Within a month of the official launch of Malawi's 'Stop Wildlife Crime' campaign, several new cases of illegal ivory trafficking have come to light. On Sunday 23rd March, 30 kg of ivory bound for Lagos was intercepted at Kamuzu International Airport and were traced to a 38 year old Nigerian national, Nduisi Nwude. Whilst the ivory was confiscated the man escaped from the airport and is still at large. On 7 April, however, airport authorities were more successful. A Malawian national, Michael Kingsley Phiri who was a Clinical Officer at Kamuzu Central Hospital, was arrested at the same airport with 80kg of ivory.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Categories In Focus | Ivory
The President of the Republic of Chad, His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, will destroy his country’s ivory stockpile this week – one of a range of elephant protection measures to be implemented as Chad takes the lead in the fight to protect Central Africa’s savannah elephants.
Today, the European Union has decided to support a programme that will improve the protection of elephants, great apes and rhinos in Africa as well as other species such as marine turtles in the Caribbean and the Pacific. It will strengthen the monitoring of animal populations and poaching, help to improve law enforcement in the fight against illegal killings through training and operational support and establish an emergency response system for sudden increases in illegal killing and trade.
Malawi - Hundreds of wildlife supporters in the city of Lilongwe joined thousands of others around the world to say NO to ivory, as part of the March for Elephants on 4 October 2013. The Malawi march was organised by Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Wildlife Action Group (WAG) and the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM). A whole range of people from Parks scouts to school children and volunteers responded to their call.
Several elephants were killed by gunmen in Mont Peko National Park in western Cote d'Ivoire, according to local residents of the town of Bagohouo. The villagers said they were "shocked" when they found elephants shot several times, and their tusks removed.
Côte d'Ivoire national football team star and captain of Manchester City FC, Yaya Toure and footballers at a World Cup qualifier match between Cote d'Ivoire and Morocco, will make a strong statement against the illegal killings of elephants in Africa on Saturday - in support of global efforts to stop the illegal trade in wildlife, championed by the United Nations and partners.
A major poster campaign aimed at sensitizing the public to the true cost of illegal wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horn is reaching millions of travellers on the Shanghai metro system each day. The recent spike in elephant killings in Africa, now at their highest levels in around a decade, is threatening the future of some elephant populations and the livelihoods of millions of people linked to tourism.
Human rights groups released a multimedia report and video documenting new evidence that the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, has turned to elephant poaching as a means to fuel its atrocities. "Kony's Ivory," co-authored by the Enough Project and the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, and co-produced by Invisible Children and The Resolve, combines photos and satellite imagery of an abandoned LRA camp in Congo's Garamba National Park with eyewitness reports that LRA fighters rendezvous with helicopters to trade ivory for arms, ammunition, and food.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has expressed deep concern over the rise of armed violence, poaching and destruction in the Dzanga-Sanga National Park, in Central African Republic. The site is part of Sangha Trinational, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2012 and located in the north-western Congo Basin, at the meeting point between Cameroon, Congo and the Central African Republic.
African Parks Network is pleased to report that a major anti-poaching breakthrough has been made at Odzala-Kokoua National Park with the arrest of the kingpin of a regional ivory poaching and trafficking ring. The arrest of Ngondjo Ghislain, alias "Pépito", represents a coup for park manager Leon Lamprecht and his law enforcement team who have been working in extremely difficult circumstances to combat poaching in and around Odzala in recent months.
WWF and WCS have received alarming reports from their field operations that elephants are being slaughtered in the violence-ridden Central African Republic (CAR), where new powers in place struggle to gain control over the situation. The conservation organizations are issuing today a joint call for immediate action.
Eighty-six elephants were killed in the last week close to Fianga, an area in Chad nearby the Cameroon border; the latest devastating elephant massacre. Wildlife officials said armed gangs killed the elephants, including 33 pregnant females, and their tusks were hacked out. First investigations reveal that the group of poachers was from Sudan, moving along the Chad -Cameroon border in the Mayo-Kebbi East Region.
Bangkok, Thailand - A critical wildlife trade meeting closed Thursday with decisions from world governments to regulate the international trade in several species of sharks and timber, and to start taking action against countries doing little or nothing to stop the illegal ivory and rhino horn trades.
Conservation Justice worked with the Gabon Judicial Police to arrest elephant poachers based on their investigations in Gabon. 15 traffickers and elephant poachers in the Woleu-Ntem province and 3 in Nyanga province were arrested in February and are currently behind bars in the Woleu-Ntem locality and in Nyanga respectively. As a result of these arrests, remaining elephants may actually have a chance to survive. A bit of hope in an otherwise very grim picture.
Following a long term AALF (Support to the Implementation of the Wildlife Act) undercover investigation on an international ivory trafficking sea route, two traffickers were arrested in the sea port with 18 ivory tusks weighing a total of 178 kg on its way to board a ship. The operation was carried out at the seaport by the Judicial Police and the AALF project (Appui à l’Application de la Loi sur la Faune), which is a partnership between the Water and Forestry Ministry and Conservation Justice.