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Two States Get Serious About Protecting Elephants and Rhinos From Poaching

Two States Get Serious About Protecting Elephants and Rhinos From Poaching | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

Following the announcement of the death of a beloved elephant in Kenya, two states in the U.S. have stepped up to help both elephants and rhinos survive by passing bills that will ban the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horns....

 

“New Jersey has a chance to be a global leader in elephant and rhino conservation by ending the ivory and rhino horn trade and setting an example for other states and nations to follow with the swift signing of this bill,” said Senate Economic Growth Chairman Raymond Lesniak.

 

New York  – which is believed to be the biggest importer of ivory into the U.S. – also just passed legislation of its own today. New York’s bill will ban the buying and selling of elephant ivory and rhino horns, with a few exceptions, and has also gone to the governor for a signature....


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/two-states-get-serious-about-protecting-elephants-and-rhinos-from-poaching.html#ixzz35VMFuxf8


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Infographic: The journey of a rhino horn

Infographic: The journey of a rhino horn | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
Trade in rhino horn is banned, but the increasing demand has made it a very lucrative business on the black market.

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Satao - a legend

Satao - a legend | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
When I last wrote about Satao, I felt that I couldn’t use his name. I could refer to him only as a ‘magnificent tusker’ or an ‘iconic Tsavo bull’. I feared that naming him would risk revealing wher...
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Kenya at the crossroads: it’s time to root out the elites who control wildlife crime

Kenya at the crossroads: it’s time to root out the elites who control wildlife crime | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
Kenya at the crossroads: it’s time to root out the elites who control wildlife crime A huge seizure of ivory at Kenya's main port, Mombasa, tests the will of political leaders to apply the law on w...

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Open Letter to WWF about Sport or Trophy Hunting

Open Letter to WWF about Sport or Trophy Hunting | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
A former WWF fan Bradley Bergh tries to understand the merits of trophy hunting as wildlife conservation.

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Elephant calf devoted to dying mother

Elephant calf devoted to dying mother | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

The story of an elephant calf's utter devotion to its mother in her dying days....

 

A female elephant is sick – Cherie. She has a five month old calf. She keeps stretching out her back legs or leaning uncomfortably forward, as if trying to ease pain in her stomach. Apparently she’s been like this for weeks. Her calf tries to suckle but she brushes it off the nipple with her leg. At this age he relies almost entirely on her milk. I notice the deep indentations of her temples, and the sharp pinch around her cheekbones. Signs of dehydration. This is serious....


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Stop the Trophy Hunting of Six of Last Desert Elephants in Namibia

Stop the Trophy Hunting of Six of Last Desert Elephants in Namibia | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

In North-West Namibia lies a rare and hauntingly beautiful stretch of land, known as the Kunene Region. Nature is bold here, sharp, clean-cut and pure; with fiery days shimmering in heat-waves and an endless expanse of glittering diamonds in the jet-black night sky. This is the home of the legendary Namibian Desert Elephant....

 

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Namibia: No bail for Chinese held in rhino horn smuggling case

THE three Chinese men charged with trying to smuggle 14 rhino horns out of Namibia at the end of March had their hopes of being released on bail dashed yesterday.
The three men’s request to be granted bail was turned down by Magistrate George Mbundu in a ruling given in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura.

The magistrate said he was not convinced that the three accused – Li Xiaoliang (30), Li Zhibing (53), and Pu Xunin (49) – would remain in Namibia and return to court to stand their trial if they were released on bail. He added that the interests of the public, who want to see justice done to accused persons, by far outweighed the interests that the accused had in being released on bail. 

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Obama's Bold Move to Stop Elephant Poaching

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Obama's latest policies are a big step toward ending illegal ivory trading....

 

It’s been said that insanity is doing the same action over and over and expecting a different outcome. We have been mindful of that idea as we’ve followed the reactions from supporters of commercial ivory sales to restrictions recently imposed by President Obama at the suggestion of his Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, upon which we are privileged to serve.

 

The president’s boldest – and most controversial – decision was to prohibit all commercial imports and interstate commerce in elephant ivory, including antiques. Opponents suggest this unfairly targets owners of legal ivory and argue that the new rules will do nothing to protect elephants in Africa. To secure elephants and their habitats, argue critics (who say they support such a goal), only a legal ivory market will do....


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Orphaned elephant calf refuses to leave mother's side

Orphaned elephant calf refuses to leave mother's side | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
AN ORPHANED elephant calf holds a vigil by the body of his dead mother in Samburu, northern Kenya. Worried that the five-month-old might succumb to cold or be targeted by predators, keepers from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust worked through the night to capture the bull - who stubbornly refused to leave his mother's side. Vets were eventually able to tranquillise the youngster in the early hours of the morning, before driving him to the Samburu airstrip, and then flying him to his new home at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in the Nairobi National Park. After the flight, the severely dehydrated calf was driven to the orphanage, where keepers quenched his thirst with some milk and water. Some of the other 30 orphans at the nursery were bought in to welcome and comfort the new arrival, who was named Sokotei. And despite the shock of his new surroundings, it wasn't long before the grieving calf was making new friends. For more information about the work done by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, please visit: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

Videographer / Director: DS2. Producer: Tom Midlane, Editor: Joshua Douglas.

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Sign for Elephants

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100 elephants per day are slaughtered in Africa for their tusks. We must end the ivory trade, or it will be the end of elephants. It is vital that elephants receive 100,000 signatures this May. Sign the Petition and Spread the Word!
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Saving Lissa: A rhino at Lion Country Safari is treated for cancer | CLIK/HEAR | Multimedia, photography, video showcase of The Palm Beach Post

Saving Lissa: A rhino at Lion Country Safari is treated for cancer | CLIK/HEAR | Multimedia, photography, video showcase of The Palm Beach Post | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
The Palm Beach Post's best visual storytelling from around the county, state and nation.
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Nadya Hutagalung focuses on the tusk at hand

Nadya Hutagalung focuses on the tusk at hand | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — Eco-activist Nadya Hutagalung has literally got big things on her mind: Namely, the National Geographic Channel special called Let Elephants Be Elephants.
As the host and producer of the one-off documentary, Hutagalung travelled to Kenya to learn about the endangered beasts and speak to leading conservationists.
“I’ve got too much on my plate to be worried about anything else, but really, this is a project that I’ve been working on for so long, and even (before) I agreed to be on the second cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model,” she said. “This is something I’m so passionate about and I hope it doesn’t get crowded by other news.”
“Other news” like the online outcry about Malaysian contestant Sheena Liam unexpectedly beating out Filipina favourite Jodilly Pendre on the competition show, Asia’s Next Top Model, where Hutagalung reigns as head judge. It prompted the put-upon Hutagalung to release a statement over social media saying: “The decision was reached by a team of judges and not me alone ... let’s keep the comments respectful”.
But she is now focusing on the plight of the pachyderms. Elephants have had a special place in the former model’s heart since she was a young girl. “My mum has always been really passionate about elephants and I grew up in a house full of elephant statues and photographs and collectibles,” she shared.
But it was only recently that the 39-year-old learned that the ivory trade was still alive and well, despite increased public awareness and education. Ivory is still used in Asia for jewellery and decorations.
“The Philippines uses ivory for religious statues and there are a lot of Buddhist statutes that are made from ivory as well,” Hutagalung said. “At the moment, 30,000 to 35,000 elephants are killed every year. There are only about 500,000 elephants left in the wild.”
Spending a month in Kenya last year, Hutagalung got up close to the elephants. Her most unforgettable memory is of how Tim, the largest bull in the herd, stopped only a metre away from her vehicle and stared at her. “After three minutes, he just shook his head and turned away,” she said. “It was an experience that I can’t explain in normal, logical terms – it seemed almost like a spiritual experience because it was so intense. It was like he was communicating.
“I felt a really strong connection with Tim. And it’s really (a concern) because he could be gone any day.”
That’s why Hutagalung has made it her mission to educate people about the ivory trade. “The thing that gives us comfort is that 80 per cent of people don’t know that the elephant has to die for them to have ivory. They simply don’t know that having ivory means dead elephants,” she said.
“That, for us, is a great thing because it means it’s simply a matter of education, which is what we’re hoping to do. What happened in Europe, the United States and also in Japan was that ivory was considered this beautiful, exotic thing to have. As soon as their education campaign kicked in, it became taboo and nobody wanted to be seen wearing it or owning it.
“We hope that the same will happen in Asia.”
It’s a cause that became even more personal when she returned to visit the elephants with her family, and her six-year-old daughter made a heart-rending observation. “Nyla, from the back of the car, said, ‘Mama, we have to really remember these elephants because when I grow up, there will be no more elephants, right?’” Hutagalung recounted. “And you know what — it really, really hit me, and I said, ‘You know what, Nyla, that’s exactly what we’re trying to do right now. We’re trying to ensure that when you do grow up, there will be elephants’.
“And that’s why we have to work so hard to do this. That’s the kind of situation that we are facing.”

Catch Let Elephants Be Elephants tonight at 7pm (repeat telecast on April 30 at 12.30pm) on the National Geographic Channel (StarHub TV Ch 411 and SingTel mio TV Ch 201); or on April 25 at 9.35pm on Nat Geo Wild! (StarHub TV Ch 413 and SingTel mio TV Ch 207).

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Elephant suffers identity confusion, joins buffalo herd

Elephant suffers identity confusion, joins buffalo herd | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
Nzou, 46, has lived on the Imire Black Rhino and Wildlife Conservation area in Zimbabwe since her parents were killed in the 1970s. She was placed with the buffalo and refused to leave them.

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Everyone needs a place to belong, a family... an orphaned elephant is no different

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Kenya: Poachers Kill Famous Kenyan Elephant Amid Warnings of 'Industrial Scale' Smuggling

Kenya: Poachers Kill Famous Kenyan Elephant Amid Warnings of 'Industrial Scale' Smuggling | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

[Sabahi] Poachers have killed one of Africa's largest elephants using poisoned arrows, Kenyan wildlife officials revealed Saturday (June 14th).


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President Obama's Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, June 2014


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Alarm as 117 elephant carcasses found in Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Alarm as 117 elephant carcasses found in Maasai Mara Game Reserve | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

Narok, KENYA: Scientists who have been carrying wildlife census in Maasai Mara Game Reserve have stumbled on 117 fresh and old elephant carcasses. The elephants, whose tusks were missing, may have been killed by poachers or the local community in human-wildlife conflicts. Last month, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) acting Director General William Kiprono said elephant population in the Mara was declining at an alarming rate and called on residents to help security agencies reverse the trend. A senior scientist, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media on the issue, said the distribution of elephants in the expansive reserve was not even, adding that most herds had relocated. The week-long exercise was funded by Word Wide for Nature to the tune of Sh3 million. The exercise in Serengeti National Park is still going on due to the vastness of the park.


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Hunting for a way to save wildlife

Hunting for a way to save wildlife | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

More conservationists say hunting is a useful wildlife management tool and poaching is inevitable until rural people benefit from the wildlife around them.

 

The protectionist lobby would like to ban all hunting. Its strategy regarding rhino poachers is simple – shoot the bastards.

It is a strategy that has developed into a lethal bush war that conservationists – and the rhinos – are losing...

 

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 When ever I read about how trophy hunting saves wildlife I am reminded of a study done by the IUCN that showed that photo safaris were economically more viable.

Here's the report translated by Dr. Pieter Kat with LionAid

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Please Sign: May is for Elephants - YouTube

Please Sign: May is for Elephants - YouTube | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
When we collect 100,000 signatures during the month of May, President Obama will give an official response. Please go to: http://wh.gov/lGl3J

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Kruger elephant poaching incident is not 'the first in more than ten years'

Kruger elephant poaching incident is not 'the first in more than ten years' | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

Has South Africa's Kruger National Park lost only one elephant to poachers "in well over ten years", as claimed in a recent SANParks press release? The claim is incorrect. Researched by Julian Rademeyer for AFRICA CHECK....

 

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 26, 2014 5:19 PM

So it wasn't so!

Lies and more lies....

 

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WildLeaks: Exposing the Links Between Elephant Poaching and Boko Haram

WildLeaks: Exposing the Links Between Elephant Poaching and Boko Haram | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (VR)—A new report from US animal advocacy group Born Free USA and the US non-profit Center for Advanced Defense Studies a has pinned down with unprecedented precision the connections between the illicit trade in ivory and a variety of terrorist and insurgent groups that pose serious threats to the stability of many nations in Africa.


Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2014_05_22/WildLeaks-Exposing-the-Links-Between-Elephant-Poaching-and-Boko-Haram-8766/

 

 


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 23, 2014 10:10 PM

If we were ever in doubt... 

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Ivory Ban

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Ivory Ban | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

Some of the actions that will place a nearly complete ban on commercial trade in elephant ivory will increase protection for a number of other species found in trade including rhinos, hawksbill sea turtles, and Brazilian rosewood, among others.


We are currently undertaking a series of administrative actions to implement a nearly complete ban on commercial elephant ivory trade. These actions involve different timelines and processes, some of which will go into effect immediately and others which are open to public comment. We will strive to keep you informed of the latest developments, and we encourage you to check this page regularly for updates.

 

For detailed information:

http://www.fws.gov/international/travel-and-trade/ivory-ban-questions-and-answers.html ;

 
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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 19, 2014 4:56 PM

The USFWS ivory ban.... how does it impact you?

You have a piano? Jewelry or carved ornaments?

You may want to take a look at this.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $1 Million to Protect Elephants

Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $1 Million to Protect Elephants | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it
Actor, environmentalist, and philanthropist, Leonard DiCaprio donated $1 million to elephant protection charities.

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elephantsusa.org

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If you want an end to ALL Ivory Trade, please sign and share this monumental petition to the Whitehouse. 

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Veteran FWS official serves as U.S. eyes, ears in poaching crackdown

Veteran FWS official serves as U.S. eyes, ears in poaching crackdown | The Fight for Elephant & Rhino Survival | Scoop.it

As the Obama administration combats wildlife trafficking, Richard Ruggiero prepares his team of conservation "foot soldiers."...

 

To Ruggiero, wildlife trafficking verges on the personal. He has spent a combined 17 years in Africa, studying wildlife, learning local languages and working with Africans on conservation. He has bonded with elephant families, lying next to them as they nurse their calves and watching them mourn their dead. He has seen their faces sliced off by poachers harvesting ivory, and he knows that many of the elephants from his younger days have all met a grisly end....


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