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Plan to Save World's Most Trafficked Mammal Ignites Debate

Six zoos and one nonprofit have teamed up to breed pangolins before it’s too late—but critics say the scaly African creatures will likely die in captivity.<p>If during the past decade you’d wanted to see a scaly creature about the size of a house cat with a long skinny tongue for slurping up ants, …

China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

China has committed to phasing out the domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products for the first time. Conservation groups said the announcement was “the single greatest measure” in the fight to save the last African elephants from poaching.<p>At an event in Beijing where foreign diplomats …

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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 …

Chinese consumers will soon be able to buy beer brewed with synthetic rhino horn

African rhinos could go extinct in the wild within 20 years. Demand for their horns—especially prized in Vietnam and China for their supposed medicinal powers—drove poachers to kill 1,215 rhinos in South Africa in 2014, a number that’s steadily risen the last seven years. But one biotech startup is …

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Yellowstone Wolf Poached Outside National Park

Wildlife Officials in the State of Montana are reporting that two wolves have been poached in the greater Yellowstone Region in the last three weeks. …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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Five endangered elephants were killed while everyone was freaking out about Cecil the lion

Rangers discovered the tusk-less carcasses of five endangered elephants in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park on July 28th. The elephants, reportedly an adult female and her four offspring, had been killed by poachers the previous evening—a crime even more brazen and damaging than the recent murder …

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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, …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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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.<p>Jerry Brownon 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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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 …

Poachers poison 14 elephants in Zimbabwe national parks

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 Management Authority said.<p>Three elephants were killed in Matusadona national park in northern Zimbabwe and 11 more were found dead in …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Australia slams Japan’s decision to resume Antarctic whaling

Japan cannot unilaterally decide to start whaling in Antarctica again against the advice of scientists, says the environment minister, Greg Hunt.<p>Japan is set to ignore an international court of justice ruling that last year prompted Tokyo to cancel the bulk of its whaling for the 2014-15 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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