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How you can help... The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: A Haven for Elephants and Rhinos

How you can help... The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: A Haven for Elephants and Rhinos | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a non-profit organization located in Kenya, is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction into the wild of orphaned elephants and rhinos. In 1977, Dame Daphne Sheldrick founded the Trust in memory of her late husband David, a famous British naturalist and Africa’s leading crusader against poaching. The Trust operates an orphaned elephant nursery in Nairobi National Park and two elephant reintegration facilities in Tsavo East National Park. It also fields two mobile veterinary units (in Tsavo and the Masai Mara) and six anti-poaching teams in Tsavo. Some of Daphne's orphans have now had wild born young, which they have brought back to show their human family

 

Daphne Sheldrick is a recognized International authority on the rearing of wild creatures and is the first person to have perfected the milk formula and necessary husbandry for both infant milk dependent Elephants and Rhinos.

 

The Trust has been featured on countless documentaries, news programs and the IMAX film, Born To Be Wild, which debuted in 2012.

 

Please visit http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ ; to learn more about Daphne Sheldrick, her wonderful organization and how you can help. 

 

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VanAllen's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:24 PM

A brilliant organisation who work tirelessly. I have adopted Barsilinga the elephant via the Sheldrick organisation. They provided regular very detailed news on all their animals.

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United States: Yellowstone grizzlies face losing protected status | Nature

United States: Yellowstone grizzlies face losing protected status | Nature | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"More than 700 bears now roam the region, up from 136 in 1975, when the grizzly (Ursos arctos horribilis) was listed as threatened after decades of deadly clashes with ranchers, hunters and park visitors. But the US Fish and Wildlife Service is now expected to lift the legal safeguards, after a government advisory panel of wildlife officials endorsed delisting the bear last month."

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Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide - Telegraph

Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide  - Telegraph | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it
Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter
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Zimbabwe: Poachers use poison to kill elephants | NewsDay Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Poachers use poison to kill elephants | NewsDay Zimbabwe | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it
ELEPHANT poachers have now become sophisticated to the extent of resorting to using poison to kill the jumbos, it has been learnt
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As if using poisoned arrows, spears and automated weapons is not enough, poachers have now graduated to poisoning water bodies and plants which elephants often frequent. Ridiculously dangerous even for the other animal species!

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Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions | Video on TED.com

In the Masai community where 13-year-old Richard Turere lives, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent.
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Corinne's - Wildlife Matters's comment, July 5, 2013 12:51 PM
What an amazing forward thinking lad.....shame there aren't more like him in Africa!
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Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Environmentalist Suspected Murdered by Poachers | Oceana

Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Environmentalist Suspected Murdered by Poachers | Oceana | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it
An environmentalist fighting for endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica has been found dead, suspected killed by sea turtle poachers.
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Japanese firm stops selling endangered whale pet treats | The Guardian

Japanese firm stops selling endangered whale pet treats | The Guardian | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"A Japanese firm has stopped selling luxury pet food made from endangered fin whales, following a campaign by conservation groups.

Michinoku Farm, based in Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo, had advertised jerky-like snacks for dogs made from North Atlantic fin whales imported from Iceland. The treats were removed from its website hours after protests from four groups, including the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) in the US.

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African leaders must emulate Chinese celebrities to save elephants | The Guardian

African leaders must emulate Chinese celebrities to save elephants | The Guardian | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"Li Bingbing and Yao Ming are among the celebrities campaigning to save elephants – now African politicians must do the same"

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Japan and Russia increase penalties for wildlife crimes | WWF

Japan and Russia increase penalties for wildlife crimes | WWF | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"Japan has announced that it intends to raise the penalties for those convicted of wildlife trafficking from one to five years in jail.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a law to parliament that would make smuggling of endangered species a criminal offence, meaning those convicted would spend time behind bars."

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Zimbabwe: Elephant 'tramples to death suspected poacher' | Telegraph

Zimbabwe: Elephant 'tramples to death suspected poacher' | Telegraph | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it
A suspected poacher has reportedly been trampled to death by an elephant as he tried to shoot the beast in Zimbabwe.
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Hong Kong Customs seizes ivory tusks at Hong Kong International Airport | 7th Space

"Hong Kong Customs this afternoon (April 30) seized a total of 113 ivory tusks in an air transshipment cargo at Super Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport.The seized ivory tusks are 300 kilograms in weight, with value about $3 million."

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U.S. is training dogs to sniff out smuggled ivory and rhino horns (VIDEO) | TreeHugger

U.S. is training dogs to sniff out smuggled ivory and rhino horns (VIDEO) | TreeHugger | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has 4 new graduates that will make life harder for wildlife smugglers. Their names are Viper, Butter, Lancer and Locket. Yes, they are dogs trained in the first 13-week "wildlife detector dogs" program that teaches to detect the smells of things like elephant ivory or rhino horns. They'll be operating at ports, airports, even FedEx and UPS centers."

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Kenya: Collared jumbo killed, tusks hacked off | The Star

"A GPS collared elephant known as Heritage has been killed at the Maasai Mara. Heritage was the first jumbo to be collared in the Mara Elephant Project in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Services and Save The Elephants. So far 11 elephants have been collared."

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Elephants in the Media: A Conversation with Melissa Groo | National Geographic

Elephants in the Media: A Conversation with Melissa Groo | National Geographic | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"There were approximately 40,000 elephants estimated in Selous (Tanzania) in 2009, and now the number estimated is roughly 13,000. That’s a 67 percent decline in four years."

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Audio Records Moment When Poachers Kill Elephant : DNews

Audio Records Moment When Poachers Kill Elephant : DNews | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it
Scientists hoping to record elephant vocalizations instead captured the precise moment when an elephant was shot and killed by ivory poachers in Central Africa. Continue reading →
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"35,000 Elephants were killed in Africa in 2012.

96 elephants killed every day."

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Criminal Nature – the dangerous links between poaching and organized crime | IFAW

Criminal Nature – the dangerous links between poaching and organized crime | IFAW | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"Today, the International Fund for Animal Welfare released our report Criminal Nature: The Global Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade, in order to highlight how the poaching epidemic has serious ramifications not just for endangered species, but also for nations and communities around the world.

 

At $19 billion per year, the illegal wildlife trade ranks as the fourth most lucrative criminal activity internationally, behind only narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking."

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In Global First, Philippines to Destroy Its Ivory Stock | National Geographic

In Global First, Philippines to Destroy Its Ivory Stock | National Geographic | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it
The country's decision was inspired by a National Geographic magazine exposé on the illegal ivory trade.
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Brunei Becomes First Asian Country to Ban Shark Finning! | Oceana.org

Brunei Becomes First Asian Country to Ban Shark Finning! | Oceana.org | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"We have some big news for  you – Brunei has become the first Asian country to adopt a nationwide shark fin ban! With his June 7 announcement, Sultan Hossanal Bolkiah’s decreeofficially banned the catch and landing of all shark species from the waters of Brunei Darussalam, as well as shark fin sales in the domestic market, and the importation and trade of shark products."

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Kenya: 10 KWS staff investigated for spying for poachers | Wildlife News

Kenya: 10 KWS staff investigated for spying for poachers | Wildlife News | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"Ten staff from the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) who'd been working in Tsavo, are under investigation and have been suspended. The staff have allegedly been providing information to poachers and thus acting to hinder the fight against ivory poaching in the area."

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Central Africa: African warlord Kony poaching elephants to survive | Yahoo! News

Central Africa: African warlord Kony poaching elephants to survive | Yahoo! News | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"Members of a militia run by fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony are killing elephants across Central Africa to support Kony's struggling group, according to a report by watchdog organizations that are urging the expansion of programs to encourage defections from the Lord's Resistance Army."

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Chaos and Confusion Following Elephant Poaching in a Central African World Heritage Site | National Geographic

Chaos and Confusion Following Elephant Poaching in a Central African World Heritage Site | National Geographic | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"As poachers fired on forest elephants inside the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, a World Heritage Site in the Central African Republic (CAR), the impotence of foreign governments and non-governmental organizations in preventing the slaughter of wildlife amid political chaos was, once again, revealed."

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Excellent article by Laurel Neme about the recent elephant massacre in the Central African Republic. Do take time to read this important piece in its entirety.

“At the end of the day, one of two things will end poaching,” Huijbregts added. “Either there is no more demand, or there are no more elephants. The choice is up to us.”

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An alarming map of the global ivory trade that killed 17,000 elephants in one year | Washington Post

An alarming map of the global ivory trade that killed 17,000 elephants in one year | Washington Post | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it
A 2011 study found that ivory poachers, which serve a surprisingly narrow market, killed 7.4 percent of Africa's elephants in 2011.
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Central African Republic: Poachers enter unique elephant habitat | WWF

Central African Republic: Poachers enter unique elephant habitat | WWF | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"Poachers have entered one of Africa’s most unique elephant habitats on Monday, threatening to cause one of the biggest elephant massacres in the region since poachers killed at least 300 elephants for their ivory in Cameroon’s Bouba N’Djida National Park in February 2012.

 

According to WWF sources, a group of 17 armed individuals on Monday entered the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park and headed for the Dzanga Bai, locally known as the “village of elephants”, a large clearing where between 50 and 200 elephants congregate every day to drink mineral salts present in the sands."

 

 

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Senegal: Elephant poaching increases in Central African Republic after government overthrow | Washington Post

Senegal: Elephant poaching increases in Central African Republic after government overthrow | Washington Post | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

Elephant meat is flooding food markets in villages near a famed wildlife reserve in Central African Republic one month after rebels believed to be involved in poaching overthrew the government, conservationists said Thursday

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South Africa: Poachers set sights on Kruger ivory | Mail & Guardian

South Africa: Poachers set sights on Kruger ivory | Mail & Guardian | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"Poachers are reported to have killed at least six Kruger tuskers on the Mozambican side of the border with the flagship national park, raising fears that the ivory wars afflicting other parts of Africa have filtered through to South Africa.

 

Conservationists say elephant poachers appear to be using sophisticated smuggling routes set up to launder rhino horns from the Kruger via Mozambique to Asian countries. The global illegal ivory trade has tripled in the past five years, with up to 50 000 elephants killed in 2011 and the proceeds are believed to be funding insurgencies in Central and East Africa, according to the United States department of state."

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Kenya: Chinese and Vietnamese ivory smugglers | Africa - News and Analysis

Kenya: Chinese and Vietnamese ivory smugglers | Africa - News and Analysis | Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation Today | Scoop.it

"NAIROBI, Kenya – The government has stepped up anti-poaching operations with a view to stamping out the poaching menace noting that the country has already lost 74 elephants since the year begun."

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In the past week there have been two crime cases involving Vietnamese subjects being caught trying to smuggle ivory through Kenya.

On Sunday (April 7th), a middle-aged Vietnamese man was arrested while in possession of 488 pieces of ivory bangles weighing 33.6kg at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while trying to board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Following a new trend, the ivory had been painted brown and yellow in an attempt to disguise it as soap stone, and then hidden in a suitcase. The subject was charged in a Makadara Law Court in Nairobi the following day (April 8th).

And in a second case on April 3rd, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) intercepted 1.4kg of worked ivory from four transit passengers (three Chinese and one Vietnamese). The Vietnamese suspect had four bangles, two pendants, five lion claws, four warthog teeth and 12 crocodile scales concealed amongst his personal belongings while transiting from Lubumbashi to Hanoi. For further details please click http://africajournalismtheworld.com/tag/chinese-and-vietnamese-ivory-smugglers/

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