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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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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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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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Wildlife ranger released from death sentence and freed

A wildlife ranger who shot and killed a suspected poacher has had his death sentenced quashed by the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe. He was sentenced to be hanged in public on September 17th last year. The Supreme Court ruled there was no case to prosecute. Maxwell Bowa was part of a team of wildlife rangers…
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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…
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Smugglers throw tigers at police during car chase

Illegal wildlife traders tried to stop a police chase by throwing two tigers out of the back of the truck they were travelling in. The two Indochinese tigers were drugged at the time. The chase began on the evening of June 13th when traffic police became suspicious of a truck in Nghe An Province in…
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Vietnamese ivory smugglers go on package holiday

A new modus operandi could be coming into force as Hong Kong customs intercepted 15 Vietnamese passengers on the same flight who were carrying ivory in cabin luggage. By using lots of ‘mules’ carrying small quantities of ivory in ‘carry-on’ bags smugglers may be hoping to reduce the risk of discovery. In total the 15…
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Wildlife trade economics – could rhino horn traders survive a price war?

Two top international economists say those who advocate trade in rhino horn and ivory fail to understand world markets or the economic muscle of multinational poachers. Governments, economists and conservationists who think they can curb poaching by selling rhino horn and ivory legally have little understanding of macroeconomics or the sophistication of international crime syndicates.…
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CITES records a fall in elephant poaching in 2013

With all the news of elephant poaching and ivory seizures it may appear the situation is getting worse not better. However the CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) elephant monitors have released the official figures for last year. In 2013 fewer elephants were poached than in the previous 2 years – though…
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Garamba National Park rangers come under attack from hand grenades

African Parks has intensified its anti-poaching efforts in eastern DRC to counter the poaching onslaught that has beset Garamba National Park in the past two months. A total of 68 elephants have been poached since mid-April, representing about 4% of the total population. In mid-May, African Parks reported that 33 elephants had been killed in…
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2 arrested over 112 stolen rhino horns

Two people have been arrested and will appear in court today over the theft of 112 rhino horns in April from a government strong room in South Africa. The arrests were made on Friday and Saturday. The 112 rhino horns were stolen on April 20th 2014 from storage at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.…
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South Africa rhino toll reaches 442

The South African government has released that latest figures for rhino deaths in the country. So far in 2014 442 rhino have been killed for their horns. he statement that has been released also made it clear that no decision has yet been made into South Africa applying to CITES 2016 for the option to…