Poachers kill more than 100 elephants a day

Jeppe Villadsen writes from Kenya More than two tonnes of ivory. And over 100 people arrested. It was a catch, then the international police organization Interpol last week concluded its largest operation in Africa against illegal wildlife trade. A larger quantity leopard, crocodile and pythons flanges kind were also confiscated. Record catch is unfortunately a […]


Suspected Poacher shot in iMfolozi

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) reports that two suspected rhino poachers were wounded and one killed in an exchange of gunfire with Field rangers in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in the evening of 25 December 2009 at about 19.45. Field Rangers in the iMfolozi section of the Park heard shots in the western part of the Makhamisa […]


African countries set for new fight over ivory sales

Three months from a major international conference on endangered species, African countries are divided over whether a fresh round of ivory sales should be allowed. Tanzania and Zambia, for example, have asked the CITES (Convention on International Trade in International Species) conference to be held from March 13 to 25 in Doha to authorise them […]


Poaching threatens Gorongosa

In a communique, Mateus Muthemba, director of community relations, said the problem was complex because of the socio-economic values of the local people who are used to hunting wild animals. Park statistics indicated 3500 animals — such as wild pig and other smaller animals — were killed each year and sold locally. Gorongosa is an […]


Last Chance to Survive: Northern White Rhino

Four of the world’s remaining eight Northern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) are settling in to their new home in the Ol Pejeta reserve in Kenya. They were shipped to the reserve from Dvur Kralove zoo in the Czech Republic, where they’ve been for the past 30 years.  They were sent in crates that were […]

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Lion poaching on the increase…

With dwindling numbers,  rapid habitat loss including poisoning by farming communities, increasingly high numbers of  lions are being both targeted and have become victims of  reckless snaring. Below are some heart breaking images: Video of poachers caught in the Mara Triangle with a young freshly skinned lion. As you can see his main has not […]


Elephant Threats And What Is Causing Them To Disappear

There are many elephant threats that have significantly depleted the elephant population. The largest of the threats has been the ivory trade as ivory is only found in elephants as their tusks are made of ivory. For many years elephants were strictly hunted for these treasures and because of the elephant’s natural long lifespan they […]


Heavy Poaching Puts Elephants At Elevated Extinction Risk

African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory at a pace unseen since an international ban on the ivory trade took effect in 1989. But the public outcry that resulted in that ban is absent today, and a University of Washington conservation biologist contends it is because the public seems to be unaware of the […]

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World’s rarest rhinos arrive in Kenya

Four of the world’s last known remaining eight northern white rhinos have been relocated from captivity back to a Kenyan reserve as part of efforts to save the species from extinction, wildlife authorities said on Monday. A statement from the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) said the animals, two males and two females, arrived at the […]


Conyngham volunteer travels to Africa to help protect great apes from poaching

When Nicole Cook, a postmaster from Conyngham, entered a school in the Nigerian village of Iko Ekperem, she wrote her name on the board, pointed at a globe to show where she came from and led the children in a pledge. “I had them raise their hand and put a hand on their heart and […]


Kenya urges world to sustain ban on trade in ivory, rhino horns

Kenyan Forestry and Wildlife Minister, Noah Wekesa has called on the international community to sustain the ban on trade in ivory and rhino horns. He faulted Tanzania for coming up with a proposal on the sale of ivory to be discussed in next years CITES meeting in Doha without consulting its neighbour Kenya yet it […]


Czech zoo hopes to save rare rhinos with Africa move

Prague – A Czech zoo plans on Saturday to move four extremely rare rhinos to a Kenyan reservation in a last-ditch effort to forestall their extinction. The four animals – two males and two females – belong to the northern white rhino subspecies that is presumed to have been wiped out in the wild by […]


Killed rhino found in river

Two boys made a startling discovery of a dead white rhinoceros in the Nkomazi River. It had been shot dead and two of its horns were missing. The poachers are unknown and the animal is believed to be from South Africa, Songimvelo Game Reserve, which is next to the area. The horn could be worth […]


CITES chief to meet Mugabe over poaching

CITES secretary general Willem Wijnstekers is expected in Zimbabwe next month for talks with President Robert Mugabe over rampant poaching decimating of wildlife in the southern African country and is said to involve top political and army officials. Wijnstekers is expected to meet with Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Police chief Augustine Chihuri and Attorney General […]