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Eco Rock Stars: People Doing Good for Wildlife

Eco Rock Stars: People Doing Good for Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Dr. Amy Dickman. Tanzania.
Kaplan Senior Research Fellow. Ruaha Carnivore Project
WildCRU. Oxford University.
www.ruahacarnivoreproject.com

I have been passionate about, and enthralled by, big cats for as long as I can remember. Their power, beauty, and sheer wildness is completely awe-inspiring. I find it terrifying that species as iconic as lions and tigers are in such danger and that it falls upon us, right now, to decide whether or not they survive. Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape holds some of the most important big cat populations left in the world, and our team at the Ruaha Carnivore Project is working in partnership with local communities to encourage simultaneous wildlife conservation and human development in this critically important area.

Photo Credit: Pat Erickson

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Uganda.
Founder + CEO. Conservation Through Public Health.
www.ctph.org

My wildlife veterinary career started with setting up the Uganda Wildlife Authority veterinary department, where I led a team that investigated a fatal scabies skin disease outbreak in the critically endangered mountain gorillas. The disease was traced to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park communities who only have limited access to basic health services. This made me realize that you cannot protect gorillas without improving the health and livelihoods of the people whom they share their fragile habitat with. This led to the establishment of Conservation Through Public Health, a grassroots non-profit that works with people and wildlife in and around Africa’s protected areas.

Emmanuel de Merode. Democratic Republic of Congo.
Chief Warden. Virunga National Park.
www.virungacrisis.org

I decided to commit my life to the protection of African wildlife when, as an 11 year old child, I saw an elephant that had been killed by poachers. From then, my school education became an unfortunate obstacle to the life of choice which took me to the forests and savannas of Congo. Over twenty years of working for Congo’s national parks, I witnessed the pains, struggles, and triumphs of their wildlife rangers, who through their self-sacrifice, achieved the greatest of results in modern conservation history, the survival of the Mountain Gorillas through the Congo’s Civil War.

Lindsey Sterling Krank. Colorado.
Director. Prairie Dog Coalition. The Humane Society of the US.
www.prairiedogcoalition.org

Ever since I was driving in the family station wagon through national parks and wildlife areas, I have been drawn to the outdoors. I would stare out the window and think, “I want to get out there, right in the middle of all that beauty.” I’m drawn to working to protect these places and animals that call them home. Working with the Prairie Dog Coalition has given me the opportunity to protect a keystone species. Not only do we conserve this animal but the many species who depend on them, including black-footed ferrets, swift foxes, burrowing owls, and golden eagles.

Madelaine Westwood. United Kingdom.
Founder. Great Apes Film Initiative. (GAFI)
www.gafi4apes.org

As a longtime wildlife filmmaker, I took on the massive decline in endangered species. It seemed impossible to change, but I used my skills to create the Pedal Powered Cinema to screen conservation films where people live with the issues. They come, often a thousand at a time, to see the screenings. GAFI works in 15 countries across Africa and SE Asia and has screened films to 300 million people. As a result, children plant trees and communities protect forests. I learned one individual can create change, and if everyone used their skills to help, we will keep our extraordinary world.

Carmina Gutiérrez + Miguel Gómez. Sonora. Mexico.
Jaguar Guardians. Northern Jaguar Project + Naturalia
www.northernjaguarproject.org

Revered for its strength, beauty, and grace, the jaguar is an emblem of species conservation in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Much of the work to protect and provide refuge for this northernmost jaguar population lies with its guardians, Carmina Gutiérrez and Miguel Gómez. They mirror the strength and grace of the jaguars they protect. This engaging duo has taken the northern jaguar under their wing, working tirelessly to protect these endangered cats and ensure their safe haven. Both know where the jaguars roam and diligently follow their tracks throughout the remote, rugged landscape of the 50,000 acre Northern Jaguar Reserve. A deep passion for wilderness and wildlife carries Carmina and Miguel always forward.

Peter Lalampaa. Kenya.
Senior Manager. Grevy’s Zebra Trust.
www.grevyszebratrust.org

My passion is conservation of biodiversity because there is a link between pastoral livelihood and ecosystem health. I address habitat loss for wildlife and secure grass for livestock. We need to view things from a wide, bird’s-eye view. “It is not just me, but it is us.” Natural resources scarcity leads to inter-tribal clashes for grass and water for their livelihood, their cattle. I work on community education and awareness to address range land degradation and secure wildlife resources, as well as give a smile to the pastoral community through securing pasture for their livestock.

The Grevy’s Zebra Trust was established in January 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) in the community range lands of Kenya. It is an independent wildlife conservation Trust registered in Kenya.

Rebecca Klein. Botswana.
Founder + Managing Director. Cheetah Conservation Botswana.
www.cheetahbotswana.com

I wanted to work in wildlife conservation ever since I can remember. After graduation, I volunteered for a year at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, where I met two cheetah brothers whose mother had been killed by a farmer. I cared for them, and we developed a strong bond. I was surprised to learn cheetah were considered a pest amongst rural communities. One of Africa’s most elegant cats was being trapped, shot, run down, and killed. Here was my chance to make a difference! I founded Cheetah Conservation Botswana to use community outreach, education, and research to ensure the cheetah’s survival.

Rebecca and her team work to ensure survival of free ranging cheetah, ensuring the spirit of the Kalahari, its wildlife and culture, remains for future generations.

D. Simon Jackson. Canada.
Founder + Chairman. Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.
www.spiritbearyouth.org

Since the age of 13, I’ve dedicated my life to saving Canada’s highly endangered white Kermode, or spirit bear, a genetically unique subspecies of the black bear that numbers fewer than 400. In the process of creating the now six-million-strong Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, we helped shape what was North America’s largest land protection measure, helping protect two-thirds of this bear’s last intact habitat. Our positive, solutions-based campaign strives to complete our vision of sanctuary for the spirit bear by producing a Hollywood animated movie to raise funds to help the region’s economy and finalize the bear’s conservation. 

 

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What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa

What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Part 2 in the Nikela Series on Animal Poaching, and what its doing to endangered species, rhino, leopards, and primates in South Africa.

 

The most comprehensive understanding of animal poaching and its impact on wildlife was found in Mike Cadman’s, “Consuming Wild Life...

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Canada: Fish & Wildlife officers bust meat smuggling ring

Canada: Fish & Wildlife officers bust meat smuggling ring | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Seven people face 23 wildlife trafficking charges after meat smuggling ring busted...

 

On July 14, the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Special Investigations branch concluded a two-year investigation following the seizure of 322 packages of moose and elk meat along with $1,105 cash and a 2013 F-150 pickup truck.

 

Fish and Wildlife officials estimate the value of the meat to be about $6,500.

 

Alberta Justice spokesperson Brendan Cox said the Fish and Wildlife officials started to look into the alleged offences after receiving tips from the public that meat from wild game was being illegally bought and sold in the Lac Ste Ann area.

 

Fish and Wildlife officials decided to launch an undercover operation targeting several identified suspects....

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India's wildlife under threat as illegal poaching threatens lesser-known animals

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller.
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Sad news but not unexpected.

Once wildlife trafficking took hold it was only a matter of time that other species would be targeted.

No species is safe as long as a price tag can be put on their head!

As long as governments do not have the will to enforce the law and citizens of the world fail to do what is right by all living beings and our environment.

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Trade routes and killing fields - Africa Geographic Magazine

Trade routes and killing fields - Africa Geographic Magazine | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Corruption and poverty make Africa an ideal haven for the bloody trade in elephant tusks. Looking at these maps one might get the impression that everyone is in on it. It certainly involves the entire spectrum of African society, from corrupt businessmen and government officials to people so poor they use primitive spears to bring down elephants. Be it legal or not, as long as there is demand for ivory, this graphic portrayal is unlikely to change....

 

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Trade routes and more following the wildlife trafficking trails... so why can't we stop it?

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The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon

The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Trying to figure out where that confiscated rhino horn came from? Is that guitar made from a piece of endangered tropical hardwood?
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Coast Guard Catches Poachers, 153 Sharks

Coast Guard Catches Poachers, 153 Sharks | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews intercepted and seized a Mexican boat and crew illegally fishing in U.S. waters Sunday, continuing the seventh busy day for federal fisheries enforcement officers.
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West Africa: U.S. to Host Meeting On Combating Trafficking

West Africa: U.S. to Host Meeting On Combating Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Trafficking from Latin America through West Africa has morphed into a multinational criminal business that trades in narcotics, people, wildlife and arms, the United States said in announcing a meeting on Friday with 15 West African governments to...
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I taught him to laugh! Brit saves gorilla after poacher attack

I taught him to laugh! Brit saves gorilla after poacher attack | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
TRAGIC orphan gorilla Shufai has always been a jungle VIP in the eyes of award-winning British animal aid worker Rachel Hogan.
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Idaho Fish and Game uses K-9 unit to catch poachers

Idaho Fish and Game uses K-9 unit to catch poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Idaho tries K-9 pilot program to help game wardens
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Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade

Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
As a conservation biologist from Hong Kong doing research in Central Africa, I am often asked a question some find surprising: "Will Hong Kong and China work to save the wildlife here?"...
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How killing off wildlife causes social chaos and why it must be stopped

How killing off wildlife causes social chaos and why it must be stopped | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The decline of wildlife can cause hunger and unemployment and, consequently, fuel increased crime and political instability, report researchers.
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Although I'm in because my primary love is wildlife the battle against trafficking is about so much more...

“We are not just losing species; we are losing children, breaking apart communities, and fostering crime. This makes wildlife conservation a more important job than it ever has been.”

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Q&A: Endangered wildlife trading at the Myanmar-China border

Q&A: Endangered wildlife trading at the Myanmar-China border | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Alex Hofford reports on the elephant skin, giant flying squirrels and Tibetan antilope horns sold in the lawless border areas
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When the buying stops, the killing can too

When the buying stops, the killing can too | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

IF you are an avid follower of nature-oriented television channels, you would have heard the tagline: “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”

 

Reiterating this was Dr Ronald Orenstein, who recently presented a talk entitled ‘Ivory, Horn and Blood’ in Kuching.

 

During his presentation, which was organised by the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre and the Kuching branch of the Malaysian Nature Society, Orenstein enlightened the audience on a very little known crime – poaching....



Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/07/27/when-the-buying-stops-the-killing-can-too/#ixzz38mBsjYLJ

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Animals Beware: Now Gangs Are Getting in on Wildlife Crime, Too

Animals Beware: Now Gangs Are Getting in on Wildlife Crime, Too | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Organized crime has begun to view wildlife crime in the U.K. as a handy means of making money with low risk, according to a surprising new report.
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More 'bad guys' discovering how easy it is to traffic wildlife!

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Are Wildlife Declines Fueling Slavery And Armed Conflict?

Are Wildlife Declines Fueling Slavery And Armed Conflict? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Crashing wildlife populations and social conflict are frightening enough on their own, so you could be forgiven for finding connections between the two a bit of a downer. But this dark cloud has a silver lining....
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Help fight illegal wildlife trade with new App

Help fight illegal wildlife trade with new App | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Australian travellers are being enlisted to help fight illegal wildlife trade with a new free mobile app.
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Philippines DFA lauds guilty verdict on 12 Chinese poachers in Tubbataha

Philippines DFA lauds guilty verdict on 12 Chinese poachers in Tubbataha | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday expressed support for the guilty verdict handed down by a local court on 12 Chinese poachers, saying the decision was “based on applicable Philippine laws.”...
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Is there a link between the Ebola virus and Wildlife Trafficking?

Is there a link between the Ebola virus and Wildlife Trafficking? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The vicious Ebola outbreak that has already killed over 800 people this year was not a strain endemic to the region as initially believed.
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Protecting wildlife goes hi-tech and gets harder

Protecting wildlife goes hi-tech and gets harder | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
THOSE who want to protect elephants and rhinoceroses in Africa often face dangerous criminal traffickers who are bold, enterprising and well-equipped, leaders said at the US-Africa summit this week.
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Drones to monitor wildlife in 10 Indian sites

Drones to monitor wildlife in 10 Indian sites | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In what could be a major boost to technologically-empowered wildlife surveillance and research in India, plans are afoot to introduce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in 10 biodiversity-rich sites across India by January 2015.
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New Zealand: Alleged poachers deny 'jurisdiction'

Two men facing poaching charges refuse to enter pleas, saying they did not recognise the court's jurisdiction.
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Kenya : Poachers now turn to spearing to avoid detection

Poachers are now using traditional methods such as spearing as opposed to shooting to avoid detection by security agents, Kenya Wildlife Service Director William Kiprono has revealed.
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Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again

Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A second elephant has been butchered for its tusks by poachers in Parfuri, northern Kruger National Park, 10km in from the Mozambican and Zimbabwean borders. SANParks officials discovered the two day old carcass with its tusks hacked out yesterday morning. No further details regarding the age or sex of the elephant were available and no suspects have as yet been arrested in connection with the crime....

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Earlier this year during our Africa Wildlife Tour several wildlife conservationists predicted that it was on the horizon.... elephant poaching in the Kruger. Well, it seems the day has dawned!

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Discussing Wildlife Trafficking at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Discussing Wildlife Trafficking at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

What is the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit?
It’s the largest engagement a U.S. president has ever had with African leaders and governments. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will bring together 50 heads of state, along with a range of U.S. and African civil society and business leaders, to discuss the future of Africa.

 

What issues will the Summit address?
The summit leader sessions will focus on topics such as trade and investment, peace and regional stability, and good governance. The signature events will address issues such as civil society, women’s empowerment, global health, resilience and food security, and wildlife trafficking....

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33-million-shilling ivory haul seized in Nairobi

Customs officials at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport intercepted 260 kilogrammes of ivory valued at 33.8 million shillings ($385,185) bound for Kuala Lampur, Malaysia on Friday (July 25th), Kenya's The Standard reported....

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KWS Rangers kill poacher next to the 45-year-old elephant he had killed in Tsavo

KWS Rangers kill poacher next to the 45-year-old elephant he had killed in Tsavo | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Kenya Wildlife Service rangers have killed one suspected poacher and recovered four elephant tusks  in Tsavo West National Park.  
Five other poachers fled leaving behind an M16 rifle, two AK47 magazines, an axe, three saucepans and six five litre water jerry cans.  


The poachers had already killed a 45-year-old elephant near the water pan and were in the process of removing its tusks....  

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