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First Undercover Investigation on Rhino Horn Trafficking in China

OPERATION RED CLOUD: GRINDING RHINO The First Undercover Investigation into Rhino Horn Trafficking in China in Decades Los Angeles, July 18, 2017. Elephant Action League (EAL) is proud to release GRINDING RHINO, a public report detailing another expansive and successful undercover investigative operation. In response to unprecedented growth in rhinoceros poaching rates in the past ten years, and enduring consumer demand...

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Flash Update from the Field: Chinese Still Demanding Tiger Teeth, Prices Still High

At any given time, Elephant Action League (EAL) has investigators deployed in various countries, primarily wildlife hot spots, researching and gathering intelligence on trafficking and trade in wildlife products. Although EAL publishes full public reports at the conclusion of each investigation, it is important to highlight certain findings during the investigation for the benefit of...

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Great Success for EAL & WildLeaks: The Ivory Game Wins at the Beijing Film Festival

ELEPHANT ACTION LEAGUE AND PROJECT WILDLEAKS EFFORTS PAYING OFF IN CHINA AS THE IVORY GAME WINS BIG AT BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Huge achievement for the LA-based organization – by far the most important awareness and advocacy success in China on the issue of elephant poaching and ivory trafficking April 18, 2017, Los Angeles, California:...

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WildLeaks and National Whistleblower Center Join Forces to Offer Monetary Rewards

ELEPHANT ACTION LEAGUE’S WILDLEAKS & NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER CENTER JOIN FORCES TO FIGHT WILDLIFE CRIME Providing wildlife crime whistleblowers with technology, security, legal support, and access to monetary rewards from the U.S. government March 29, 2017, Washington, DC: Elephant Action League (EAL), through its project WildLeaks, and the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), through its Global Wildlife...

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In joint operation with EAL, Royal Thai Police Arrest Notorious Wildlife Trafficker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            In joint operation with Elephant Action League, Royal Thai Police Arrest Notorious Wildlife Trafficker in...

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China Announces Full Ban on Ivory Trade by End of 2017

Largest ivory market to end processing and trade of ivory in a game-changing move to protect the world’s elephants China’s state media reported on Friday, December 30, 2016, referencing a government statement that “China will gradually stop the processing and sales of ivories for commercial purposes by the end of 2017.”  China has the largest...

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Public Hearing in The Hague on Wildlife Trafficking in Vietnam

Background: Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC), an operational partner of Elephant Action League, is an independent organization that works to expose and disrupt criminal networks responsible for transnational, organized wildlife crime. Their team of wildlife crime specialist work to ensure that wildlife criminals are prosecuted by national authorities. WJC creates a “Map of Facts” at the...

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What happened at the CITES CoP17 meeting in Johannesburg

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) took place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016. Elephant Action League attended the Conference as an official observer, including co-founder Andrea Crosta. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an...

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What happened at the CITES CoP17 meeting in Johannesburg

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) took place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016. Elephant Action League attended the Conference as an official observer, including co-founder Andrea Crosta. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an...

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EAL/WildLeaks’ Investigation Featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio Produced ‘THE IVORY GAME’

EAL & WILDLEAKS’ POWERFUL “BLENDING IVORY” INVESTIGATION FEATURED IN THE LEONARDO DICAPRIO PRODUCED DOCUMENTARY ‘THE IVORY GAME’ Undercover documentary exposing the dark world of ivory trafficking and elephant poaching premiered at Toronto International Film Festival September 15, 2016, Los Angeles: Elephant Action League (EAL) and WildLeaks are officially announcing the premier of The Ivory Game,...

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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

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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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