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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 5314 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

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 6571 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Ivory Trafficking: Undercover Survey at the Mombasa Port Reveals Vulnerabilities

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 4957 Categories Great Apes | Wildlife News

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

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 4289 Categories Wildlife News

New conservation safaris launched that directly benefit wildlife projects

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 7159 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Leaked statistics confirm scale of Tanzania’s elephant poaching crisis

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 4526 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Congo Republic to burn seized ivory stockpile

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 5057 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory | Rhino Poaching

African leaders to develop common plan for stopping wildlife crime

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.

Apr09

MALAWI TAKES TO THE SCREEN TO SAY NO TO WILDLIFE CRIME

Thursday, 09 April 2015 Hits 5768 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory | Rhino Poaching

MALAWI TAKES TO THE SCREEN TO SAY NO TO WILDLIFE CRIME

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.”

Apr08

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

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 Hits 4091 Categories Great Apes | Wildlife News

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

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.

Mar28

IAN REDMOND COMMENDS MALAWI’S IVORY BURN ANNOUNCEMENT

Saturday, 28 March 2015 Hits 6142 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

IAN REDMOND COMMENDS MALAWI’S IVORY BURN ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

Mar28

Malawi announces ivory burn

Saturday, 28 March 2015 Hits 6449 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Malawi announces ivory burn

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.  

Mar24

African elephant populations continue to decline due to steady poaching trends

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 Hits 9055 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

African elephant populations continue to decline due to steady poaching trends

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 3989 Categories Wildlife News

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

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.

Feb23

Agribusiness companies destroying vital rainforest habitat of Chimpanzees and other great apes

Monday, 23 February 2015 Hits 7964 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Agribusiness companies destroying vital rainforest habitat of Chimpanzees and other great apes

Endangered great ape species are having their rainforest habitat destroyed and threatened by the expansion of agribusiness projects in central Africa according to new evidence from Greenpeace Africa. Satellite images, obtained by Greenpeace Africa, show that more than 3,000 hectares of rainforest bordering the Dja Faunal Reserve has already been destroyed inside the Chinese-owned Hevea Sud rubber and palm oil concession in Cameroon’s Southern region. The reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the western lowland gorilla, chimpanzees and mandrills.

Feb15

Malawi floods at the hands of deforestation?

Sunday, 15 February 2015 Hits 7380 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Malawi floods at the hands of deforestation?

The global headlines over the past few weeks have been filled with tales of the disastrous floods that have been sweeping the country. Lives have been lost, homes and crops have been destroyed, and vast swathes of land lie underwater. It would be ignorant to pass off these terrible losses as a result of the heavy downfalls from an extraordinary rainy season. Albeit, the rains have come out in force, but in some cases these floods could have been prevented if more attention was paid to the sustainable use of our natural resources, namely our forests.

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