To celebrate World Elephant Day today, the conservation group Wildlife Alliance (WA) celebrated its achievement of zero poaching of the Cardamom Rainforest’s Asian elephant population in the last decade, according to a press release on Wednesday. The press release noted that the rainforest was a poaching hotspot in the early 2000s, with 37 wild Asian elephants being poached from 2000 to 2006. Beginning in 2002, WA began cooperating with the government to enforce the law and patrol the forest.
Poaching elephants for ivory is big business in many parts of Africa. Now a new method to isolate and sequence DNA from ivory is proving a useful tool in the efforts to trace its source and the poachers who harvested it.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has filed a notice of appeal following a decision quashing a 20-year jail term imposed on businessman Feisal Ali Mohammed who had been convicted of possessing ivory valued at Sh44 million.
Through prosecutor Jami Yamina, the DPP said he was aggrieved and dissatisfied with the decision of Justice Dora Chepkwony who had termed the sentence imposed on Mr Mohammed as unconstitutional.
Half of the Savanna elephant tusks seized from the year 2006 to 2014 in 29 countries originated from Tanzania, it has been established.
The College of African Wildlife Management Mweka (CAWM) Rector, Professor Jafari Kideghesho unveiled here on Monday that a recent DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) analysis that was done recently came out with the findings.