Live From the Congo: Will A ‘Notoriously Violent’ Poacher and Rapist Hamper Elephant Ivory Project’s Efforts to Stop Poaching?

It’s been a fortunate few days. We arrived in Kinshasa on Monday, exhausted from 36 hours of transit, and found the Congo just as hot as we left it two years ago. On Tuesday morning, we met with Dr. Teresa Continue Reading

IUCN Species of the Day: Forest Coconut

Photo credit: John Dransfield/RBG Kew   The Forest Coconut, Voanioala gerardii, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

Chad Central Africa over 2000 Elephants Dead

Since 2006, 2,000 savanna elephants have been killed in and around Chad’s Zakouma National Park. Ivory poachers using automatic weapons have decimated elephant populations there — particularly when herds venture seasonally outside of the park. Poached Elephant carcass [youtube=] Dr. Mike Continue Reading

Rhino horn worth more than gold

POACHERS see this rhino as their way to get rich quick – for its horn is now worth more than gold for the first time in a decade. Read more:

What is the Bushmeat Trade?

The bushmeat trade is the illegal, over-hunting of wildlife for meat and income. Already in West and Central Africa this trade has resulted in declines and local extinctions of many wildlife species and the economic, cultural and ecosystem services they Continue Reading