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Mar28

IAN REDMOND COMMENDS MALAWI’S IVORY BURN ANNOUNCEMENT

Saturday, 28 March 2015 Hits 427 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.   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.

Mar28

Malawi announces ivory burn

Saturday, 28 March 2015 Hits 720 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Today the Government of Malawi announced that they will destroy their ivory stockpiles on Thursday 2nd April.  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.  

Mar24

African elephant populations continue to decline due to steady poaching trends

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 Hits 328 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.

Mar21

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

Saturday, 21 March 2015 Hits 802 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.

Feb05

Record jail sentence for poacher in Malawi

Thursday, 05 February 2015 Hits 1316 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.  

Sep15

Whistling a Different Tune – Study Reveals Africa’s Wild Bottlenose Dolphins Use Unique Whistles to Address Each Other

Monday, 15 September 2014 Hits 9326 Categories Wildlife News

Humans greet each other by name. Bottlenose dolphins do much the same - they just each whistle their own tune. “And for the first time we can now confirm that African bottlenose dolphins in the wild also use this acoustic communication system when they meet at sea,” explains Dr Tess Gridley, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute (MRI) and the lead scientist of a study on the signature whistles of wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Namibia.

Jul01

New Elephant Shrew Species Discovered in the Namibian Desert

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 Hits 4948 Categories Wildlife News

Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences have discovered a new species of round-eared sengi, or elephant-shrew, in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa. This is the third new species of sengi to be discovered in the wild in the past decade. It is also the smallest known member of the 19 sengis in the order Macroscelidea. The team’s discovery and description of the Etendeka round-eared sengi (Macroscelides micus) is published this week in the Journal of Mammalogy.

Jun30

Lemur Conservation Foundation Funds a Boundary Demarcation Project in the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, Madagascar

Monday, 30 June 2014 Hits 4228 Categories Wildlife News

Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is funding a boundary demarcation project in the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR), Madagascar. ASSR, a large mountainous rainforest in northeastern Madagascar which has long been recognized both as a biodiversity priority and a neglected reserve, is home to eleven species of lemurs including critically endangered silky sifaka and indri.

May30

Elephants killed for their ivory in Virunga National Park, DR Congo

Friday, 30 May 2014 Hits 6509 Categories Virunga | Wildlife News | In Focus

Carcasses of three elephants stripped of their tusks, probably poisoned, were recently discovered in Virunga National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a local NGO announced on Tuesday. "All the remains of the poached elephants have the same characteristics: they are mutilated and their tusks are removed, but they bear no sign of bullets. Near the elephants fieldworkers of IDPE found 10 bodies of vultures, which had no impact of bullets either."

May30

East African rangers to make iconic trek to save wildlife

Friday, 30 May 2014 Hits 4560 Categories Wildlife News

NAIROBI, Kenya - Africa is losing wildlife at an unprecedented rate. The latest government figures illustrate that Kenya lost over 1,000 elephants in 2012, whilst Tanzanian official figures stood at a shocking 10,000. Lions were not spared either; with an estimated loss of over 120 lions in Tanzania and over 50 lions in Kenya due to poisoning and through various causes. “Our wildlife is officially on the edge of extinction. We can no longer afford to allow this scale of slaughter to continue as we go about our daily lives. If we do, we will have failed to protect our natural inheritance for generations to come; robbed it of vital resources and left a blank future devoid of natural splendor.” Says Raabia Hawa, founder of the ‘Walk with Rangers’ initiative.

May09

Zimbabwe land grabs put Presidential Elephants in danger

Friday, 09 May 2014 Hits 10634 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in Zimbabwe, including land in the Kanondo area near Hwange National Park. The area is home to the Presidential Elephant herd, which are now no longer protected against illegal hunting.

Apr25

35 rhinos die from Blackquarter bacteria on mega rhino farm in South Africa

Friday, 25 April 2014 Hits 11870 Categories Rhinos | Wildlife News | Rhino Poaching

South Africa’s largest rhino farmer and pro-trade protagonist, John Hume, experienced a major setback in the past two months on his farm Elandslaagte because of an outbreak of blackquarter among his 1000 rhinos, which killed 35 of them.

Apr18

Ecological damage by 4x4 vehicles in protected areas: expert calls for off-road driving ban

Friday, 18 April 2014 Hits 10014 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus

Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is an underestimated impact of tourism. It can cause long term – between 5 and 1000 years – damage, mostly irreversible. Due to this negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.

Mar30

Wildlife Emergency Response Service Launched in Malawi

Sunday, 30 March 2014 Hits 3237 Categories Wildlife News

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is proud to announce the launch of its Wildlife Emergency Response Service, supporting wild animals in distress around Malawi.  The mobile veterinary unit will work principally in and around national parks and other protected areas and will be able to respond to emergencies as well as offer other support services such veterinary disease screening and environmental education services on human-wildlife conflict resolution.

Mar03

Malawi Steps Up For World Wildlife Day

Monday, 03 March 2014 Hits 4053 Categories Wildlife News | Bushmeat

Malawi's first high profile campaign tackling wildlife crime was officially launched on Monday 3rd March, to coincide with World Wildlife Day. The global event was proclaimed by the United Nations to highlight the intrinsic value and contributions of wild animals and plants and encourage governments, NGO's and individuals to step up and help protect wildlife, in particular to ensure that international trade does not threaten endangered and protected species.

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