Lokesh Coomar

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The Silent Crisis: Vietnam’s Elephants on the Verge of Extinction

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>As the slaughter of the remaining elephants in Africa continues without interruption, elephants in Vietnam—without media attention and a pack of NGOs calling for their protection—are quietly disappearing.</b><p>Victim of an intensely and increasingly fragmented habitat, weak …

Wildlife

Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

To save their imperiled population of African forest elephants, the Ivory Coast is capturing and then relocating the animals to a preserve on the …

Extinction

Elephant Photobombs Tourists: How’d It Happen?

<b>Move over, Banff ground squirrel—there’s a new photo crasher in town.</b><p>An African bull elephant snuck up behind tourists in an undated photo taken in Wedza, Zimbabwe, in “the photobomb of a lifetime,” according to a statement from Barcroft Media.<p>The five women failed to see the seven-ton animal …

Wildlife

U.S. Introduces 'Near Complete Ban' on Elephant Ivory Trade

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>This week the White House announced a new “National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking” that includes a near complete …

Extinction

'Poaching is too much risk' – the pygmy poacher who became elephant protector

Brice Mouapele is the latest addition to the team of eco-guards patrolling Congo-Brazzaville's Odzala-Kokoua national park<p>The speed at which Brice Mouapele moves through the dense tropical undergrowth is impressive. The humidity is stifling, but Mouapele appears unaffected as his small frame, clad …