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  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by rexall
    +11 +1

    Poachers Will Soon Face Death Penalty in Kenya, Spurring Debate

    The measure has been met with mixed responses. Life sentences and steep fines were not enough to deter poachers in Kenya. Now, those caught killing protected animals will be sentenced to death, according to the Independent. The measure hasn’t been legalized yet, but it will be “fast-tracked” for approval, the Independent reports. It’s the most extreme penalty in the world for poaching, and it represents a tipping point in the global fight against the decline of wildlife.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zobo
    +11 +1

    3 alleged rhino poachers eaten by lions in South Africa

    A ranger discovered human remains close to a pride of lions while taking guests on a safari drive at the reserve on Tuesday. “We suspect two were killed, possibly three,” owner Nick Fox told NBC News. An ax, shoes, and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived. The lions had reportedly been heard making noise in the early morning hours on Monday.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +23 +1

    Anti-poaching unit nabs 365 poachers in six months

    Durban - A specialised unit, set up to fight poaching have made great strides in their bid to stamp out rhino poaching. Over the last six months, a total of 365 rhino poachers have been convicted and an additional 15 men aged between 33 and 50, have been arrested. National police spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo said the 15 were nabbed following sting operations in Mpumalanga. He said police recovered four unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +1

    Chinese jailed 30 years for slaughter of 226 elephants

    Two Chinese   poachers were yesterday sentenced  to 30 years in jail each or pay a record Sh108.7 billion fine in one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +9 +1

    Why Jairo died

    Documents recently obtained by The Tico Times in the investigation of Jairo Mora’s death help unravel the mystery behind the murder of a young Costa Rican conservationist who once worked peacefully with poachers on the beach he tried to protect. By Lindsay Fendt. (Sept. ’13)

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +33 +1

    Giant Clam Poaching Wipes Out Reefs in South China Sea

    More than 40 square miles (104 square kilometers) of coral reefs—some of the most biodiverse on Earth—have been destroyed by giant clam poaching in the South China Sea, according to a new analysis of satellite imagery. The poachers use boat propellers to loosen the valuable bivalves, which can weigh up to 500 pounds (227 kilograms) and are a luxury item in China. Carving up a reef leaves it barren of life. And because reefs in the region are often interconnected, the damage in one place can have repercussions elsewhere. Another 22 square miles (58 square kilometers) of reef have been destroyed by island-building activities...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +3 +1

    The Fight for Chinko

    In the ungoverned wilds of the Central African Republic, a group of young conservationists uses every resource it can muster—from technology to armed confrontation—to protect a vital habitat. By Elliott D. Woods.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +25 +1

    Study shows tragic drop in African elephants

    Scanning Botswana's remote Linyanti swamp from the low flying chopper, elephant ecologist Mike Chase can't hide the anxiety and dread as he sees what he has seen too many times before. "I don't think anybody in the world has seen the number of dead elephants that I've seen over the last two years," he says. From above, we spot an elephant lying on its side in the cracked river mud. From a distance it could be mistaken for a resting animal. But the acrid stench of death hits us before we even land. Up close, it is a horror.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ticktack
    +21 +1

    Zimbabwe Dehorning All Adult Rhinos to Curb Poaching

    Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe have begun dehorning the country's 700 adult rhinos to curb rampant poaching, a conservation group said Tuesday. "Our target is to dehorn every single adult rhino and to ear-notch the young ones for record-keeping," Lisa Marabini, director for the Aware Trust Zimbabwe (ATZ) conservation group, told AFP. "Poaching is a very serious problem in this country. This (dehorning) will act as a dissuasive measure and reduce the potential reward for poachers."

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +31 +1

    Most Ivory for Sale Comes From Recently Killed Elephants—Suggesting Poaching Is Taking Its Toll

    Carbon dating finds that almost all trafficked ivory comes from animals killed less than three years before their tusks hit the market. By Rachel Nuwer.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by sauce
    +23 +1

    Elephant Refugees Flee to Last Stronghold in Africa

    The elephants swim across the river in a straight line, trunks jutting out of the water like snorkels. With low, guttural bellows, they push their bodies together, forming a living raft to bolster a calf too tiny to stay afloat on its own. This pachyderm flotilla has a dangerous destination in mind: The grassy shores of Namibia, where elephants are literally free game for legal hunters. The animals will risk their lives to feed here before fording the Chobe River again, back to the safety of Botswana's Chobe National Park.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +30 +1

    Elephants are now being born without tusks because of poaching

    An increasing number of African elephants are now born tuskless because poachers have consistently targetted animals with the best ivory over decades, fundamentally altering the gene pool. In some areas 98 per cent of female elephants now have no tusks, researchers have said, compared to between two and six per cent born tuskless on average in the past. 

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +29 +1

    Another day, another dead wildlife ranger. Where is the outrage?

    Every year more than 100 wildlife rangers are murdered in the line of duty. Why do they get so little support? And where is the outrage?

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by 8mm
    +21 +1

    Poacher trampled to death, another seriously injured

    A suspected poacher was trampled to death and another seriously injured in an attack by wild elephants at a forest near Thattekkad bird sanctuary where a four member gang allegedly ventured for poaching, forest officials said in Kochi on Thursday. They said the gang entered the forest, some 65 km from here at about 9 pm last night for poaching and did not notice the pachyderms standing in their path and got trapped in front of it

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by aj0690
    +21 +1

    Poachers kill two rhinos at South Africa's Thula Thula orphanage

    Poachers have killed two rhinos during a vicious attack on an animal orphanage in South Africa. Rhinos Impi and Gugu had their horns taken after a gang of poachers took staff hostage at the Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night. Gugu was killed instantly but Impi survived, only to have to be put down the next morning due to his injuries. Staff members are understood to have been assaulted during the attack.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +17 +1

    China sees sharp decline in ivory smuggling in 2016

    Liu Dongsheng, deputy head of the SFA, made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a wildlife protection campaign, without specifying detailed numbers. China will stop commercial processing and sales of ivory by the end of this year. Last year, it imposed a three-year ban on ivory imports in an escalated fight against illegal trading of wild animals and plants. The number of illegal wildlife trade cases has been on the decline since last year, said Liu.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by baron778
    +36 +1

    Poachers kill rhino for his horn at French zoo

    A rhino has been shot dead by poachers at a zoo in France in what is believed to be the first such incident in Europe. Keepers found Vince, a four-year-old white rhino, in his enclosure at Thoiry Zoo on Tuesday morning. One of his horns had been hacked off with a chainsaw, police said. The African rhino's horn commands high prices on the black market, with about 100 killed every month in the wild. However, this is thought to be the first time poachers have targeted a rhino living in a European zoo.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by mariogi
    +23 +1

    One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers

    One of Kenya's last great tusker elephants was reportedly shot and killed by poachers. During a routine flyover on January 4 by the conservation group Tsavo Trust in southern Kenya, the body of a famous, roughly 50-year-old African elephant known as Satao II was discovered, though news of his death was only announced Monday. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, conservationists believe he was killed by a poisoned arrow while feeding in the eastern region of the park. The area is known as a "poaching hot spot."

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by aj0690
    +19 +1

    South Africa lifts ban on domestic rhino horn sales

    South Africa’s highest court has rejected a bid by the government to keep a ban on domestic trade in rhino horn, a court document shows. The ruling by the constitutional court effectively means rhino horns may be traded locally. The department of environmental affairs had sought to retain a moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horns which was dismissed by last year by another court. In a one paragraph ruling, the court ruled that the application by government be dismissed.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by everlost
    +20 +1

    2 lions, rescued from circuses, are poached in South Africa

    Two lions who were rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru last year and transported to South African wild have been killed by poachers in Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +18 +1

    Rhino Poaching is Decreasing in South Africa

    Good news out of South Africa (home to a very large rhinoceros population) - poaching numbers seem to be decreasing and poaching related arrests are increasing. 2016 saw 1,054 rhinos poached for the horns, a drop from the 1,174 rhinos taken in South Africa in 2015. At the same time, there were approximately 680 arrests that came as a direct result of park ranger intervention, up from about 315 such arrests in 2015.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by jasont
    +15 +1

    Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania

    The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania. Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by ubthejudge
    +12 +1

    Rhino Poaching Down and Poaching Arrests Are Up

    Good news out of South Africa (home to a very large rhinoceros population) - poaching numbers seem to be decreasing and poaching related arrests are increasing. 2016 saw 1,054 rhinos poached for the horns, a drop from the 1,174 rhinos taken in South Africa in 2015. At the same time, there were approximately 680 arrests that came as a direct result of park ranger intervention, up from about 315 such arrests in 2015.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by lexi6
    +30 +1

    The World's Biggest Rhino Breeder Is Selling Hundreds of Horns

    An auction of rhino horns from the stockpiles of the world’s biggest private breeder will go ahead after a South African court ordered that the government release permits for them. The sale of about 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of horns by John Hume, who has more than 1,500 rhinos, will begin on Wednesday after he successfully challenged the Department of Environmental Affairs’ refusal to hand over the permits that it had granted to him, enabling the sale...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +10 +1

    Fishermen Caught With 6,600 Sharks In Galápagos, Now Headed To Prison

    When Ecuadorean authorities boarded the Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 earlier this month off the Galápagos Islands, they had little idea what awaited them. Officials at the Galápagos National Park had called in the navy to investigate the Chinese-flagged vessel, which had been sailing through the area's marine reserve without explanation.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by aj0690
    +22 +1

    Chinese fishermen get up to 4 years prison for illegally fishing sharks in Ecuador

    An Ecuadorean judge sentenced 20 Chinese fisherman Monday to up to four years in prison and fined them more than $5 million for illegally fishing more than 6,000 sharks in the Galápagos Marine Reserve, where fishing is strictly prohibited. The sentence was praised by Ecuadorean environmental officials, who have condemned the ongoing illegal fishing in waters near the Galapagos Islands.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Chubros
    +24 +1

    Three more rangers killed in a deadly month around the world for wildlife defenders

    Three rangers have been killed in separate countries in a deadly month for wildlife defenders. A ranger at Serra da Capivara national park, in Brazil’s north-eastern Piaui region, was killed by hunters on 18 August. Edilson Aparecido dos Santos and two other colleagues were patrolling the park when they were ambushed by a group of four armed men who are believed to have been hunting in the park illegally. Dos Santos was killed in the shootout that followed, while the other two rangers were injured.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by Nelson
    +16 +1

    Ivory trade to be banned in UK

    The sale and export of almost all ivory items would be banned in the UK under plans set out by the government. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a consultation to end the trade in ivory of all ages - previous attempts at a ban would have excluded antique ivory produced before 1947.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +1 +1

    Since Mali Formed A Brigade To Protect Its Elephants 9 Months Ago, Not A Single Elephant Has Been Lost To Poachers

    In January 2016, Susan Canney, director of the Mali Elephant Project, predicted all of Mali's elephants would be killed within three years if poaching continued unabated. "They are probably among the most extremely endangered of Africa's elephants," said Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the founder of Save the Elephants, a wildlife advocacy group. "I am extremely worried."

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by drunkenninja
    +9 +1

    A biotech startup is trying to end poaching by flooding the market with fake rhino horns

    Rhinos are among the hardest hit by the illegal wildlife trade. The horns fetch high prices on the black market — up to $60,000 per pound, far more than the price of gold. They're used to make elaborate carvings across East Asia and are also believed to have curative properties in some traditional Eastern medicine practices. Pembient, a two-year-old Seattle-based biotech startup, is trying to solve the rhino poaching crisis with a 3D printer and some clever economics.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +16 +1

    Synthetic rhino horns are being created to flood markets and eradicate poaching

    Since 2007, instances of rhino poaching in South Africa have increased by 9,000 percent, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The non-profit conservation group Save the Rhino estimates that 1,054 of the animals were illegally killed in 2016. To battle this horrifying trend, biotech startup Pembient hopes to undermine black market sales by creating synthetic rhino horns that are practically indistinguishable from real horns, down to the molecular level.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +1

    China Shuts Down Its Legal Ivory Trade

    As of December 31, China’s legal, government-sanctioned ivory trade will come to a close. All of the country’s licensed ivory carving factories and retailers will be shuttered in accordance with a landmark 2015 announcement from Chinese President Xi Jinping and then U.S. President Barack Obama. China and the U.S. both agreed to “near-complete” ivory bans, which prohibit the buying and selling of all but a limited number of antiques and a few other items. The U.S.’s ivory ban went into effect in June 2016. China’s goes into effect December 31, 2017.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +1

    This AI Hunts Poachers

    Every year, poachers kill about 27,000 African elephants—an astounding 8 percent of the population. If current trends continue, these magnificent animals could be gone within a decade. The solution, of course, is to stop poachers before they strike, but how to do that has long confounded authorities. In protected areas like wildlife preserves, elephants and other endangered animals may roam far and wide, while rangers can patrol only a small area at any time. “It’s a two-part problem,” explains Milind Tambe, a computer scientist at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +5 +1

    Poacher EATEN by lions he was hunting in South Africa

    A big cat poacher has been killed and eaten by the pride of lions he was hunting at a private game reserve in South Africa. The hunter was heard screaming for help as he was attacked at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa. But the lions quickly killed their victim and devoured most of his body before being chased off, leaving his head untouched.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by jcscher
    +40 +1

    Lions Eat Suspected Big Cat Poacher

    The lions in the Kruger National Park in South Africa left the head and only a few remains.