By Archiver
Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:09

Poachers are killing 40,000 elephants a year and with a global elephant population of just 400,000, it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that there is an urgent need to stop the killing.

But it’s hard to catch poachers in the act. They operate over a wide area, move just a few elephant tusks at a time and once their ivory contraband reaches a major port, it can be easily hidden among other goods, said Samuel Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington.

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

Chinese customs officers confiscated nearly 300 kilograms of ivory products in 22 cases from January to May, according to the General Administration of Customs on Wednesday.

The administration and other authorities, including public security and forestry departments, launched a campaign in January targeting smugglers of endangered species and wildlife products, drugs and firearms.

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By Archiver
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:16

The “war for wildlife” is becoming increasingly deadly, with up to 1,500 park rangers killed protecting megafauna such as rhinoceros and elephants in the last five years, i can reveal. 

Huge amounts of money can be made from killing animals for their ivory or other body parts in Africa and Asia.

The resulting pressure put on poachers by organised criminal gangs is leading to increasingly desperate violent confrontations and an arms race between the hunters and those who protect wildlife.

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By Archiver
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:16

The population of African elephants is estimated to have declined by 111 000 over the past ten years. Eastern Africa, for example, has experienced an almost 50% reduction in its elephant population.

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By Archiver
Fri, 10/19/2018 - 05:39

"Look down there," said our guide. "Through the trees." We gazed down the overgrown path and collectively held our breath. About 600 yards off something moved. A branch? A bird? No, that flash of white was a tusk. A wild elephant.

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