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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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10,000-year-old elephant’s remains found in Mexico

10,000-year-old elephant’s remains found in Mexico | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Mexico City, July 25 (IANS/EFE) -- The skull and tusks of a 10,000-year-old elephant has been found in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. According to Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the Gomphotheres' size was similar to...
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Two charged with poaching

Two charged with poaching | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Four suspected poachers believed to have killed a female elephant at Rimoi National park in Elgeyo Marakwet county two week ago were yesterday arraigned in Iten law courts.
Abraham Talam, Thomas Cherewa, Christopher Kipsang and Silas Yego denied the charges before senior resident magistrate Rose Ndombi.
They were charged that between July 14 and 16  they entered into the national reserve without the authority of the KWS.
The four were also charged with killing a female elephant and escaping away with its tusks.
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Angola: Govt Committed to Taking Stand Against Illegal Ivory Trade

Angola: Govt Committed to Taking Stand Against Illegal Ivory Trade | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Environment reiterated Friday the Angolan Government's efforts to implement the Strategic Plan in Conservation Areas, deploring recent news in which illegal trade of Ivory and other items from poaching are taking place in Angola.
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EIA: African Conservationists Call On Internet Retailer Rakuten To Cease All Sales Of Elephant Ivory

EIA: African Conservationists Call On Internet Retailer Rakuten To Cease All Sales Of Elephant Ivory | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Conservationists from leading African organizations are appealing to internet retail giant Rakuten to immediately cease sales of elephant ivory products during the current poaching epidemic. Rakuten is stimulating market demand for elephant ivory
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Elephants have twice as many smell-related genes as dogs

Elephants have twice as many smell-related genes as dogs | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

African elephants may have the most developed sense of smell of any animal. Researchers have discovered that these elephants have 2,000 olfactory receptor (OR) genes, more than twice found in the genome of a dog, and five times that found in the human genome. The findings have been published in the journal Genome Research.

The study examined genome sequences from 13 different placental mammals, with researchers finding over 10,000 OR genes in total. Only 3 of these genes were found in all 13 mammals.

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Poachers kill two rhinos at Ol Pejeta

Poachers kill two rhinos at Ol Pejeta | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
An eight year old female black Rhino named Malkia and her calf were killed after an attack by poachers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia on Thursday .
The conservancy said rhino patrol reported  gunshots near Buffalo Plain. The security department immediately dispatched a team to the area unfortunately the poachers managed to escape while injuring one rhino.
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Vets, hunters among 11 in court for rhino poaching

Vets, hunters among 11 in court for rhino poaching | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Eleven people, including veterinarians and professional hunters, appeared briefly in the High Court in Pretoria today on various charges relating to rhino poaching, illegal hunting and racketeering.
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Why Do We Hunt the Last of the Desert Elephants?

Why Do We Hunt the Last of the Desert Elephants? | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Namibia is a country that actually gets wildlife conservation. So much so that a conservation mandate is actually written into its constitution. Which makes it all the more perplexing why the Namibian government has issued permits to hunt its iconic desert elephants.
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Can drones tackle wildlife poaching?

Can drones tackle wildlife poaching? | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa.

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Tsavo Trust | BIG TUSKER MONTHLY | June 2014

The TSAVO TRUST ‘Big Tusker Project’ works in support of the Kenya Wildlife Service to provide extra protection for Tsavo’s elephants, with special emphasis on the region’s iconic 100-pounder tuskers - bull elephants bearing ivory weighing in excess of 100lbs (45kg) per side. Devastated by poaching fueled by an illegal international ivory trade and by sport hunting in other parts of Africa, the Tsavo region in southern Kenya hosts the planet’s last viable gene pool of these magnificent giants among giants.
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Garden Route elephants captured on camera

Garden Route elephants captured on camera | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

Footage of elephants in Garden Route forests has been captured for the second time this year. And nobody knows how many are living in the forests as seeing them is rare.

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Violating norms, two-year-old elephant taken to Mumbai for film-shooting

Violating norms, two-year-old elephant taken to Mumbai for film-shooting | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The Animal Welfare Board, Chennai, recently gave permission to a two-year-old baby elephant to be transported to Mumbai from Jaipur for film-shooting.
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Smart trade in rhino horn is only solution to poaching

Smart trade in rhino horn is only solution to poaching | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The trade ban is not working, has never worked, and has been at huge cost to the rhino and rhino owners, writes Michael Eustace
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Kenya: Ol Pejeta Raises Red Flag Over Rhino Poaching

Kenya: Ol Pejeta Raises Red Flag Over Rhino Poaching | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
A Private conservancy in Laikipia is concerned by increased rhino poaching in the county. Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO Richard Vigne said the rising cases are due to the "increased demand for rhino horns as a result of the high market price that has surpassed that of gold".
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Elephants Have 2,000 Genes for Smell—Most Ever Found

Elephants Have 2,000 Genes for Smell—Most Ever Found | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The large mammals have 2,000 genes related to smell, the most ever discovered in an animal, a new study says.
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11 rhinos poached in 10 days, billboard asks 'SANParks, what are you doing?'

11 rhinos poached in 10 days, billboard asks 'SANParks, what are you doing?' | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
At the corner of Jellicoe and Jan Smuts avenues, in Rosebank, Johannesburg, is a digital billboard flashing the alarming number of  reported rhinos poached around the country since the beginning of this year.

 

 

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African elephant genome suggests they are superior smellers

African elephant genome suggests they are superior smellers | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Sense of smell is critical for survival in many mammals. In a study published today in Genome Research, researchers examined the olfactory receptor repertoire encoded in 13 mammalian species and found that African elephants have the largest number of OR genes ever characterized; more than twice that found in dogs, and five times more than in humans.
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Thinking of Going Elephant Trekking This Summer? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Book!

Thinking of Going Elephant Trekking This Summer? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Book! | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Looking to see some elephants while on vacation this summer? Before signing up for any tourist attractions involving elephants, read this post to ensure you’re fun isn’t causing harm to others.
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Mother and calf rhino killed at black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta

Mother and calf rhino killed at black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Today, the largest black rhino sancutary in East Africa, Ol Pejeta, reported that a black rhino calf and her mother have been killed. At 7.00pm on Thursday 1
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Rice farming is posing a new threat to hippo in northern Tanzania

Rice farming is posing a new threat to hippo in northern Tanzania | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
Rice farming poses new threat to hippos in northern Tanzania: experts ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- High demand of water for paddy farming in Mto wa Mbu area in
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San Diego Zoo Welcomes Calf of Critically Endangered Male Black Rhino

San Diego Zoo Welcomes Calf of Critically Endangered Male Black Rhino | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
The staff of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is thrilled to announce the birth of a male black rhino, who is the 15th rhino calf born at the Park.
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Accused elephant killers arrested, tusks seized

Accused elephant killers arrested, tusks seized | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
AYUTTHAYA — Authorities on Thursday captured three men wanted on charges of killing an elephant for its tusks and keeping the raw ivory in a house in Suphan Buri.
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Tsavo Trust | BIG TUSKER MONTHLY | May 2014

The TSAVO TRUST ‘Big Tusker Project’ works in support of the Kenya Wildlife Service to provide extra protection for Tsavo’s elephants, with special emphasis on the region’s iconic 100-pounder tuskers - bull elephants bearing ivory weighing in excess of 100lbs (45kg) per side. Devastated by poaching fueled by an illegal international ivory trade and by sport hunting in other parts of Africa, the Tsavo region in southern Kenya hosts the planet’s last viable gene pool of these magnificent giants among giants.
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SANParks denies sale of KNP rhinos

SANParks denies sale of KNP rhinos | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it

South African National Parks (SANParks) on Sunday refuted reports suggesting that the Kruger National Park (KNP) planned to move five hundred of its rhino out of the park and sell half of them to private buyers.

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Human-elephant conflict: Bengal considers South African birth control route

Human-elephant conflict: Bengal considers South African birth control route | Pachyderm Magazine | Scoop.it
In the wake of the escalating human-elephant conflict (HEC) in West Bengal, the state is considering a hugely successful South African birth control route to regulate the growing pachyderm population.
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