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Poachers are Hunting Down the Last Sumatran Rhino

Only about 100 of these small, hairy rhinos remain on the planet, and the few that exist in the wild are almost impossible to find. They live solitary lives, scattered among the rainforests on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Scientists are lucky to spot one or two on camera traps every couple of years.

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Cyanide, Elephants and Waterholes – Neutralizing the Threat

There have been reports over the past several weeks that 66 elephants have been poisoned by cyanide in waterholes in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. This also means that every other animal that has taken a drink at these waterholes has also died, as well as the vultures that devoured the poisoned carcasses.

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An Elephant Utopia – swimming in sunshine

When I was little, growing up in Durban on the east coast of South Africa, just two hours from Thula Thula Game Reserve, all the kids I knew in my neighborhood would meet up on the holidays at the Durban North public pool. We’d flock around a mass of water and dash and splash the days away; the rebels, the jokers, the hustlers, the divas, all soaking up the African rays, dunking our bodies into a bowl of pure liquid fun.

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Photos Show Sad Plight for African Elephants Lifted to China

New, secretly obtained photos show that elephants snatched from the wild in Zimbabwe months ago and airlifted recently to China are malnourished, sunken-looking, and scarred by wounds.

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US Veterans to Help Deter Poaching in Africa

Over the past three years, over 100,000 African elephants have been killed by poachers, the Northern White Rhinoceros has been poached to extinction and the Black rhinoceros is teetering on the edge with population levels declining by 97.6%.

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Africa’s Poaching Crisis – The Game Changers

When Youth 4 African Wildlife (Y4AW) interviewed me a couple weeks ago they asked me what I considered to be the game changers of Africa’s poaching crisis. We discussed the opportunities of demand reduction, social impact investment, and a watchdog system for making sure criminals are put behind bars.

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Pangolin is the new rhino

After seven weeks of assignments, I flew out of Zimbabwe on the 4th of January and landed in South Africa’s Limpopo wilderness. I’ve been spending about six hours a day in the bush, and I’ve asked several rangers if they’ve ever seen a pangolin, and the answer is always the same, “No, they’re so rare, but I wish I had.”

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EIA: China’s Blood Ivory Carving Factories

EIA are the original eco-spooks of the wildlife trade, behind groundbreaking investigations that contributed significantly to both ivory and rhino horn bans in the previous poaching crisis of the eighties.

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Help Save Elephants Kickstarter Campaign: Do Elephants Go To Heaven?

In the last three years, 100,000 African elephants have been killed for their ivory tusks. That’s 1 every 15 minutes. If killing continues at this rate conservationists estimate that elephants could be extinct in the wild by 2025.

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Rhino Poaching Reaches Record Level in 2014

The poaching, or illegal killing, of rhinos in SouthAfrica is growing worse each year. The government recently reported that arecord number of rhinos were poached in 2014. The killings continue even though the government has increased efforts to try to stop poachers.

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Wildlife Crimes Investigation Unit leads to Zambian ivory trafficker arrest

Mike Labuschagne May 23 2017 Zambia-Malawi Border. read more
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Rescued elephant calf reunited with mother

May 22 2017

An elephant calf struggles to get out of a water tank near a village near the outer edge of Pakke Tiger Reserve in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. read more

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Big Game Hunter Killed by Elephant in Zimbabwe

Theunis Botha, 51, of South Africa, led hunting trips for wealthy tourists. An elephant fell on him after it was shot by another hunter.
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留住大象,哪怕为了这些“功利”的理由

大象的DNA里可能藏着抗击癌症、延年益寿的秘密,哪怕为了人类自身,我们也该好好对待大象。(翻译:子明/chinadialogue)

现在或许正是大象种群最黑暗的时代。中国正在取缔国内象牙贸易,欧盟也将着手对付象牙走私,但偷猎者们还在继续他们的血腥交易。与此同时,森林正遭到破坏,象群的迁徙路线被截断,人类和大象之间围绕土地、食物和水源的竞争愈演愈烈

所以,现在必须让大家明白:保留大象的生存空间对人类自身益处多多。并且人类根本不需要特别做什么,大象自会找到自己的领地。

Related: 《卫报》为何要用中文报道大象的生存危机?

Related: 人口70亿的世界,如何保护野生动植物?

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Namibia: Hundreds Arrested for Poaching

[New Era] Windhoek -The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has revealed that they arrested more than 222 suspects for poaching and illegal possession of either rhino horns or elephant tusks in 2016.
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Why would Theresa May ditch a pledge to ban ivory trading?

The Tories’ manifesto has dropped a promise to outlaw the trade. Protecting wildlife should be a priority, not an option

Strange news: Theresa May has decided to drop a Tory pledge to push for a total ban on ivory trading (only the sale of ivory items produced after 1947 is prohibited). Why would she do that? Doesn’t she need votes? I thought nearly everyone loved elephants – who votes for helping to wipe them out? Apparently, wealthy antiques dealers. Lady (Victoria) Borwick, the Tory candidate for Kensington and the president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is an acquaintance of the PM; perhaps she was whom May had in mind.

This makes me feel horribly sick. Although Borwick and her colleagues are primarily concerned with pieces from the pre-1947 era, the fact these items remain in circulation arguably has a knock-on effect on how hunting is perceived. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, with more being shot for fun by big-game hunters – what is to stop a dishonest dealer passing off new spoils as old?

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Zimbabwe: Ivory Case Hits Snag At Constitutional Court

[The Herald] Two Harare women accused of unlawful possession of 25,9 kilogrammes of raw ivory valued at $6 475 have had their case seeking to compel the prosecution to reveal the informant struck off the Constitutional Court's roll.
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Zimbabwe: Exported Baby Elephants Distraught

[Zimbabwe Standard] Last year, more than 30 baby elephants were taken out of their natural habitats and with the blessings from the government and the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority (ZimParks), were flown to China. They were then dispatched to various zoos throughout the Asian country and their lives were never the same again.
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South Africa: SA Hunter ‘Trampled to Death By Elephants in Zimbabwe’ – Report

[News24Wire] Zimbabwe's national wildlife authority has confirmed the death of a South African hunter killed by elephants near Hwange in the west of the country this weekend, it was reported on Sunday.
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South Africa: Rhino Owners Cry Foul After Poaching Gang Suspects Get Bail

[News24Wire] South Africa's rhino security community has expressed outrage after a Grahamstown High Court judge granted bail to three of the country's most notorious rhino poaching suspects, the Ndlovu Gang, effectively releasing them from police custo...
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Live Q&A: What impact is human development having on the world’s elephant populations?

The conflict between humans and elephants for space and resources is driving the rapid decline of elephant populations. Join us on Wednesday 24 May from 1-2.30pm BST to discuss how elephants and humans can live together

This week an elderly man was killed by a wild elephant in central India as he picked tendu leaves in the Surajpur forest. A few days earlier, a father and his son were injured after two elephants wandered into their house in Tamil Nadu. As human populations grow and communities live in closer proximity to elephants, one of the world’s most unique and beautiful animals can become the most dangerous.

But human development is also contributing to the severe decline in elephant populations. Across Asia and Africa, elephants’ natural habitats are being destroyed by rapid urbanisation and industrial and agricultural expansion.

Related: Can elephants and humans live together?

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Zimbabwe: Safari Players Await U.S. Decision On Ivory Ban

[Zimbabwe Independent] THE Safari Operators' Association of Zimbabwe (Soaz) is awaiting a decision by the United States over an ivory ban which has crippled its operations and severely reduced its revenue base, businessdigest has learnt.
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