Monthly Archives: September 2013

WildlifeDirect & Conservation Partners Announce Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action: Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants

***NEWS RELEASE*** CEO Dr. Paula Kahumbu represents Kenya’s “Hands Off Our Elephants” Campaign in Meeting with Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Commitment’s Goal: Stop the Killing, Stop the Trafficking, Stop the Demand Commitment Makers include: Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and World Wildlife Fund Commitment Partners: African Parks […]

Kenya calls for concerted efforts to save elephants

Njoroge Kaburo, English.news.cn September 21, 2013 NAIROBI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) — Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Friday called for increased support in order to save elephants which are being slaughtered at a high rate. Speaking at an anti-poaching campaign at the Amboseli National park, Margaret said the government has shown essential political goodwill and support in the fight against ivory trade to save […]

Korat police seize African ivory worth B20m (Thailand)

Bangkok Post 23 Sep 2013 NAKHON RATCHASIMA ― Police on Monday seized a large shipment of smuggled ivory worth an estimated 20 million baht and arrested two men who tried to bribe officers with one million baht in cash. The tusks were found hidden in a van parked at a hotel in Muang district late in the morning and the suspects were identified […]

Let us put stop to ivory trade now (Kenya)

By Issac Kalua, Standard Digital September 23nd 2013 NAIROBI, KENYA: We are now witnessing accelerated demise for elephants, not to the ultimate call of nature but to poaching, the ultimate call of greed. For instance, over the last 10 years, Zakouma National Park in Chad has lost at least 90 percent of its elephants. Just last year in 2012, Kenya lost 384 […]

Kenya: KWS Kill Three Suspected Poachers in Tsavo

By Joseph Muraya, Capital FM 9 September 2013 Nairobi — This happened after they defied orders to surrender and instead fired at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers who had laid an ambush. One of the suspects is believed to have escaped with injuries according to the KWS officials. KWS communication manager Paul Udoto says that rangers had laid […]

Zhangjiang Customs Officials Seized 10 Smuggled Elephant Tusks (China)

Jiayu Guan, Zhaoying Li, Wen Huang, Guangzhou Daily September 5, 2013 Zhangjiang, Sept. 5 (gdzjdaily)—Zhanjiang Customs announced yesterday that 10 elephant tusks weighing 78 kilograms were seized. Working on a tip-off, authorities of Zhanjiang Customs set up a specialist checkpoint to seize the shipment of the ivory tusks. At 23 p.m., a SUV with consignment drew attention from […]

U.S. plans to destroy 6 tons of seized illegal ivory

By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News Six tons of illegal ivory that has been seized by the U.S. government will be destroyed in an effort to discourage sales of accessories and art made from elephant tusks, the U.S. Department of Interior said Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to crush six tons of ivory […]

Time for a Hong Kong tusk force to combat illegal ivory trade (China)

Anna Beech, South China Morning Post 06 September, 2013 China is the largest consumer of ivory and its demand is bringing the African and Asian elephants to the point of extinction. According to the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency, all wild elephants will be wiped out in the next five to 10 years if poaching and habitat loss continue at the present […]

KWS accuses the rich of poaching (Kenya)

RAPHAEL MWADIME, The Star September 6, 2013 Kenya Wildlife Services has linked influential business people to the illegal ivory trade in the country. KWS spokesperson Paul Mbugua told the Star during an interview that the recent seizure of 3.3 tonnes of illegal ivory in Mombasa shows the trade involves wealthy people. “Through our intelligence officers, we have […]

Kenya: State Asked to Tighten Laws Against Poaching

By Dominic Wabala, The Star 5 September 2013 Poachers earned US$ 30 million(Sh2.6 billion) from 154 tonnes of ivory in 2011. A United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on organised crime said between 5,600 and 15,400 elephants are poached in Eastern Africa annually. A total of 15,400 elephants were killed in East Africa alone. The report titled […]