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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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