Kenyan conservationist takes bird’s-eye view in fight against elephant poaching

In the wilds of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, Martin Wheeler, aka ‘bird-man’, and team use paraglider, car and footwork in surveillance effort to help thwart illegal wildlife trade. Africa’s wild elephants are being killed at their fastest rate since 1979-89, the bloody decade in which their number more than halved from 1.4m to 600,000. Wheeler, like many conservationists, is on[…]

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HONG KONG AUTHORITIES SEIZE OVER 1.100 ELEPHANT TUSKS

If anyone has any doubt about the absolute necessity of campaigns to combat elephant poaching this latest seizure drives home the seriousness of the issue. Bloggers like Jenny Karvunidis who criticized Hillary Clinton for declaring her support for the worldwide crackdown on elephant poaching should take the time to realise just how serious this issue is. Largest seizure since 2010[…]

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LEWA DOWNS MAKES IT INTO THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST

Years of hard work and dedication rewarded as Lewa Downs and Ngare Ndare Forest join Mt. Kenya World Heritage Site. The Mount Kenya World Heritage Site was recently expanded to include two additional conservation areas, namely Lewa Downs and the Ngare Ndare Forest. Lewa Downs, once upon a time a conventional cattle ranch owned and operated by the Craig family, has[…]

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Saving Elephants — conservation dilemmas

“Africa is facing an unprecedented crisis of elephant poaching that threatens to wipe out the species in a decade. As poachers gun down elephant matriarchs, and destroy their families, buyers of ivory in countries like China, Vietnam and Thailand purchase exquisite ivory carvings of their gods, and believe that they are somehow worshiping God. Don’t they know that their consumer[…]

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Kenyan poachers make a killing in ivory

“Right now the demand for ivory is very high. When that happens, the price rises and suppliers go into over-drive,” says Paul Mbugua, spokesman for the state-run Kenya Wildlife Services. “While there is demand for ivory, nothing will stop these poachers.” In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), teams of poachers hunt from helicopters, packing serious firepower – rocket-propelled grenades[…]

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Go Margaret! Kenya’s First lady calls for end to ivory business

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for the immediate end to foreign countries buying ivory from Kenya. Mrs Kenyatta said countries in Asia, US and Africa said stopping trade in ivory from the country will discourage poaching. “If the countries stop buying ivory, demand will be lower. Buying is contributing to demand which is destroying the future of our elephants,”[…]

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Migration Update

2 months ago, all indicators pointed at the annual wildebeest migration running behind schedule this year. But now things are turning out quite differently. By the beginning of June some of the front runners were crossing the Grumeti River and heading towards Seronera before quickly moving further north into Ikoma. Herds of wildebeest were already massing on the central plains[…]

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This is a tragedy!

KWS says poachers have killed 137 elephants, 24 rhinos this year Poachers have killed at least 137 elephants and 24 rhinos this year amid global concerns over trade in game trophies. Kenya Wildlife Service director William Kiprono said half of the endangered species were killed in the Tsavo conservancy area where poachers masquerade as herders from adjacent ranches. Click here[…]

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Wildebeest Migration update

The migration north is gathering momentum. This week the herds are spread out across central Serengeti and just moving into northern Serengeti. Wildebeest can be found all the way from southern Seronera up as far as Ikoma in the north. This means the migration is further advanced than usual for this time of year and likely to begin crossing the Mara river[…]

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32 Kenya Wildlife Service officers suspended over poaching

At last! Kenya is starting to make good on promises to get tough on poaching, poachers and anyone helping them. At least 32 Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) senior officers have been suspended to make way for investigations into increased poaching activities in their areas, Kenya’s The Standard reported Saturday (June 8th). The suspended officers include those in charge of parks[…]

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