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Zimbabwe blames disgruntled rangers and villagers for elephant poisonings

Environment minister says improved working conditions will help stop poaching in Hwange national park

Zimbabwe’s environment minister has blamed the poisoning of at least 71 elephants in recent months on disgruntled game rangers and local communities who do not benefit from wildlife revenues.

“It was noted that a number of issues such as low staff morale, lack of community benefits and hunting quota anomalies are fuelling poaching in Zimbabwe,” Oppah Muchinguri told a meeting of conservationists, government and security officials on Thursday.

Related: One culled elephant is a tragedy; 20,000 poached is a statistic

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German elephant hunter will be named and shamed, vows Zimbabwe taskforce

Conservation group will track down and vilify hunter who allegedly paid £40,000 to kill one of Zimabwe’s largest elephants

A Zimbabwean conservation group has vowed to identify a German hunter who shot one of the largest elephants seen in the country, so the man can be publicly vilified like the killer of Cecil the lion.

Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe conservation taskforce, confirmed that the man, as yet unnamed, had a permit when he shot the huge male elephant last week. The animal was unknown to Zimbabwean experts and is believed to have wandered across the border from South Africa, he said.

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Poachers poison 14 elephants in Zimbabwe national parks

Parks and wildlife authority says cyanide used to kill three animals in Matusadona, and 11 in Hwange, with tusks cut off in some casesFourteen elephants have been poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants ...

Photos show sad plight of Zimbabwe Elephants lifted to China

Expert says young elephants recently brought to China from Zimbabwe are covered with wounds.

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On World Pangolin Day, WildLeaks partners with the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe

PRESS RELEASE – February 21st, 2015 On World Pangolin Day, WildLeaks launches a partnership with the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe, to strengthen the fight against the poaching and trafficking of pangolins, the world’s most poached mammal. WildLeaks, the world’s first wildlife crime whistleblower initiative, and the Elephant Action League, the California-based organization that runs WildLeaks, […]

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On World Pangolin Day, WildLeaks partners with the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe

PRESS RELEASE – February 21st, 2015 On World Pangolin Day, WildLeaks launches a partnership with the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe, to strengthen the fight against the poaching and trafficking of pangolins, the world’s most poached mammal. WildLeaks, the world’s first wildlife crime whistleblower initiative, and the Elephant Action League, the California-based organization that runs WildLeaks, […]

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Outrage as Zimbabwe to sell 62 baby elephants, and American hunter pays $350,000 to kill Namibian black rhino

It’s a double blow for conservationists as some of the continent’s most threatened species are under attack – from their own governments.

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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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Zimbabwe: Jumbo Population Down 40 Percent

The elephant population has decreased by more than 40 percent in the Zambezi Valley in the last 13 years due to the rising scourge in poaching, a new survey released this month shows. The National Survey of the Elephant in Zimbabwe: 2014 Some Preliminary Results shows that elephant numbers decreased by about 75 percent in the combined Matusadona and Chizarira areas.

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Zimbabwe Abducts Baby Elephants

According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, Hwange National Park visitors witnessed the capture of baby elephants by government helicopters and ground teams. Baby elephants were roped together after being separated from their mothers by firing shots above the herd. Thirty-four terrified baby elephants, seven lion cubs, and 10 rare sable antelope were rounded-up by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority for possible sale to China.

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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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