By Naturenomics Team
Fri, 07/07/2017 - 04:43

Twice as many elephants work in Thailand’s tourism industry as the rest of Asia combined, with the vast majority kept in “severely inadequate conditions”, a new report revealed on Thursday.

The world’s largest land mammal is a huge draw for tourists across two continents. But while Africa’s elephants are more likely to be spotted roaming vast nature reserves, their Asian cousins are less fortunate.

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By Archiver
Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:18

The environment ministry's anti-poaching unit has been in limbo for four years, awaiting budget allocations for appointments.

Ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda confirmed yesterday there have been no new recruitments to the unit since retired police commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa was officially appointed as its head on 1 August last year.

At that stage Kashihakumwa and seven other members were appointed to the vital unit.

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By Archiver
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:54

Police have three days to probe two people arrested with Sh3.7 million ivory.

Chief magistrate Julius Nang'ea declined to give the police 21 days they had requested to investigate the matter.

Abdikheir Ibrahim and Abdullahi Adan were arrested on Saturday at Buxton police road block along Mombas-Malindi road.

They were allegedly in possession of eight pieces of ivory tusks weighing 37 kilogrammes.

Also recovered on board the suspects' car was a hacksaw which is believed to have been used in chopping off of the tusks from the elephants.

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By Archiver
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:17

Several hundred mammoth and elephant ivory products being smuggled into a south China port were seized by port officials in the Chinese province of Guangdong yesterday.

During an inspection, 740 ivory products weighing a total of 28 kilogrammes were discovered by Huangpu Customs officers. Two suspects were also arrested, reported China News Agency.   

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By Archiver
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:53

Three countries in southern Africa have banded together to press for the ban on the international trade in ivory to be lifted. South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have submitted a joint proposal to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They are asking for permission to trade in ivory without which, they argue, there are no positive incentives to conserve elephants or their habitats.

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