Monthly Archives: March 2014

Zambezi’s ivory poaching exposed

Hongxiang Huang, Informante March 27, 2014 AN investigation by the Oxpeckers Centre of Investigative Environmental Journalists revealed that the Zambezi Region, where five SADC countries, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe intersect with Namibia is a smuggling hotspot. With more than 9 100 residential elephants and 30 000 migrating elephants according to 2013 data, elephant poaching was not a serious issue in […]

Belgium to Destroy Its Illegal Ivory Next Month

By Denise Chow, Staff Writer   |   March 26, 2014 03:57pm ET Belgium is slated to destroy its entire stockpile of illegal ivory next month, joining the United States, China and several other countries in taking a stand against wildlife trafficking. Earlier this month, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Laurette Onkelinx announced plans to destroy all the illegal […]

Kenya: Stop This Massacre of Elephants, Rhino

By Alex O. Awaiti, The Star 25 March 2014 Early this year, a story in the New York Times described how 72 boxes of trinkets were all that remained after more than 100 elephants were slaughtered for their incisor teeth.The trinkets included beads, chess sets, bone-white animal figures, bangles and toys, earrings, pendants and bracelets. Similarly, rhino horn is […]

Target the ring leaders to defeat poaching

  By Dr. Paula Kahumbu Richard Leakey, founder of the Kenyan Wildlife Service, has called on President Kenyatta to declare a national emergency and take personal charge of the war on poaching Richard Leakey and Paula Kahumbu at the press conference organised by Wildlife Direct on March 19, 2014 in Nairobi. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images […]

Counting the cost of East Africa’s poaching economy

Organised crime gangs generate staggering profits smuggling ivory and rhino horn AFP Published: 15:33 March 23, 2014 Nairobi: Organised crime gangs in East Africa are generating staggering profits smuggling ivory and rhino horn with impunity, experts say, threatening both an irreplaceable wildlife heritage and key tourism industries. Kenyan and Tanzanian ports are the “primary gateway” […]

Nyeri County To Establish Elephant Corridor Between Mt. Kenya And Aberdare (Kenya)

Kenya News Agency March 21, 2014 Nyeri county government is set to establish a 25 kilometre wide elephant migration corridor connecting the Mt. Kenya forest and the Aberdares. Governor Nderitu Gachagua said that the corridor was an initiative of his government Kenya Wildlife Services and other conservationists aiming at conserving wildlife and environment as well as promoting tourism in the area. […]

Cambodia seizes 263 kg of ivory tusks near Vietnam border

Shanghai Daily Mar 21,2014 PHNOM PENH, March 21 (Xinhua) — The Cambodian authorities on Friday seized 77 pieces of ivory tusks in equivalent to 263 kg in eastern Svay Rieng province bordering Vietnam, Provincial Military Police Chief San Bunthan confirmed. The seizure came after someone had tipped the authorities off that a van was carrying ivory tusks for Vietnam, he […]

Richard Leakey calls on President Kenyatta to invoke Emergency Response on Elephant and Rhino poaching

19 March 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Dr Richard Leakey, Founder –WildlifeDirect, leakey@turkanabasin.org “My fellow Kenyans, poaching and the destruction of our environment has no future in this country” These were the words of President Uhuru Kenyatta at his inauguration almost exactly one year ago. Today in the year of the 50th anniversary of Kenyan independence, […]

Japanese appetite for ivory fuels poaching epidemic

Poorly controlled ivory sales in Japan are encouraging illegal trade in elephant tusks and large amounts of ivory are entering the domestic market. Online selling and weak controls on domestic ivory sales in Japan are spurring illegal international trade in elephant tusks and contributing to a steep rise in poaching, activists said. A lack of rules […]

Tanzania: Poachers Must Pay for Their Greed

Tanzania Daily News 20 March 2014 Poaching for elephant tusks and rhino horns in Tanzanian wildlife sanctuaries is such a lucrative business. All criminal poachers know this. It is a money spinner that has enticed illegal hunters from as far afield as Somalia and China. For them, it is easy to wander into Tanzania’s National Parks, shoot elephants and […]