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China calls on US to follow its lead in eradicating ivory trade

Move by Beijing would be a major victory in battle to end slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants by African poachers

China has pledged to end the processing and sale of ivory, a move that – if fulfilled – would be a major victory in the battle to end the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants by poachers every year. But it has not said how quickly it will act, and a top Chinese official called on the United States in an interview last week to also tighten its rules on ivory trading.

Wildlife experts said China’s recent announcement represented a sea change in official attitudes and called the prospect of an end to the legal trade in ivory in the country the greatest step that can be taken to reduce poaching. But they added that much would depend on when China acts, and how firmly.

Related: China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

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China calls on US to follow its lead in eradicating ivory trade

Move by Beijing would be a major victory in battle to end slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants by African poachers

China has pledged to end the processing and sale of ivory, a move that – if fulfilled – would be a major victory in the battle to end the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants by poachers every year. But it has not said how quickly it will act, and a top Chinese official called on the United States in an interview last week to also tighten its rules on ivory trading.

Wildlife experts said China’s recent announcement represented a sea change in official attitudes and called the prospect of an end to the legal trade in ivory in the country the greatest step that can be taken to reduce poaching. But they added that much would depend on when China acts, and how firmly.

Related: China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

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Nepal’s rhino numbers rise steadily thanks to anti-poaching measures

A surge in the number of endangered rhinos has brought some cheer to earthquake-hit Nepal.

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As poaching heats up, conservationists advocate sending South Africa rhinos to Texas

With poaching at an all-time high, conservation groups propose moving 6% of South Africa’s white rhinos to a comparable climate in the US

Flying a thousand white rhinos from South Africa to south Texas sounds like something out of a bad Disney movie. But if the plan, announced last week by Group Elephant and the Exotic Wildlife Alliance, goes through, it could become a model for conserving animal populations under threat.

The proposal to transport 6% of South Africa’s white rhinos to southern Texas, which has a very similar climate and landscape to the animals’ native habitat, underlines just how bad poaching has become. Last week, South Africa’s environment minister revealed that a record 393 animals were killed in the country’s Kruger National Park between January and April of this year.

Related: Rhino poaching in South Africa at record levels following 18% rise in killings

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Related: Record number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa in 2014

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Indian conservationist wins Whitley award for saving elephants via SMS

Dr Ananda Kumar wins one of seven ‘Green Oscars’ for his system of reducing human-elephant conflict by tracking and texting elephants’ locations to people

On the Valparai plateau in southern India people live in fear of unexpected encounters with giants in the dark.

As dusk settles, tea and coffee pickers collect rations from the townships run by the corporations that own the plantations and drift back towards their colonies. Buses drop workers on the roads and they make the precarious walk through the dark to their homes.

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Indian conservationist wins Whitley award for saving elephants via SMS

Dr Ananda Kumar wins one of seven ‘Green Oscars’ for his system of reducing human-elephant conflict by tracking and texting elephants’ locations to people

On the Valparai plateau in southern India people live in fear of unexpected encounters with giants in the dark.

As dusk settles, tea and coffee pickers collect rations from the townships run by the corporations that own the plantations and drift back towards their colonies. Buses drop workers on the roads and they make the precarious walk through the dark to their homes.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Ghostly white elephants, a venomous stargazer fish and migratory geese are among the pick of this week’s images from the natural world

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World’s first all-female patrol protecting South Africa’s rhinos

Unarmed Black Mambas recruited from local communities are guarding nature reserve inside the Greater Kruger national park The battle against the poaching that kills a rhino every seven hours in South Africa has acquired a new weapon: women.The Black Ma...

Can anything stop the rhino poaching crisis?

Killing demand is the only way to curb the poaching, experts say, but given current rhino death rates any such action must be urgent

At the end of the 19th century, a group of 20-50 southern white rhinoceros were discovered in the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe region of South Africa. The species had been thought lost to the guns and trophy rooms of colonial hunters. Today their population is more than 20,000.

The programme that brought the species back from the scrapheap of extinction is considered to be one of conservation’s great success stories. But a massive surge in poaching threatens to undo more than a century of careful protection and management.

Related: Record number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa in 2014

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Zimbabwe plans to sell baby elephants to global buyers

Conservationists say dozens of elephant calves have been removed from Hwange National Park to be exported to undisclosed recipients in France, the United Arab Emirates and China. Daily Maverick reports

Tourists said they heard the families scattered by gunshots. They made for easy targets: great, grey figures stark against the golden grass. As the animals began to stampede, their terrified babies, unable to keep up, were roped together and taken away. Their capture tore apart families that in the wild could be separated only by death.

Within weeks, one of the elephants had died and its meat distributed for food, according to conservationists, who sent a team to investigate reports of the round-up late last year. They say the remaining 35 calves, plus an additional one to replace the deceased, are being held captive in a boma, along with several other animals, close to the main camp of Hwange National Park.

Our habitat is not designed to carry too many elephants that are in its environment

You can’t take these animals out of Africa and send them to these inhumane areas

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Victory for WildLeaks! Green Mile Safari Accused of Poaching in Tanzania

In 2016 Elephant Action League – through our whistleblower program WildLeaks – received videos showing illegal and cruel trophy hunting in Tanzania committed by the safari company called Green Mile Safari Co. Ltd. Among the shocking violations in the Green Mile videos are hunting with automatic weapons, having children hunt with automatic weapons, gunning down...

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Train Plows Into Elephant Herd in India, Killing 5 Animals

The authorities say the train driver was going too fast and ignored villagers who were waving flashlights to urge him to slow down.
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Speeding Train Plows Into Elephants in India, Killing 5 Animals

The authorities say the train driver was going too fast and ignored villagers who were waving flashlights to urge him to slow down.
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Speeding Train Plows Into Elephants in India, Killing 5 Animals

The authorities say the train driver was going too fast and ignored villagers who were waving flashlights to urge him to slow down.
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Kenya:Prominent Ivory Trade Investigator Killed in Nairobi Home

[Deutsche Welle] World-renowned ivory investigator Esmond Bradley Martin has been found dead in his home with a stab wound to the neck. Martin had spent decades tracing the trade of ivory and rhino horns from Africa to Asian markets.
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Kenya:Ivory Trade Investigator Found Dead in Karen, Nairobi

[Nation] A world-renowned ivory investigator has been killed at his home in Karen, Nairobi, police said.
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Top ivory investigator murdered in Kenya

Esmond Bradley Martin, whose groundbreaking investigations helped the fight against elephant poaching, died after being stabbed at home in NairobiA well-known American ivory-trade investigator, who pioneered efforts to combat elephant and rhino poachin...
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Top ivory investigator murdered in Kenya

Esmond Bradley Martin, whose groundbreaking investigations helped the fight against elephant poaching, died after being stabbed at home in NairobiA well-known American ivory-trade investigator, who pioneered efforts to combat elephant and rhino poachin...
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Nigeria:Thailand Seizes Nigeria’s Smuggled Ivory As Rescued Chimpanzees Face Uncertain Future

[Guardian] Ivory worth 15 million baht ($469,800) smuggled from Nigeria has been seized in Thailand, customs officials said.Three elephant tusks and 31 ivory pieces weighing a combined 148 kilograms were seized at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in ...
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South Africa:Policewoman Provides Gifts to Help Grandmother, Baby

[News24Wire] A fluffy grey elephant, pink-frilled clothing, soothing creams and nourishing formula are amongst the gifts from the heart given by an Eastern Cape police captain to an elderly granny taking care of her tiny granddaughter.
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Overwhelming response to UK ivory surrender to protect elephants

Publication Date:  Feb 2 2018 Image:  An ivory surrender to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the i...
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Overwhelming response to UK ivory surrender to protect elephants

Publication Date:  Feb 2 2018 Image:  An ivory surrender to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the i...
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