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Gang of 8 becomes Gang of 19

The so-called ‘Gang of 8′ which were singled out by CITES as not doing enough to tackle the illegal ivory trade has seen its number swell by another 11 countries. The latest meeting of CITES which ended yesterday has ordered 11 more countries to develop national action plans on how they plan to protect elephants…
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Desert elephant controversy reignited after hunter trampled

The trampling of a Namibian trophy hunter by an elephant has reignited the heated debate around hunting permits issued for the country’s gravely endangered desert elephants. In a strange twist of fate earlier this month, a young bull elephant in the far north of the country trampled a Namibian professional hunter assisting a German trophy…
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Chinese flock to France for ivory auction but prices crash

An ivory auction held in Cannes, France yesterday saw a ton of tusks being sold entirely to Chinese buyers. Despite willing buyers the price of the ivory was over 30% lower than the last auction in March when prices reached $1,000 a kilo. All the tusks on sale at the auction had certificates to show…
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Can elephants survive British diplomacy?

The recent article we published about Britain stepping in to help Tanzania to store and preserve its vast ivory and tusk stockpile has generated a lot of traffic and discussion. We even had a tweet from the Africa Minister, Mark Simmons, highlighting that the UK is against illegal wildlife trading and our article was wrong…
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Thailand set to face trade sanctions from August 2015

Thailand has been given until August 2015 to deal with its part in the illegal ivory trade and elephant poaching. If they fail to get serious about the trade then they could face an international trade ban on all 35,000 species covered by the CITES treaty. It will be the first time that the organisation…
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Britain steps in to stop Tanzania destroying its ivory stocks

Just as Tanzania seemed to be heading towards destroying its 112 tonnes of seized tusks and ivory it appears that the British government has stepped in to stop it from happening. As countries around the world are stepping up to show their disapproval for the elephant poaching epidemic the UK seems intent on supporting it.…
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10 days and 62 rhinos dead

South Africa has released its latest rhino stats which show that so far in 2014 558 rhinos have been killed in the country. This is a leap of 62 rhinos killed since the last rhino stats were published 10 days ago on 30th June 2014. The figure shows that current projects and enforcement actions are…
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Wealth not health new trend in wildlife consumption

The days of traditional medicine being a dominant reason for consuming endangered species appears to be heading into history. Today consuming endangered species is all about showing off wealth to others. It’s a trend that will be discussed next week when those involved with wildlife crime will meet in Geneva. The 65th meeting of the Standing…
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Dedicated followers of fashion

It’s not just humans who have their trendsetter – the chimp world has them too. Scientists spent hundreds of hours watching video tape to find out why a group of chimpanzees started to wear a blade of grass in their ears after one started the trend. The study looked at how trends and traditions starts…
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Price of tusks soars in China over last 4 years

A new study funded by Save the Elephants has revealed that prices paid by the ivory workshops of China has tripled over the last 4 years. While the price being paid to poachers in Africa remain low the greater enforcement by both African nations and  Chinese officials means that prices are soaring once the tucks get to China.…
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Ivory available in Thai markets trebles in 18 months

Monthly monitoring of Bangkok’s domestic ivory market by TRAFFIC reveals a near trebling of the number of ivory items for sale in the past 18 months and a steep rise in the number of outlets selling ivory in Thailand’s capital city. The number of worked ivory products found for sale rose from 5,865 in January…
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NGOs petition US government for trade sanctions against Mozambique

Today the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced they are petitioning the Obama Administration to impose trade sanctions against Mozambique in response to rampant poaching. Since 2010, Mozambican nationals have slaughtered up to 1,862 rhinos in South Africa, as well as thousands of elephants in Tanzania and Mozambique. President Obama…
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United Nations launches emergency appeal for Sumatran elephants

The Rapid Response Facility of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) has launched an emergency appeal to help protect the critically endangered Sumatran elephant. A significant increase in poaching of the animals in Aceh, Indonesia means that local conservation group HAkA is in urgent need of more resources. With just 500 Sumatran…
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Thailand set to become next country to destroy ivory stocks

Thai officials have announced that they are to recommend the destruction of the country’s ivory stockpile. The request is to be submitted to a forum of relevant agencies on July 8th and is expected to be approved. Acting Director-General of the. Department of National Parks Nipon Chotibal said that his department wanted to demonstrate their…