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Africa: African Nations Meet to Discuss Ivory Trade Ban

Twenty nine African nations under the African Elephant Coalition will meet for the next five days in Montreux, Switzerland to consolidate their …

Endangered Species

Debate Swells Over EU's Plan To Allow Some Ivory Trade

The global ban on ivory could get a few exemptions<p>A new proposal from the European Union would allow ivory to be traded in a few select countries, replacing the global ban that exists today.<p>Released last week in preparation for an upcoming international conference, the proposal would allow for …

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Governments falling down on ivory trade commitments

Governments are failing to fulfill their obligations to submit inventories of ivory stocks. Meanwhile smuggling networks are expanding to meet the …

Malawi conservation experts plan mass elephant relocation to protected wildlife reserve

Wildlife experts in Malawi plan to move up to 500 elephants to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve by next year, in the hope that they will help restore some elephant populations in other parts of Africa.<p>Elephants have been heavily poached to meet the growing demand for ivory, and loss of habitat has …

Wildlife

Nepal marks zero rhino poaching year in 2015

A one-horned rhino seen in wetland of the Chitwan National Park in Parsa district on Sunday, January 11 2016. Photo: Tilak Ram Rimal<p><b>CHITWAN</b>: A …

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Plan to Fly Rhinos to Australia Comes under Fire

An ambitious project to relocate rhinos from South Africa to Australia has been accused by some conservation researchers of being a waste of …

Wildlife

Kenya Ivory Burn Controversy: Why Botswana Boycotted The Historic Conservation Event

The Kenyan government set fire to 105 tons of ivory and 1.35 tons of rhino horn in the largest-ever destruction of its kind Saturday in Nairobi …

Rampant poaching threatens former elephant stronghold in Tanzania

Update | July 4, 2017<p>A WWF report published today warns about the economic and environmental risks of the proposed large-scale hydropower dam planned …

China's 'Ivory Queen' in court for smuggling more than 700 tusks

Yang Fenglan once described herself the “best example of friendship between China and Tanzania” - but more than four decades after first arriving in the African country she faces a 30-year prison sentence there for smuggling tusks from over 350 elephants.<p>The 66-year-old has the appearance of a …

WWF Study: Ivory Trade in Hong Kong Could be Banned Within Two Years, while Government Proposes a Closure by 2021

Just days after the Hong Kong government published its draft five-year timetable to end the domestic ivory trade, WWF today published a legal …

Hawaii lawmakers look to ban ivory

HONOLULU (AP) — Cheryl Konrad has spent the last 35 years educating visitors to her Lahaina, Hawaii, store about the centuries-old history of scrimshaw.<p>Konrad fills the shelves in Lahaina Scrimshaw with the etchings of local artists on fossilized walrus and mammoth ivory. But if a bill to ban the …

Wildlife

Singapore pulverises 8 tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore authorities on Monday destroyed 7.9 tonnes of illegal ivory seized from smugglers over the last two years.<p>The massive collection, worth …

Wildlife

Can the US Ivory Ban Actually Stop Poaching?

The US has enacted a near-total ban of ivory as elephant face increasing poaching threats.<p>When you consider the fact that African elephant populations have been rapidly declining in recent years, largely due to poaching, it might seem crazy to think that selling elephant ivory is still legal in the …

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US announces near-total ban on trade of African elephant ivory

US authorities announced a near-total ban on the trade of African elephant ivory Thursday, finalizing a years-long push to protect the endangered animals.<p>"Today's bold action underscores the United States' leadership and commitment to ending the scourge of elephant poaching and the tragic impact …

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South Africa and Kenya Seek Consensus on Ivory Trade

Changing Planet<p>South Africa and Kenya will hold talks with other African countries to find a common position on ivory trade ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg in September-October.<p>…

For Illegal Ivory or the Criminals Who Traffick It, There's Nowhere to Hide

Sometimes the best way to hide is in plain sight.<p>Criminals, outlaws and insurgents have long understood the power of blending in. It's the same tactic used by traffickers around the world who trade in ivory from elephants slaughtered by the thousands.<p>For decades, they've used the legal ivory trade …

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To Understand the Illegal Ivory Trade, Replace 'Elephant' With 'Cocaine'

The illegal ivory trade has far more to do with violence than it has to do with pachyderms.<p>“For me, wildlife trafficking is not a wildlife story, …

Wildlife

Why Burning Ivory Is Right

<i>Wild tusked mother elephant and calf, Kenya, Africa, 2013. Credit: Carl Safina</i><p>On April 30, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta lit a fire in Nairobi National Park that would ultimately consume one hundred tons of elephant tusks. In an editorial, President Kenyatta wrote that his intent was to, "do my …

Endangered Species

Why the world's largest rhino farmer is cutting off their horns

South African farmer John Hume says he would be "happy" to supply the criminal poaching networks driving the animals to extinction with a legal alternative and the money raised would help him protect his own herd<p>In the half-light of a South African dawn, the team works quickly, pinning the stricken …

Are Elephant Tusks and Rhino Horns Being Dyed Pink to Stop Poachers?

You may have seen some interesting photos on the Internet lately. They show elephants and rhinos with tusks and horns dyed pink in order to prevent …

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