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Evidence from ivory DNA identifies two main elephant poaching hotspots

Sunday, 21 June 2015 Hits 1217 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

University of Washington biologist Samuel Wasser is a pioneer in using DNA evidence to trace the origin of illegal ivory and help police an international trade that is decimating African elephant populations. The broadest application yet uses DNA from tons of ivory samples associated with large-scale trafficking. Results show that over the past decade, ivory has largely come from just two areas in Africa -- one each for the forest and savanna elephants. The findings are published June 18 in the journal Science.


First group of rehabilitated penguins to be released after the recent mystery oil spill in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Thursday, 18 June 2015 Hits 1157 Categories Wildlife News | Birds | Oil

Thirty oiled African penguins and four orphaned African penguin chicks were admitted from Bird and St. Croix islands over the past three weeks, after being rescued by rangers from the Marine Section of the Addo Elephant National Park (SANParks). The first seven penguins will be heading back into the wild on 20 June at Seal Point Lighthouse (Cape St. Francis) after being succesffully rehabilitated and approved for release by SANCCOB’s veterinary team. 


Ivory Trafficking: Undercover Survey at the Mombasa Port Reveals Vulnerabilities

Thursday, 28 May 2015 Hits 1905 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

An undercover survey of the Port of Mombasa by the Elephant Action League & WildLeaks reveals important vulnerabilities and weaknesses in shipping security procedures and confirms how corruption facilitates the role of the port as a major hub in ivory trafficking, with serious national and international security implications. 


2015 Winners of the Environmental Award KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis are Emmanuel de Merode and Pavan Sukhdev

Thursday, 30 April 2015 Hits 1852 Categories Great Apes | Wildlife News

The German foundation KfW Stiftung has split the environmental award KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis 2015 and the prize money of 50,000 euros, awarding one half to Emmanuel de Merode, director of Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the other half to the scientist and economist Pavan Sukhdev.


New conservation safaris launched that directly benefit wildlife projects

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 Hits 1853 Categories Wildlife News

Africa Point, together with the African Conservation Foundation, launches three dedicated Conservation Safari Itineraries featuring world-class game viewing that will visit and directly benefit several essential Conservation projects in Kenya.


Leaked statistics confirm scale of Tanzania’s elephant poaching crisis

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 Hits 2499 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

In November 2014, the Environmental Investigation Agency released its report Vanishing Point, revealing how a combination of criminality and corruption in Tanzania had caused the country to lose more elephants to poaching than any other African nation. Figures in the report made for sobering reading. According to the Government’s own figures, the elephant population in the Selous ecosystem had crashed from 38,975 in 2009 to just 13,084 by late 2013. The population in the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem declined from 31,625 to 20,090 during the same period, making it home to more elephants than any other region of Tanzania.


Congo Republic to burn seized ivory stockpile

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 Hits 1322 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

The Government of Congo will incinerate nearly five tons of seized ivory, fuelled by seized timber, in a strong show of Africa’s opposition to wildlife crime. The ceremony will precede the announcement, in Brazzaville, of the first pan-African strategy to combat the illicit trade in flora and fauna. The document and a draft action plan will be taken to the African Union Summit to be held in Durban in June.


African leaders to develop common plan for stopping wildlife crime

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Hits 2022 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory | Rhino Poaching

African Heads of State, government representatives and experts are gathering at the International Conference on Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa where they will develop a common roadmap to end wildlife trafficking on the continent. The Conference will seek to advance the first-ever Africa-wide strategy and action plan to tackle the illegal trade in wild fauna and flora, to be further considered at the next African Union Heads of State Summit later this year.



Thursday, 09 April 2015 Hits 1801 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory | Rhino Poaching

Last Thursday Malawi’s World Wildlife Day commemorations caught the attention of the world when the President, His Excellency, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, stepped out to lead the country’s biggest demonstration of support so far in the fight against wildlife crime.  And whilst the planned burning of 4 tonnes of ivory was postponed, there were strong words from His Excellency on the Government’s intentions.  “Today we will not burn the ivory, I am told there is a court case on the same and once that is concluded, we will burn all the 6.6 tonnes together. The destruction of the ivory stockpile is not merely an action of government to protect the future of the country’s dwindling elephant population but also to send a strong signal to the rest of the world about Malawi’s commitment to the fight against wildlife crime.”


Declining Great Apes of Central Africa Get New Action Plan for Conservation for the Next Decade

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 Hits 1788 Categories Great Apes | Wildlife News

The number of gorillas and chimpanzees in Central Africa continues to decline due to hunting, habitat loss, and disease, combined with a widespread lack of law enforcement and corruption in the judicial process, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, and partners in a new conservation plan.



Saturday, 28 March 2015 Hits 2378 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Renowned conservationist, Ian Redmond, OBE, today stepped forward to champion Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime following the Government’s announcement of its ivory burn this Thursday 2nd April [POSTPONED].   Head of State, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, will set light to 4 tonnes of ivory in a show of the highest possible political will and a demonstration to the world of Malawi’s commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade.


Malawi announces ivory burn

Saturday, 28 March 2015 Hits 2803 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Today the Government of Malawi announced that they will destroy their ivory stockpiles on Thursday 2nd April [POSTPONED].  Head of State, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, will set light to 4 tonnes of ivory in a show of the highest possible political will and a demonstration to the world of Malawi’s commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade.  


African elephant populations continue to decline due to steady poaching trends

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 Hits 1826 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

According to the latest figures released by the CITES programme for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants, commonly known as MIKE, overall elephant poaching rates at monitored sites remained virtually unchanged in 2014 compared to the previous year. Poaching rates still exceed natural elephant population growth rates, meaning a continued decline in elephant numbers overall is likely.


Changing the Game: “Wild Earth”, a mobile game with a mission

Saturday, 21 March 2015 Hits 1982 Categories Wildlife News

Melbourne-based wildlife conservation organisation, My Green World is set to take the world by storm; changing the way the world connects with wildlife, environmental and animal welfare issues. The start-up organisation, launched in 2013 by Melbourne-based animal activist, Natalie Kyriacou, is preparing for the launch of a charity-backed mobile game application that will allow users to participate in real-world wildlife conservation and habitat restoration scenarios.


Record jail sentence for poacher in Malawi

Thursday, 05 February 2015 Hits 2087 Categories Wildlife News

Wildlife criminals received a stark warning when Kasungu magistrates handed out a record sentence last Friday. Ganizani Nkhata went to prison for four years in default of being unable to pay a fine of MK 450,000 ($1000) after he poached a serval cat in Kasungu National Park in August 2014. The case was cracked thanks to a coordinated effort between Malawi Police Services, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and Department of National Parks and Wildlife. Central Region Prosecutor and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Levison Mangani, travelled from Lilongwe to lead the prosecution team.  

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