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Can You Use Big Data to Track an Elephant Poacher?

By many accounts, 2013 was the year wildlife crime jumped to global prominence. The illicit trade in wildlife products doubled over the preceding …

Wildlife

The US government just crushed 2,000 pounds of ivory into dust for an ominous reason

All of the items were illegal — they'd been carved from elephant ivory.<p>The "Ivory Crush" event, the third of its kind, was organized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York state government, the Wildlife Conservation Society and several other nongovernmental organizations and was designed …

Rhino could have been sold to hunters

This weekend, it was reported by national media that 120 rhino had been sold at a massive discount of R220 000 per head during an auction in May, …

Wildlife

Malaysia’s blood ivory scandal deepens

Perhilitan wants everyone to believe they can account for all the ivory they have confiscated but with their track record of deceit, why would anyone …

More than 1,000 items made from animal parts seized - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) has seized more than 1,000 items made from animal parts, including tiger skin and elephant hair, …

Emergency declared as elephant poached

Don Pinnock<p>Johannesburg - An emergency was declared as the first elephant was poached on the western border of Kruger National Park.<p>Each day in …

Obama Announces Major Restrictions on Ivory Trade

President Obama announced sweeping new measures to stem the ivory trade on Saturday, including a ban on the interstate sale of most ivory in the U.S. …

California Passes Sweeping Ban On Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn

"This is the year of the elephant in California."<p>The state of California has effectively banned the sale of nearly all ivory and rhinoceros products, in a sweeping measure aimed at curbing the slaughter of the animals.<p>The bill, CA-AB96, will "prohibit a person from purchasing, selling, offering for …

How Ingenious Fake Elephant Tusks Helped Track The Illegal Ivory Trade

Implanted with GPS and given to unsuspecting poachers, the tusks tell the story of how poaching funds warlords in Africa.<p>When Bryan Christy, an investigative journalist for National Geographic, wanted to dive into the ivory trade–finding out what happens to the tusks from the 30,000 African …

Beloved Elephant Yongki Killed by Ivory Poachers, Sparks Outrage

The brutal killing of a beloved elephant in Indonesia has sparked online anger, similar to the global outrage from the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil …

China and US agree on ivory ban in bid to end illegal trade globally

China calls on US to follow its lead in eradicating ivory trade<p>Read more<p>While differences on cyber security and talk of sanctions dominated the headlines for Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to the US, the two countries also signed up to a major agreement to end the global trade in ivory.<p>In a …

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Gov. Brown closes loophole in ban on ivory sales in California

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday closed a loophole in state law that allows some elephant ivory to be bought and sold in California as long as it was originally obtained before 1977.<p>The current law, by grandfathering in ivory possessed before it was outlawed in 1977, makes it difficult to enforce the ban …

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Parks and wildlife authority says cyanide used to kill three animals in Matusadona, and 11 in Hwange, with tusks cut off in some cases<p>Fourteen elephants have been poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, the National Parks and Wildlife …

Wildlife

White hunter kills majestic African elephant on safari: Social media erupts as it’s Cecil the Lion all over again

Horrific photos of the elephant’s tusks circulate, as well as a photo of the hunter with his rifle and the body<p>Social media outrage is growing after pictures hit Facebook of a white hunter posed with his rifle and the dead body of a majestic African elephant.<p>According to preliminary media reports, …

Journalists arrested after implicating cops in cyanide poisonings of 60 elephants

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Three journalists from a state-run weekly newspaper in Zimbabwe will be charged with slander for a front-page story that …

Orangutans are losing both health and habitat to palm oil fires

Wild orangutans and found in only two places: Sumatra and Borneo. Unfortunately for them, those two islands host more than just their natural habitat. They also host a steadily expanding palm oil industry.<p>Indonesia is the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, and the bulk of that production takes …

600kg of Illegal Ivory Busted in East China

File photo of piles of ivories, ivory products and semi-finished ivory articles busted in a backroom of a rented factory house in southeast China's …

Elephant Poachers Take Aim at South Africa’s Famed Refuge

Recent elephant killings in Kruger National Park raise fears that South Africa is now in the crosshairs of the illegal ivory trade.<p>After years of being regarded as an unassailable haven for wildlife, South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park has been hit by elephant poaching. In May 2014, the …

South Africa lifts ban on domestic rhino horn trade

<b>A South Africa court has lifted a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns in a case brought by two game farm breeders.</b><p>It overturns a moratorium on the trade imposed by the government in 2009 to address rhino poaching.<p>One of the breeders, John Hume, blamed a sharp increase in rhino poaching on the …

Japanese vessel to kill 333 whales for 'research' - but is science behind hunt?

On Tuesday, Japan's whaling fleet will set out on a three-month-long hunt for minke whales. The Japanese government argues that this hunt - which will only kill 333 whales, about a third of the average yearly haul before the country's year-long whaling pause - is being done in the name of …

Whales

Environment minister says Tokyo cannot ‘unilaterally decide’ to ignore scientific advice and international court of justice ruling to hunt and kill 333 minke whales<p>Japan cannot unilaterally decide to start whaling in Antarctica again against the advice of scientists, says the environment minister, …

Whales

Lifeline for elephants: Ivory price halves in China after Xi pledges ban

The price of raw, illegal ivory has almost halved in China in the past 18 months because of growing public awareness, a promise from President Xi Jinping to ban the trade, a far-reaching anti-corruption drive and a slowing economy, according a new study by Save the Elephants.<p>Falling demand in the …

Nation Kills Whales, So These Hackers Shut Down Its Websites

Whales just got an unlikely new ally in their fight to stay alive.<p>Activists from the group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for a cyber attack …

Prince Harry's Pictures With Sedated Elephants And Dead Rhinos Show The Threat Of Poaching To South Africa's Wildlife

A moving picture of Prince Harry hugging an elephant in his fight against the poaching industry shows just how far the royal has come in his …

Man Buys Turtles From Food Market and Sets Them Free in the Sea

Arron Culling and his co-worker Mark were browsing a local market in Papua New Guinea when they came across two sea turtles. Even though a majority of the earth's sea turtles are classified as <i>endangered</i> or <i>vulnerable</i>, marine turtle fishing is still permitted in places like Papua New Guinea, Mexico, …

Cracking Down on Illegal Ivory Could Get Easier in Thailand

A new scanner could help Thai law enforcement tell right away whether an object for sale is sourced illegally.<p>It has long been illegal to trade internationally in ivory from Asian elephants. Only about 43,000 are left in the wild, and they face threats from habitat loss and conflicts with …

N Korea diplomat expelled from S Africa for rhino horn trading

<b>A North Korean diplomat has been expelled from South Africa for illegal rhino horn trading, according to a spokesman for South Africa's Department of International Relations.</b><p>The diplomat was arrested in neighbouring Mozambique in May. Local media named him as Park Chol-jun.<p>North Korean embassy …

Genius Beehive Fences in Africa Naturally Protect Farms From Raiding Elephants

Sometimes the most brilliant solutions are the most simple. This is certainly the case for the organization Bees & Elephants, which managed to find a natural solution that reconciles the conflicts that occur between elephants and humans, in the form of beehive fences. The structures consist of …

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