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South African businessman behind elephant poisonings

South African businessman behind elephant poisonings | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Zimbabwean police are bringing their investigations into the deaths of at least 64 elephants by cyanide poisoning in the Hwange National Park to an end....

 

Police revealed that the poachers would mix up a combination of cyanide, salt and water. This would then be poured onto salt licks at watering holes known to be frequented by elephants. At other watering holes the poachers would dig holes and place containers containing the deadly mixture into the holes.

 

The technique was so effective at killing elephants that when the poachers took police to the sites that had been contaminated there were bodies of elephants with small tusks still intact because it wasn’t worth the effort to take the tusks, The poachers were being paid as little as $700 for 9 tusks....

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Let's hope they really make an example of these guys!

The recent poisoning in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is being called "an ecological disaster" as not only 64 elephants died, but lions, buffalo, jackal and who knows what other animals and birds drinking the poisoned water.

 

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Haley van Zante's curator insight, September 27, 2013 10:47 AM

Zimbabwean police have been investigating into the deaths of at least 64 elephants. The elephants were posioned by cyanide. The person behind all of this is a South African businessman, and has been doing this since 2009. My question is, how could someone live everyday knowing that they have killed an innocent animal? 

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Penalties simply must be more equal to the reward!

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Shocking; Chinese trafficker arrested with 340 tusks and 65 rhino horns in Mozambique

Shocking; Chinese trafficker arrested with 340 tusks and 65 rhino horns in Mozambique | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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WILDLIFE: Harsh penalties rare in trafficking cases

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Stripe-necked Moogoose, hunted for its hair, used in paintbrushes...

 

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IFAW starts training of African law enforcement officers to tackle wildlife trafficking

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Animal Welfare (IFAW) said that it has started training of African law enforcement officers in order to deal with wildlife trafficking that is out of control in the continent.

 

According to the IFAW, the training is related to a larger strategic framework to support the law enforcement reply to tackle wildlife crime at the regional level by making cooperation among African countries' law enforcement authorities better....

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Zim poacher tried to sell pangolin on Facebook conservation group

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Sentenced to nine year jail term. A poacher in Zimbabwe who tried to sell an endangered pangolin on Facebook for $7 000, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says....

 

The Tikki Hywood Trust, which is dedicated to the protection of the pangolin in Zimbabwe, said on Friday it welcomed news of the sentences.

 

"Zimbabwe is certainly leading the way in pangolin conservation," the Trust said in Facebook post....

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Kenya Wildlife Service builds anti-poaching alliances in China

Kenya Wildlife Service builds anti-poaching alliances in China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Wildlife conservation non-governmental organizations based in China have pledged to forge a united front with Kenya in efforts to combat global wildlife crime...

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African leaders agree on co-ordinated response and action against illegal exploitation and illicit trade of wild flora and fauna in Africa

African leaders agree on co-ordinated response and action against illegal exploitation and illicit trade of wild flora and fauna in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Brazzaville, Congo, May 2015—African leaders meeting last week in Brazzaville issued a strong Declaration urging co-ordinated regional and international action against wildlife crime at the end of a four-day meeting on illegal exploitation and illicit trade in African wildlife products.

 

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Marines Join Anti-Poaching Rangers in Tanzania to Stop Wildlife Crime

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Two years ago, Mason Ellis was a ConVal senior who played hockey, did his homework, and hung out with friends.

 

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Mason was one of 16 Marines who spent March training park rangers in tactics to fight illegal human, drug, wildlife and other trafficking...

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