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Mar05

International Elephant Film Festival Winners announced at UN Headquarters on World Wildlife Day

Saturday, 05 March 2016 Hits 2266 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

International Elephant Film Festival Winners announced at UN Headquarters on World Wildlife Day

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) teamed up in organizing an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing the African and Asian elephants, as a highlight of UN World Wildlife Day on 3 March. The Festival received more than 250 entries into the film competition, which were reviewed by over 75 preliminary judges over six weeks before the short list was passed on to the final judging panel.

Dec08

Legendary South African Vet Dr. Hym Ebedes Passes Away, Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 Hits 4205 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus

Legendary South African Vet Dr. Hym Ebedes Passes Away, Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations

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Dedicating 56 years of his life to animal welfare and conservation, South African vet Hymie Ebedes  became world-renowned for his expertise and pioneering work across not only the African continent, but also in countries such as China, Israel, Australia and Spain. Therefore, the 24th November 2015 will not just be the day a family unite to mourn the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, but the day the world mourns the loss of one of its finest forerunners of veterinary care. 

 

Dec07

Demise of Elephants and Honeyguide Foundation’s Conservation Efforts in Northern Tanzania

Monday, 07 December 2015 Hits 2811 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Demise of Elephants and Honeyguide Foundation’s Conservation Efforts in Northern Tanzania

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The future of elephants in Tanzania is bleak and it isn’t going to improve. But, there is a gleam of light in this ever so, proverbial, dark tunnel. The light comes in the form of Honeyguide Foundation. Founded in 2007, Honeyguide’s inception began with a small team of people looking to improve tourism in northern Tanzania that would be beneficial to local tribes and villages. Jobs were created, revenue was raised and as the foundation grew. So did their responsibilities and capabilities. Now, Honeyguide protects several parts of northern Tanzania and works across five of its community-based conservation areas.

Sep19

Malawi: Another Ivory Burn Postponed

Saturday, 19 September 2015 Hits 2570 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Malawi: Another Ivory Burn Postponed

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The planned destruction of 2.6 tonnes of ivory was blocked yesterday by Tanzanian authorities who argued that the tusks were needed as evidence for prosecution of suspected poachers. The ivory in question had been seized by Malawi Revenue Authority in 2013 from two wildlife traffickers, Patrick and Chauncy Kaunda, and the High Court of Mzuzu had ordered its destruction as part of the sentencing on 28th July this year.

Sep07

Ancient Egyptian raptor mummy from South Africa yields a world first

Monday, 07 September 2015 Hits 3089 Categories Wildlife News

Ancient Egyptian raptor mummy from South Africa yields a world first

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An ancient Egyptian raptor mummy from Iziko Museums of South Africa in Cape Town has yielded a world first when researchers discovered the remains of at least two house mice and a small sparrow in its stomach.

Aug05

Malawi: Mzuzu Ivory Sentencing a Disappointment

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 Hits 4282 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Malawi: Mzuzu Ivory Sentencing a Disappointment

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Last Tuesday two brothers were fined MK2.5 million ($5,500) each for trafficking 2.6 tonnes of ivory by the High Court of Malawi.  Patrick and Chancy Kaunda pleaded guilty to charges of ivory trafficking and money laundering and chose to pay the fine instead of serving the 7 year jail term. ‘To say we were disappointed with the sentence would be an understatement.’ said Hon Werani Chilenga, MP, the Chair of both the Natural Resource Committee and the newly formed Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC).

Aug02

Cecil the Lion’s Death and Blood Lions Movie Spark Global Outrage and Debate over Trophy Hunts

Sunday, 02 August 2015 Hits 4502 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Cecil the Lion’s Death and Blood Lions Movie Spark Global Outrage and Debate over Trophy Hunts

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Cecil the lion is dead, killed illegally in Zimbabwe by Walter Palmer, an American dentist and recreational big-game hunter who paid about $55,000 for the privilege. The details of Cecil's killing are disturbing — and they're important for understanding why this has become such a controversy. The majestic lion was lured out of a national park with food, shot with a crossbow, tracked for 40 more hours, then finally killed with a gun the following morning, before being beheaded and skinned.

Jun21

Evidence from ivory DNA identifies two main elephant poaching hotspots

Sunday, 21 June 2015 Hits 3731 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Evidence from ivory DNA identifies two main elephant poaching hotspots

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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.

Jun18

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 3386 Categories Wildlife News | Birds | Oil

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

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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. 

May28

Ivory Trafficking: Undercover Survey at the Mombasa Port Reveals Vulnerabilities

Thursday, 28 May 2015 Hits 4287 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Ivory Trafficking: Undercover Survey at the Mombasa Port Reveals Vulnerabilities

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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. 

Apr30

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

Thursday, 30 April 2015 Hits 3475 Categories Great Apes | Wildlife News

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

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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.

Apr29

New conservation safaris launched that directly benefit wildlife projects

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 Hits 3167 Categories Wildlife News

New conservation safaris launched that directly benefit wildlife projects

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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.

Apr29

Leaked statistics confirm scale of Tanzania’s elephant poaching crisis

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 Hits 4776 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Leaked statistics confirm scale of Tanzania’s elephant poaching crisis

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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.

Apr29

Congo Republic to burn seized ivory stockpile

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 Hits 2736 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Congo Republic to burn seized ivory stockpile

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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.

Apr28

African leaders to develop common plan for stopping wildlife crime

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Hits 3450 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory | Rhino Poaching

African leaders to develop common plan for stopping wildlife crime

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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.

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