Monthly Archives: August 2013

Togo ivory boss implicates others in trafficking

By ERICK KAGLAN and ROBBIE COREY-BOULET Associated Press LOME, Togo (AP) – For more than three decades, Emile N’Bouke operated a small, unmarked shop on the corner of a busy street in downtown Lome that received few customers and kept irregular hours. Wood sculptures and iron masks could be seen through the barred storefront window, […]

Togo arrests large-scale ivory trafficker

By ERICK KAGLAN Associated Press LOME, Togo (AP) – A high-profile ivory trafficker whose work activists say has fueled the slaughter of more than 10,000 elephants dating back to the 1970s has been arrested in Togo, the country’s environment minister said Wednesday. The trafficker, Emile N’Bouke, was found to be in possession of 700 kilograms […]

Chasing Ivory Poachers, Smugglers in West Africa (VIDEO)

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Over 50kg of ivory seized (Vietnam)

VietnamNet August 6, 2013 VietNamNet Bridge – Customs officers at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport have arrested two Vietnamese nationals illegally carrying 50.2kg of ivory and 126 boxes of Marlboro cigarette to Vietnam. Passengers Trieu Viet Phong (born in 1984) and Le Ngoc Dinh (born in 1987) brought with them these items aboard SU290 from Russia to Hanoi with three children. They […]

Kenya Set to Launch Anti-Poaching Unit to Save Wildlife

Xinhua August 5, 2013 The Kenyan government has formed an inter-agency elite unit to fight rampant poaching across the East African nation, officials confirmed on Monday. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman Paul Mbugua said the 120- member anti-poaching squad consisting personnel drawn from various government agencies will be unveiled by the Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet secretary Professor Judi Wakhungu on Thursday. “The government […]

How Rhino Horns (and Ivory) end up in Asian Jewellery shops

Karl Amman, The Star August 2, 2013 So your latest model Ferrari is parked in a prominent spot outside the top five-star hotel in the capital. You are meeting friends for a drink and since it is pleasantly warm you wear a short sleeve shirt so there is no way they can miss the golden Rolex on your left […]

KWS boss wants life terms for poachers (Kenya)

NICHOLAS WAMALWA August 5, 2013 Kenya Wildlife Services wants the Wildlife Bill amended to provide for life imprisonment of those who kill elephants and rhinos. The Bill is due to be debated in the National Assembly. Managing Director William Kiprono said the two animal species are threatened with extinction because of poaching. The Bill  requires prescribes […]

Tanzania: Four Tanzanian Security Officers Dismissed Over Poaching

Sabahi 1 August 2013 Head of Tanzania’s Kiteto Prison Ally Ramadhani Sauko and his deputy Joseph Kimaro have been fired for possession of giraffe, zebra and ostrich meat, Tanzania’s The Citizen reported Thursday (July 31st). Sauko and Kimaro were arrested July 23rd with five others carrying the meat on a prison vehicle, and were expelled after police investigations, said Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson […]

Tanzania: Rangers Impound Seven Submachine Guns in Serengeti Park

By Mugini Jacob, Tanzania Daily News 2 August 2013 Serengeti — SEVEN submachine guns (SMGs) have been confiscated from poachers by rangers in Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) in recent months. The firearms were confiscated between March and June, this year (2013) along with over 400 bullets, according to the park’s Chief Park Warden, Mr William Mwakilema. Mr Mwakilema made the revelation on […]

Mozambique: Smugglers Ordered to Compensate Mozambican

Mozambique News Agency 2 August 2013 Maputo — A court in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado has ordered a Chinese company to pay 3.5 million US dollars to its Mozambican partners, because of the damages they suffered due to the Chinese involvement in smuggling ivory, rhino horns, pangolin shells, artwork made from ivory, and even elephant excrement, according to […]