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Africa: Facts On U.S. Support for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Africa: Facts On U.S. Support for Combating Wildlife Trafficking | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Like other forms of illicit trade, wildlife trafficking undermines security across nations. Well-armed, well-equipped, and well-organized networks of criminals, insurgent elements, and corrupt officials exploit porous borders and weak institutions to profit from trading in poached wildlife.

Record high demand for illegally traded wildlife products, coupled with inadequate preventative measures and weak institutions, has resulted in an explosion of illicit trade in wildlife in recent years. That trade is decimating iconic animal populations. Today, because of the actions of poachers, species such as elephants and rhinoceroses face the risk of significant decline or even extinction.

Over the past five years, tens of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered by poachers and criminal networks in Africa. In 2013, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone, and the pace of killing is on track to surpass this record in 2014. Urgent action is needed now and the United States is providing leadership and commitment to protecting our world heritage and endangered wildlife.

Garry Rogers's insight:

U. S. leadership may not be enough.  Animal parts are in such high demand in Asia that illegal trade will continue .  Celebrity leadership is increasing and may be the only tool we have for changing cultural behavior.

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Wildlife Extra News - Modern military-style attacks in DRC result in 68 elephant deaths

Wildlife Extra News - Modern military-style attacks in DRC result in 68 elephant deaths | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"African Parks has intensified its anti-poaching efforts in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to counter the poaching onslaught that has beset Garamba National Park in the past two months.

"A total of 68 elephants have been poached since mid-April, representing about 4 per cent of the total population."

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At this rate, DRC elephants will be extirpated in four years.

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Save this critically endangered bird!

Save this critically endangered bird! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Less than 500 are left, but if the government steps up to increase habitat protections we could save them. (23,536 signatures on petition)

Garry Rogers's insight:

This Francolin (Francolinus ochropectus) occupies two small areas in Djibouti in the horn of Africa.  It prefers dense African juniper habitat near the coast of the Gulf of Tadjora in the southern Sea of Aden.  Formerly abundant, the Francolin numbers were first reduced by hunting, and then more recently by destruction of the juniper woodland by livestock grazing and fuel-wood gathering.  Climate change appears to be involved too. 


The Francolin is surviving in the dying juniper woodland and in less suitable neighboring vegetation. Please sign the petition to the Djiboutian Prime Minister to extend protections back over the Forêt du Day and establish captive breeding programs for the Francolin before this rare species disappears forever.

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Be Their Voice!

Be Their Voice! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Please take a couple minutes to peruse the following petitions. Sign and share, and share and share...our rhinos are counting on us. If you already have, THANK YOU, please share again. Save the Whi...
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