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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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Circus wins $16 million in settlement from animal rights groups

After a long 14 year battle between a group of animals rights organisations and the owners of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus a settlement has been reached in the U.S. District Court in Washington. Feld Entertainment was awarded nearly $16 million dollars after a group of animal charities including the Humane Society of the United…
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Tanzania set to use air support and commandos to take on poachers

Lazaro Nyalandu, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, has revealed the latest plans that Tanzania has put together to tackle poachers in the country. Three new helicopters will be purchased and dedicated to anti-poaching activities and they will provide air support for new commando units set to be trained at Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute (PWTI)…
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India launches specialist team to protect sloth bears

After a recent surge in poaching of sloth bears the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has set up a special investigation team to track down the poachers and traders involved. The team has been drawn from specialists at the Forestry Department. It follows on from the discovery of sloth bear carcases found across the state…