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Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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Prince William, Poaching and Al-Shabaab

At the offices of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, a terrible hush descends when news filters through that poachers have slaughtered yet another rhino....

 

Lewa was a safe haven for the rhino, which had lost none between 1983 and 2009. Now 11 have been poached since the beginning of 2012.


The 26-year rapprochement ended with the slaughter of three rhino in 2010 and 2011, and the aim to save and increase Lewa's herd of 62 white and 60 black rhino (which is listed by the World Wildlife Fund as critically endangered) was placed under threat.


There are less than 5,000 left in the whole of Kenya and worldwide, one rhino is poached every 11 hours....


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-beck/prince-william-poaching-a_b_4181422.html

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Philippines: Lawmaker seeks higher fines against marine poachers

Philippines: Lawmaker seeks higher fines against marine poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A lawmaker has proposed an increase in penalties to help curb the illegal trade and exploitation of corals and other marine species in the country.
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17 Arrested in California Exotic Fish-Poaching Bust

The California Department of Fish and Game said a crackdown on the poaching of rare abalone and sturgeon nabbed 17 suspects Thursday; state officials call it one of the largest such busts in state history.
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Sometimes we think wildlife poaching happens 'over there'... not so!

If you follow the poaching trails they criss cross the globe unfortunately.

 

So please, don't buy exotic pets/fish or anything made with feathers or fur.... be part of the solution and help stop the demand.

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Police seize more ivory in the Zambezi

POLICE in the Zambezi Region are investigating smuggling of cut ivory that was discovered on a bus on Sunday at Kongola village near the Kwando River.
Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu, who is the regional crime investigation coordinator, said the trophies were discovered in the luggage of an unknown passenger. 

Police say the passengers and the driver, remained tight-lipped after a series of interrogations and as a result they could not make any arrests.... 

- See more at: http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.php?id=5442&page_type=story_detail&category_id=1#sthash.Cfu6KpH0.dpuf ;

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Poaching of 4 elk, 4 antelope in southern Wyoming prompts Game and Fish investigations

CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Poachers have killed four elk and four pronghorn in three separate incidents in southern Wyoming over the past month, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
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Display to uncover the wildlife trade

Plants and animals around the world hold the key to new antibiotics. Select species are used in designer clothing and bags.

 

Endangered animals make their way into our pet stores. The Prairie Heritage Center is hosting a display on Habitat Heroes and Hurdles in the lower level of the center. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the conservation board naturalist will present a program entitled "Uncovering the Wildlife Trade" at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Heritage Center.

 

The focus of this program will be to explore what wildlife trade is, how it affects biodiversity and how every person plays a part in this process. Participants will have an opportunity to closely examine items that have been confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as they pass through customs.

 

This program will encourage people to think about how plant and animal diversity shapes our lives.

 

This program is appropriate for all ages. It will include a presentation, interactive display of objects and audience participation.

 

Contact the O'Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200 for more information.

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The Presidential Elephant Conservation Project - Hwange, Zimbabwe

The Presidential Elephant Conservation Project - Hwange, Zimbabwe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NUMBER OF ELEPHANTS BEING REPORTED DEAD IN HWANGE “ABSOLUTE RUBBISH”….. I’M BREAKING MY FACEBOOK SILENCE MOMENTARILY AS THIS NEW INFORMATION TO HAND, ABOUT THE NUMBER OF ELEPHANTS DEAD IN HWANGE, DESERVES TO BE HEARD – AND SHARED WIDELY: Following the aerial scouting that I was involved in for the week of 6 October (which did uncover a new, very concerning, poisoned site in the Main Camp area of... Hwange National Park), additional aerial scouting was organised for this week (ie the week of 20 October). Pat Cox, our Harare-based pilot, along with Colin Gillies former National President of ‘Wildlife Environment Zimbabwe’, and 3 NPs employees also onboard, flew today for 5 hours in plotted transects, only 2kms apart, the entire Dzivanini wilderness area which borders the Tsholotsho communal lands. Both Pat Cox and Colin Gillies are prepared to be quoted as saying that the numbers being reported of 300+ dead in this area are “ABSOLUTE RUBBISH”.....
Read on https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=539856019422236&set=a.391024434305396.91823.378435618897611&type=1&theater ;
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Poachers kill three times more elephants with cyanide than first estimated

Poachers kill three times more elephants with cyanide than first estimated | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Cynide has been used to kill more than 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate as new photographs show the scale of the slaughter.

The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange National Park has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst massacre in Southern Africa for 25 years.

 

Pictures taken by the hunters reveal horrific scenes. Parts of the park can be seen from the air to be littered with the corpses of elephants, often with their calves dead beside them.

 

There is now deep concern that the use of cyanide - first revealed in July - represents a new and particularly damaging technique in the already soaring poaching trade. ...

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This is horrific news!

Not 90 but 300 elephants dead due to cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe.

The damage to elephant populations and many other wildlife species is reportedly the worst massacre in Southern Africa for over 25 years.

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Idaho Aquarium, Employees Plead Guilty to Illegal Trafficking of Marine Life

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Otha Easley, Acting Special Agent in Charge, NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, and David Pharo, Resident Agent in Charge U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Miami, announced that Idaho Aquarium, Inc., an Idaho corporation based in Boise, Ammon Covino, 40, formerly of Meridian, Idaho, and Christopher Conk, 40, of Middleton, Idaho, entered guilty pleas in federal District Court in Key West for conspiring to harvest, transport, and sell spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks, knowing the marine life were taken, possessed, transported, sold, and intended to be sold in violation of the laws and regulations of the State of Florida, contrary to the federal Lacey Act, Title 16, United States Code, Sections 3372(a)(2)(A), and 3373(d)(1) and (2), all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371....

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Poaching unit ready for ‘full-out war’

Poaching unit ready for ‘full-out war’ | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Johannesburg - Just metres away, five armed men have their sights trained on you – but you can’t see them, and it’s broad daylight and open veld.

 

Suddenly, their commander orders them to rise, and what was grass just seconds earlier reveals the team with their backpacks and rifles.

 

The Counter Poaching Unit (CPU) at the Madikwe Game Reserve have undergone special training to take the fight to the poachers, at a time when the latest figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs show that 746 rhinos have been poached this year.

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Anti-poaching unit deployed to Mara to protect elephants

A special anti-poaching unit has moved to Narok county to help reduce the menace in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Kenya Wildlife Services Narok chief warden Benard ole Koruta said the anti-poaching unit will team up the local KWS rangers.

 

 He said they will hold regular patrols in areas where poachers have been killing wild animals. This comes after 20 elephants were killed in the region in the last two months.

 

“The team will help to contain the marauding poachers by hunting them down. We are not going to leave anything to chance until the poachers are arrested,” Koruta said yesterday.

 

 He asked residents to be vigilant of people with the intention of killing the wildlife for their personal gains. Koruta said KWS will not relent in their efforts of protecting the wild animals.

 

 Last week, KWS rangers shot and seriously injured a poacher and arrested another in Sagamian location in Narok South district after they were found with tusks worth Sh2 million.

 

 The rangers, who were acting on a tip off from the members of the public, pretended to be prospective tusk buyers and made contacts with the poachers.

 

- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-140174/anti-poaching-unit-deployed-mara-protect-elephants#sthash.M56DgzvE.dpuf

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Zimbabwe Elephant Poacher Sentenced to 15 Years

Zimbabwe Elephant Poacher Sentenced to 15 Years | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A Zimbabwe court sentenced a poacher to more than 15 years in prison on Wednesday, for poisoning and killing elephants with cyanide. The conviction was the fourth concerning the poisoning in a month, and the accused still faces charges for cyanide possession and for contravening environmental laws....

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WWF keeps elephants safe by scaring the bejeezus out of them with drones

WWF keeps elephants safe by scaring the bejeezus out of them with drones | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Wildlife conservationists in Africa and Asia are using remote-controlled drones to keep elephants safe from poachers....

 

A little under a year ago, Google hooked up the World Wildlife Foundation with a $5 million dollar grant as part of its Global Impact Awards – a program that provides support to organizations using technology and innovative approaches to address global issues. With this grant money, the WWF purchased a small fleet of surveillance drones. Their plan? Use them to create an advanced anti-poaching system.

 

And that’s exactly what they did. Using a combination of remote aerial survey systems, wildlife tagging technology, and advanced analytical software, the organization was able to help rangers more effectively patrol vulnerable areas like Asia and Africa. In theory, this was supposed to increase detection and deterrence of poachers, and it totally did – it just wasn’t very effective at stopping them. Essentially, the drones were great for getting pretty pictures of animals getting slaughtered and abducted, but not so great for catching the culprits.

 

But now Kenyan wildlife managers have figured out a new use for the technology. Rather than using the drones to scare away poachers, they’re using them to scare the bejeezus out of the elephants.

 

Believe it or not, this isn’t just some sort of cruel prank. This tactic has actually proven quite effective for keeping elephants out of harm’s way, reports Bloomberg. As it turns out, elephants hate the buzzing sound the drones emit, and will high-tail it in the opposite direction whenever they hear it. The jury’s still out on exactly why this happens, but the leading theory is that the elephants interpret the sound as an approaching swarm of bees. With this new knowledge, conservationists are adapting their tactics and using the drones to route elephants away from traps and other high-risk areas... 

 

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http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/wwf-keeps-elephants-safe-by-scaring-the-bejeezus-out-of-them-with-drones/

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

That's being creative for you! Not sure about it being a long term solution though!

 

According to our sources the WWF drones have not been effective because they don't have the hi-tech equipment needed for night time surveilance. 

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India: Crude bombs, cable snares used to poach wild animals

PONDA: Poachers are using crude bombs and cable snares to poach wild animals in forested areas and fringe areas of wildlife sanctuaries in the state, sources said.

The killing of a dog, which hit a crude bomb recently, has blown the lid off crude poaching methods. A few days back, a wild boar was trapped in a cable wire trap in Bordem, near Bicholim....

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Theft of protected Venus flytraps — money for poachers, but costly to ecology

Theft of protected Venus flytraps — money for poachers, but costly to ecology | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Venus flytraps are still being taken illegally from public places, with the most recent theft from a small community garden in Boiling Spring Lakes.
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Here come the cavalry – Protecting Chad’s elephants

Here come the cavalry – Protecting Chad’s elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Horses are an essential part of effective law enforcement and anti-poaching tactics at Zakouma National Park in the Republic of Chad. Since African Parks took over the management of the park in 2010, horse management has undergone significant improvements in terms of horse care, equipment training and guard horsemanship - and continues to do so. Stables, a riding arena, a lunging ring and two camps for the stallions when they are off-duty have also been set up....

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[The China Africa Project] How to Understand Chinese-related Environmental Problems in Africa - 中南对话

[The China Africa Project] How to Understand Chinese-related Environmental Problems in Africa - 中南对话 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
 By Hongxiang Huang Rhino horn, ivory, shark fin, lion bone, abalone, pangolin, turtle, timber… You could make a really long list about the Chinese-related environmental problems in Africa. Why?
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UK gives £19million aid to South Africa - its president spends £17.5million on his palace

UK gives £19million aid to South Africa - its president spends £17.5million on his palace | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
As his people struggle in squalor, South African president Jacob Zuma has sparked outrage by spending £17.5 million to upgrade his rural family home.
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The Heavy Cost of Elephant Poaching

The Heavy Cost of Elephant Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Curbing ivory poaching requires major changes in political will.

 

An unprecedented demand for ivory today has resulted in the slaughter of elephants throughout their range. It is estimated that 96 elephants were killed in Africa each day during 2012. That translates to four elephants an hour or one elephant every 15 minutes. In scarcely more time than it takes to read this commentary, one more elephant will be dead.

 

Fueling this devastation are greed for a rare commodity, local poverty and social disorder. Wracked by civil strife, central Africa presently finds itself amidst political chaos that has enabled people to profit from the looting of natural resources, including wildlife. At present rates of decline, forest elephants could go extinct within a decade....

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Shocking New Documentary ‘Gambling on Extinction’ Exposes Illegal Wildlife Trade

Shocking New Documentary ‘Gambling on Extinction’ Exposes Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Gambling on Extinction follows filmmaker Jakob Kneser as he traverses the globe in an attempt to piece together the growing endangered species black market.
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13 Vietnamese turtle poachers nabbed in Palawan

13 Vietnamese turtle poachers nabbed in Palawan | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The 13 Vietnamese nationals were caught fishing in the waters of Barangay Mangsee last October 18, Friday. An inspection by the authorities of the Vietnamese nationals' boat yielded several dead turtles which are not allowed to be caught under Philippine laws....

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Cyprus: Game service praised after trapping bird poachers

Cyprus: Game service praised after trapping bird poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

BIRDLIFE Cyprus on Thursday congratulated the game and fauna service for catching two men illegally trapping wild birds in the village of Maroni after a stake out.


The anti-poaching squad also confiscated 156 recently dead birds. Members of the game service and the police began staking out the enclosed area on Monday night and caught the two men on Tuesday morning...

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Wildlife officials investigate poaching of 5 moose in Summit, Wasatch counties

SALT LAKE CITY - Five moose were illegally shot dead earlier this month in northern Utah, the state Division of Wildlife Resources said Wednesday.
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Kenya's poaching peril

Kenya's poaching peril | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Communities that have bought into conservation and tourism risk losing it all to 'new breed of poachers'.

 

"I started poaching with my younger brother when our father died. Our family had nothing, no farm or jobs so we had no choice but to hunt," said Ndivo.


Using arrows dipped in a powerful poison called avai, Nicholas would kill up to five elephants a week and sell their tusks to a businessman in a nearby town....


Today, Ndivo is still earning a living from the wildlife in the Chyulu Hills, but in a spectacularly different way.


Instead of hunting big game, he is now using his poaching skills as a ranger for the conservation organisation Big Life.


Established in 2009 to address rampant poaching of elephants and other wildlife, Big Life employs Maasai and Kamba rangers to monitor, track and report on poaching activities. Many in their ranks are former poachers themselves....


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A story about the realities of life and poaching.

Yet, it is about hope, as Ndivo is an example of one poacher who had a change of heart because he was given an alternative opportunity to earn a living.

Way to go Big Life!

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The War on the Illegal Ivory Trade: A Conversation with IFAW’s US Bureau

A few weeks ago a friend of mine discovered that someone he knew was trading or in possession of contraband in the way of ivory and asked me who to contact. I told him to contact the USFWS.  Specifically, I suggested emailing or calling the U.S.
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