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Burma considering international landmine treaty

Burma considering international landmine treaty | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Burma’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wunna Maung Lwin said his government is seriously considering all key disarmament treaties including the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, as part of its state reforms, and expressed...
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Elephants restricted to half of Karnataka's Western Ghats

Elephants restricted to half of Karnataka's Western Ghats | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The presence of elephants has shrunk to less than half of the forests in Karnataka's Western Ghats due to anthropogenic factors, a recent study shows.
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These dogs may help save Africa's elephants and rhinos

These dogs may help save Africa's elephants and rhinos | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Dogs typically are used at airports to sniff out drugs or food products. At LAX and other U.S. airports, they are trotted out to calm down nervous fliers.
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Preventing Extinction: U.S. Must Protect African Elephants as "Endangered"

Preventing Extinction: U.S. Must Protect African Elephants as "Endangered" | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
When a high-ranking Chinese wildlife official pledged in May that China -- home of the world's largest market for ivory -- was working on a plan to ban the trade and sale of ivory he included a caveat. The United States -- the second largest ivory market -- should do the same.
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UN adopts resolution to fight wildlife poaching

UN adopts resolution to fight wildlife poaching | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The United Nations called on its member states Thursday to work harder in combatting poaching of endangered species such as elephants and rhinoceroses. The General Assembly resolution was the first of its kind but not legally binding. The assembly expressed concern over what it called a steady rise in the level of rhino poaching and alarmingly high levels of killings of elephants in Africa.
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Baby hippo squeezes his way between adults wallowing in the mud

Baby hippo squeezes his way between adults wallowing in the mud | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The calf, who was at the South African watering hole with its mother, is seen standing on its hind legs before it clambers on to the back of a bull and propels itself into the group.
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Five elephants were slain while the world mourns Cecil the lion

Five elephants were slain while the world mourns Cecil the lion | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

Nairobi: While the world mourned Cecil, the 13-year-old lion that was allegedly shot by a American hunter, dentist Walter Palmer, in Zimbabwe, another devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya.

 

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Tamed elephants in central Vietnam under permanent watch against tusk thieves

Tamed elephants in central Vietnam under permanent watch against tusk thieves | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

The increasing threat from tusk thieves has left mahouts of a national park in Vietnam with no way to protect their tamed elephants except by watching them permanently, even sleeping with the animals at night.

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One of last five rare white rhinos left in the world dies in Czech zoo

One of last five rare white rhinos left in the world dies in Czech zoo | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

One of the last five northern white rhinoceros left in the world has died.

The Czech zoo in Dvur Kralove says the 31-year-old female Nabire died on Monday evening due to a ruptured cyst.

Nabire was born in the zoo on Nov. 15, 1983 - a rare case of the species being born in captivity.

The zoo's director Premysl Rabas called the death "a loss hard to describe."

He said "Nabire's death has brought another animal species close to complete extinction."

Only four other northern white rhinos remain: one at San Diego Zoo and three at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

In 2009, the Czech zoo moved four rhinos to Kenya hoping that the natural environment there would help them breed but that plan failed.

 

 

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Officials tranquilize, amputate trunk of injured wild elephant

Officials tranquilize, amputate trunk of injured wild elephant | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The forest department rescued and provided adequate medical aid to a hapless wild elephant which had run amok and strayed into residential areas after its trunk got partially cut off.
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In the Wild: India - Elephant with severed trunk gets medical treatment from forest department vets.

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Elephants learn to avoid landmines in war-torn Angola

Elephants learn to avoid landmines in war-torn Angola | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Elephants in war-torn Angola have adapted to their environment by learning the scent of landmines.
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Baby Elephant Picks Up Piece Of Bark With Trunk To Give Itch A Scratch

Baby Elephant Picks Up Piece Of Bark With Trunk To Give Itch A Scratch | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
A baby elephant has posed that bizarre question by using a piece of bark from a tree to reach an itch that it just could not scratch. As these images show, the elephant calf devised a clever way of hitting an itchy spot on its back. The pictures were taken by South African photographer Sean Parker, who caught the calf in scratching action.
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When Detecting Land Mines, The Nose Knows — Or, In This Case, The Trunk

When Detecting Land Mines, The Nose Knows — Or, In This Case, The Trunk | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
In Angola, elephants avoid leftover land mines by using their prodigious sense of smell. The U.S. Army took notice — and now it's hoping to learn from elephants how to develop a better detector.
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'Human disturbance limiting elephant distribution in Western Ghats'

'Human disturbance limiting elephant distribution in Western Ghats' | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Human disturbance is limiting elephant distribution in the Western Ghats, a new study revealed on Saturday.
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Elephant seek safety in Gabon

Elephant seek safety in Gabon | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
African elephants are crossing borders between countries in the continent to escape poachers who are trying to kill them to make money on the ivory market.
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Uganda’s elephant population is on the rise

Uganda’s elephant population is on the rise | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Elephants across Africa are disappearing in their thousands, but Uganda seems to be disrupting this trend.
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Partial Measures Fail to Check Jumbos

Partial Measures Fail to Check Jumbos | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

BALASORE: The damaged solar fences and covered trenches in the forested areas of border villages in Mayurbhanj district stand testimony to irregularities in construction of these facilities to prevent elephant inroads into the district.

 

 

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Tusk thieves threaten Vietnam’s fast dwindling domesticated elephants

Tusk thieves threaten Vietnam’s fast dwindling domesticated elephants | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Their numbers are down from 500 in the 1980s to 43 now, and a new threat has arisen
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Kenya: Elephant Poaching an International Scandal

Kenya: Elephant Poaching an International Scandal | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Poachers have killed five elephants this week alone deep inside the Tsavo West National Park.
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Wild elephant relieved of its almost severed trunk tip

Wild elephant relieved of its almost severed trunk tip | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The tusker, which had seriously injured its trunk, was tranquilised and the tip of its trunk was surgically removed
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Fake rhino horn to save the rhinos? Conservationists aren’t so sure

Fake rhino horn to save the rhinos? Conservationists aren’t so sure | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

We know that rhinos are in great danger. The black rhinoceros population has declined by 97.6 percent since 1960, according to the International Union for Conservation of Natu. The northern white rhino species has just five rhinos remaining and they are all in captivity.

In 2014, over 2000 rhinos were killed in South Africa. These are alarming stats, but a biotech company from the United States think they have a plan.

Pembient has managed to create 3D printed rhino horn that is genetically identical to real thing. The company wants to flood the black market with these fake horns in a bid to curb rhino poaching.

Rhino conservationist aren’t so sure, though. International Rhino Foundation and Save the Rhinos say this approach could do more harm than good.

Susie Ellis, executive director of the International Rhino Foundation, told LiveScience.com:

Ninety percent of the reported rhino horn in circulation right now is not real — it’s buffalo horn or something else — but we still see poaching is just astronomically escalating. The production of this synthetic horn reinforces this idea that it has some medicinal value when there isn’t any evidence to support it.

 

 

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Baby rhinos find new home at South Africa orphanage

Baby rhinos find new home at South Africa orphanage | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

More than 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers last year in South Africa, home to three-quarters of the world’s rhino population. Calves are often left behind when their mothers are killed.

 

 

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Emergency declared as elephant poached

Emergency declared as elephant poached | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
An emergency was declared as the first elephant was poached on the western border of Kruger National Park.
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My Documentary Will Explore the Story of an Elephant Tortured to Blindness

My Documentary Will Explore the Story of an Elephant Tortured to Blindness | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
We've gathered undercover footage of Lakshmi's entire ordeal. Gods in Shackles will expose the abhorrent torture that Lakshmi tolerates every single day. Her sad story along with that of four elephants featured in our film epitomizes the pain and suffering of more than 600 elephants of Kerala, whose welfare is being compromised for profit.
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Save the Elephant

Save the Elephant | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Listing the two types of elephants as separate endangered species will save them from being poached into extinction.
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Obama moves to crack down on ivory trade during Africa visit

Obama moves to crack down on ivory trade during Africa visit | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama moved Saturday to tighten U.S. rules on sales of ivory from African elephants, aiming to show progress on conservation as he began a trip to the region.
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