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Richard Leakey back at head of Kenya Wildlife Service

Kenya has called on the services again of Richard Leakey to combat the elephant poaching in the country. Under Presidential orders Leakey has been made chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Services and told to tackle the poaching crisis. Richard Leakey played an instrumental in combatting elephant poaching in Kenya during the 1980’s as head of […]

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4 tonnes ivory seized in Bangkok

Thailand has made its biggest interception in its fight against ivory trading. Customs officials have intercepted 4 tonnes of ivory that was being imported as beans. The discovery was made on Saturday in a container that was in transit from DR Congo to Laos. 739 pieces of raw tusk was found when customs officers opened […]


31 dead rhinos found in 1 week at Etosha National Park

Namibian police are carrying out an investigation after 31 rhinos were discovered dead in a week at the Etosha National Park. Details of the deaths are not yet available and it is not known if all had been killed by poachers or if some were natural deaths. The majority of the bodies were found in […]


Unofficially it’s 365 rhino killed so far in 2015

With officials figures hard to come by and a change from regular monthly reports to ‘quarterly or so’ reports its difficult to find out the current situation on rhino poaching in South Africa. Even with reports and statistics now being published on a quarterly basis the South African government is still finding excuses not to […]


Rhino horn and tusks intercepted in Vietnam

Customs officials at Noi Bai Airport in Vietnam have made a multi-million dollar seizure of rhino horns and elephant tusks. The products had arrived at the airport from France. It’s a reminder that Europe is a major transit country for illegal wildlife products. The 18 elephant tusks and 3 rhino horns were seized yesterday after […]

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Conflating the Figures, Zimbabwe attempts to justify selling off it’s Wild Elephants

Zimbabwe’s elephant population is so large that it has reached double the country’s carrying capacity, claims Zimbabwe’s minister for the environment, water and climate, Saviour Kasukuwere, who believes that his country’s recent  capture and selling off young wild elephants, to zoos and private collections to the middle and far-east are necessary in order to control […]

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CITES trade ban against DR Congo lifted

CITES has recommended that the trade ban imposed on DR Congo for failing to produce an adequate ivory action plan be lifted. The organisation received a National Ivory Action Plan from the country on 6th April 2015. The notice lifting the trade ban was released today. The action plan is now available for download from […]

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Ukraine bans brutal bear baiting

The Ukrainian government has finally banned the cruel practice of  baiting, following years of campaigning by international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS. The country’s governing body has passed a law officially banning the use of bears and wolves as bait objects for the training of hunting dogs. Furthermore, the law forbids the organisation and staging […]


Conservatives pledge total ban on ivory sales

The Conservatives have pledged to work towards a total ban on ivory sales in their latest manifesto. In their manifesto launched today on page 55 they stated: We will promote effective worldwide measures for tuna conservation, press for a total ban on ivory sales, and support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the […]

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Convicted Ivory Traffickers in Zambia Jailed 5 Years

A magistrate’s court in Zambia has sentenced five men to five years in jail after they were arrested by the Zambia Wildlife Authority’s (ZAWA’s) Intelligence and Investigations Unit (IIU) in February. The men were in possession of 210 kilograms of ivory when they tried to sell the ivory to an undercover IIU operative. They were […]


Wildlife groups urge EU to ban ivory exports

Eighteen international environmental and conservation organisations are calling on European Union governments to halt all exports of raw ivory when the EU’s Committee on Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora meets on 10th April in Brussels. Ivory trade has expanded in the EU, making it the world’s largest exporter of so-called pre-Convention or “old” ivory. An analysis in 2014 […]

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Auction house hands over ivory collection

A Cornish auction house has handed over a private collection of ivory pieces following a visit by the Devon and Cornwall Police and National Wildlife Crime Unit. The company was unsure of the history of all the pieces of ivory so decided to play it safe and handed over the collection to the police. The […]


Dubai next to destroy its ivory

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that by the end of this month it will destroy its 6 tonnes of seized ivory. The ivory will be crushed and then mixed with sludge to make it unusable. The UAE becomes the latest in a growing list of countries that is are making a public stand […]

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UK makes another mockery of CITES trade agreement

The day after a court laughed at the seriousness of trading in endangered tiger parts by issuing a community service order to a tiger parts trader the police in the UK have joined in the mockery by giving a caution to an elephant feet trader. A 47-year-old man from the Waltham Forest area has been given […]

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Will your Easter eggs wipe out African primates?

A new study has shown that illegal cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast are wiping out primates. The study looked at 23 protected areas in the country and in 13 of them no primates were left. The researchers surveyed 23 protected areas in Ivory Coast national parks and forest reserves between 2010 and 2013 and found […]