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Guilty Plea in Farflung Wildlife Trafficking Case

Guilty Plea in Farflung Wildlife Trafficking Case | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
Michael Slattery, an Irishman said to have obtained black rhinos’ horns in Texas and to have sold four horns to a Chinese collector in Queens for $50,000, wept in federal court.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, November 9, 2013 1:00 PM

Rhino poaching/trafficking in Austin TX?

Sabine Anderson's curator insight, November 10, 2013 8:59 AM

Hope this guys tears were relief that he wasn't shot!!! Greedy bastard!!

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What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa

What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
Part 2 in the Nikela Series on Animal Poaching, and what its doing to endangered species, rhino, leopards, and primates in South Africa.

 

The most comprehensive understanding of animal poaching and its impact on wildlife was found in Mike Cadman’s, “Consuming Wild Life...


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Poachers kill three times more elephants with cyanide than first estimated

Poachers kill three times more elephants with cyanide than first estimated | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it

Cynide has been used to kill more than 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate as new photographs show the scale of the slaughter.

The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange National Park has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst massacre in Southern Africa for 25 years.

 

Pictures taken by the hunters reveal horrific scenes. Parts of the park can be seen from the air to be littered with the corpses of elephants, often with their calves dead beside them.

 

There is now deep concern that the use of cyanide - first revealed in July - represents a new and particularly damaging technique in the already soaring poaching trade. ...


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:05 PM

This is horrific news!

Not 90 but 300 elephants dead due to cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe.

The damage to elephant populations and many other wildlife species is reportedly the worst massacre in Southern Africa for over 25 years.

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Kenya's poaching peril

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Communities that have bought into conservation and tourism risk losing it all to 'new breed of poachers'.

 

"I started poaching with my younger brother when our father died. Our family had nothing, no farm or jobs so we had no choice but to hunt," said Ndivo.

 

Using arrows dipped in a powerful poison called avai, Nicholas would kill up to five elephants a week and sell their tusks to a businessman in a nearby town....

 

Today, Ndivo is still earning a living from the wildlife in the Chyulu Hills, but in a spectacularly different way.

 

Instead of hunting big game, he is now using his poaching skills as a ranger for the conservation organisation Big Life.

 

Established in 2009 to address rampant poaching of elephants and other wildlife, Big Life employs Maasai and Kamba rangers to monitor, track and report on poaching activities. Many in their ranks are former poachers themselves....

 


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:41 AM

A story about the realities of life and poaching.

Yet, it is about hope, as Ndivo is an example of one poacher who had a change of heart because he was given an alternative opportunity to earn a living.

Way to go Big Life!

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Rhino calf mourns slain mother

Rhino calf mourns slain mother | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
*UPDATE: The young rhino calf that was left for dead by poachers, is doing well. He is receiving care at The Rhino Orphanage. The orphanage said that if he w...
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The true face of poaching. 

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Shark Trade Curbed to Save Species

Shark Trade Curbed to Save Species | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
International trade in three shark species will be restricted following the adoption of new global rules.
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As Tigers Go Extinct, Chinese Medicine Switches to Lions

As Tigers Go Extinct, Chinese Medicine Switches to Lions | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
Lions are losing out in South Africa, whether through trade in legally-sourced lion bones or in illegal hunting, because of the popularity of lion bones.
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No Judge, No Jury - poachers to be shot on the spot in Tanzania

No Judge, No Jury - poachers to be shot on the spot in Tanzania | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
We're still trying to get the actual transcript of what Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Khamis Kagasheki  actually said but reports are coming in that soldiers and rangers are to be given orders to shoot poachers on the spot.
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No Judge, No Jury – poachers to be shot on the spot in Tanzania

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Elephant, Rhino Poaching Is A Brutal Disaster

Elephant, Rhino Poaching Is A Brutal Disaster | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
We've heard about the war on terrorism and the war against drugs, but there is another war that has gone on for decades — the war on poaching — and it's about time we give it just as much attention.

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1,000 tigers 'killed in a decade'

1,000 tigers 'killed in a decade' | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
The illegal trade in tiger parts has led to more than 1,000 of the big cats being killed over the past decade, a report suggests.
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South Africa: 746 rhinos killed by poachers so far in 2013

South Africa: 746 rhinos killed by poachers so far in 2013 | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it

Latest rhino poaching figures (as of 11 October 2013):   

Kruger National Park (SANParks) - 450 rhinos poachedMarakele National Park (SANParks) - 2 rhinos poachedGauteng - 4 rhinos poachedLimpopo - 80 rhinos poachedMpumalanga - 63 rhinos poachedNorth-West Province - 75 rhinos poachedEastern Cape - 2 rhinos poachedFree State - 0 rhino poachedKwaZulu Natal - 70 rhinos poachedWestern Cape - 0 rhino poachedNorthern Cape - 0 rhino poached 

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is urging members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.


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Hidden in Plain Sight: China's Clandestine Tiger Trade

Despite signing up to global initiatives seeking to protect wild tigers and double their number by 2022, Government departments in China have quietly set abo...
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Turning tables on poisoning poachers

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Two can play the poisoning game - poachers poison animals to get their hands on horn or ivory but now poisons are being used in the fight back by conservationists.

On the Plumari Game Reserve, in the Magaliesberg, 45 minutes northwest of Johannesburg, the six surviving rhino were yesterday darted with a sedative and their horns infused with poison.....

 

Lorinda Hern, co-founder of the Rhino Rescue Project, said more than 200 rhino horns had been poisoned in this way in South Africa.

 

"If someone were to inhale too many of these compounds [injected into the horn], ingest them or handle large quantities of horn, they would start to [experience] nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and perhaps nerve damage," she said.

 

If a large amount of horn were consumed it could prove lethal....

 

 

 


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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, October 27, 2013 1:57 AM

If this is the only way then so be it! Poachers don't have limits and just kill, kill and kill till there is nothing more to kill! So we as caring people have to do what needs to be done! Well Done, Plumari Game Reserve! Enough is NOW enough!

Greer Noble's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:04 PM

An eye for an eye.. well why not, after all they have been warned!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:00 AM

Rhino horn poisoning and the effects

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Shocking New Documentary ‘Gambling on Extinction’ Exposes Illegal Wildlife Trade

Shocking New Documentary ‘Gambling on Extinction’ Exposes Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
Gambling on Extinction follows filmmaker Jakob Kneser as he traverses the globe in an attempt to piece together the growing endangered species black market.

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In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup

In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
Campaign leads to plunge in demand for shark fin soup; conservationists hope to also wean Chinese off ivory.
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Kenya Will Outfit Rhinos With Microchips In Attempt To Curb Poaching

Kenya Will Outfit Rhinos With Microchips In Attempt To Curb Poaching | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
Kenyan rhinos are about to get a high-tech upgrade. As part of an ongoing effort to curb poaching, authorities in Kenya plan to outfit every rhino in the country with a trackable microchip.

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New recruits

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The trainee rangers begin a course that will push them to the limits and equip them with the skills to take on poachers.
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Can we save Africa’s lions and other big cats from extinction? | Aid for Africa

Can we save Africa’s lions and other big cats from extinction? | Aid for Africa | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
Panthera vice president George Schaller laments the demise of big cats in the December issue of National Geographic and asks if we as a people have the will
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Wildlife and Forest Crime Infographic

Drug dealing, arms trade, money laundering and human trafficking, are widely recognised as serious transnational crimes. But did you know that wildlife and f...
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WARNING: The Real Face Of Rhino Poaching

WARNING: This footage is extremely graphic and may offend sensitive viewers. In March 2013 Kruger National Park section ranger Richard Sowry captured the ugl...
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NZ among top shark-killing nations

NZ among top shark-killing nations | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
New Zealand is among the world's top 10 nations for killing and exporting sharks.

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Candy Copeland's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:30 AM

New Zealand was the last Country I would have thought of!

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Terrorism and the ivory trade

Terrorism and the ivory trade | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it
If the world needs another reason to get serious about combating elephant poaching, here's one: The attack by terrorists on Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

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Un-marketing rhino horn

Un-marketing rhino horn | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | Scoop.it

SOUTH AFRICA—home to 83% of Africa's rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide—has been suffering a rhino-poaching crisis since 2008. In 2012 668 rhinos were...

 

The first step in "un-marketing" rhino horn is simple: find out who your buyers are and why they like the product. TRAFFIC, an organisation that monitors the illegal wildlife trade, has just conducted a survey to identify the most important buyers of rhino horn. It turns out that it is a luxury purchase by rich men in Vietnam: professional businessmen, celebrities and government officials. They do not see themselves as contributing to the devastation of rhino herds in South Africa and presumably have no inkling that their purchases may finance terrorism in Kenya....

 

So how do you turn successful, well-educated men against a luxury good that conveys wealth and well-being? For starters, governments need to show that they are serious about cracking down on the use of this product. In South Korea demand was reduced by removing rhino horn from the official Korean pharmacopoeia; in Taiwan the ministry of health commissioned double-blind randomised clinical trials to study the efficacy of rhino horn and recommend it was not worth using; and in Yemen a public awareness campaign, combined with economic hardship, killed the trade....

 

The message to rich Vietnamese is that they should probably be looking for a new luxury product to convey status. How about a nice, vintage Chateau Lafite Rothchild? It certainly tastes better than keratin water.


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:51 PM

Hmm! The Economist has a point here.

A recent survey tells us that its the rich who are the buyers of rhino horn for status.

Why not convince them that something else is fashinable?

Something that is not destructive to wildlife or the environment?

Ideas for a feasible substitute?

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Infographic: The journey of a rhino horn

Infographic: The journey of a rhino horn | Wildlife Trade: a billion dollar industry | 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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