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China crackdown on ivory trade deters smugglers, Hague report finds

See link for photos. An 11-year jail sentence for a Vietnam-based wildlife trafficking “kingpin” and his associate has sent other illegal ivory traders packing, with many abandoning their operations into China, according to The Hague-based...

Worried about elephant numbers? Quit counting them

See link for photos. That’s the advice of Professor Rob Slotow, who says protected areas need to be sufficiently diverse and robust to bounce back from a range of major disturbances such as storms, drought, heat waves and diseases. Reserve...

Etosha fence upgrade in progress (Namibia)

See link for photo. The environment and tourism ministry has indicated renovations and upgrades of the Etosha National Park fence are progressing well. This comes after volunteers from the National Youth Service (NYS) were roped in and started...

Civil Society Offers New Tool to Fight Wildlife Trafficking

Taking a page out of the financial crime enforcements handbook, researchers at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime have now started using a new tool to fight wildlife trafficking. “For several decades, crime typology...

Vema: Stray Elephants Create Panic

Four elephants suspected to have come from neighbouring Gabon, have for over a month now been causing havoc in Vema village and its environs. Fear and uncertainty is the atmosphere in Vema village, a locality situated in the Ebolowa II sub division...

Drought is killing Kenya’s endangered wildlife

See link for photo.  Kenya’s worst drought in four decades has killed almost 2% of the world’s rarest zebra in three months, and 25 times more elephants than normal over the same period. It is starving Kenya’s famed wildlife of normal food...