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Deadly poaching kingpin surrenders in the Congo

Update: Paul ‘Morgan’ Sadala was reported killed during an attempted escape. Warlord and poaching kingpin Paul ‘Morgan’ Sadala has reportedly surrendered to DR Congo officials. The warlord gave himself up, together with an estimated 40 supporters. Sadala was the man behind the raid on the Okapi Project  2 years ago which saw women and children…
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Machine-gun weilding poachers arrested in Tanzania

Police and wildlife rangers in Tanzania have arrested 6 poachers armed with a submachine gun who had been on an elephant poaching spree killing at least 28 elephants. The suspected poachers were arrested just after mid-night on Monday in the village of Kiyombo in central Tanzania. Authorities recovered 55 elephant tusks from the gang, indicating…
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3 Chinese arrested boarding a plane with 14 rhino horns

Namibia has announced that 3 Chinese nationals were arrested on 23rd March as they boarded an aircraft with 14 rhino horns and leopard skins hidden in their luggage. They were arrested as they tried to board a flight to Hong Kong from Namibia. The three men were arrested at 07.40 am on Sunday 23rd March.…
Richard Leakey

Poachers operate with ‘outrageous impunity’

In a rare public criticism of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), its founding director Richard Leakey has stated that poaching gangs operate with ‘outrageous impunity’ in the country and that a cartel of just 20 to 30 people are behind the epidemic of poaching now spreading across the country. At the press conference held earlier…
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Garamba – where have all the animals gone?

With just 22 giraffes remaining in the Garamba National Park the future is bleak for the wildlife. The wildlife survey released by the Congolese Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) in the DR Congo on Monday is bad news for the Garamba National Park. Over the last 30 years the park has lost 65% of its…
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Kenya threatens to take over private game reserves

The Kenyan government has issued a warning to private game reserves and conservancies to tackle the poaching issue or the Kenya Wildlife Services will take over the running of the parks. The ultimatum was issued as the number of rhino poached in Kenya so far this years hits 15 and the number of elephants poached…
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One of India’s most prolific tiger poachers is dead

One of India’s most prolific tiger poacher and trader, Sansar Chand, has died. He died today from lung cancer at a hospital in Jaipur. He is thought to be the tiger poacher responsible for the eradication of tigers in the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Chand was awaiting trial for tiger and wildlife trafficking when he fell…
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Rhino poaching in South Africa hits 172

So far this year (until 14th March 2014) South Africa has seen 172 rhinos killed by poachers. This means that over 15 rhino are being killed each week in the country for their horns. The average weekly rate has fallen when compared with 2013 when over 19 rhinos were being killed each week. Kruger National…
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Is Zimbabwe winning the war against rhino poachers?

Could Zimbabwe be winning the war against rhino poachers? It is an interesting question as the country releases the rhino poaching stats for 2013. Last year 20 rhinos were poached compared to 60 being killed in 2012. That is a 66% drop in number. While there is good news in the number of rhino being…
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Two top wildlife officers sacked in Tanzania

Two of Tanzania’s highest ranking wildlife officials have been sacked in the continuing fall-out of Operation Tokomeza. The sackings involve the two highest officials in the wildlife division of the Department for Natural Resources and Tourism. The sackings took place immediately with weak leadership being given as the reason. Prof Alexander Songorwa, Director of Wildlife Division,…
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Chad to burn its ivory stockpile next week

The President of the Republic of Chad, His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, has announced the imminent destruction of his country’s ivory stockpile, amongst a range of elephant protection measures to be implemented as Chad takes the lead in the fight to protect Central Africa’s savannah elephants.   Next week President Déby Itno will lead his cabinet…
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UK to fund power behind new anti-poaching stations in Uganda

As part of the £10 million fund to fight the illegal wildlife trade and poaching, which was announced recently, the UK government is set to fund solar power panels and geo-location cameras at new anti-poaching stations in Uganda. The new stations are due to open  in the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The plans were announced at an…
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95% of DR Congo forests are empty of elephants

In March last year a paper published on Plos One demonstrated the impacts of poaching on Central Africa’s elephants. The paper highlighted that in just 10 years – between 2002 and 2011 – 62% of the forest elephants had been killed. At today’s wildlife symposium in London those figures have been updated to include the…
Rangers on the Front Line

Rangers on the Front Line

As senior politicians, royalty,  wildlife campaigners and officials start to meet up in London next week, staying in 5 star hotels, chauffeur driven cars and smart designer clothes, it is worth remembering who is making the biggest sacrifices for wildlife. This short video (6:44) by WWF gives an insight into the dangers faced by wildlife…
In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

  Video (3:24) released today by the Environmental Investigation Agency in support of their new report In Cold Blood. The report has been been put together as part of their campaign against the wildlife trade in the run-up to the London conference next week on tackling poachers and wildlife crime syndicates.