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Petition successful! Move Sunder the elephant to Karnataka: Bombay High Court

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The Bombay high court on Tuesday directed the chief forest officer, wildlife (Kolhapur), to immediately take steps to relocate Sunder, a 14-year-old elephant currently housed in Kolhapur’s Jyotiba temple, and file a compliance report before the court by December 23.
A division bench of justices VM Kanade and MS Sonak gave this direction while hearing a petition filed by Dr Manilal Valliyate on behalf of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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David Attenborough’s ‘Guardian headline’ halts Borneo bridge

Conservationist denounced Sukau project as a threat to pygmy elephants and orangutans

Officials in Borneo have cancelled plans to build a bridge across the Kinabatangan river, after warnings from Sir David Attenborough and other conservationists that it would gravely endanger pygmy elephants, orangutans and many other jungle species. The news comes just weeks after the Guardian revealed Attenborough’s opposition to the project.

Attenborough originally sent a private letter to the chief minister of the state of Sabah, Musa Aman, in September 2016. Last month, with signs pointing to the bridge still going ahead, the Guardian published excerpts from the letter. The authorities in Borneo have described Attenborough’s now-public opposition as the final blow to the project.

I am immensely pleased that plans to build a bridge at Sukau have been cancelled

This is one of the single most important pieces of rainforest on earth

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Uganda: Uganda’s Fight Against Poaching Gets a Boost

[East African] Kidepo Valley National Park now has a secure anti-trafficking storage facility after it received one from the Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF).

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Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should

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Apr 20 2017

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Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should

A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants there should be in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries. The research concludes that, largely due to poaching, protected areas are missing 75 per cent of their elephants, some 730,000 individuals. One-third of protected areas have less than five per cent of the elephants they should. 

 However, for the first time, we know which places deserve priority for conserving elephants.

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Myanmar camera trap survey reveals endangered tigers, elephants and leopards – in pictures

The first ever camera trap survey in the previously inaccessible Karen State hill forests has recorded a wealth of globally threatened mammals living in south-east Asia’s last great wilderness

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Namibia: Night Vision Goggles Help Rhino Rangers Against Poachers

[Namibia Economist] Local company, Cymot heeded the call to help with rhino protection from Save the Rhino Trust trackers this month and availed five Night Vision Bushnell Equinox Z Binoculars, valued at N$12 000 each to help in the field especially at night.

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Standing tall against the silent extinction of giraffes

Apr 19 2017

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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: Elephant Action League (EAL) and the WildLeaks Project are so proud to announce that The Ivory Game, a Netflix Documentary produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios and Vulcan Productions in collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, has been chosen as the Best International Long documentary at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF). The Ivory Game, available now on Netflix, features the co-founder of EAL and the whistleblowing initiative WildLeaks, Mr. Andrea Crosta, among other protagonists, as it reveals the dark and complex world of the ivory supply chain.
A total of 223 documentaries were selected for review within five award categories at BJIFF. Documentary judges included three international judges from Germany, Australia and Japan, and four national experts. Although a special version of the documentary was produced for showcase in China, it is important to note that Mr. Crosta’s reference to the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, as the individual who holds the destiny of elephants in his hands was not removed by censors. This is another big win for EAL, and all those fighting to shut down the ivory trade, as Chinese attitudes toward ivory are changing and a total ban on ivory sales is now being implemented by the Chinese government.
Mr. Crosta, following a lead received through EAL’s Project WildLeaks, and a team of undercover investigators embarked on almost a year-long investigation in both China and Hong Kong in 2015, uncovering how legal businesses are involved in the laundering of ivory and other wildlife products. It is footage from this undercover investigation, along with investigative team interviews, that are featured in The Ivory Game film narrative, allowing viewers to experience the ivory trade in China first hand.

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EAL originally published its powerful “Blending Ivory: China’s Old Loopholes, New Hopesinvestigative report in January 2016, along with a confidential intelligence brief that was shared with Chinese and Hong Kong authorities. As the most recent full-scale investigation into China’s legal and illegal ivory trade, exposure of China’s legal trade system and legal businesses being exploited to launder illicit ivory onto the legal market helped put pressure on the Chinese government.
EAL would like to thank the organizers of BJIFF for allowing The Ivory Game to be a part of the festival, as well as the judges for bestowing such honor on the film. Mr. Crosta specifically would like to congratulate the organizers “for a courageous choice that shows that Chinese society and the Chinese media play such an important role in fighting wildlife trafficking and poaching worldwide.” He went on to say that, “we look forward to being involved in more films, documentaries, and projects that help China to be an active partner in protecting the planet.”
“The Ivory Game taking the top prize is a huge statement by the Chinese government, which is now aggressively moving forward to implement the ban on the ivory trade across the country,” states the film’s directors, Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, who are both attending the festival in Beijing.
EAL is currently managing over 10 investigative projects on three continents in its efforts to expose wildlife and forest crime. Given the importance of China in the wildlife trade, EAL continues to work with young Chinese nationals around the world to nurture a new generation of Chinese environmentalists.
The Ivory Game is available worldwide on Netflix.
Download “Blending Ivory: Old Loopholes, New Hopes” at https://www.elephantleague.org/blending-ivory-china-and-hong-kong/.
Official website: www.theivorygame.com
#TheIvoryGame
Link to the news in Chinese: http://bit.ly/2pOGEPM
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About Elephant Action League and WildLeaks
Elephant Action League (EAL) is an innovative hybrid non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California, that merges the worlds of high-level security, intelligence and conservation in service of wildlife and the people who protect it. Its mission is protect wildlife, forests and oceans through effective intelligence collection and investigative efforts. www.elephantleague.org
WildLeaks is a not-for-profit collaborative project created, funded and managed by the Elephant Action League (EAL) in collaboration with a small group of security and intelligence experts. The mission of WildLeaks is to receive and evaluate anonymous information and tips regarding wildlife and forest crimes and transform them into actionable operations. www.wildleaks.org
Media Contact
Andrea Crosta, Executive Director – info@elephantleague.org

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Zimbabwe: Army Officer Nabbed Over Raw Ivory

[New Zimbabwe] A ZIMBABWE National Army officer was last week arraigned before Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube after he was caught in possession of unmarked raw ivory he intended to sell.

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Illegal wildlife trade threatens species at Unesco sites, says WWF

Conservation charity warns that almost half of world heritage sites designated for importance to nature are at risk

Almost half of the Unesco world heritage sites designated for their importance to nature are threatened by the illegal wildlife trade, a WWF report has said.

Poaching, illegal logging and fishing, and the trafficking of rare species are plaguing 45% of the world’s most precious natural areas, the report from the conservation charity said.

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Don’t Burn the Ivory Tusks

Because burning releases vast amounts of pollutants, more environmentally friendly ways of destroying them should be used.

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Guinea: Traumatised Baby Chimps Find Love in Guinea Sanctuary

[RFI] The Chimpanzee Conservation Centre in Guinea is a sanctuary for orphaned chimps rescued from poachers, sometimes in the most tragic circumstances. Years are spent to help them overcome the psychological trauma of violent separation from their mothers. Some of them never do. The stronger ones are released in the wild after at least 10 years of care.

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WATCH: KWS, NGOs and Community Ranches Unite for Kenya Aerial Elephant Census

Apr 18 2017

In the midst of the most severe drought in Kenya since 2009, earlier this year IFAW participated with Kenya Wildlife Service and other groups in an intensive aerial census of Kenya’s elephants in the Tsavo Conservation Area.

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