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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

Join local activists this weekend in the March Against Extinction! The march is happening in over 100 cities around the world on Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th. Look up details for your city at www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org

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Helena company crowdfunding anti-poaching documentary

A Helena-based film production company is raising funds for a documentary series chronicling successful and efficient anti-poaching efforts in Africa as a learning tool for anti-poaching programs worldwide.

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You’re Invited: Tusk 25th Anniversary Celebration

In an unsettled world, Tusk provides hope to the people of Africa through wildlife conservation. For the past quarter of a century, Tusk has been investing in Africa’s most successful conservation initiatives. Tusk funds projects in eighteen countries in Africa that work to combine conservation, education and job creation so that wildlife and land become a renewable resource for local communities. Our approach is to invest in agile and adaptable conservation projects that have the greatest impact. These programs afford essential protection for thirty six threatened and endangered species and their habitats, while more than a million people benefit from the greater security, infrastructure, healthcare, and the wider livelihood options that Tusk’s projects provide.

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Dora Frost and Carolyn Chichester present an art show to benefit the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF)

Dora Frost and Carolyn Chichester present an art show to benefit the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF)

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Meet these friends of elephants

BANGALORE, INDIA—Friends of Elephants (FOE), an informal group whose members have a common dream — to contribute towards elephant conservation and welfare. On Monday, FOE will screen Calling Ganesha, a short film on the dangers faced by Asian elephants, followed by a panel discussion and an open-house session at the Rangoli Art Centre. “We can discuss the kind of problems these elephants face and create awareness too. We intend to hold a lot of meetings and connect with those who want to work towards conservation…” FOE proposes to meet once in two months to discuss elephant-conservation programs.

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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.

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