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Animal Connection: Two More Countries Ban Hunting of Africa’s Endangered Species

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The Republic of Zambia in south Africa has announced that it is banning the hunting of lions and other endangered big cats, including leopards. Currently, Zambia makes about $3 million from tourists who come to hunt but the appeal of killing endangered speeches for sport is fading. As Sylvia Masebo, Zambia’s tourism minister, said last week: “Tourists come to Zambia to see the lion and if we lose the lion we will be killing our tourism industry.”


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Kenya Wildlife Service plans to step up anti-poaching measures

GOVERNMENT STATISTICS INDICATE THAT IN 2012, KENYA LOST
384 ELEPHANTS AND 19 RHINOS TO TROPHY POACHERS COMPARED
TO 289 ELEPHANTS AND 29 RHINOS IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR

 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday vowed to step up anti-poaching measures after experiencing a loss of 19 elephants since the beginning of 2012.

 

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director William Kiprono told journalists in Nairobi that the price of ivory and rhino horns continues to rise and this is fueling the illegal trade.

 

“In order to respond to these challenges, KWS has developed strategies aimed at enhancing elephant and rhino security to protect them from armed gangs while at the same time dismantling international criminal syndicates,” Kiprono told a news conference in Nairobi .

 

“Our anti poaching efforts have borne significant achievements in the course of last year. We arrested and took to court 1,949 suspects. They were charged with various wildlife-related offenses." 

 

The KWS announcement comes in the wake of Tuesday’s seizure of 638 pieces of ivory worth 1.16 million U.S. dollars at the port of Mombasa which were destined for Indonesiafrom Tanzania while disguised as ornamental stones....


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Please don't let the animals suffer in your zoos

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This petition has been started by Occupy for Animals on September 27, 2012.
Despite all our previous pleas to the CITES director and after several...

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Masebo hailed on safari hunting ban

THE cancellation of safari hunting concessions from the period 2013 to 2018 by Government has been welcomed by a cross-section of Zambians.


A renowned Lusaka businessman Ishmail Kankhara told the Daily Mail yesterday that the minister’s move is right.

 

 

“I’m not a hunter but I’m passionate about our country’s wildlife and that is why I felt I should speak out. I’m really over the moon [happy] over this ban,” Mr Kankhara said with a beam.


Mr Kankhara, who has a fleet of buses in Lusaka, said Government must in fact completely ban hunting and instead encourage photographic safari.


“Ms Masebo needs the support of all Zambians that wish to preserve these animals for future generations. Our animals are depleted,” he said.


On Sunday, the Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo announced the cancellation and nullification of the whole tender for the granting of the advertised 19 licences, citing corruption.


Ms Masebo also dropped Zambia Wild Life Authority (ZAWA) director-general Edwin Matokwani and four other top officials on allegations of corruption.


Mr Kankhara said when he was growing up in Eastern Province, seeing a rhino was not an issue but now the animal is almost extinct.


He said Ms Masebo has made a bold step that will secure Zambia’s wildlife

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Mr Kankhara said if Government bans hunting completely, donors will have confidence and pump in money in the wildlife sector.


He said most safari hunters do it for sport at the expense of Zambia’s wildlife.
Mr Kankhara argued that photographic hunting will actually bring in more revenue for the country as opposed to safari hunting.


“When we preserve our animals, we will be able to create more jobs and our grandchildren will live to see real animals,” Mr Kankhara said.


And another conservationist, James Chungu, commended Ms Masebo for the move she took on ZAWA and hunting concessions.


Mr Chungu, who runs Lusenga Trust, said he is encouraged by the action taken by the minister and urged her to keep a close eye on ZAWA and ensure that all existing national parks have the necessary funding to safeguard wildlife.
Mr Chungu said the top ZAWA officials who were dropped were given enough guidance on how to proceed in their selection of prospective safari hunters but allegedly did not take Government seriously.


“These ZAWA officials who were fired have themselves to blame for failing to follow laid down procedures,” Mr Chungu said.


Mr Chungu said the minister’s decision will help re-focus the wildlife sector in line with the PF manifesto which emphasises that local people benefit.


On Sunday, Ms Masebo said: “When one critically analyses the suggested results of tender evaluation process, you will note that it has significant potential to promote money-laundering and as a responsible Government, we shall guard against any activities that could sabotage our economy”.


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Indian Park Battles Poachers Targeting Rhino Horn - Sci-Tech Today

Sci-Tech Today Indian Park Battles Poachers Targeting Rhino Horn Sci-Tech Today Despite India's best efforts, rhino poaching in Kaziranga -- refuge to more than 2,200 endangered Indian rhinoceros and one of the world's best-protected wildlife...

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LionAid Discusses Zambia's Moratorium On Big Cat Trophy Hunting

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In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks LionAid.org's founders, Dr. Pieter Kat and Christine Macsween about Zambia's moratorium.

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Can aerial drones help contain animal poaching?

In the fight against animal poaching, governments are increasingly responding with military force, including the deployment of unmanned aerial drones.

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Police get tip-off: Four arrested for rhino poaching

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Four men were arrested for allegedly planning to hunt rhino in the Waterpoort area, near Makhado, after police received a tip-off, Limpopo police said on Monday.

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Rhino becomes second large animal to die at Zoo Miami in one day

It’s been a bad week for Zoo Miami. Two of its larger animals died on Monday

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Yemen No Longer Major Destination for Illegal Rhino Horn

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Once the largest importer of illegal rhino horn for use in ceremonial dagger handles, Yemen is no longer considered a driving force in the current rhino

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Rhino attacks woman posing for photo

South African woman says game park owner told her to "stand just a little bit closer" to the wild animal

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Smell gives Vietnamese rhino horn smuggler away

Maputo — Police in Ho Chi Minh city, in Vietnam, arrested a Vietnamese citizen in possession of six rhinoceros horns at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Sunday.

 

The horns weighed 16.5 kilos and were seized when officers were alerted by the smell of rotting flesh.

 

The suspect, Ha Chan Chinh, had just arrived on a fight from Doha, where he had been in transit from a flight of Qatar Airways from Maputo....


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Second Madikwe rhino killed

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The carcass of the second rhino killed in 2013 was found in the Madikwe Game Reserve on Monday evening, the North West environmental affairs department said.

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Big steps for biodiversity and ecosystem services - UNESCO

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Jan 17, 2013 - UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION

Biodiversity from terrestrial, marine, coastal, and inland water ecosystems form the basis for the crucial services they provide, contributing to human well-being and to the reduction of poverty. More than 1.3 billion people depend on biodiversity and on basic ecosystems goods and services for their livelihoods. However, biodiversity and ecosystem services are declining at an unprecedented rate... http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/big_steps_for_biodiversity_and_ecosystem_services/


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Volunteer at Rhino Call Center

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OSCAP is looking for volunteers to staff a rhino hotline.

If you live in the Johannesburg area please consider helping out.

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Galapagos Islands Giant Tortoises

This is one of numerous videos I took while in the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the west coast of South America. For more information, photos and written...

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Poachers’ Snares: The Race to get there First!

Poachers’ Snares: The Race to get there First! | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Daily animals are caught in snares in Africa, endangered and threatened species are not spared from the poachers’ traps.

 

They don’t use tranquilizer darts, hunting rifles or military issue fire power. They don’t make the news like the rhino and elephant poachers do. However, these low key, every day poachers are a huge threat to the survival of many wildlife species.

 

Wire fencing, old telephone wire, baling wire, you name it and a skilled poacher will use most anything to fashion a snare that will catch an animal by the leg or neck. Snares are laid down or suspended in high traffic areas. Here the unsuspecting wild (or at times domestic) creature gets caught and starts to pull. The snare of course simply gets tighter the more the animal struggles for freedom....


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Wildlife officials Support Bill to Reduce Wolf Population - KFBB NewsChannel 5

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Wildlife officials are asking lawmakers to make it easier to hunt and trap wolves in Montana.
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Kenya tackles climate threats to wildlife, tourism - Reuters AlertNet

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Kenya tackles climate threats to wildlife, tourism Reuters AlertNet NAIROBI, Kenya (AlertNet) – Climate shifts are forcing Kenyan experts to take drastic action to preserve the stunning scenery and wildlife that have drawn millions of tourists to...
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Photos & Poetry to Honor the Dead

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'Battleground: Rhino Wars' to Premiere on Animal Planet

'Battleground: Rhino Wars' to Premiere on Animal Planet | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
The new three-part show centers around the horrifying and commercially-lucrative illegal industry of rhino poaching

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Zimbabwe: U.S.$160 000 Horns and Tusks Land Pair in Court

Two Harare men who were separately found in possession of a rhino horn, 17 elephant tusks and five pieces of ivory worth more than US$160 000 appeared in court yesterday. Washington Kangarade (39) was arrested at his Pomona house as he tried to flee with the rhino horn.

 

Police also recovered 12 elephant tusks and five pieces of ivory stashed in a sewer inspection chamber at his house. Businessman Tendai Mugomeza (38) of 223 Sherwood Drive, Avondale West was found in possession of five elephant tusks. The pair appeared before Magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe on separate records charged with unlawful possession of unregistered or unmarked ivory...


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Yemen No Longer Major Destination for Illegal Rhino Horn

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Once the largest importer of illegal rhino horn for use in ceremonial dagger handles, Yemen is no longer considered a driving force in the current rhino

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Kenya tackles climate threats to wildlife, tourism - Reuters AlertNet

Kenya tackles climate threats to wildlife, tourism - Reuters AlertNet | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Kenya tackles climate threats to wildlife, tourism Reuters AlertNet NAIROBI, Kenya (AlertNet) – Climate shifts are forcing Kenyan experts to take drastic action to preserve the stunning scenery and wildlife that have drawn millions of tourists to...
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Thai officials seize smuggled rhino horns hidden in luggage at Bangkok airport

Thai authorities have seized more than $500,000 worth of rhino horn from passenger's luggage at a Bangkok airport.

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