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Poachers kill more than 100 elephants a day
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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 sign that in recent years has been a large...

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Suspected Poacher shot in iMfolozi
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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 section of iMfolozi at about 19.40 and staff immediately...

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African countries set for new fight over ivory sales
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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 to sell 90 and 22 tonnes of ivory respectively....

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Poaching threatens Gorongosa
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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 ideal elephant habitat for African elephants. Read the full...

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Last Chance to Survive: Northern White Rhino
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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 labeled ‘Last Chance to Survive’. The two remaining Czech...

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