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South Africa: Fishing Communities Battle the Law and a Depleted Ocean

[GroundUp] Stricter quotas are failing as fishers turn to poaching to make a living

Malawi: Woman, 40, Killed By Elephant

[Malawi News Agency] Nkhotakota -A somber mood engulfed the residents of Kawelenga Village in Nkhotakota District Monday after an Elephant killed a 40-year-old woman.

Namibia: Poachers Denied Bail in Zambezi

[Namibian] The Katima Mulilo Magistrate's Court yesterday denied bail to four men found in possession of eight elephant tusks, a firearm without a licence and entering Namibia at an undesignated point of entry.

Tanzania: US-Made Drone to Help in Protection of Wildlife

[Citizen] Arusha -Full scale surveillance against poachers using drones will commence at the Katavi National Park before long.

South Africa: KZN Tightens Security to Curb Rhino Poaching

[SAnews.gov.za] Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is tightening its security in an effort to prevent rhino poaching.

South Africa: MEC Sihle Zikalala Unveiles Anti-Rhino Poaching Plans

[Govt of SA] MEC Zikalala draws line in the sand over rhino poaching

South Africa: Minister Welcomes Arrest in Rhino Case

[SAnews.gov.za] Environmental Affair Minister, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of a Chinese national for rhino horn smuggling and the recent sentencing of a poacher to 20 years imprisonment.

Mozambique: Police Seize Ivory and Garnets in Nampula

[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police on Friday detained two people, a Mozambican and a Tanzanian, in the northern province of Nampula in illegal possession of ivory and semi-precious stones.

South Africa: Rhino Poacher Jailed for 20 Years

[SAPS] On 7 September 2017, 30-year-old Mapoyisa Mahlauli was sentenced to an effective 20 years imprisonment after he was found guilty in the Skukuza Regional court for various rhino-poaching related crimes.

Africa: How Ivory Fell Into the Hands of Organized Criminal Syndicates

[IPS] Cambridge -"Ivory is like a drug and you have to be careful with it. If you are serious and desire it, you can get all you want, but you have to be patient and act very carefully," a Cameroonian man selling ivory items from a network of shops acr...

South Africa: Rhino Poacher Jailed for 20 Years

[SAPS] On 7 September 2017, 30-year-old Mapoyisa Mahlauli was sentenced to an effective 20 years imprisonment after he was found guilty in the Skukuza Regional court for various rhino-poaching related crimes.
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Africa: How Ivory Fell Into the Hands of Organized Criminal Syndicates

[IPS] Cambridge -"Ivory is like a drug and you have to be careful with it. If you are serious and desire it, you can get all you want, but you have to be patient and act very carefully," a Cameroonian man selling ivory items from a network of shops acr...
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Zimbabwe: Poachers Poison Jumbos

[The Herald] Two elephants were killed by suspected poachers using cyanide in the Liasha area of Hwange, the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe has said. About 260 kilogrammes of cyanide has since been recovered in a bushy area, while ...
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Namibia: N$866 000 Raised for Anti-Poaching Drive

[Namibian] THE Hunters United Against Poaching Trust last Thursday hosted a gala dinner and fund raising auction during which N$866 000 was raised for use in anti-poaching activities.
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Namibia: NGOs Cry Foul Over Licensing to Kill Desert Elephants

[Namibian] TWO non-governmental organisations have accused government of indiscriminately issuing licences for desert elephants to be shot.
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IFAW collaborates on new scientific report about sharks, rays and chimaeras

Dr. Akram Darwich Sep 7 2017 read more
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Kasungu National Park’s wildlife is recovering after 25 years of poaching

Deanne Gibbs Sep 6 2017 The increase in scale and nature of the illegal wildlife trade combined with Malawi’s previously undeveloped...
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Kasungu National Park’s wildlife is recovering after 25 years of poaching

Deanne Gibbs Sep 6 2017 The increase in scale and nature of the illegal wildlife trade combined with Malawi’s previously undeveloped...
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Africa: Wildlife Crime – Why Diverse Data Will Drive Better Responses

[ISS] Since 2006, Southern Africa has been facing an increasing poaching crisis. The securitisation of national parks and private reserves has become a multi-million-rand industry. The cost to secure South Africa's Kruger National Park alone, for insta...
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Angola: IDF Preserves Rare Species of Fauna and Flora

[ANGOP] Matala -Animals such as black buffalo, elephant, leopard and wild boar are some of the rare species of fauna considered privileged and cataloged by the Forest Development Institute (IDF), in the Bicuar National Park, southern Huíla province, preventing them from being extinguished.
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Zimbabwe: Poacher Zimparks Employee Shot

[The Herald] A Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) employee was shot and injured while allegedly poaching for elephant tusks at Mana Pools National Park.
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Elephants needing a room: hawkmoths on the march for a pupal pad

A herd of elephant hawkmoth caterpillars is trooping across my garden to pupate

Caterpillars are on the march. In the past week I’ve found several elephant hawkmoth caterpillars trooping across my garden. These are arguably the most subtly beautiful of the charismatic hawkmoth grubs. They are deep brown and charcoal grey with four arresting “eyes” of black, brown and silver – part of an armoury of deterrents against voracious birds, which includes the sudden switching into “snake” mode when disturbed, to discombobulate predators.

The adult moth takes its name from the caterpillar’s trunk-like snout, although its bewitching pink hued wings are also the colour of a cartoon elephant.

Related: Exotic migrant moths invade Britain under cover of darkness

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