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Record ivory seizures point to surge in elephant poaching

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Record ivory seizures point to surge in elephant poaching

THE GUARDIAN

December 29, 2011

A record number of large ivory seizures have been made globally this year, pointing to a surge in elephant poaching in Africa to meet Asian demand for tusks for use in jewellery and ornaments, according to an international conservation group.

Traffic, which tracks trends in wildlife trading, said at least 13 large-scale seizures of over 800kg of ivory were recorded in 2011, compared with six in 2010.

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China’s presence in Africa blamed for new threat to rhino

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

THE INDEPENDENT

By Jerome Taylor

January 14, 2011

A devastating upswing in rhino poaching by criminal syndicates armed with helicopters, night vision goggles and silenced rifles is threatening to roll back more than three decades of conservation work that brought the species back from the brink of extinction.

Figures released by the charity WWF show that the number of rhinos shot dead in South Africa increased by 173 per cent last year, a trend that has seen poaching reach a 15-year high across the continent.


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Poaching on the rise at key national park

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

 

THE CITIZEN

Tuesday, 11 January 2011 

By Zephania Ubwani

The Citizen Bureau Chief

Poaching is among major problems facing Katavi National Park located south west of Tanzania. Elephants are the favourite animals targeted for their trophies as their tusks have a growing market in the Far East, said the acting chief park warden, Mr David Kadomo.


Refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other countries have been blamed for wanton killing of the animals which, he said, has become worse in recent times. He revealed this in a report presented to a team of journalists from various media houses who visited the game sanctuary recently.

Said he: “The killing of wild animals for their trophies is now carried out for commercial interests, with elephant tusks being smuggled through neighbouring countries.”

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Elephant Voices: Elephants Captured And Sold

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

ELEPHANT VOICES

Historically, the capture of wild elephants for wars and ceremonies and other human endeavours caused precipitous declines in populations of Asian elephants. Today, the capture of wild elephants continues, albeit on a much smaller scale, for the commercial sale of elephants to elephant-back safaris, zoos and circuses, causing the breakdown of complex relationships, lasting trauma and aggressive behavior.

The process of capture and training was, and still is, gruesome. Infants, calves and even adults were rounded up, separated from family and associates, hobbled and subdued through a process of physical and emotional abuse and reward. Similar capture, using helicopters, vehicles, immobilization drugs, ropes and winches, continues today. Photographs, video and eyewitness reports of the training of recently captured elephant calves show horrible abuse – calves are often held alone chained or in small cages, access to food and water may be withheld, and they are coerced with winches, or by pokes and jabs from a bull-hooks and other device. Check also ATE 2006. Statement on elephant capture. (168.97 kB)

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INTERCEPT KENYAN WILDLIFE POACHERS: HELP FUND A DNA FORENSICS LAB

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010


  • ELEPHANTS ARE BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED BY POACHERS FOR THEIR IVORY.  

 

  • CONSUMERS: YOU CAN HELP SAVE THESE PEACEFUL, GENTLE ANIMALS.  

 

  • BOYCOTT ALL IVORY SALES.  

 

  • EACH PURCHASE OF IVORY PROPELS THE POACHING TRADE.  

 

  • IVORY AND BUSH MEAT SALES KEEP POACHERS IN BUSINESS.

 

  • HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO INTERCEPT THE BUSH MEAT TRADE:



Ken Bernhard and Bill Clark, Chief of Interpol Wildlife Crimes unit, are raising money for a DNA Forensics Lab to be headquartered at the Kenyan Wildlife Service.

 

A DNA Forensics lab will identify poached bush meat sold in local Kenyan storefronts.

 

Contributions for the DNA Forensics lab can be made to The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation (Lindgergh Foundation), with designations to the Aviation Green Investment Program-DNA Forensics Lab.

 

Checks can be mailed to:

Lindbergh Foundaton

2150 Third Avenue North

Anoka, MN  55303

 

Or via credit card at: http://www.lindberghfoundation.org.  Use the Donate Now button and select Aviation Green

 

E-mail info@actionnownetwork.com for a copy of the Proposal developed by the Kenyan Wildlife Service.

 

For additional information, contact: 

Shelley L. Nehl, Managing Director/Grants Program Administrator
LINDBERGH FOUNDATION
phone: 763-576-1596

snehl@lindberghfoundation.org 

 

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Trailer – Jane’s Journey: Why we must all take action to save the planet

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

 

JANE GOODALL, ON WHY WE MUST TAKE ACTION

 

Trailer for Jane's Journey, coming this Fall.:  A simple, powerful and eloquent statement on why we must all do what we can.  Jane Goodall speaks for all of us.  Watch this trailer, peruse this website, take action.   Period.


 

FIND OUT ABOUT JANE GOODALL'S 

ROOTS AND SHOOTS HERE (FOR YOUTH)


FIND OUT ABOUT THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE HERE

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DNA Detectives Track Elephant Poachers

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

 

by JOHN NIELSEN

February 26,  2007

NPR

Ivory poaching is surging out of control in Africa, a new study says. But scientists say they've found a way to use DNA "fingerprints" to track down the poachers.

The study, which currently appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says well-armed gangs of poachers have been killing elephants by the thousands. Black-market sales of elephant tusks were relatively rare five years ago but are now at an all-time high.

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Kenyan rangers kill suspected ivory poachers

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

November 1, 2010

BBC NEWS AFRICA

The authorities in Kenya say game rangers have shot dead three suspected elephant poachers in two separate incidents over the past week.

The Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) said one poacher was killed on Sunday night in a "fierce" gun battle in Isiolo.

It said two other poachers were shot dead last Tuesday in the Tsavo region.

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Serengeti Road Plan Offers Prospects and Fears

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

 

Serengeti Road Plan Offers Prospects and Fears


By Jeffrey Gettleman

October 30, 2010

NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

Every spring, out here on this endless sheet of yellow grass, two million wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and other grazers march north in search of greener pastures, with lions and hyenas stalking them and vultures circling above.

It is called the Great Migration, and it is widely considered one of the most spectacular assemblies of animal life on the planet.

But how much longer it will stay that way is another matter. Tanzania’s president, Jakaya Kikwete, plans to build a national highway straight through the Serengeti park, bisecting the migration route and possibly sending a thick stream of overloaded trucks and speeding buses through the traveling herds.

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THE SERENGETI HIGHWAY (WEBSITE)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

THE SERENGETI HIGHWAY (WEBSITE)

 

Many times throughout history has human development threatened the natural environment- and the wildlife in it. One such example is the proposed 'Serengeti Highway'. 

 

 


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