South Africa looks to sell some of its $1bn rhino horn stockpile

South Africa is seeking permission for a one-off sale of some of its $1bn stockpile of rhino horn to finance conservation and potentially flood a thriving black market, its environment minister said on Wednesday. However, conservation groups fear the plan could end up increasing demand in major markets such as Vietnam, where the horn is sought after for use in[…]

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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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From THE White House

FACT SHEET: U.S. Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking A New Executive Order to Better Coordinate the U.S. Response Today the President will sign an Executive Order (E.O.) to enhance coordination of U.S. Government efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and assist foreign governments in building the capacity needed to combat wildlife trafficking and related organized crime. Click here to read the[…]

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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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This really sucks!

Serengeti killer highway back on the agenda Words like ‘deception’ but also the undiplomatic word ‘lies’ were used in comments sent to this correspondent when news emerged that the Tanzanian government, in the face of past protests and boycott threats, and in neglect of more viable alternative routes, seems to have gone back to their much disputed position of building a[…]

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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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G8 Leaders commit to fight against illegal trafficking in wildlife

In the final communiqué of the meeting, G8 Leaders placed the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife alongside fighting corruption, transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking of drugs and people. Recognizing the threats posed by such trafficking, Leaders agreed to “… also take action to tackle the illegal trafficking of protected or endangered wildlife species.” They’re talked the talk,[…]

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Rhinos in Danger!

Many of us have appreciated rhinos when we visited zoos or were lucky enough to go on wild safaris. But there are unfortunately people who do not appreciate their beauty. Rhinos are being killed indiscriminately and there is a chance that they will soon go extinct. Click here to read Stephanie Mizzi’s emotional article in the Malta Independent

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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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Cheetah Fact Sheet

The world’s fastest land animal, the sleek and long-legged cheetah,Acinonyx Jubatus, is losing its race for survival. Once a common animal found on five continents, the cheetah is now an Endangered Species. Loss of habitat, conflict with humans, as well as its own loss of genetic variation, are the main threats facing the cheetah today. The cheetah needs large expanses[…]

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Demand for ivory destabilising central Africa

Widespread killing of elephants threatens economic prosperity and rule of law, warns African Development Bank. The massacre of elephants has gone beyond being a problem for animal rights activists. It now concerns international institutions and governments at the highest level because it is perceived as a threat to political and economic stability in central Africa. Click here to read Laurence[…]

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No, Legalizing Rhino Horn Probably Won’t Save Animals from Poaching

In a recent article under the heading “Save rhinos by selling their horns” Discover magazine argued that although rhinoceroses are endangered, legalizing the trade in rhino horns may be the best way to protect them from poachers. The online magazine, Smithsonian.com, clearly does not agree and put forward their counter argument under the heading “No, Legalizing Rhino Horn Probably Won’t Save[…]

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