indian rhino

Indian rhino populations up over 25% in last 7 years

After a surge in rhino poaching this year at Kaziranga National Park the forestry department has released a paper to allay fears for the species. The paper shows that despite an increase in poaching of the one-horned rhino the population in Assam is up by 27% since 2006 and the state is on target to…
rhino and giraffe

Former Kruger ranger and police arrested as rhino poaching hits 419

Latest figures for rhino poaching in South Africa shows that so far this year 419 rhinos have been killed for their horns. The press statement also revealed that a former wildlife ranger and 2 police officers based at the Skukuza police station in the Kruger National Park have been arrested in connection with helping rhino poachers.…
zebras

The great hike of zebra migration

The longest migration to date for wildlife has been recorded with zebras travelling a round trip of 500km between Namibia and Botswana. The distance covered each year by several thousands of zebras was discovered following radio tagging of some of the animals. The study was undertaken by researchers from WWF, Elephants without Borders and Botswana’s…
mugabe

Is Mugabe losing control of Zanu PF members?

Despite last weeks orders from Zanu-PF command and President Mugabe warning officials to stay away from wildlife conservancies a group of military and police officials have ignored the party orders and continue to target conservancies in the country. Even those wildlife parks working with local communities are being targeted by renegade party members. In signs…
two elephants

Vietnam seizes over 1 tonne of ivory

Vietnam has made a major seizure of ivory as it entered the country yesterday. Over 1 tonne of elephant tusks were hidden in a container marked as charcoal. It is thought that the ivory made its way to  Hai Phong via Hong Kong. The tusks arrived at the port in a 40 foot container that…
juvenile tigers

Four tigers found in back of car

Police in Muang District, Thailand, found 4 tigers in baskets in the back of a car on Wednesday. The tigers were aged between 2 and 3 years old and had been drugged. Officials think that the tigers had been bred on an illegal tiger farm and were being transported to Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The…
Dr anthony hall-martin

Tributes paid to conservation giant

African Parks sadly announces that Dr Anthony Hall-Martin, African Parks’ co-founder and conservation director, passed away on Wednesday, 21 May in Cape Town after a prolonged struggle with cancer. He was 68 years old. As tributes pour in from around the world, those who knew Dr Hall Martin have described him as a conservation giant…
whales

Norwegian minister pledges to push whale meat sales in Japan

Elisabeth Aspaker, Norway’s fisheries minister, has said that she will push for greater sales of whale meat caught by Norwegian whalers into Japan’s markets. She made the promise in an interview on Norway’s NRK TV channel. This is despite Japan having stockpiles of whale meat that people do not want to buy. The minister said,…
rhino

2014 rhino killing breaks the 400 mark

Latest figures published today by the South African government has shown that the number of rhino killed for their horns this year is now 402. The Kruger National Park continues to suffer the biggest losses with 266 rhinos killed so far this year. The Eastern Cape has so far this year seen losses of 10…
chinese rhino horn accused

14 rhino horns originated from Namibia

The bail hearing of the 3 Chinese caught trying to smuggle 14 rhino horns out of Namibia has heard that the horns originated from the country. DNA testing has shown that all the horns seem to originate from rhino killed in the country. A microchip found in one of the horns showed that it belonged…
elephant cruelty

Elephant sanctuary charged with cruelty

A South African elephant sanctuary, Elephants of Eden, has been charged with cruelty to elephants. Baby elephants and juveniles were recorded being trained with an electric cattle prod, whipped with a bull-hook and punished by being chained and stretched.  The directors and management of the sanctuary are being charged following an investigation by South Africa’s…
lion

New hope for Zimbabwe’s Lowveld

Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, has made many high-ranking enemies recently as he tries to make Zimbabwe an important wildlife tourism destination. His opposition to on-going repatriation of lands to high-ranking officials, especially in the Lowveld region, has led to some calling him traitorous to the Zanu-PF cause. Others such as Environment,…