NAIROBI, July 24 (Xinhua) -- African conservation firm said Friday rangers from Kenya and Tanzanian wildlife agencies have completed a two-month intensive training on how to detect ivory hidden in vehicles, buildings and luggage.
The training organized by Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) will see the detection dog teams from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Tanzania's Wildlife Division be deployed to Port of Mombasa and Port of Dar es Salaam, where they will aid both countries in disrupting the flow of illegal ivory smuggled to markets abroad....
By Adam Cruise Pohamba Shifeta, Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, said the country will not destroy its stockpile of ivory and rhino horns...
Shifeta expects Namibia to make a windfall if the CITES-enforced international bans on trading ivory and rhino horn are lifted.
“We will get a lot of money, and the proceeds will go to state coffers to alleviate poverty,” he said...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Adam Welz, African rep or WildAid says...
"If countries are allowed to sell their stockpiles of rhino horn and ivory, it “will undo all the hard work to reduce demand that WildAid have been conducting in China and other Asian countries over the past two years.”
That hard work centers on a consumer-awareness campaign involving celebrities like Hollywood film stars Jackie Chan and Leonardo diCaprio.
AFPJAKARTAIndonesian police posing as wildlife buyers have arrested a suspected trafficker for selling protected eagles on Facebook, an official said Wednesday.Acting on a tip-off, authorities in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya swooped on the man’s home on Monday, where they
Nobody is better at combating illegal wildlife trade than the U.S. Here’s how it can stem the crisis.
The streets of Nairobi, Kenya, have been repaved, painted, and planted with flowers in anticipation of President Barack Obama’s visit this weekend. While in the country of his father’s birth, the president will appear at the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, where he will discuss job opportunities with investors, business owners, and African leaders. He will also hold a press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta and, later, address the Kenyan people, using the opportunities to speak about economic growth and development, security, and religious extremism in the region.
Obama is also expected to discuss a topic that ties all those others together: wildlife trafficking. Half of Africa’s elephants have been killed over the past 10 years to feed demand, chiefly in Asia, for ivory. Rhino poaching, which was nearly nonexistent nine years ago, was up 21 percent in South Africa in 2014. More than a million pangolins have been poached from Africa and Asia over the past decade. Criminal gangs and terrorist groups funded by the illegal trade threaten the stability of Kenya and other African countries....
The illegal ivory trade is not the only reason the iconic African Elephant populations are declining at alarming rates. Many thanks to Alba for the article and to Warner for this stunning infographic. #elephant #LuvWildlife
The Indonesian government has promised to crack down on the growing number of people showing off dead or abused endangered animals on social media. In February, for example, residents of the Sumatran village of Sibide posted pictures to Facebook of themselves posing with a dead Sumatran tiger, whose dwindling population in the wild amounts to no more than a few hundred. Similar cases abound and have been widely condemned in the country.
Three persons were arrested by forest personnel on charges of poaching a leopard in Chandragiri reserve forest under Rarsingi range in Odisha's Ganjam district, officials said today. A country-made loaded gun, three mobile phones and a knife along
Inforgraphic thanks to Nikela Volunteer Joyce Chen.
"When it comes to trafficking rhino, elephant, and tiger parts the biggest players are China, Kenya, India, Vietnam, South Africa and Thailand, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Examining news media reports aggregated by HealthMap: Wildlife Trade, researchers were able to pinpoint the most important countries (called 'nodes') for exporting, moving and importing illegal wildlife parts worldwide."
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