Nairobi, Kenya - The discovery was gruesome. A family of 12 dead elephants rotting in the midday heat of south-eastern Kenya, their faces hacked apart by poachers as they removed the animals' ivory tusks.
The massacre this month in Tsavo East National Park highlighted a surge in poaching in Africa that has pushed conservationists to embrace new technologies in an effort to save threatened elephants and rhinos.
Now, rangers plan to deploy remotely controlled drone aircrafts above three African parks this year.
Elsewhere, elephant collars fitted with iPhone-style technology are being developed to alert wardens when animals are hunted....
Game scouts have shot dead two suspected poachers near Protea hotel farm in Chisamba while the third one has been detained.
Police say The incident happened when the scouts challenged the three men, one of them armed with a greener shortgun found on the farm. The suspects then started firing at the scouts who in turn retaliated, killing two of them on the spot.
One of the deceased persons has been identified as Recknos Ndeleki, aged 30 of Fine Ndeleki Farm in Chisamba while the identity of the other one has not yet been established.
“The incident occurred on the 21st January, 2013, around 11:00 hours in Chisamba. A greener shortgun with five rounds of ammunition has been recovered from the scene while the surviving suspect Webster Chisumpa is in Police custody to help with investigations. The bodies of the deceased are lying in Liteta Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem,” said Elizabeth Kanjela.
Volunteers are reclaiming the wilderness from poachers through recreation.
IN THE fading light, Muna Noor’s 4WD is hurtling down the tarmac. The road is long and narrow, and dramatic limestone karst formations rise up on either side of us.
It will take at least five hours to get from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara Sungai Relau in Merapoh, Pahang, but Muna does this drive as often as she can because when she’s at home, all that she can think about is, the jungle.
“I just keep thinking that every week, if I don’t do it, there could be poachers out there. Every time we go into the forest, we make a difference. What we do, it really counts.”...
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The power of passion and willingness to volunteer is what may very well save our wildlife and our planet.... love it!
Patrick Brown is a professional photojournalist who has spent the last twenty years of his life documenting all facets of the illegal sale of endangered animals in Asia. Driven by his life’s ...
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Patrick gives us some first hand insight into what's really going on in China in the arena of wildlife trafficking and trading. Plus an interesting view from the author into the Chinese culture and the low status of animals.
Daily animals are caught in snares in Africa, endangered and threatened species are not spared from the poachers’ traps.
They don’t use tranquilizer darts, hunting rifles or military issue fire power. They don’t make the news like the rhino and elephant poachers do. However, these low key, every day poachers are a huge threat to the survival of many wildlife species.
Wire fencing, old telephone wire, baling wire, you name it and a skilled poacher will use most anything to fashion a snare that will catch an animal by the leg or neck. Snares are laid down or suspended in high traffic areas. Here the unsuspecting wild (or at times domestic) creature gets caught and starts to pull. The snare of course simply gets tighter the more the animal struggles for freedom....
Illegal trade in wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn must be treated as a serious crime in order to end the devastating poaching of protected species, the head of U.N. wildlife trade regulator CITES said Thursday.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
According to the recent WWF report many countries laws don't treat wildlife trafficking as a serious crime, so the penalties not a deterrant, neither are there enough resourced alloted to adequately address this rapidly growing aspect of the illegal trade networks.
Three poachers have been killed in a shoot out inside the Shimba Hills National Park in Kwale district. KWS officer in charge of Coast Province Simon Gitau says they rescued an elephant that they had captured. Gitau says four others managed to escaped with bullet wounds. Assorted weapons and locally made traps were also recovered...
World Wildlife Fund calls for national and international laws that treat wildlife trafficking with more severity, similar to drug trafficking....
A sign and symptom of government reluctance to take a serious legal stance on wildlife trafficking is the lack of participation consultant company Dalberg saw while working for WWF to form its December 2012 report, “Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: A Consultation With Governments.”
Tanzania's parliamentary committee for land, natural resources and environment is looking into scaling up anti-poaching efforts in the country, Tanzania's Daily News reported Wednesday (January 23rd).
Addressing the public after meeting with the Tanzania National Parks and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, committee chairman James Lembeli advocated harsher punishments for poachers.
"Current laws are outdated; those found guilty of poaching are made to pay only 500,000 shillings ($311), which is very little for someone dealing in that business," he said....
An Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into the unlawful taking of buck deer led to the arrest of an Eagle Point man Sunday while OSP troopers served a search warrant at his home.
Following a month-long investigation into illegal deer hunting, on January 13, 2012 OSP troopers served a search warrant...
GOVERNMENT STATISTICS INDICATE THAT IN 2012, KENYA LOST 384 ELEPHANTS AND 19 RHINOS TO TROPHY POACHERS COMPARED TO 289 ELEPHANTS AND 29 RHINOS IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday vowed to step up anti-poaching measures after experiencing a loss of 19 elephants since the beginning of 2012.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director William Kiprono told journalists in Nairobi that the price of ivory and rhino horns continues to rise and this is fueling the illegal trade.
“In order to respond to these challenges, KWS has developed strategies aimed at enhancing elephant and rhino security to protect them from armed gangs while at the same time dismantling international criminal syndicates,” Kiprono told a news conference in Nairobi .
“Our anti poaching efforts have borne significant achievements in the course of last year. We arrested and took to court 1,949 suspects. They were charged with various wildlife-related offenses."
The KWS announcement comes in the wake of Tuesday’s seizure of 638 pieces of ivory worth 1.16 million U.S. dollars at the port of Mombasa which were destined for Indonesiafrom Tanzania while disguised as ornamental stones....
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 17th January 2012—The Vietnamese government’s Centre for Scientific and Professional Studies and Archives, Central Committee for Communication and Education (CCCE) is hosting a writing competition in collaboration with TRAFFIC to raise awareness of nature’s heritage and the pressure it faces from threats such as the illegal wildlife trade.
The competition is open to Vietnamese nationals, overseas Vietnamese and foreigners living in Viet Nam.
Entrants are asked to submit an original piece of work in either English or Vietnamese that seeks to bring awareness to or analyse the illegal trade and consumption of endangered wildlife, their parts and derivatives as well as how to protect the wildlife in Viet Nam.
Two lucky winners will receive a fully funded trip to South Africa to view wildlife in the country’s protected areas and learn more about South Africa’s measures to protect its biodiversity and combat the illegal wildlife trade. Currently rhino populations in South Africa are experiencing unprecedented levels of poaching to feed the demand for their horns in Viet Nam; a potent symbol of the impact demand in one country can lead to in another.
The winning entries will also be published in leading national Vietnamese publications.
For a full description of the rules and requirements of the competition and the different categories and mediums in which participants can provide submissions, please download the official guidelines below and visit the competition webpage.
Guidelines in English (PDF, 200 KB) and Vietnamese (PDF, 300 KB).
For further information, please contact: TRAFFIC: Brett Tolman, Communications Officer, Email: email@example.com, Tel. +84 4 3726 5026 or Centre for Scientific and Professional Studies and Archives, Central Committee for Communication and Education, 2B Hoang Van Thu Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. +84 080 45456, +84 (0) 984 377 425.