Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Ivory Highway

By Damon Tabor, Mens Journal March 2014 Inside one of the world’s largest, most shadowy criminal trafficking networks – from the jungles of Cameroon to the black-market bazaars of Beijing. Killing an elephant was easy, really. You found its tracks, big as serving platters, and you followed them. Then, Pierre said, you just aimed for the head. But in the […]

Tanzania: Chinese ‘Poacher’ Fails to Pay Sh9 Billion Fine, Jailed 20 Years

By Faustine Kapama, Tanzania Daily News 19 March 2014 A CHINESE national, Yu Bo (45), was jailed for 20 years after failing to pay a 9bn/ fine for possessing government trophies worth over 978m/- unlawfully. The verdict has come at a time when the government has vowed to leave no stone unturned in the effort to curb poaching […]

Suspected poacher killed in Lake Nakuru

By James Kariuki A suspected poacher was Tuesday killed by Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) rangers within Lake Nakuru National park. Senior Warden Adan Kala told the Nation that a team on patrol sighted a group of three people moving on foot along a popular animal track and trailed them. “They managed to shoot one dead while […]

Face to face with the bloody horror of rhino poaching

By Dr. Paula Kahumbu The time I spent this weekend with a dead rhino shot by poachers was a heart-breaking experience Paula Kahumbu with the rhino “Sheria”, killed by poachers on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya. Photograph: Gina Battel Saturday morning, 16 March: We were getting together for a Lewa Wildlife Conservancy board meeting and as […]

Searching For The Elephant’s Genius Inside the Largest Brain on Land

By Ferris Jabr, Brainwaves, Scientific America February 26, 2014 | Many years ago, while wandering through Amboseli National Park in Kenya, an elephant matriarch named Echo came upon the bones of her former companion Emily. Echo and her family slowed down and began to inspect the remains. They stroked Emily’s skull with their trunks, investigating every crevice; they touched her skeleton gingerly with […]

Poaching and illegal wildlife trade threatens tourism and development in Africa

eTN Global Travel Industry News Mar 13, 2014 Panelists convened at an event in Berlin, Germany, on the occasion of ITB – the world’s largest tourism fair – and concurred today that record poaching levels of rhinos and elephants are not only threatening the basis of tourism but also tourism-based development options in Africa. In his opening remarks, Hon. Moses […]

Kenya: Fighting Wildlife Security Threats

BY STEVE NJUMBI AND PAULA KAHUMBU, 13 MARCH 2014 On 31st January 2014 the Cabinet Secretary for Water, Environment and Natural Resources, Professor Judy Wakhungu appointed a 15 person task force on wildlife security chaired by Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich. The overall purpose of the task force is to identify the security threats to wildlife and […]

Passing of a giant: death of an elephant

Paula Kahumbu, The Guardian March 8, 2014 Those who collaborate in this suffering by buying, wearing and displaying vanity products made from smuggled ivory should know their true cost and feel deeply ashamed. The following article was written by Mark Deeble , a film maker living and working among elephant herds in the Tsavo National Park in northern Kenya […]

Court of appeal halts release of blood ivory (Uganda)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Mar 06, 2014 Justice Kenneth Kakuru came to the rescue of the reputation of Uganda’s judiciary when he granted an injunction to the applicants Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Revenue Authority, halting the release of blood ivory the two organizations confiscated last year. Judge Masalu Musene last week, in a ruling which […]

YAO MING: BUYING IVORY IS EQUIVALENT TO PURCHASING A BULLET

Journalist: Luan Xiang 06/03/2014                          Source: Xinhua Net The original article in Mandarin can be found in the following link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2014-03/06/c_119638036.htm Today, former basketball player and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) member when answering questions from Xinhua News Agency, said that he believes that China should make greater efforts to come up with legislation that […]