Monthly Archives: April 2014

Retail giant Wing On lauded over move to ban ivory sales (Hong Kong)

Danny Lee, South China Morning Post 27 April, 2014Danny Lee, South China Morning Post 27 April, 2014Retail giant Wing On is banning ivory sales in its stores, in a move hailed as another significant victory in the battle against elephant poaching. The department store chain has won praise from campaigners for its decision to kick out a tenant […]

Africa: New Report Commissioned By Born Free Usa Confirms Organized Crime, Government Corruption, and Militia Links to Elephant Poaching and the Ivory Trade

Born Free 21 April 2014 Washington, DC — “Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa” reveals similarity between the illicit networks that enable terrorism, weapons, human trafficking, and ivory commercialization. Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released “Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa,” one of the most shocking, rigorous and in-depth analyses of elephant poaching  and […]

The trade in rhino horn: asset stripping on an apocalyptic scale

By Paula Kahumbu The South African government’s plan to legalise rhino horn sales will simply make life easier for the organised crime cartels that are exterminating the species. White rhinoceros grazing. More than 1000 were killed by poachers in South Africa in 2013. Photograph: Radius Images/www.jupiterimages.com I am sitting in a large meeting room at […]

Chinese merchant gateways for ivory and rhino horns (Namibia)

From the Zambezi River to Joburg and Maputo Hongxiang Huang and Oxpeckers, Pambazuka, Issue 673 April 10, 2014 —- Namibia has enjoyed a good reputation for its nature conservation, but there is evidence the illegal trade in wildlife products is taking off. ——- In the remote Zambezi region of Southern Africa, where Namibia shares international borders with Angola, Zambia, Botswana […]

Kenya: Alert Over Poaching in Narok

By Kiplang’at Kirui, The Star 11 April 2014 NAROK County Commissioner Farah Kassim has said the security agencies were on high alert following various incidences of wildlife poaching in the recent past. Kassim said security apparatus were ready to deal ruthlessly with poachers who have claimed a number of endangered species of animals in the world-famous Maasai Mara Game […]

Rift Valley Police net elephant tusks worth Sh1.2m in Narok, suspects escape (Kenya)

By Kipchumba Kemei, Standard Digital April 8th 2014 Narok, Kenya: Police in Narok have seized three pieces of elephant tusks worth more than Sh1.2 million in a private residence outside the town. The tusks, which police say was to be transported to Nairobi by a taxi, are suspected to have originated from areas bordering Maasai Mara Game Reserve The […]

Tanzania: Self-Confessed Poacher Files Against Sentence

Tanzania Daily News 2 April 2014 A CHINESE national, Yu Bo, who was recently jailed 20 years after his failure to pay a 9bn/- fine for unlawful possession of government trophies worth over 978m/-, has filed a notice of appeal to challenge the sentence passed against him. He filed the notice of appeal at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in […]

Will this man’s tears save our elephants? (Kenya)

Daily Nation March 30, 2014 When an elephant was killed last week at the Aberdare National Park, Mr Allan Wanyama, a game ranger, wept. Cameras caught the distraught ranger, rifle in hand, crying as he stood desolately over the animal, which still had blood oozing from its wounds. “It was a mixture of emotion and bitterness,” explains Wanyama, 24. […]

Vietnam in two minds about destructing wildlife contraband

Tuoitrenews March 31, 2014 According to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Vietnamese authorities now have a total of 27 tons of elephant tusks and hundreds of kilograms of rhino horn which were confiscated from wildlife traffickers. In response to this information, Assoc. Prof. Dr Pham Van Luc, chairman of the Scientific Council of the Vietnam National Museum of Nature, said the museum is currently […]