Large Indian elephant tusker roaming alone in Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. The Asian or Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus) is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is distributed in Southeast Asia from India in the west to Borneo in the east. Asian elephants are the largest living land animals in Asia. Asian elephant is divided into four subspecies such as Sri Lankan, Indian, Sumatran and Borneo.
"When you look at the value chain of wildlife crime, it has supply (source), transit and demand sides. So if we are to deal with the crime holistically, it is important to deal with the demand side of things," he says.
A multi-agency team has arrested two suspects in Mombasa and seized eight ivory tusks in the car they were travelling in.
Acting on a tip-off, the officers drawn from the regular police and Kenya Wildlife Service set-up a road block at the Nyali Bridge to intercept the suspects.
One of the suspects tried to escape after the police stopped the car they were travelling in but he was quickly arrested.
A sniffer dog helped police nab the illegal consignment that was hidden in the car’s boot, rear seat and under the driver’s seat.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has apprehended, arrested or killed 188 suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) since 2010 as part of its border security and counter-poaching duties, it has been revealed.
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula gave the figures late last month in response to a parliamentary question posed by Thomas Zwelakhe Hadebe, the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party's Shadow Minister for Environmental Affairs.
China has published a notice that the processing and sale of ivory and ivory products “will be stopped by December 31, 2017”. China’s credible commitment to this end follows a decision taken at the latest Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference to end all domestic trade in ivory.