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Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes

Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
August 12 is World Elephant Day, which means it’s a great time to recognize the many ways elephants are important. After all, elephants are known as a “keystone species,” meaning that plants, other...
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Here are some elephant conservation organizations you can visit to show support.

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Ricky Gervais calls for public to hand in ivory and other wildlife products

Ricky Gervais calls for public to hand in ivory and other wildlife products | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Non-political leadership can support nature conservation as Ricky Gervais is in London.
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Global Eco Crime Report

Global Eco Crime Report | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Environmental Investigation Agency:  Very good coverage by Nirmal Ghosh of yesterday’s Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime report.

Organised green crimes escalating.

FROM a Colombian rebel group that controls a tungsten mine to armed African groups that sell ivory, organised environmental crime is outpacing the ability of law enforcement agencies to control it, according to the Geneva-based Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (Gitoc).

The reason: The impunity of so-called “kingpins” of crimes ranging from illegal wildlife trade – alone worth around US$19 billion (S$23.7 billion) a year – and illegal fishing estimated at US$23 billion, to logging and the trade of toxic waste.

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In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup

In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Campaign leads to plunge in demand for shark fin soup; conservationists hope to also wean Chinese off ivory.
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Stick with jade.

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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Updates

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Updates | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Rapid response to any wildlife emergency is vital in determining the ultimate outcome of any mission.  Every week the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Kenya Wildlife Service field teams operating within the greater Tsavo Conservation Area are tasked with the huge responsibility of ensuring Tsavo’s elephants and wild species have the protection they need in order to survive the increasing pressures of poaching, human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction.

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This is an effective operation.  Go to http://sheldrickwildlifetrust.org and share the site.

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Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique Over Elephant, Rhino Poaching

Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique Over Elephant, Rhino Poaching | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are formally urging President Barack Obama to enact trade sanctions on Mozambique over the country's alleged chronic facilitation of elephant and rhinoceros poaching through broad swathes of southern Africa.
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Maybe we should just stick to our war on terra.  Wildlife poaching trafficking look too complicated for the Pentagon.

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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 | 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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