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Maoists take to poaching to funds ops in Bihar

Maoists take to poaching to funds ops in Bihar | Conservation Management | Scoop.it
After security forces launched operations against that virtually ended their 'levy raj' to collect easy money, Maoists have taken to poaching of endangered animals for their organs, skins and horns to collect funds for their activities, according...
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Cameroon's forest elephants under threat of extinction by 2020 - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Cameroon's forest elephants under threat of extinction by 2020 - Xinhua | English.news.cn | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

Cameroon's forest elephants could disappear from the wild within eight years if no urgent measure is taken to combat international illicit ivory trade and curb habitat loss, a senior official of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) has warned.

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The Horn Mafia: Africa Losing the Battle against Rhino Poachers - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Horn Mafia: Africa Losing the Battle against Rhino Poachers - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

As a growing number of endangered African rhinos are poached for their horns, officials and activists are scrambling for ways to halt the slaughter. Suggestions have included pre-emptively cutting off or poisoning their horns, or even deregulating their trade. But nothing promises to quell the insatiable demand for their powder in Asia.

Research conducted by Swiss conservationist Karl Ammann provides further cause for concern. Ammann purchased 20 samples of supposed rhinoceros horn from markets in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Vientiane, Laos, and then had the samples analyzed at the University of Pretoria. It was the first time that rhino-horn material being traded in Asia had come under the microscopes of South African scientists.

The scientists were shocked by what they found: Only three of the objects studied actually came from rhinos. The rest came from water buffalo, sheep and, in one case, a saiga antelope. "These results are alarming," says Cindy Harper, director of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of Pretoria. "They indicate that the demand for rhinoceros-horn material is much higher than we believed."

These results may also deliver a serious setback to proponents of deregulation. The amount of rhinoceros horn available even in a country as rhino-rich as South Africa is limited -- but the hunger for it seems to be insatiable.

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Elephants in Crisis

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/ivory/christy-text Reporter Bryan Christy discovers how religion plays a role in the problem of ivory trafficking V...
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Gorillas And Guerrillas Share The Troubled Congo : NPR

Gorillas And Guerrillas Share The Troubled Congo : NPR | Conservation Management | Scoop.it
Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is home to 200 endangered mountain gorillas, about a quarter of the world's total. In recent months, a new insurgent group has taken over gorilla habitat.
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allAfrica.com: InFocus » Mass Refugee Exodus Overwhelms Uganda

allAfrica.com: InFocus » Mass Refugee Exodus Overwhelms Uganda | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

That's the very beginning of an incredible disaster. Once more .... M23 and still not Kony! Just saying .... the impact on poaching will be extrem destructive. Chain reactions in wartorn central Africa. 

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Swoop on illegal fishing boats - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za

Swoop on illegal fishing boats - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

“The anti-poaching unit have arrested approximately 15 people for illegal fishing in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and 35 in total for all poaching offences this year,” said Gerber.

“This is not the first operation and there will definitely be more in the future as we continue to focus on hot spots in the park,” he said, adding that there were future plans to work with the SAPS in similar operations.

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Republic of South Africa President Jacob Zuma | Rhino Poaching | | One More Generation

Republic of South Africa President Jacob Zuma | Rhino Poaching | | One More Generation | Conservation Management | Scoop.it
OMG has teamed up with the folks at SPOTS (Strategic Protection of Threatened Species) in South Africa in an effort to help raise awareness to the dire issue of Rhino Poaching.
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Details Page - The truth please! - Why Solly the hippo died

The truth please! - Why Solly the hippo died

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International Vulture Awareness Day, Saturday 1st September 2012

International Vulture Awareness Day, Saturday 1st September 2012 | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

International Vulture Awareness Day: highlighting vulture conservation and awareness...

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WAG South Africa

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There are an estimated 3 000 – 6 000 free-ranging African wild dogs Lycaon pictus left in Africa (Woodroffe et al. 2004). Wild dogs are the rarest carnivore in South Africa with an estimated population of less than 450 individuals. Despite being legally protected in many of their current range states the remnant populations continue to face widespread persecution (Woodroffe et al. 2004). Wild dogs are listed as endangered by the IUCN but are not listed on CITES (Lindsey & Davies-Mostert 2009)

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Difficult and dangerous times ahead for the ANC

Difficult and dangerous times ahead for the ANC | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

Difficult and dangerous times ahead for the ANC... means difficult and dangeous times ahead for South Africa.

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Farming rhinos and legalising sale of their horns worth more than gold 'will save them from extinction', claims farmer

Farming rhinos and legalising sale of their horns worth more than gold 'will save them from extinction', claims farmer | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

Freak show .... RHINOS ARE NO COWS AND THEIR HORN NO MEDICINE! Period Mr. Hume ...

Rhino breeder John Hume keeps nearly 800 of the almost extinct beasts on his cattle-style ranches in South Africa and has a multimillion pound stockpile of their horns.

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Save the Elephants in Vietnam | Civic Direct

Save the Elephants in Vietnam | Civic Direct | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

With China's demand for ivory fueling poaching of the elephant (both the Asian and the Africian elephant), elephant populations in Vietnam have plummeted from 2,000 in 1990, to only a few dozen left in 2012.

They are now critically endangered, and without intervention from China the elephant may soon be extinct in some parts of the world

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Are investors driving the illegal wildlife trade?

Are investors driving the illegal wildlife trade? | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

A new survey of the illegal trade in wildlife across Asia has contradicted some commonly held beliefs. The survey was conducted by a consortium of wildlife and conservation NGO’s and media companies in preparation for a marketing campaign to reduce the trade.

 

The belief that the trade in endangered species is being kept alive by older tradionalist in Asia seems to be incorrect as the survey discovered that the younger generation is driving the increasing trade.

 

The most prolific purchasers of animal products are wealthy urban males aged between 25 and 45. These young men are not buying rhino horn, for example, as cures for cancer or fertility boosts but as status sysmbols and investments.

 

In China, for instance, it’s not the rural traditional heads of families that purchase endangered animals and parts for use in traditional or cultural practices. The most prolific purchasers of animal products are wealthy urban males aged between 25 and 45. These young men are not buying rhino horn, for example, as cures for cancer or fertility boosts but as status sysmbols and investments.

 

And it has to be said, that all the awarness campains, reportings, citizenjournalists, Social Media discussions are feeding the beast. In the same way it happens in convential wars. What would have happend when nobody had reported about Tunisia ? Food for thoughts ....

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'Blood Ivory': Brutal Elephant Slaughter Funds African Conflicts - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'Blood Ivory': Brutal Elephant Slaughter Funds African Conflicts - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

Rebels and militias across Africa have discovered the illegal trade in elephant ivory. Coveted in Asia, their tusks bring in handsome sums that are funding wars across the continent.

The war over elephants began with a political mistake,complains Wamithi, the elephant expert in Kenya. In 1989, with the African elephant in danger of extinction, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora banned the trade in ivory around the globe. The convention served its purpose, and the elephant population recovered.

But as a result, countless tusks began piling up in the storerooms of African game wardens, for example those of animals that had died a natural death -- and that aroused greed. In 2008, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana obtained special permission allowing their governments to sell 108 tons of ivory, and traders from China and Japan paid millions. But like alcoholic in relapse after a long period of abstinence, the appetite for more returned immediately. "That fueled demand," Wamithi says, "and the slaughter began again."

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Ivory Worship - Interactive: Elephant Ivory Poaching - National Geographic Magazine

Ivory Worship - Interactive: Elephant Ivory Poaching - National Geographic Magazine | Conservation Management | Scoop.it
Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?
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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Special Envoy Against Human Trafficking

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Special Envoy Against Human Trafficking | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

They just don't get it in the Western civilzations. The time of "wise words" is running out. Africa is set on fire .... wartimes ahead. China owns more and more of the contient and the ressources. The are building pipelines, harbours and railways. Ressources and transport = Power! Ownership!

America and UN - you just don't get it! As to all times before.

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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Three Elephants Killed By Poachers

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Three Elephants Killed By Poachers | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

The Elephants get hammered ..... 

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Nilgiris safe haven for vultures | Deccan Chronicle

Nilgiris safe haven for vultures | Deccan Chronicle | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

Nilgiris safe haven for vultures


Four species of scavenging birds thrive in Singur and Moyar valleys.

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Dead Birds Flying: Rescuing the Endangered Cape Parrot…

Dead Birds Flying: Rescuing the Endangered Cape Parrot… | Conservation Management | Scoop.it
The National Geographic-funded Cape Parrot Project was launched in 2009 to support CONSERVATION ACTION for Africa’s most endangered parrot and one of South Africa’s most endangered birds.
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Rhinoceros - Interactive Timeline: Rhinos Past and Present | Nature | PBS

View an interactive timeline that traces the evolution of rhinos from 50 million years ago to the present.

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ISS - News - Fear, Anger and Avarice: How not to Craft Solutions to Violence

ISS - News - Fear, Anger and Avarice: How not to Craft Solutions to Violence | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

Well written piece about violence in South Africa ... 

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Legal to trophy hunt a White Lion, illegal to save It

Legal to trophy hunt a White Lion, illegal to save It | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

Legal to trophy hunt a White Lion, Illegal to save it!

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D-day for fracking

D-day for fracking | Conservation Management | Scoop.it

D-day for fracking... Not even the most ardent critics are holding out any hope that the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Karoo will be extended.

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