundering: NGOs

Ivory is easy to find on the stalls of Chatuchak Market and River City mall in Bangkok. On display at just one shop are hundreds of kilograms of carved elephant tusk, unthinkable in most capitals but freely and legitimately for sale in Thailand.
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2013-02-28
Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade

A staffer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (DENR-PAWB) displays elephant tusks which were seized by Philippine customs authorities over a two-year period following failed smuggling attempts in the country, Wednesday September 26, 2012, in Quezon city northeast of Manila.
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2013-02-28
CITES Ivory Policy Is On Drugs

Bryan Christy, A Voice for Elephants Blog, National Geographic: Poaching and ivory trafficking have skyrocketed in the post-China ivory sale years. The Chinese government recently built the world’s largest ivory carving factory and is funding the training of a new generation of ivory carvers.
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2013-02-28
Debate Over Trading Ivory Heats Up

Arguments for legalizing the global trade in ivory are coming under criticism as rising numbers of elephants are slain for their tusks in central Africa. But some wildlife economists say that allowing a limited market might actually help conserve the animals.
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2013-02-28
Elephant massacre in the Congo

A key Congo wildlife reserve has lost 75 percent of its elephants in just 15 years due to poaching to meet Asian demand for ivory, reports a new survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Democratic Republic of Congo authorities.
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2013-02-27
Poachers turned gamekeepers protect Kenya's elephants

AFP - As dawn breaks deep in the savannah of northern Kenya, Kuyaso Lokoloi quietly slips out his hut clutching his mobile phone and heads out stealthily into the bush.
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2013-02-27
Tusk tracking will tackle illegal trade

International treaties meant to protect elephants are not working. Researchers estimate that tens of thousands of African elephants are now being killed by poachers each year, from a total wild population of around 400,000.
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2013-02-27
Thailand: Yingluck to 'consider' ivory trade ban

Thailand will give due consideration to a call for a ban on the domestic ivory trade during the coming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) meeting beginning in Bangkok next week, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Wednesday.
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2013-02-26
No ivory for you, says Singapore, wildlife groups

Despite a growing international demand for ivory that has seen the poaching of elephants in Africa rise astronomically in recent years, Singapore and a number of wildlife organizations say the small Southeast Asian city-state is bucking the trend and is witnessing a massive decline in the purchasing and stocking of the illegal ivory.
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2013-02-26
The Ivory Trade: Thinking Like a Businessman to Stop the Business

Most experts believe China is the world’s leading consumer of ivory products, and, according to a recent survey conducted to support our upcoming National Geographic Special, Battle for the Elephants, China’s demand for ivory products is at an all-time high.
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2013-02-26
It’s wild versus tamed elephants in Karnataka

Karnataka Forest department is facing a peculiar problem with its wild and tamed elephants. In fact the conflicts between tamed and wild elephants have become one of the major headaches for the department, apart from increasing man-animal conflict.
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2013-02-23
Thailand: Ivory traders meet to head off sanctions

Ivory industry representatives and wildlife officials yesterday took another step to shake off Thailand's image as the world's second-biggest destination for illegal ivory shipments.
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2013-02-23
Africa Focus: China pledges to back Kenya’s wildlife conservation efforts

The Chinese government on Friday promised to support Kenya’s conservationist efforts amid dwindling number of the country’s elephants due to increased poaching.
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2013-02-22
WWF calls for sanctions against countries where ivory is sold

The World Wide Fund for Nature on Thursday called for strong economic sanctions against countries most complicit in the illegal ivory trade, including Thailand, the host of an international meeting next month aimed at protecting endangered species.
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2013-02-22
China, Thailand Criticized Over Ivory

Animal-rights activists are urging Thailand and China to take stiffer measures to curb the illegal ivory trade as an international coalition prepares to gather in Bangkok next month.
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2013-02-22
Kenya: Isiolo Hoteliers Protest Over Rising Elephant Poaching

The Mt Kenya region Hotel Keepers Association yesterday asked the government to stop elephant poaching.
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2013-02-21
Africa: U.S. Official Flags Poaching As Security Threat

The number of elephants alive today is the smallest number ever recorded. A new surge of slaughter is, according to wildlife experts, worse than the mass killings of the 1970s and 80s, before an international effort to curb the killings, ban ivory sales and enforce anti-poaching laws enabled the elephant population to rebound.
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2013-02-21
Central Africa: Palm Oil Expansion Threatens Congo Basin Forests - Report

Industrial cultivation of oil palm has "wreaked havoc" on rainforests and forest peoples in Southeast Asia and now threatens to do the same in the Congo Basin, a report from the Rainforest Foundation UK warned on Thursday.
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2013-02-21
All eyes on countries fueling illegal ivory trade

The international body that regulates wildlife trade should begin proceedings to impose sanctions on the countries most complicit in the illegal trade of ivory, which causes the deaths of up to 30,000 African elephants each year.
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2013-02-20
Kenya: Poachers in Samburu Change Tack After Star Expose

After the recent investigation by the Star, poachers and ivory dealers in Samburu have changed their route in order to avoid arrests. "They are no longer using the Isiolo-Nairobi highway as before," said a source privy to the deals.
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2013-02-19
UK raises red flag over poaching in Kenya

The United Kingdom has warned that profits from illegal ivory trade may be used to fund terrorism unless urgent action is taken to stem the vice.
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2013-02-19
2012 another deadly year for elephants in Africa: CITES

The number of African elephants killed by poachers in 2012 will most likely be higher than the 25,000 illegally killed the previous year, the head of UN wildlife trade regulator CITES said Tuesday.
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2013-02-19
African elephants don’t have passports to escape to safe havens

I was struck by an interesting conversation during the ongoing Universal Session of the UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministerial Forum (GC-GMF) in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
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2013-02-19
China rejects ivory poaching accusations

A foreign ministry spokesman on Monday rejected accusations regarding China's ivory protection efforts, saying the number of ivory-related criminal cases has markedly decreased.
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2013-02-18
Asia, Africa and North America join hands to crack down on wildlife crime syndicates

Police, Customs and wildlife officers from Asia, Africa and the United States announced today that a cross border enforcement operation code-named “COBRA” was successfully carried out.
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2013-02-16
Kenya, S. Africa mull cooperation in wildlife conservation Xinhua

Kenyan and South African governments are holding talks over possible areas of cooperation over wildlife conservation and management in the wake of increased cases of poaching across the world.
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2013-02-14
Uganda: Elephants, people fight for life in Nwoya

When the Lord’s Resistance Army retreated from northern Uganda in 2006, the local population was relieved.
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2013-02-14
Polar bears, elephants and rhinos fail to get backing from CITES officials

Blog: The CITES Secretariat are recommending rejecting upgrading the listing of the polar bear. The Convention in Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat have released their recommendations to the Convention of Parties (CoP) who will be meeting next month in Bangkok
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2013-02-12
Battle to save African elephants waged on a new front

It is increasingly clear that more armed patrols in Africa’s wilderness, or sniffer dogs at its ports, or even proper penalties at its courts, will not stop the slaughter of its remaining half-million elephants.
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2013-02-12
Horror as entire family of elephants slaughtered for ivory

Armed wildlife rangers on Tuesday night fanned out across eastern Kenya in pursuit of ivory poachers who killed an entire family of 12 elephants in the country's worst single such slaughter since the 1980s.
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2013-02-12
Kenya suffers worst single loss of elephants as poachers kill 12

Poachers slaughtered an entire family of 12 elephants and hacked out their tusks in Kenya’s worst single loss of the animals on record, wildlife authorities said on Tuesday.
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2013-02-12
Early life care shapes African elephants' future

An African elephants mother's ability to feed and care for its calf has "long-lasting consequences" into adulthood, a study has suggested. NOTE: The new paper by Lee et al, referred to in the article has just been published in "Biology Letters" and is OPEN ACCESS (you can go to the link and download it directly, for free) at http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/9/2/20130011#aff-1
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2013-02-12
Kenya: China Must Stand Up Against Poaching

Africa is in the throes of another horrific elephant extermination. Demand for ivory in China is flourishing as never before and is driving the illegal killing of elephants.
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2013-02-11
Blood Ivory

Op-Ed: The call comes in camp at Sunday breakfast. David Daballen answers it, walking from the table as he talks. David works for Save the Elephants here in Kenya.
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2013-02-11
Gabon: Minkebe: A Tragedy Revealed and a Lesson to be Learned

Blog: Readers of this blog and other news related to the calamitous trends in the large-scale poaching of African elephants have another word to add to the vocabulary of crimes against nature: Minkebe. I did not share the shock that the news release from the Office of the President Ali Bongo Ondimba brought to most readers. I’ve known it was coming for almost two years now, but its arrival brought another more unpleasant emotion.
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2013-02-10
Kenya: International outrage grows over $340 fine for ivory poachers

Conservationists around the world expressed outrage with the light punishment four Chinese citizens received for attempting to smuggle tens of thousands of dollars worth of ivory out of Kenya.
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2013-02-09
Uganda: Army Recovers Elephant Tusks Hidden By Lord's Resistance Rebels

The army on Thursday recovered a cache of elephant tusks that it says was hidden by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group in the jungles of the Central African Republic.
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2013-02-08
Kenya: Stop These Savage Killings of Animals

Last Tuesday, hundreds of Kenyans took to the streets of Mombasa to protest against the on-going massive killing of elephants and rhinos in the country.
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2013-02-08
Elephants are not Diamonds

Katarzyna Nowak and her colleagues reignite the debate on whether a regulated legal trade in ivory can ever be a mechanism advantageous to elephant conservation.
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2013-02-08
Battle for the Elephants Episode 1: The Plight of the Elephant

Now live on the National Geographic web site is the first of a series of videos that are a lead-up to the February 27th premiere of the NG film "Battle for the Elephants." In this first video, Bryan Christy is in China examining the ivory market. The four-minute video, along with a summary, can be seen at the link below:
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2013-02-07
Stark Numbers Reveal the Scale of Elephant Killings

The past couple of years has seen a stream of news about elephant killings and increasingly massive ivory seizures, a stream so relentless that it has become numbing.
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2013-02-06
Poachers kill 11,000 Gabon elephants in under a decade

Poachers have killed more than 11,000 elephants in Gabon's Minkebe National Park rainforest since 2004, Gabon's government said on Wednesday, with the massacre fuelled by increasing demand for ivory in Asia.
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2013-02-06
African elephants prefer Serengeti National Park

Wild African elephants prefer to live in safer, protected areas and become stressed when they leave them.
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2013-02-06
Reward to Be Offered if Malaysian Elephants Were Poisoned

The Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment will offer $13,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of culprits if lab tests determine that 14 endangered pygmy elephants died of poisoning in a Malaysian protected forest.
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2013-02-06
Kenya: Cut Ties With Notorious Ivory Nations, State Told By Wesonga Ochieng, The Star

Players in the tourism sector have urged the government to cut ties with countries trading in ivory.
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2013-02-06
Kenya suspends wildlife officials over poaching

Kenya's wildlife authorities have suspended two top officials in the midst of investigations into rampant poaching that has decimated elephant herds and other wild animals, officials said.
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2013-02-05
Parcs Gabon Press Release on Poaching Crisis

GABONESE NATIONAL PARKS AGENCY CHIEF ANNOUNCES SHOCKING LOSS OF OVER 11,000 ELEPHANTS IN AND AROUND THE MINKEBE NATIONAL PARK IN NORTHEAST GABON Read full story...


2013-02-05
Kenya: Wildlife lobby decries jumbo killings in Isiolo, Samburu

A lobby group has raised alarm over elephant poaching in Isiolo and Samburu districts.
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2013-02-05
Poachers Capitalize on Chaos in Central Africa

Poachers are capitalizing on the disarray in the Central African Republic (CAR) and appear to be moving freely in a search of elephants.
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2013-02-05
Kenya: Sri Lanka to give poached ivory to Buddhist temple, flouting international agreements

The Sri Lankan government is planning to give 359 elephant tusks to a Buddhist temple, a move that critics say is flouting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
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2013-02-05
Kenya/Tanzania: ABC Australia Video: Where Have All the Elephants Gone?

In an outdoor café in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar Es Salaam, a dirty deal is being brokered. An agent claiming to represent a clientele of ivory buyers in Asia is shaking down the bona fides of two black-market ivory traders. A summary and the transcript are located at the below:
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2013-02-03
Angola: Animals Return to Bicuar National Park

Reinforcement of control measures, signaling of some areas and the use of iodated salt in the lakes is leading to the massive return of some species of animals that had vanished from the Bicuar National Park, in southern Huila province, during the war.
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2013-02-03
Sri Lanka/Kenya: Seized Elephant Tusks Gifted To Dalada Maligawa, Later To Be Sold To Rightful Owner

An attempt is being made to sell elephant tusks worth Rs. 2,700 million that have been ‘unofficially’ seized by the Sri Lanka Customs in May last year after the consignment was officially handed over to Dalada Maligawa Kandy alleged Environmentalists.
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2013-02-01
Kenya urged to declare wildlife poaching 'national crisis'

Kenya should declare wildlife poaching and trading in ivory and rhino horns a national crisis, the country’s highest economic advisory organ said late on Friday.
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2013-02-01
Zambia: Elephant Poaching in Bangweulu Reduces

POACHING of elephants in the Bangweulu Area Management Unit (BAMU) which was particularly high in 2011 has drastically reduced.
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2013-01-31
Time Running out to Save Elephants from Ivory Trade

Blog: The new wave of killing of elephants in Africa is in many ways far graver than the crisis of the 1970s and 80s.
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2013-01-31
Elephants really do grieve like us: They shed tears and even try to 'bury' their dead - a leading wildlife film-maker re

The pictures of a baby elephant in Borneo, nudging and nuzzling the body of its dead mother in obvious distress and bewilderment, cannot fail to move us.
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2013-01-31
Kenya: State Should Stop Ignoring Poachers

Editorial: THE Star has just finished running an extensive series on elephant poaching in Samburu and Laikipia.
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2013-01-30
How To Win War Against The Poaching Menace

Kenyan conservationists and members of the Kenya Elephant Forum (KEF) welcome the announcement by the head of the Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia, that the government is investing 200 million in the war against poaching.
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2013-01-30
Kenya: Massive Killing of Jumbos Linked to Sabotage of KWS Director

EARLY this month, 12 elephants belonging to one family were wiped out by a hail of bullets before their tusks were hacked out of the carcasses in the Tsavo East National Park.
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2013-01-30
East Africa: British Army Accused of Arming Poachers

In yesterday's Star, we told you about the lords of poaching in Samburu.
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2013-01-30
Zimbabwe Sells Elephants to Pay Worker Salaries

Zimbabwe is exporting elephants for the purpose of paying salaries, a report reveals.
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2013-01-30
Kenya: Lack of stiff penalties ‘fuels ivory trade’

A Nairobi court has blamed the increase of illegal ivory trade on lack of stringent punishment for offenders.
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2013-01-29
The Economics of Extinction: Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos in Danger

How long before Africa’s rhinos and elephants are wiped out in the wild?
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2013-01-29
Kenya: Untouchable Lords of Poaching in Samburu

They are well known by the locals and operate big shops in town. They sponsor young men to kill elephants and rhinos but they are never arrested.
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2013-01-28
Despite successes, Congo Basin forests being ‘emptied’ of their elephants

Authorities protecting the Gabonese segment of Central Africa’s biggest forest elephant stronghold captured a record number of poachers last week.
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2013-01-28
Climate change endangers elephants, study says

By making new use of historical records, scientists have shown that climate change could have a greater impact on Myanmar's elephants' dwindling numbers than previously thought.
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2013-01-28
Ivory hunters penetrate Kenya’s ports, collude with junior staff

A web of criminals who have infiltrated Kenya’s ports of entry pay between Sh50,000 and Sh100,000 to a network of mostly junior staff at the airport to smuggle smaller pieces of animal trophies sourced from the country and its neighbours.
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2013-01-26
Kenya: Ivory cash ‘funding terrorism’

Police believe proceeds of ivory are being used to fund terrorism after arresting a suspected militant with more than Sh1.5 million he reportedly obtained from the illegal trade.
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2013-01-25
Sri Lanka/Kenya: 'Blood ivory' to be released to temples?

A decision allegedly by the Presidential Secretariat to release the tusks confiscated by the Customs Department to the Dalada Maligawa has angered environmentalists and the signatories of the Lusaka Agreement as this is in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
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2013-01-25
Orphaned elephants find sanctuary in Kenya amid rampant poaching

Kenyan police announced on Jan. 15 they had seized the biggest haul ever of smuggled elephant ivory. Two tons of ivory valued at around $1.5 million was stuffed in a container at the port of Mombasa.
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2013-01-24
Religion, Chinese government drive global elephant slaughter

By some estimates, more than 30,000 elephants were slaughtered across the savannas and forests of Africa and Asia for the ivory trade during 2012.
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2013-01-23
Tanzanian Parliament Calls for Stricter Anti-Poaching Measures

Tanzania's parliamentary committee for land, natural resources and environment is looking into scaling up anti-poaching efforts in the country, Tanzania's Daily News reported Wednesday (January 23rd).
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2013-01-23
Kenya: Just How Much Is an Elephant Worth?

The shooting of a family of 12 elephants at Tsavo last week marked the climax of a year that has seen no less than 360 out of Kenya's 39,000 elephants killed by poaching-gangs.
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2013-01-22
Tanzania: Govt Moves to Curb Illegal Ivory Trade

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania has finalized plans to host an International Conference on Poaching involving East African countries as part of government efforts to control poaching, trafficking and illegal export of ivory.
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2013-01-22
Vatican Responds to National Geographic’s Correspondence About Religious Use of Ivory

“We are absolutely convinced that the massacre of elephant is a very serious matter,” writes Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, in a response today to our correspondence about the use of elephant ivory for devotional icons by some Catholic followers.
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2013-01-21
Zimbabwe: 80 elephants succumb to drought

More than 80 elephants died at the Hwange National Park during last year’s drought, Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority public relations manager Caroline Washaya-Moyo said on Friday.
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2013-01-21
The cruel story of Zimbabwean smugglers who export baby eles in cages to Chinese zoos

It is one of four calves shipped by Zimbabwe to Chinese zoos in November - and one has already died.
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2013-01-20
How Hong Kong's seized ivory could help US biologist stop poachers

Hong Kong Customs seized more than HK$10 million worth of ivory tusk this month. Hong Kong's massive stockpile of seized ivory could help in the hunt for poachers who are killing tens of thousands of elephants across Africa, a leading US biologist says.
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2013-01-20
China-bound Zimbabwean eles freed

Following extensive negotiations between the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ZNSPCA and the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority we are pleased to announce the release of five elephant calves that were held in bomas within the Hwange National Park.
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2013-01-19
67 elephants a day killed by poachers in Tanzania

At a press conference yesterday in Tanzania shadow minister Rev Peter Msigwa called for a special independent probe into poaching in the country which is now getting out of hand.
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2013-01-18
Outrage over baby eles export

ANIMAL rights activists have vowed to continue their battle for the release of four baby elephants exported to China from Zimbabwe as the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) investigates whether Zimbabwe’s live elephant export was above board.
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2013-01-18
China is fueling elephant poaching

The year 2011 was declared Annus Horribilis “a horrible year” for elephants by the International Union for Nature (IUCN).
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2013-01-17
Vatican Stand on Religious Use of Ivory Would Help Slow Illegal Killings of Elephants

The religious use of ivory is among the least publicized and seemingly most easily correctable drivers of the massive elephant slaughter now taking place across Africa.
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2013-01-17
Eles are more likely to die at the hands of humans than from natural causes

Elephants in Kenya’s Samburu region have been giving birth more often following years of heavy poaching. Credit: George Wittemyer
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2013-01-16
Ivory Poaching Threatens ‘Elephant Memory’

The large number of mature and experienced African elephants being killed illegally for their ivory is exposing younger surviving elephants to a higher risk of mortality from predation and other risks, wildlife conservationists said today.
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2013-01-16
The Elephant Killing Fields

Poachers are slaughtering elephants across Africa at an unprecedented pace.
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2013-01-15
Wildlife Group Wants Thailand to Ban Ivory Trade

An international conservation group on Tuesday urged Thailand to ban all ivory trading, warning that rising demand for tusks is fueling an unprecedented slaughter of elephants in Africa.
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2013-01-15
Ivory demand threatens African elephant survival

The Kenyan government has warned that an increase in poaching is edging the African elephant closer to extinction.
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2013-01-14
African elephant poaching threatens wildlife future

Three elephant corpses lay piled on top of one another under the scorching Kenyan sun.
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2013-01-14
Kenyan officials impound two tonnes of ivory: police

Officials in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have impounded more than 600 pieces of ivory, weighing two tonnes, they said Tuesday, the latest in a series of seizures by Kenyan authorities.
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2013-01-14
Central Africa: The Ivory Wars - How Poaching in Central Africa Fuels the LRA and Janjaweed

There are no final or totally verifiable figures for the numbers of elephants slaughtered for their ivory in 2012.
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2013-01-14
Kenya: Poaching Hurting Business - Tour Operators

Tour operators want the government to act fast and contain poaching which they say could impact negatively on their business as Kenya is widely sold as a wildlife destination internationally.
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2013-01-14
South Africa: Call for better protection of elephants

The death of one of Southern Africa’s last big tuskers has sparked appeals for better protection of Africa’s dwindling number of large-tusked elephants, especially the unique ivory gene pool from KwaZulu-Natal’s Tembe Elephant Park.
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2013-01-13
Educate public about lethal nature of ivory trade

Editorial: How many slaughtered African elephants does 1.3 tonnes of ivory tusks represent? It is hard to tell when they are cut into 779 pieces and hidden amid other container cargo.
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2013-01-11
Kenya: It Is Time to Act On Elephant Poaching

Poaching of both rhino and elephant has reached alarming levels in Kenya. The recent killing of a family of 12 elephants in Tsavo East National Park by a gang of poachers has raised the level of alarm both nationally and internationally.
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2013-01-11
Kenya: Elephants slaughtered from the sky

The slaughter of elephants and rhinos is happening on such a massive scale in Africa that the animals’ very existence is threatened.
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2013-01-10
Family of 12 elephants slain by poachers in Kenya

The bodies of five elephants lie under the shade of the trees – their giant ears flapping in the wind, but their majestic bodies totally still.
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2013-01-10
Kenya: Where have all the big boys gone?

“It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant. It is not brutal, it is not heroic, and certainly it is not easy; it is just one of those preposterous things that men do like putting a dam across a great river, one tenth of whose volume could engulf the whole of mankind without disturbing the domestic life of a single catfish.”
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2013-01-09
Kenyan premier appeals for aid in poaching menace

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga appealed Wednesday for international aid in helping the east African country deal with an escalating poaching menace.
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2013-01-08
Poaching crisis escalates with 'targeted, efficient' slaughter of 12 Kenya elephants

Kenya has suffered its worst loss of elephants to poachers on record, with 12 members of one family slaughtered and their tusks hacked out in just a few hours last weekend.
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2013-01-07
Zimbabwe: Wildlife Regulator Blasted After Baby Elephant Dies in China

The international body responsible for issuing trade permits for endangered species (CITES), has been strongly criticized for allowing the sale of four, wild caught, baby elephants from Zimbabwe to zoos in China, after one of them died from the trauma.
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2013-01-07
Poachers Kill 11 Elephants in Kenyan Park

Eleven elephants were slaughtered by ivory poachers and their tusks were chopped off, Kenyan officials said Monday, in one of the worst single episodes of poaching in Kenya in recent years.
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2013-01-07
Poachers kill 11 elephants in worst Kenyan attack

Poachers killed a family of 11 elephants in the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on record in Kenya, wildlife officials said on Monday.
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2013-01-02
Kenya: Fighting Elephants to Get an Education

The issue of human wildlife conflict is becoming the norm in Kenya.
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2012

2012-12-31
Rangers in Isolated Central Africa Uncover Grim Cost of Protecting Wildlife

In an instant, an entire Chadian squad of rangers was cut down with alarming precision by elephant poachers who were skilled at killing more than just animals. Crouching in the bush, the poachers fired from a triangle of different spots, concealed and deadly accurate.
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2012-12-31
Kenya: Smugglers adapt fresh tactics to transport trophy

The international ring behind poaching and smuggling of ivory has devised ingenious ways of transporting their loot to evade detection from security agencies, investigations by the Nation reveal.
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2012-12-28
A bumper year for illegal trade in ivory

Africa's biggest animals were poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory from Asia driving the slaughter of rhinos and elephants.
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2012-12-26
In Gabon, Lure of Ivory Is Hard for Many to Resist

This lush country, often called a “forest republic,” used to stand proudly apart from its shaky neighbors, like the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, tropical disaster zones where state failure, rebel marauders and loose weapons conspired to spell doom for endangered wildlife.
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2012-12-25
Dar drops bid to sell Sh89bn ivory stockpile

The government has withdrawn an application to sell to China and Japan over 100 tonnes of ivory valued at over $55.5million (about Sh88.8billion).
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2012-12-25
Tanzania implements important step to win the war against wildlife terrorists

In what can only be described as a surprise move are news breaking that Tanzania’s government has withdrawn the application to CITES for the approval of the sale of 100 tons of legal ivory, which was due to be discussed and decided at the forthcoming COP in Bangkok, Thailand in early 2013.
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2012-12-24
CITES welcomes United Nations Security Council call to investigate links between elephant poaching, ivory smuggling and

CITES press release: The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s call for an investigation into the alleged involvement of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the poaching of African elephants and smuggling of their ivory.
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2012-12-20
Kenya: Turning poachers into elephant saviors

Julius Lokinyi was one of the most notorious poachers in this part of Kenya, blamed for single-handedly killing as many as 100 elephants and selling the tusks by the side of the road in the dead of night, pumping vast amounts of ivory into a shadowy global underground trade.
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2012-12-20
New report confirms ‘major surge’ in ivory smuggling in 2011

TRAFFIC Press Release: Illegal trade in ivory is at its highest levels in nearly two decades, and 2011 witnessed a ‘major surge’, according to a report released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
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2012-12-20
DR Congo: UN council calls for LRA ivory poaching investigation

The UN Security Council has demanded an investigation into reports that Lord's Resistance Army rebels are killing elephants for ivory to raise cash.
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2012-12-20
Zimbabwe: Mugabe trades elephants in covert deal with China

ZIMBABWE is sending baby elephants from its drought-ravaged Hwange region to two Chinese zoos under a covert deal struck by president Robert ­Mugabe, conservationists warn.
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2012-12-19
DR Congo: LRA poaching ivory as Kony hunt intensifies

Lord's Resistance Army rebels are killing elephants for ivory to raise cash as an international hunt for their leader intensifies, diplomats and activists said Tuesday.
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2012-12-19
Africa's elephant slaughter funds wars

Elephants and rhinoceroses are being slaughtered to the point of possible extinction by heavily armed African rebels and militias who use profits from the illegal poaching and sale of ivory to fund wars across the continent, conservationists say.
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2012-12-18
Tanzania: Local Firms to Boost Anti-Poaching Drive

TANZANIA is home to some of Africa's largest game reserves, but conservationists hold that many species are at risk of extinction due to poaching and this calls for swift measures by the state and non-state institutions to end the malpractice.
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2012-12-17
Kenya decries killing of rhinos, elephants

The Kenyan government has condemned unprecedented killing of rhinos and elephants in the rising poaching incidents in the East African nation.
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2012-12-15
Tanzania cracks down on illegal ivory poaching

The Tanzanian government has launched a crackdown to stem illegal animal poaching, particularly of elephant tusks, in the country, a senior official said on Friday.
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2012-12-15
Ivory sales must stop or Africa's elephants could soon be extinct, says Jane Goodall

The conservationist accuses China of fuelling poaching, as tusks are smuggled out in diplomatic bags. Jane Goodall, one of the world's greatest conservationists, has made an impassioned plea for a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory to prevent the extinction of the African elephant.
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2012-12-13
1,500 elephant tusks seized on way to China; biggest bust a sign of worse things to come?

Some 1,500 African elephant tusks — the biggest seizure ever — were found this week hidden within timber planks and destined for China's ivory market. Shocked conservationists noted 2012 will now go down as the worst year in 24 years of records — and warned that 2013 could be even worse.
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2012-12-13
Zimbabwe: Nation a 'Key Target' for Poachers Because of Unemployment

Zimbabwe's high unemployment levels mean the country is now considered a 'key target' for poaching syndicates, who are raking in millions of dollars as a result of poaching across Africa.
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2012-12-12
Zimbabwe: Rangers Kill Poachers, Recover Weapons of War

National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers have killed two elephant poachers in the Dande Safari Area in Mbire north of Guruve and recovered weapons, among them mortar bombs.
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2012-12-12
Wildlife crime profound threat to nations, says report

The global illegal trade in wildlife is worth $19bn (£12bn) a year and is threatening the stability of some governments according to new research.Carried out for conservation group WWF, a report highlights a "new wave" of organised wildlife crime by armed groups operating across borders.
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2012-12-12
Violence in Mali Threatening Survival of Endangered Elephants

University of British Columbia and Oxford University researchers have revealed the secrets of survival of an endangered population of African elephants in the unforgiving Sahara desert. The animals have the largest migration among elephants, the study finds, but recent violence in Mali may now be putting them at risk.
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2012-12-12
Tanzania: Trio caught with 78 jumbo tusks after car chase

Police here have seized 78 elephant tusks, almost all of them ripped off baby and cow elephants. Only two belonged to a young bull.
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2012-12-11
Immense Cache of Smuggled Ivory Is Seized in Malaysia

Malaysian authorities said Tuesday that they had uncovered more than 1,000 smuggled elephant tusks hidden in secret compartments in two shipments of mahogany, a staggeringly large seizure that several conservationists said was the biggest in history.
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2012-12-07
Kenya: Poachers kill eight elephants and four rhinos

The elephants were killed early yesterday and their tusks removed in the Tsavo ecosystem in Taita-Taveta County, while the rhinos were killed at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Isiolo in a span of a week.
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2012-12-05
Elephants in Cameroon and Chad face imminent threat; Sudanese poachers en route from the Central African Republic (CAR)

Gangs of heavily armed elephant poachers have crossed the Central African Republic (CAR) from Sudan and are reported to be close to the southern Chad and northern Cameroon borders.
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2012-12-05
Tanzania: Rosatom Battling Elephant Poachers

Rosatom has elephant poachers to contend with in order to progress with the Mkuju River uranium project in Tanzania, said Sergei Kiriyenko, the Russian state nuclear corporation's chief.
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2012-12-05
Experts alarmed by dramatic increase in elephant killings

While South Africa is battling rhino poaching, it seems to be escaping the continental elephant purge. But not for long, writes Sipho Kings. Tens of thousands of elephants were killed across Africa last year and populations are plummeting.
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2012-12-05
190 elephants die in water shortage in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has lost a total of 190 elephants due to water shortage this year, according to wildlife authorities. The country's Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said the elephants died during the dry season at the Hwange National Park, the largest in the country
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2012-12-04
Clinton calls on world leaders to end African elephant slaughter

CBS News went to Kenya last week, where every year 25,000 elephants are being killed by poachers. Their tusks are sold for thousands of dollars, often to wealthy Chinese customers who prize ornate ivory carvings.
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2012-12-04
China: Hong Kong on Track for Record Illegal Ivory Haul

As demand for ivory booms across the border in China, Hong Kong is on track to record its heftiest annual haul of seized elephant ivory in recent history. Hong Kong customs officials seized 4.6 tons of ivory in the first 10 months of 2012, up nearly 25% from a year earlier
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2012-12-04
South Sudan's elephants face extinction: experts

A picture released by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows a herd of giraffe running through the Bandiglio National park in 2011. Elephant, giraffe and zebra in the world's newest nation South Sudan could soon be extinct due to rampant poaching and trafficking
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2012-12-04
Foreign poachers target Cameroon elephants: Expert

Despite armed guards, Cameroon's dwindling elephant population is being decimated by heavily armed gangs of international poachers, according to a top official of the World Wide Fund for Nature.
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2012-12-03
Kenya: KWS Raises Red Flag On Jumbo Numbers

The Kenya Wildlife Services has raised alarm over fall in the number of Elephants and grevy Zebra in the larger Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit complex in the last three years.
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2012-11-30
Elephant poaching in Africa continues unabated

The pressure on Africa's elephants is increasing. Asia's markets are demanding ivory and criminal networks are all too willing to provide fresh supplies. The animals are not even safe in national parks.
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2012-11-30
Botswana Press Statement on Suspension of Hunting

PRESS STATEMENT FROM MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, WILDLIFE AND TOURISM ON SUSPENSION OF HUNTING BY 2014 REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA - OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT November 30, 2012 From: DPS for Government Communications As was confirmed by His Excellency the President in his recent State of the Nation Address, Government has decided to indefinitely suspend commercial hunting of wildlife in public or Controlled Hunting Areas as from the 1st of January 2014. This comes as a realization that the shooting of wild game purely for sport and trophies is no longer seen to be compatible with either our national commitment to conserve and preserve local fauna or the long term growth of the local tourism industry. Therefore and in light of various enquiries that have been received from members of the public since the above announcement, the following statement is meant to provide further background on the motive and implementation of the suspension. The decision to impose this moratorium on hunting was made in the context of a growing concern about the sharp decline in the populations of most of the wildlife species that have been subject to licensed hunting. If left unchecked this decline poses a genuine threat to both the conservation of our natural heritage and the long term health of the local tourist industry which currently ranks second to diamonds in terms of its revenue earnings. Besides contributing to the conservation of wildlife it is anticipated that, in keeping with international trends, the moratorium on hunting will further facilitate the sustainable growth of the tourism sector, as hunting zones are converted into photographic areas. It may be noted here that while hunting is a seasonal activity, meaning that its contribution to the tourism sector and hence national revenue has also been seasonal and minimal, photographic tourism is conducted year round. Moreover, photographic tourism has virtually no potential for any negative impact on local wildlife populations and hence sustainable. Finally, it may be also noted that Government's decision to indefinitely suspend commercial hunting by non release of any annual hunting quotas, will not for the time being affect its ability to continue to issue special game licences on a limited basis for traditional hunting by some local communities within designated wildlife management areas etc. Government will thus continue to assess individual cases for special game licenses.
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2012-11-29
Kenya: Endangered Species Monitored in KWS Census On Wildlife

AN aerial count of elephants, grey zebra and other wildlife in Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit ecosystem intensified yesterday when Kenya Wildlife Services and Conservation NGOs deployed 13 aircraft's to monitor and collect data.
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2012-11-28
In Uganda, Not Everyone Loves an Elephant

They come by night, stripping saplings, flattening rice paddies, uprooting whole fields of corn. Voracious and practically unstoppable, they lay farmers’ livelihoods to waste.
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2012-11-27
Wealthy Chinese drive illegal ivory trade boom

International gangs are making a fortune by slaughtering African elephants and selling their tusks.
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2012-11-26
Kenya takes drastic steps to save elephants

Mountain Bull is a six-ton living legend in Kenya. He has evaded poachers many times before. Now hunters are after him again -- for his massive tusks.
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2012-11-26
Interpol Conducts 'War' on Poaching in Africa

Last year, African conservationists saw the highest level of elephant poaching in more than a decade, and ivory seizures were at their highest recorded levels since 1989 — the year that international trade in elephant ivory was banned.
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2012-11-23
Namibia: NDF Troops to Pursue Poachers

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism, besieged by a recent increase in elephant poaching in the Caprivi Region, has enlisted the services of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) to track marauding poachers.
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2012-11-23
Tanzania: Govt move to sell ivory stockpile faulted

The government's decision to sell stockpiled ivory has been challenged by people living around Selous Game Reserve in Coast Region, saying it will fuel the killing of elephants by poachers countrywide.
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2012-11-22
The 'Inconvenient Truth' about the ivory trade

Earlier this month, The Ecologist published an impassioned opinion piece by Mary Rice, asserting that the fault for the alarming rise in elephant poaching lies with legal CITIES-approved sales of ivory.
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2012-11-19
Tanzania: Poachers, smugglers must be put in check

Ivory smugglers have been at it again. On Friday, a consignment of ivory worth a whopping $1.4 million (about Sh2.42 billion) traceable to Tanzania was seized in Hong Kong.
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2012-11-19
Tanzania: Poachers Decimate Tuskers Despite Patrols

GOVERNMENT trophies worth 618.4m/- were seized at Tunduru, Ruvuma Region, in an on-going operation by a special joint task force formed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
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2012-11-19
Tanzania: Raise poaching fines to spare elephants-appeal

The government has been urged to increase the fines imposed on elephant poachers or trophy traffickers so as to curb the wanton killing of jumbos and improve tourism.
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2012-11-18
Tanzania: Kagasheki Confirms Ivory Tusks Shipped From Dar es Salaam

The government has confirmed that 500 pieces of ivory tusks seized in Hong Kong on Friday originated from the Dar es Salaam Port.
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2012-11-17
In Zimbabwe, too many elephants — and not enough land

It is quiet at the waterhole during the heat of the day, but as the sun sinks they come: herd after herd of elephants, some 50 strong, their grey bulks lumbering in.
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2012-11-17
China/Tanzania: 150 elephants died for ivory load seized at port in Hong Kong

Customs officers have made the third large seizure of ivory in a year as poachers in Africa slaughter thousands of animals to feed demand in China and other Asian countries.
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2012-11-16
Cameroon sends army to defend borders from Sudanese poachers

Cameroon sends army to defend borders from Sudanese poachers.
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2012-11-16
China/Tanzania: Hong Kong seizes $1.4m of illegal ivory

Hong Kong customs officers have made their second major seizure of ivory in less than a month after confiscating more than a tonne of the elephant tusks worth $1.4m (£880,000).
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2012-11-16
Kenya: Wildlife Service arrest 46 poachers and recover ivory and ammunition

Poachers target especially rhinos and elephants for their tusks and skins, which fetch a lot of money in the black market particularly in Asia.
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2012-11-13
China Fuels 'White Gold' Trade

Elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are being smuggled into China from Africa in growing numbers by transnational gangs in spite of law enforcement efforts
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2012-11-13
Kenya: Elephant Qumquat's Killer Arrested

One of the poachers that killed the well-known elephant, Qumquat and her family has been arrested.
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2012-11-10
Elephants, latest victims of Congolese unrest, flee to Uganda

Additional elephants are not new births, rather refugees fleeing fighting between rebels and government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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2012-11-09
Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Call to Action: Suggestions for Priorities

This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened a roundtable discussion on the illegal wildlife trade entitled Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action.
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2012-11-09
A Champion of Elephants

A woman animal rights activist says many Chinese are still unaware that the ivory trade stems from massacres of elephants.
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2012-11-09
Clinton says US to increase anti-poaching efforts

Alarmed that rebel militias could be profiting from a sharp increase in the poaching of elephants and rhinos, the U.S. plans to step up efforts to build a global coalition to combat the illegal wildlife trade.
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2012-11-09
Tanzania: Ivory exports: It wasn’t us, says TRA

Tanzania Revenue Authority officials are up in arms over claims that some elephant tusks impounded in Hong Kong recently were shipped via Dar es Salaam port.
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2012-11-09
Is every single elephant a village-wrecking booze hound?

"Marauding pack of booze-addled elephants wreak havoc on Indian village." It's a story, or at least a headline, that's surprisingly common.
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2012-11-08
Clinton Seeks Intelligence Help in War on Wildlife Traffickers

The Obama administration, and the State Department in particular, face a long list of urgent issues, from Iran’s nuclear weapons program to trade disputes with China. That makes it hard to maintain a focus on the environment
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2012-11-08
U.S. Pursues Global Strategy to End Trafficking in Wildlife

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called today for a global strategy to protect wildlife in their environments and begin to dry up the demand for trafficked wildlife goods.
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2012-11-08
Legal ivory trading severely undermines elephant conservation

As ideas go, the notion that elephant conservation would in any way be best served by making a legal supply of ivory available was unconvincing from the very start
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2012-11-07
The devastating decline of the African elephant

Leafy rushfoil shivered in the breeze, the morning sun bounced off the murky depths of a nearby watering hole, and my legs ached from crouching, and waiting. “Here they come,” the keeper eventually whispered.
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2012-11-07
Elephant Slaughter Risks Future of Species (video and transcript of interview with Cynthia Moss)

Across Africa a war against the continent's largest animal has reduced the elephant population to dire levels and led to warnings that if poaching continues at its current rate, African elephants could be wiped out within the next 10 to 15 years.
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2012-11-05
'The ivory trade is like drug trafficking' : Interview with Luis Arranz (Democratic Republic of Congo)

For the past five years, Spanish biologist Luis Arranz has been the director of Garamba National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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2012-11-05
China Unwilling to Help Kenya Stop Poaching - KWS

China and Vietnam are reluctant to enact strict laws to stop their citizens from purchasing elephant tusks and rhino horns from Africa. The two countries provide ready market for game trophies.
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2012-11-03
African law enforcers, lawyers call for stiffer penalties for poachers

Top legal minds came together in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday for a judicial discussion surrounding the need to enforce harsher penalties for wildlife-related crimes.
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2012-11-03
Tanzanian papers focus on game elephant poaching, corruption in ruling party

The seriousness of elephant poaching in Tanzanian game sanctuaries and graft in the ruling party’s elections were prominent issues in the country’s newspapers this week while public calls intensified for the two ills to be brought to an end as quickly as possible.
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2012-11-03
Elephants Brought to tusk

AFRICANS look at elephants much as Chinese look at Yao Ming, their 7’6" (2.29 metres) giant basketball star. They see power and majesty as well as gentleness and decency.
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2012-10-31
Tanzania: Fight Against Illegal Ivory Trade Needs Collective Efforts

Editorial: In a little less than two weeks police in Tanzania and Hong Kong have seized elephant tusks worth billions of shillings suspected to have been smuggled from Tanzania.
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2012-10-30
Tanzania: Police impound tusks worth 2.1bn/

Police in Dar es Salaam have arrested two Kenyans and a Tanzanian in unlawful possession of 214 elephant tusks and five bones of the mammal worth 2.1bn/- at Kimara Stop Over area in Kinondoni municipality over the weekend.
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2012-10-30
Botswana will not issue any more hunting licenses!

Botswana’s president Ian Khama has announced that the government will no longer issue licenses for hunting wild animals in the country.
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2012-10-29
Italy: Ivory Seized by Italian Forestry in Vatican, Abruzzo Shops

Rome. Statuettes and other precious ivory objects of a religious nature, beautifully sculpted by hand, were seized by agents of the CITES Service of the Central State Forestry Corps of Rome, in an important gallery in Rome at the Vatican Walls. English translation of the article: http://bryanchristy.com/raid-vatican-abruzzo-ivory-shops-religious-statues-seized/
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2012-10-29
Yao Ming’s Uphill Struggle Against Ivory Poaching

After his successful drive against shark fin consumption, former NBA star Yao Ming is embarking on a new conservation campaign: Saving African elephants.
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2012-10-29
Tanzania: Jumbo killings: MP for action on Kagasheki

Elephant poaching has gone out of control in the country, a situation that is causing the biggest stumbling block to Tanzania’s bid to sell its huge ivory stockpile, stakeholders are warning.
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2012-10-29
Botswana: No more hunting

No one will be allowed to hunt wildlife in Botswana, come 2014, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has announced.
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2012-10-27
Tanzania: Controversy Over Origin $3.4 Million Ivory Seized in Hong Kong

Wildlife authorities have explained that the consignment of elephant tusks that were seized in Hong Kong and reported to have been shipped from Tanzania did not necessarily originate from the country.
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2012-10-25
Tanzania: Poachers Decimate Tanzania's Elephant Herds

Tanzania has been identified as the leading exporter of illegal ivory in recent years. An estimated 10,000 elephants are being slaughtered in the country annually.
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2012-10-25
In A Tanzanian Village, Elephant Poachers Thrive

An insatiable demand for ivory in Asia is fueling a massive slaughter of elephants across Africa. As NPR's John Burnett reports, one of the worst poaching hot spots is Tanzania.
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2012-10-25
Ivory trafficking a festering sore in Kenya’s wildlife haven

Barely three months have gone since the last ivory seizure. Now we have another large one in Asia that is implicating Kenya – again.
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2012-10-24
Kenya: Tsavo Park Loses 50 Elephants

More than 50 elephants have been killed at the Tsavo conservation area this year, the Kenya Wildlife Service has revealed.
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2012-10-24
http://allafrica.com/stories/201210250145.html

More than 50 elephants have been killed at the Tsavo conservation area this year, the Kenya Wildlife Service has revealed
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2012-10-23
Zimbabwe weighs cost of too many elephants

Zimbabwe's elephant population is ballooning at the vast Hwange game reserve [An elephant drinks water at a watering pan supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators.
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2012-10-23
India: How SMS saves humans from elephants in the tea meadows of Valparai

Every day, around 3 pm, Ganesh Raghunathan sends out at least 800 SMS alerts to people living close to the elephant corridors in Valparai in Coimbatore district about the movements of the pachyderms.
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2012-10-22
Huge Seizure of Illegal Ivory in Hong Kong

The authorities in Hong Kong have intercepted one of the largest shipments of illegal ivory in history — 1,209 elephant tusks and ivory ornaments weighing more than 8,400 pounds.
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2012-10-20
Tanzania: Poachers Form Cross Border Links

Arusha — AN ill-intentioned alliance has been formed among wildlife poachers and illegal forest loggers currently wrecking havoc around Mount Kilimanjaro in Moshi, in close association with their suspected counterparts at Amboseli National Park in neighbouring Kenya.
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2012-10-17
18 Elephant Carcasses Found In Namibia's Capriivi Region So Far This Year

Since the beginning of this year, a total of 18 elephant carcasses have been found in the Caprivi Region, the narrow strip of land in Namibia which borders Angola, Botswana and Zambia
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2012-10-17
Kenya: Seven Elephants Killed Near Tsavo East in One Week

Seven elephants have been killed near Tsavo East last week. The elephants were paoched at Maili Saba just outside the Galana Conservancy on October 11.
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2012-10-15
Tanzania losing 10,000 elephants to poaching annually-Ministry

Tanzania loses 30 elephants to poaching every day, a shocking 10,000 every year, the government says the situation cannot effectively reverse for lack of resources.
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2012-10-11
Tanzania: Dar in new bid to sell Sh89 billion ivory stock

Tanzania has once again applied for a go-ahead to sell over 101,005kg of its ivory stockpile valued at over $55.5million (about Sh88.8billion) with a pledge that the money, if availed, would be used for anti-poaching operations.
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2012-10-11
Demand for Illegal Ivory Explodes in Asia, Where Industry Expands Despite Ban

Despite a 1990 global treaty illegalizing the sale of elephant tusks, religious faiths across Asia value ivory and are willing to pay for it.
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2012-10-10
Kenya arrests 32 suspected poachers, recover ivory pieces

Kenya's authorities have arrested 32 suspected poachers and recovered an M16 rifle with nine rounds of ammunition, six pieces of ivory and 300 kg of assorted bushmeat during the past one week of anti-poaching operations across the country.
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2012-10-09
Tanzania's plan to sell ivory stockpile is 'ludicrous', say conservationists

Conservationists have hit out at attempts by Tanzania to hold a one-off sale of its ivory stockpile and downgrade the level of protection for the country's elephants.
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2012-10-08
Rwanda: Border Residents in Joint Drive Against Stray Animals

Local wildlife officials and Rwandans residing near Virunga National Park are closely working with their counterparts from the Democratic Republic of Congo on a joint venture to halt any more attacks by elephants which stray into communities and destroy gardens.
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2012-10-08
Zimbabwe: Elephants die of thirst

Hwange National Park has been hit by a critical water shortage which has resulted in the death of 17 elephants.
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2012-10-08
Cameroon arrests one of Central Africa’s most notorious poachers

Cameroon on Thursday arrested Symphorien Sangha, one of Central Africa’s most notorious elephant poachers and ivory smugglers, a significant step in the region’s fight against wildlife crime.
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2012-10-06
Ivory trade ban up for vote at UN wildlife summit

The question of whether to extend a trade ban on African ivory is set for a vote at the next meeting of UN wildlife trade regulator CITES, the organization said Friday.
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2012-10-05
Zimbabwe: Conservationists Blame 'Man Made' Crisis for Elephant and Rhino Deaths

The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has blamed the recent deaths of a number of elephants and rhinos in the country's main national park on a "man made disaster."
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2012-10-05
Elephant Poachers Caught in Chad, Protection Efforts Stepped Up

In late July and early August in the Mayo Lemie and Chari Baguirmi regions of southwestern Chad, poachers slaughtered 63 elephants.
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2012-10-04
Tanzania: Poaching threatens Africa elephants and tourism

Making a visit in Tanzanian wildlife parks, elephants make one out of five attractions tourists would like to watch, as a herd of jumbos stride elegantly with their calves between them.
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2012-10-03
Zimbabwe: 19 Jumbos Die

At least 19 elephants and two rhinos have died at Hwange National Park due to lack of water
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2012-10-02
For elephants, deciding to leave watering hole demands conversation, Stanford study shows

In the wilds of Africa, when it's time for a family of elephants gathered at a watering hole to leave, the matriarch of the group gives the "let's-go rumble"
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2012-10-01
Blood Ivory

Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?
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2012-09-28
Elephant Guards Murdered in Chad

Zakaria Ibrahim, Brahim Khamis, Daoud Aldjouma, Djibrine Adoum Goudja, and Idriss Adoum—all dead, gunned down during dawn prayers. Where? North of Zakouma National Park in Chad, central Africa. When? September 3, 2012. Why? They were assassinated for protecting the last of the elephant herds found in the vast stretches between the Sahara Desert and the Congo forest.
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2012-09-28
UN Recognizes Wildlife Crime as Threat

Poaching and the illicit trafficking of wildlife products were raised on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time this Monday, during discussions on strengthening national and international governance.
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2012-09-28
Philippines expands probe into 'blood' ivory

Philippine authorities said Friday they had launched a nationwide investigation into Catholic devotees collecting religious figures made of "blood" ivory smuggled from Africa.
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2012-09-27
Mozambican police arrest poachers who use anti-tank mines to kill elephants

Mozambican police announced on Wednesday in central Tete province that they arrested six poachers, among them three from Zimbabwe, who used anti-tank mines in the slaughtering of elephants.
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2012-09-27
Elephant poaching: the dramatic rise in ivory trafficking

Link to the National Public Radio interview with scientist George Wittemyer and Bryan Christy, the author of the National Geographic article "Blood Ivory." Over 25,000 elephants were slaughtered last year in the growing illicit ivory trade — sometimes entire herds gunned down from helicopters.
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2012-09-25
NBI asked to probe ivory trade in Philippines

Environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the illegal ivory trade in the country, now linked to its use in religious carvings like Santo Niño.
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2012-09-24
Elephant Slaughter: An Animal Genocide?

An estimated half-million elephants still live in Africa. But tens of thousands are slaughtered illegally each year for their ivory tusks in a poaching binge the likes of which has never been seen before.
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2012-09-21
Christian, Muslim and Hindu religious leaders unite to help stop slaughter of elephants, rhinos

Religious leaders are the latest recruits in the war by conservationists against those slaughtering thousands of elephants and rhinos across Africa each year.
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2012-09-20
Shining a Bright Light on Africa’s Elephant Slaughter

Fueled by a rising demand for ivory, the mass killing of African elephants has reached extraordinary levels. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, New York Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman discusses his in-depth investigation of the deadly ivory trade, which involves the U.S.-backed military forces of several African nations.
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2012-09-19
Elephant, Ranger Protections Endorsed—But Do They Have Teeth?

Amid an unprecedented spike in African elephant poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last week passed two motions it hopes will bolster protection for elephants and the park rangers who look after them.
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2012-09-17
No One Wants a World Without Elephants

Jeffrey Gettleman’s compelling article (September 3, 2012, NYT) “Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits” portrayed a war that is not being won.
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2012-09-15
Brutal Elephant Slaughter Funds African Conflicts

Rebels and militias across Africa have discovered the illegal trade in elephant ivory. Coveted in Asia, their tusks bring in handsome sums that are funding wars across the continent. Many game wardens hardly stand a chance against the slaughter.
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2012-09-15
East Africa: UPDF, Kony Killing Elephants for Ivory?

In the first week of September the international press was awash with a single story; game rangers in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo had spotted a Ugandan military helicopter flying very low over the park
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2012-09-12
No elephant poaching in Uganda, says Minister

Maria Mutagamba, Uganda’s new minister of tourism, wildlife and antiquities has refuted recent media reports about an escalation in poaching in most of Uganda’s protected areas which created the impression that Uganda’s wildlife is on the verge of extinction.
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2012-09-11
Forest elephants under threat of extinction

YAOUNDE - Cameroon's forest elephants could disappear from the wild within eight years if no urgent measure is taken to combat international illicit ivory trade and curb habitat loss, a senior official of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) has warned.
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2012-09-11
Poachers 'decimating' Uganda's elephants

Poachers are "decimating" Uganda's elephant population, fueled by Asian demands for black market ivory, the authorities said Tuesday.
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2012-09-09
In War to Save Elephants, Rangers Appeal for Aid

His name is Baghdad, because of the bullet scar in his ear. He lives in a national park in Gabon, and he's one of only 20 African forest elephants left on Earth whose tusks touch the ground, making him worth about a hundred thousand U.S. dollars—dead.
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2012-09-07
Mt Kenya to get electric fence to stop wildlife straying

Kenya's government is to inaugurate a project that will encircle much of the country's highest peak with an electric fence to stop wild animals straying.
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2012-09-05
Booming illegal ivory trade taking severe toll on Africa's elephants, groups say

Elephants are being killed in Africa at an alarming rate by increasingly efficient and well-armed poachers as international demand soars for the ivory from their tusks, wildlife conservation groups say.
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2012-09-05
Elephant Poaching In Africa Is On The Rise

Africa is in the middle of what Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times calls an epic elephant slaughter. He says poachers are killing more elephants now than at any time in the last two decades.
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2012-09-05
Kenya: Urgently Revise the Wildlife Law

Human-wildlife conflict has been on the rise recently in Kenya. In June 20th this year, six (6) lions were killed after they strayed from the Nairobi National Park and attacked and killed livestock in Kitengela area.
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2012-09-03
Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits

GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo — In 30 years of fighting poachers, Paul Onyango had never seen anything like this. Twenty-two dead elephants, including several very young ones, clumped together on the open savanna, many killed by a single bullet to the top of the head.
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2012-09-02
Tanzania: Wild Animals Scare Census Officials

Arusha — THE mock census that was conducted in Ngorongoro Forest Reserves last year seems not to have prepared officials for the onslaught of wild beasts during the ongoing real exercise.
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2012-09-01
Forest Elephant Chronicles: Using infrared to monitor social dynamics

September–October 2012: The best known African elephants are savannah elephants, those massive occupants of grassy plains and bush lands that are the largest land-dwellers on Earth. Less familiar are forest elephants, smaller but still gigantic creatures that live in African rain forests.
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2012-08-30
Kenya translocates elephants to game reserve

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has started translocation of 150 elephants to the Masai Mara National Reserve to help defuse tension with host communities.
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2012-08-29
Kenya: Ivory Trade Worries KWS

The Kenya Wildlife Services yesterday blamed the legalisation of ivory trade in some countries to the increased poaching in the country. Poachers have have found a lucrative market for elephant and rhino trophies in China. "Elephants and rhino species in Africa are facing under pressure from poachers," KWS director Julius Kipng'etich told a meeting in a Mwatate hotel last week.
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2012-08-28
Okapis, gorillas, elephants: the other victims of war in eastern DR Congo

For the past five months, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been a battle zone, with thousands of civilians fleeing the fighting between rebels and the army. In a zone renowned for its exceptional nature reserves, the instability has led to an increase in poaching and all kinds of trafficking.
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2012-08-28
Using Chinese star power to fight ivory poaching in Africa

The biggest demand for ivory is in China, so conservationists are trying to teach Chinese consumers about poaching – with the help of Chinese celebrities like Yao Ming.
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2012-08-26
Cameroon: Elephants Destroy Farms, Property

Food shortages and price hikes have been witnessed in Mundemba in the South West Region as elephants rampage farms.
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2012-08-24
Botswana: The spectre of poaching

Stories of poachers read like action packed movies of the wild, featuring small helicopters flying low, just above trees, armed with long distance rifles. Poaching is an issue of serious concern especially for countries teeming with elephants, rhinos and other such endangered species.
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2012-08-22
Zimbabwe to ask permission to sell ivory stocks

Zimbabwe has accumulated 50 tonnes of ivory and will ask the international body regulating its trade for permission to auction its stocks to fund conservation of the animals, the head of the country's wildlife agency said on Wednesday.
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2012-08-21
Botswana: Poachers kill 19 elephants

At least 19 carcasses of elephants have been found in the Kasane area since the shooting of two alleged Namibian poachers by the BDF anti-poaching unit on July 17, Mmegi has established. "Ever since the July shooting of two Namibian poachers, our anti-poaching officers have found 15 carcasses of elephants with tusks removed," the Commander of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), Lieuetenant General Gaolathe Galebotswe, said at his inaugural press briefing at Sir Seretse Khama Barracks yesterday.
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2012-08-21
Kenya: Yao Ming Shares His Thoughts On Kenya Visit

Former NBA star Yao Ming wound up a 10-day shoot in Kenya last week, where he decried the total waste by poachers who kill elephants for ivory.
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2012-08-19
Kenya: Poachers kill four elephants in Tsavo Park

Four elephants have been killed in the Tsavo Conservation Area as poaching of the endangered species escalate. The elephants were killed at Lukakani on the Taita-Taveta and Kwale counties’ border and their tusks removed. Tsavo Conservation Area Assistant Director Wilson Korir confirmed the incident and said two suspects have been arrested. He said the suspects used poisoned arrows and cable wires to kill the elephants.Two jumbos were caught by snares and died, added Korir.
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2012-08-18
Tanzania: Serengeti/ Mara East African Synergy or Primitive Rivalry?

THE revelation that Tanzania has lost 31,348 elephants or 42% of its herd to poachers in the last 3 years is a shocking outrage. This is an outrage of immense proportions that should have cost the government its right, to preside over the business of governing , in the light of tourism being the number 3 foreign earner revenue to the exchequer.
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2012-08-17
Yao Ming in anti-poaching campaign in Africa

Retired Chinese basketball great Yao Ming is on his first tour of Africa to shoot a documentary titled The End of Wild aimed at putting the lid on poaching. Coming off a fresh TV commentating experience at the London Olympics, the WildAid ambassador embarked on the 10-day trip on Aug 10 and has come face-to-face with some of the world's most majestic species – elephants, rhinos, and leopards -- during a week's shooting in Kenya.
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2012-08-16
Yao Ming asks Chinese to consider how ivory trade is killing elephants

NAIROBI, KENYA—One of China's most visible stars wants his countrymen to know that their rising appetite for ivory is resulting in dead elephants across Africa. The former NBA player Yao Ming on Thursday ended a weeklong trip to Kenya where he mingled with elephants and indigenous tribes. The trip was part of an effort to inform China's increasingly affluent middle class that its desire for small ivory trinkets results in the killing of Africa’s six-ton beasts.
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2012-08-15
Elephant Birth Control: South Africa Plans Campaign To Avoid Population Explosion

A South African province home to thousands of elephants is planning a birth control campaign for the pachyderms to prevent a population explosion that could threaten plants and wildlife.
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2012-08-15
Kenya: KWS Trains Community Scouts to Stop Wildlife Poaching

The Kenya Wildlife Service has embarked on an ambitious initiative that will involve local communities to promote wildlife conservation in the country. Currently, Kenyan wildlife is faced with a myriad of challenges that are threatening their survival in and outside the protected areas. Consequently KWS has embarked on a long-term programme to train game scouts from a number of wildlife conservancies in a bid to involve communities in conservation programmes.
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2012-08-13
Zimbabwe: Viewpoint: Mourning the elephant

Horrific footage showing elephants that have been hacked to death for their ivory tusks reveals the terrifying toll that mass poaching is taking on Africa's dwindling elephant population. After having focused my last two installments on the African elephant, I was forced to take another look once again on the fate of the jumbos given the fact that Zimbabwe and Botswana are the only two countries with the remaining largest population in the world, over 100 000 apiece.
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2012-08-13
Tanzania: Poachers Are a Menace, Eliminate Them Now

THERE was a shocking revelation in the National Assembly at the weekend that poachers kill 30 elephants in national parks in a single day. This is unbelievable and yet it is happening! An MP told the House that 800 tuskers are decimated each month. Going by this figure, the total number of elephants killed each year rounds off at 10,000. Now, who is to blame for literally allowing notorious criminals to commit such mayhem?
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2012-08-12
Tanzania: Country Loses 30 Elephants Daily

Dodoma — A REPORT from experts has it that the country loses 30 elephants daily and an average of 800 every month to poaching, the Parliament was told. The Chairman of parliamentary Committee on Land, Natural Resources and Environment, James Lembeli (Kahama - CCM) while presenting the Committee speech, noted that between 2006 and 2009, the country lost 30, 000 elephants to poaching, adding that now the country loses 10, 000 per year.
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2012-08-10
Footage reveals elephant poaching horror

HORRIFIC footage showing elephants that have been hacked to death for their ivory tusks reveals the terrifying toll that mass poaching is taking on Central Africa's dwindling elephant population. The disturbing video, released by the World Wildlife Fund, shows mutilated elephants after a mass slaughter in Bouba N'Djida National Park in Cameroon, where poaching has hit record levels. Between January and March this year, heavily armed foreign poachers killed 350 elephants elephants in Bouba N'Djida National Park.
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2012-08-09
International syndicate reported to decimate Tanzania’s jumbos

Arusha. A sophisticated international criminal syndicate is reportedly decimating elephant populations in the country. Figures show that 42 percent of elephants, equal to 31,348 jumbos, have been killed in the Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the past three years.“
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2012-08-08
Second orphaned elephant found in Chad after killings

A second orphaned elephant was rescued in Chad after poachers attacked a herd twice in the same week, SOS Elephants said Tuesday. "The new orphan was rescued yesterday and reached our camp early this morning," SOS Elephants founder Stephanie Vergniault told NBC News. "He is fighting for his life now in our camp with the vet."
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2012-08-07
New Forensics Tool for Catching Elephant Poachers

Good news for those trying to stem the trade in illegal wildlife: a new genetic forensic tool allows scientists to pinpoint where seized illegal ivory originates. Such forensic techniques have been used to identify fishy black caviar, suspect bushmeat, dubious traditional Chinese medicine concoctions and questionable fisheries, but the researchers think this is the first tool that links elephant ivory to specific locales.
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2012-08-06
Elephants May Be Knocking Over Too Many Trees

Tree loss in areas with elephants is up to six times higher than in regions without the voracious pachyderms, suggests a new aerial survey. Humans have essentially engineered the problem by relocating, either directly or indirectly, pachyderm populations. According to the survey, described in the journal Ecology Letters, elephants prefer toppling trees in the 16- to 30-foot range, with annual losses of up to 20 percent in these height classes.
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2012-08-06
Are Ivory Bonfires worth anything?

The public burning served a dual purpose, according to conservationists — both demonstrating Gabon’s zero-tolerance policy for wildlife crime, and curtailing the temptation to sell the government-seized stockpile on the black market. Zambia “lost” about three tons from its government stock hold recently.
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2012-08-05
Saving the African Elephant

2011 marked the worst year for elephant poaching and illegal ivory trading since the height of the trade in the 1980s, according to the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Following this lamentable news, both the British Parliament and the US Congress held hearings to address possible steps that the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively, could take to curb the effects of what seems to be a growing problem.
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2012-08-03
President of Chad sends troops after elephant poachers

Following the July 24 massacre of dozens of elephants in southwestern Chad, President Idriss Deby Itno sent helicopters to the Mayo Lemie – Chari Baguiri area to catch the poachers, according to Stephanie Vergniault, president of SOS Elephants, a wildlife NGO. President Deby also gave orders to check all the country’s exit points for both the poachers and smuggled ivory.
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2012-08-01
Zim sitting on ivory worth $55 million

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has 55,000 kg of ivory in its national storeroom. The Authority’s spokesperson, Caroline Washaya Moyo, said raw ivory sales were expected to resume after the expiry of a nine year moratorium in 2017. “Currently we are selling ivory to only Cites-approved ivory manufacturers at a price of $250 per kg,” she said.
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2012-07-31
Will the UN reverse its ivory ban?

Delegates overseeing a 175-nation endangered species treaty adopted measures Friday intended to curb smuggling of elephant ivory and rhino horn, including a new plan to eventually allow ivory to be legally traded again in global markets.
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2012-07-31
Elephants, humans die as hostility soars

EAI Advisory Council Member, Dr. Gay Bradshaw states in the article: “Everybody pretty much agrees that the relationship between elephants and people has dramatically changed. What we are seeing today is extraordinary. Where for centuries humans and elephants lived in relatively peaceful coexistence, there is now hostility and violence." Summary: Cape Town - Ten days ago, 200 Maasai “warriors”, in an act of vengeance, randomly speared a dozen elephants, 10 buffalo and a lion from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park – East Africa’s second most popular reserve.
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2012-07-31
Statisticians Help Combat Increasing Illegal Ivory Trade

Statisticians from the University of Reading in partnership with TRAFFIC are helping in the global fight against the trade of illegal ivory, with a major revision of the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), a global monitoring system for tracking illegal ivory trade. With elephant poaching levels the worst they have been in a decade, and recorded ivory seizures at their highest levels since 1989, the revised system will give accurate and up-to-date information on the illegal trade of ivory. This will be of huge benefit for international and national policy makers on elephant conservation and on illicit trade who have previously struggled to get reliable and timely data.
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2012-07-30
Guest Post: Poaching Threatens Central African Security

Despite some progress on improving security in Central Africa, the continuing smuggling of weapons and the movement of refugees and internally displaced persons continue to threaten the integrity of countries across the region. Less noted, but no less important, is the role that wildlife poaching plays in this perilous circumstance.
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2012-07-28
Chad: Elephants slaughtered, orphan found in latest Africa poaching

The government of Chad said it was searching for poachers who slaughtered part of an elephant herd, while a conservation group said it had found an orphaned infant near the slaughter site. SOS Elephants, which is based in the Central African nation of Chad, said it had counted more than 30 carcasses in the slaughter on Tuesday. Poachers on horseback fired on the herd, which was across the river from an educational site run by the nonprofit.
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2012-07-27
UN endangered species treaty keeps alive idea of reversing ivory ban to cut elephant poaching

Delegates overseeing a 175-nation endangered species treaty adopted measures Friday intended to curb smuggling of elephant ivory and rhino horn, including a new plan to eventually allow ivory to be legally traded again in global markets. The plan for allowing ivory to be traded legally for the first time in more than two decades will be fine-tuned and presented again in October, then considered for final approval next March in Bangkok. It was among the most hotly debated items at a week long meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, known as CITES, that ended Friday.
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2012-07-26
Kenya: Elephants killed by Maasai in row with wildlife services

Maasai tribesmen have killed at least 10 elephants on the outskirts of the Amboseli National Park in an ongoing dispute with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). According to the Kenya Wildlife Trust, at least 10 elephants, up to 10 buffaloes and a lion were killed following the row. The trouble started last week when a Maasai boy was killed by a buffalo and an officer from the KWS blamed the killing on the Maasai. Outraged Maasai warriors vented their fury by spearing an elephant and a buffalo before order was restored and the officer in question departed.
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2012-07-26
Southern Africa: Cross-Border Park Spurs Water Cooperation

Giriyondo Border Point — The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is a shining example of what can be achieved when countries put their national egos to one side and cooperate to protect their natural assets, says Baldeu Chande, administrator of Mozambique's Limpopo National Park and a former national basketball star. The tall and lanky Chande is well known in southern Africa's Portuguese-speaking nations, not only for his sporting prowess but as a hands-on environmentalist.
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2012-07-25
South Africa considers legalising ivory trade

South Africa is considering legalising ivory trade to bring elephant poaching under control. This is the first time such an idea has been approached since the global ivory ban in 1989.
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2012-07-25
Report’s alarm: Legalize ivory to save elephants

When authorities arrested a pair of New York jewelers this year with a combined $2 million in contraband from African traders, they found no gold nuggets, no exotic gems, not one “blood diamond.” Instead, the smuggled goods included more than a ton’s worth of carved animal figurines and ornaments — all made from the illicit trade of elephant ivory.
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2012-07-25
Kenya: Good Old Ezra Did Not Deserve to Die

I have not been able to sleep - my sadness has been at my lowest emotional ebb in 47 years living in Kenya, mostly spent in Greater Maasai land. On July 18, Ezra, one of Amboseli's oldest remaining bulls, aged 46, died today of multiple spear wounds. He walked for many miles whilst fatally wounded before collapsing. Ezra had done nothing wrong; he was just one of a number of innocent victims in an escalation of political tensions between the Kenya Wildlife Service and local Maasai communities over the share of tourism revenues from Amboseli National Park.
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2012-07-25
China urged to curb ivory trade

China has been given a yellow score by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for failure to effectively supervise its internal ivory trade and track the sale of legally-imported ivory. The report selected 23 African and Asian countries that have the highest level of illegal trade in ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts, and gave them scores of green, yellow or red to evaluate the progress made for each species.
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2012-07-24
Ivory seizures prompt calls for China to end domestic trade

More ivory was seized last year by customs officials around the world than at any time since a global ban was introduced in 1989, the international organization that regulates trade in wildlife has heard. The escalating global trade has prompted calls from conservationists for China, which has emerged as a major market for ivory, to shut down its legal domestic trade so that smugglers cannot use it to launder illegal ivory. But others at the meeting in Geneva of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) have called for international restrictions on the ivory trade to be relaxed. Southern African states are pushing for the ivory ban to be lifted from 2017.
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2012-07-23
Time to ban ivory for good?

BANGKOK, Thailand — Smuggling boxes of elephant tusks is not so different from smuggling bundles of cocaine. Both are procured for a pittance and sold abroad for a fortune. Both enrich transnational criminal networks; in ivory’s case, the commodity is acquired in the African savannah and sold primarily in China. Both send mules and middlemen to jail but seldom bring charges upon syndicate kingpins.
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2012-07-23
Legal Ivory Trade Resumption up for UN Debate

A call to resume the legal ivory trade as a way to stop the recent rise in elephant poaching in Africa was expected to dominate debate at a U.N. conservation meeting that began Monday.
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2012-07-20
Kenya: Morans Injured in KWS Scuffle Over Elephants

More than 10 morans were yesterday afternoon injured when they were ambushed by Kenya Wildlife Services rangers in in Loitoktok. The 10 were among morans who had killed an elephant at the Olkulului Group Ranch farm on Wednesday night.
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2012-07-19
Tanzania: Karatu to Create Buffer Zone With Conserved Areas

Arusha — GOVERNMENT officials in Karatu District are working towards establishing a wider buffer-zone corridor that will separate local villages from the Northern Highland Forest Reserve and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority.
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2012-07-19
Kenya: Poachers Kill Seven Elephants in Tsavo

The Kenya Wildlife Services has reported that five elephant have been killed in the Tsavo ecosystem this year. Tsavo assistant director Wilson Korir said the five cases occurred in private conservancies and sanctuaries. He however said the number could be higher as most cases are not reported to KWS. Cases of elephant poaching are on the increase in private conservancies and sanctuaries located near the Tsavo National Park. Korir said it is difficult to protect wildlife outside the park since the area is vast.
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2012-05-29
Kenya: Sri Lanka on the spot over ivory

A move by Sri Lanka to donate over 1,500 kilogrammes of ivory it seized last week to the country’s Buddhist temples has been met with stiff opposition.
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2012-05-15
The Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Survey of Greed, Tragedy, and Ignorance

Since the beginning of 2012, over 250 elephants have been killed in Cameroon. Adults are being slaughtered for ivory to be used for jewelry, ornaments, and traditional medicine; young juveniles and infants are being killed indiscriminately or left orphaned to die without the protection of their mothers.
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2012-04-24
South Africa: African big game poaching surges on Asian affluence

Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia's scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region's newly affluent classes.
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2012-04-22
Kenya: Five Poachers Killed in Kapenguria

Five poachers were on Saturday night gunned down on the Kapenguria-Ortum road in West Pokot County. Three AK 47 guns with 15 rounds of ammunition and six pieces of ivory tasks weighing about 50kg were recovered from the suspects.
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2012-04-22
Kenya: We Will Contain Poaching - KWS director Julius Kipng'etich

Poaching in the country hit the critical one per cent of the rhino population in 2009 for the first time in 25 years. This was the highest illegal rhino killings recorded in recent times. We lost 12 black rhinos and six white rhinos to poachers.
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