World Elephant Day

August 12 is World Elephant Day and asks you to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. Take a moment to think on the experience of elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. On World Elephant Day, August 12, express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike.

Wear It For Elephants

In the 2014 Fall Collection, to help protect endangered elephants and reduce ivory trade, Gudrun Sjödén Design contributed $8 with every purchase of the ‘Elephant’ top.  Designed with precious elephants in mind, the Elefant top is a soft silky jersey with an elephant print in a linen/cotton weave. Wonderfully charming elephants plod along in rows to create a lovely pattern on color options of steel blue, potato, and black. Over $35,000 was raised and donated directly to our alliance members.

Tanzania: Shot in the Arm for Anti-Poaching Activities

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzania has received euro 18 million (equivalent to over Sh45 billion) from the Federal Government of Germany on aid to help conservation activities in the Selous Game Reserve (SGR).

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Mozambique: 6,000 animals to rewild park is part-funded by trophy hunting

Donation of animals by Zimbabwe wildlife conservancy to stock war-torn park could not have happened without big-spending hunters

Call it Noah’s Ark on lorries. Dozens of trucks rolled over the Zimbabwe savanna carrying elephants, giraffe, African buffalo, zebras, and numerous other large iconic mammals. Driving more than 600km of dusty roadway, the trucks will deliver their wild loads to a new home: Zinave national park in Mozambique. The animals are a donation from Mozambique’s Sango Wildlife Conservancy – a gift that the owner, Wilfried Pabst, says would not be possible without funds from controversial trophy hunting.

“In remote places and countries with a weak tourism industry and a high unemployment rate, it is very difficult – or almost impossible – to run a conservancy like Sango without income from sustainable utilisation,” Pabst said.

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Uganda: China Welcomes Uganda’s Clarification On Ivory Smuggling

[Focac] Beijing -China welcomes Uganda’s clarification that two Chinese nationals allegedly involved in an ivory trafficking case are not diplomats, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.

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Africa: Game Theory Suggests China Should Keep Its Ivory Trade Ban in Place Indefinitely

[The Conversation Africa] It’s no exaggeration to say that African elephants are in grave danger. The forest elephant, native to Central Africa, is on the edge of extinction. Savanna elephants, in southern Africa, are being poached at a rate of roughly 27,000 a year.

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Kenya railway line’s effects on development, animal welfare

Jun 15 2017

 Elephants like the one pictured above have gotten caught between the embankments and the fences.

Human development and conservation share a common platform – finite land.

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Namibia: Outrage At Plans to Export Baby Elephants From Namibia

[Namibian] Permission to capture and export five young elephants to Dubai, given to a game farm owned by a Swedish national by the Namibian government has raised a storm among conservation organisations worldwide.

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South Africa: Suspected Rhino Poachers Nabbed

[The Herald] South African Police Services have arrested three men believed to be Zimbabweans who were part of cross-border rhino poaching syndicate.

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Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet

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Jun 14 2017

Illegal wildlife traders may be turning their attention to the Darknet, a new INTERPOL research report has found.

Experts from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation found limited, but clear evidence of criminals using the Darknet to sell illicit wildlife products from critically endangered species such as rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts and products.

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South Africa: No Sign of Rhino Losses Letting Up – Opposition Party

[News24Wire] The relentless rhino poaching onslaught across Africa shows no signs of letting up and staggering statistics released earlier on Tuesday indicate South Africa is on track to lose more than one thousand rhino for the fifth straight year in a row.

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Tanzania: Over 1,500 ‘Poachers’ Arraigned in the Past One Year

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -At least 1,500 people have been arraigned for allegedly being involved in poaching in a period between July 2016 and June 2017.

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‘Gorilla moms’: The women rescuing Congo’s endangered primates

NGOs are working with local women and rape survivors in the DRC to conserve habitat for bonobos, gorillas and chimpanzees, and care for orphaned babies

Ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has taken a heavy toll on the country’s women. Shocking levels of sexual violence have given the country a label as the “most dangerous place to be a woman”. Civil strife, along with bushmeat hunting and human encroachment, also threatens its wildlife – especially gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees.

Bonobos have been vanishing rapidly from their only habitat – the DRC – for the past 20 years, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. Meanwhile, just 3,800 critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas remain in their DRC homeland. Chimpanzees, found in 21 African countries including the DRC, are on the IUCN Red List as endangered.

Women have their finger on the pulse of their communities so can advise on what conservation approaches will work

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Women are important because they react towards baby orphaned gorillas as they do their own children

Better-educated women translates into smaller family sizes, which ​​in turn draw less on the surrounding forest

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Namibia: Govt to Banish Wildlife Traffickers

[New Era] Windhoek -The newly signed Nature Conservation Amendment Act will empower the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to ban entry into Namibia of foreign nationals involved in wildlife crimes related to the possession and dealing in elephant and rhino products, after they serve their prison terms.

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