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Oct24

Kenya: Tsavo Park Loses 50 Elephants

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 Hits 2488 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

More than 50 elephants have been killed at the Tsavo conservation area this year, the Kenya Wildlife Service has revealed. Most of the elephants were killed at the Galana and Taita ranches which border the park. Acting KWS assistant director in charge of the Tsavo conservation area, Michael Wanjau, said poaching incidents had increased this year compared to the previous years.

Sep26

Cameroon Wildlife Officials Uncover Occultist Human Organ Trade and Trafficking in Elephant Meat

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 Hits 4976 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

Cameroon Wildlife Officials Uncover Occultist Human Organ Trade and Trafficking in Elephant Meat

Cameroon wildlife officials have uncovered an alarming black market trade in human body parts and elephant meat in an operation that saw the arrest of five people in Djoum - a small town in the South Region of the country.

Sep15

East Africa: UPDF, Kony Killing Elephants for Ivory?

Saturday, 15 September 2012 Hits 3124 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

In the first week of September the international press was awash with a single story; game rangers in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo had spotted a Ugandan military helicopter flying very low over the park, on an alleged unauthorised flight in an area where poachers had killed 22 elephants and carried off their treasured tusks.

Jul05

Gabon: Message to Poachers - We Will Protect Our Elephants

Thursday, 05 July 2012 Hits 3004 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba set fire to five tons of illegally obtained ivory June 27 to send a message to poachers that Gabon will fight to protect its elephants. The ivory burned at the public ceremony came from the tusks of about 850 illegally killed elephants.

Jul02

Moses the orphan baby elephant in Malawi needs your support

Monday, 02 July 2012 Hits 8138 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

Moses the orphan baby elephant in Malawi needs your support

Hello my name is Moses and I am a baby elephant. I have no mum and I need your help, this is my story. Three months ago my mum was murdered for her two teeth. I watched mum being killed and in sheer terror I landed up in the South Rukuru river at Vwaza. I screamed and cried, yes elephant cry real tears when we grieve, I spent two days in the river, and sometimes my feet did not touch the ground. I was freezing, exhausted, distraught, starving and thought I too would die.

Jun23

Tanzania: Water Melons Spell Death to Elephants

Saturday, 23 June 2012 Hits 3025 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

To people who rejoice with consuming healthy food, water melons are of high nutritional value. Likewise in the wild water melons and pumpkins are delicacies to some wild animals especially elephants. The problem now is that poachers are using both to lure and deplete elephants. A water melon laced with poison is capable of killing an elephant within minutes.

Jun21

INTERPOL's largest operation combating illegal ivory trafficking targets criminal syndicates

Thursday, 21 June 2012 Hits 2451 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

INTERPOL's largest ever transnational operation targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory has resulted in more than 200 arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of contraband elephant ivory.

Jun07

New Hope for Elephants Under Threat in Central Africa

Thursday, 07 June 2012 Hits 1716 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

Regional cooperation critical to address recent upsurge in poaching, according to WWF. Central African countries today signed a groundbreaking regional plan to strengthen law enforcement and better combat poaching of elephants and other species at risk from illegal wildlife trade. The plan was adopted by the ten member states of Central African Forest Commission, known as COMIFAC, as escalating rates of wildlife crime plague the region.

May18

Kenya: Nasa Shows Elephant Poaching On the Rise

Friday, 18 May 2012 Hits 2326 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

The Kenya Wildlife Service has failed to contain elephant poaching in Kenya and it has now reached alarming levels, according to research by KWS scientists and their American counterparts using satellite images. The peer-reviewed research in the reputable Australia-based Wildlife Research journal on April 12 employed sophisticated techniques to accurately identify hotspots of elephant poaching. It used KWS records, Japanese government data as well as satellite images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

May16

Chad: Zakouma elephants retained some trust in their human neighbours

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 Hits 1534 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

Chad: Zakouma elephants retained some trust in their human neighbours

Despite ten years of relentless persecution by poachers Zakouma's elephants seem to have retained some trust in humans. Zakouma staff recently photographed some astonishing behaviour by these wild elephants.

A herd of about 20 elephant bulls often found close to Zakouma headquarters started coming to a small waterhole at the house of Zakouma Park Manager, Rian Labuschagne. With the elephants only 15m away and knowing that they like clean water Rian took the hosepipe and starting spraying water towards them.

May15

Kenya: Two Elephants Killed in Laikipia 'For Witchcraft'

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 Hits 1790 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

Two elephants were killed on Mugie Ranch in Laikipia on May 8. The carcasses of a young male and female were found the following morning with their tusks violently hacked off and three taken. On inspection, the nails were found to have been chopped from each elephant's hoof, the female's teats were cut out and the male's external rectum was removed.

May01

Kenya: Stiffer Sentences Will Help Save the Elephant

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 Hits 2313 Categories Elephants | In Focus | Ivory

Two months ago ivory poachers caught in West Laikipia in the act of hacking out the tusks of a newly killed elephant were found guilty and fined Sh15,000. This happened in the same court that sentenced a livestock thief to seven years imprisonment for the crime of stealing one sheep. And it happened all on the same day.

Apr18

Poachers kill 22 elephants in DR Congo's Garamba park

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 Hits 1772 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

A total of 22 elephants have been killed since March by poachers in Garamba national park which is situated in Dungu district in north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), sources in the Congolese Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) said on Tuesday in Kinshasa. The sources said the poachers took away the ivory tusks of the animals - which are a protected species - and left the meat in the bush.

Apr17

Cameroon: Govt Plans Climate Projects to Protect Elephants From Poaching

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 Hits 1683 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

Yaounde — In response to the recent large-scale poaching of elephants in and near the Bouba Ndjida National Park, the Cameroon government has announced steps not only to improve security but also to mitigate the effects of climate change on the drought-stricken park, in an effort to prevent elephants moving out of the protected area into the hands of ivory hunters.

Apr02

Congo: Poachers Mass Murder 22 Encircled Elephants Attempting to Protect Their Young

Monday, 02 April 2012 Hits 2922 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

African Parks regrets to announce that 22 elephants have been killed in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past ten days. Garamba, which shelters an estimated 2,000-3,000 elephants (one of the biggest remaining elephant populations in central Africa) has until now avoided the elephant poaching onslaught taking place across west and central Africa.

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