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  1. According to news reports a suspected poacher was killed an eaten by lions on a private game reserve near Hoedspruit: https://www.yahoo.com/news/suspected-poacher-eaten-lions-south-africa-093756412.html A number of comments have mentioned karma.......
  2. http://allafrica.com/stories/201801260119.html For all the claims that professional hunters are the "true" conservationists the evidence continues to show to the contrary. Is it surprising that the wife of one of the chief suspects had links to the infamous ivory queen, Ms Yang Fengian? I sincerely hope that the Tanzanian prosecutes all those behind the murder of Wayne Lotter. Furthermore, all those corrupt professional hunters who were engaged in poaching should lose their licenses, and their hunting concessions need to be closed.
  3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/tanzanian-police-accused-of-failure-in-conservationist-death/2018/01/25/84fd855e-01ea-11e8-86b9-8908743c79dd_story.html?utm_term=.c14e71b35120 This is a shocking article. Not only the Tanzanian police failed to apprehend the killers but professional hunters have also been accused of being involved in poaching. This comes as no surprise to me because some of the worst elephant poaching has occurred in Selous National Game Preserve, as well as the Rungwa and Kissing Game Reserves which border Ruaha National Park. Furthermore, the Niassa Game Preserve in Mozambique which forms part of the same ecosystem as Selous has just been hammered by massive poaching despite it being a hunting preserve.
  4. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/hugh-fearnleywhittingstall-urges-london-antique-dealers-to-stop-buying-ivory-a3415436.html As I know from long research, any exemption on a total ban on ivory will only result in more poaching. Its all too easy to disguise ivory from recently killed elephants as antique using tea. As a potential antique buyer, I would certainly be more likely to buy from a dealer who refused to sell ivory on ethical grounds. Surveys indicate that the overwhelming majority of the British public supports a total ban on ivory. How many demonstrations have there been in the U.K calling for a stop to elephant and rhino poaching?
  5. Hi all, My name is Mikkel and I have made an infographic about the poaching situation in Africa. I am an editor on the Danish safari blog: Safari Tanzania. After writing an article about poaching in Africa, I got inspired to make an infographic where I wanted to emphasize the most important issues and facts on poaching, as they are discussed among NGO's and involved news sites. In the last part of the graphic, I tried to encourage people to act through donations, adoptions and fundraising. All images are clickable and linked directly to the reference source, including articles and videos for further explanation. Please see the infographic following this link: http://safaritanzania.dk/stop-poaching/ (works best on a pc). It is made in collaboration with Kruger National Park and the sustainability-driven Kipling. I hope you like it
  6. Own of my travel agent (Nickadventure) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, just posted on his Facebook page comments from locals about a jaguar poaching increase, especially in Northern Bolivia, corresponding to the Beni Wetlands and Amazonian Forest, south to Tambopata reserve in Peru. I will quote his comments here: Note for those interested to discover wild Bolivia. The place I have seen a jaguar in Madidi (with another local agent) is the same Nick use to go. Nicks offers fantastic tour in the Bolivian Chaco, and reached really good results in tapirs and jaguars observations. Let's hope tourism will develop in there, I greatly admire Nick perseverance. If Kaa Iya is rather an expedition compared to Pantanal confortable lodges in Tres Irmaos region, Nick uses camera traps during the trip to show his tourists the most secretive wildlife he cannot guarantee to his clients, which I really appreciate. I really expect to visit KINP one day with Nick, as well as other new destinations I discovered a couple of year before: Reserva Barba Azul (Beni) to see the once thought extinct endemic macaw, Red front macaw in the upper dry valleys. He also offers tour in Noel Kempff, Pantanal and seems to have a new tour to see the andean cock of the rock...
  7. "A herd of endangered rhinos fleeing the deadly floods sweeping northern India now faces another threat, wildlife officials said on Monday: Poachers are stalking the animals in the few areas of high ground to which they have managed to escape. Severe flooding since June in Assam State has forced half a million people from their homes and left scores of animals in Kaziranga National Park in grave danger, said Pramila Rani Brahma, the state’s forest and environment minister. Some animals, including most of the park’s elephants, have managed to flee the flooding to areas near where park officials say they can provide them protection from poachers, but the rhinos have escaped to areas difficult for the rangers to patrol, said Satyendra Singh, the park’s director." https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/world/asia/india-assam-state-rhinos.html
  8. we are truly turning nature into a commodity , something that I and many others profoundly regret here is an article which points the way to a decline in wildlife including elephants , tigers and orangutans due to deforesttion , which in turn is partly caused by palm oil production please see https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/13312/ please also se D Gaveeau What a Difference 4 Decades Make: Deforestation in Borneo Since 1973,http://www.cifor.org/publications/pdf_files/factsheet/6552-factsheet.pdf on deforestation , forest cover has gone from 61% in 1970 to 44% in 2010 for an international comparism please see http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0159668&type=printable from high quality imaging by region most forests have been replaced for palm oil in SE Asia ant South America , the largest areas of vulnerable forests are in Africa and Mesoamerica on agricultural expansion please see Proximate and Underlying Causes of Forest Cover Change in Peninsular Malaysia, by M Miyamoto and others https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262677481_Proximate_and_underlying_causes_of_forest_cover_change_in_Peninsular_Malaysia
  9. I was very pleased to read the following story in the Daily Telegraph this morning, it would appear from looking up this story on their website that they are moving towards being a subscription only site so you may not be able to read the full story. However I have found the same story in the Sun so I will provide a link to that as well. British Army Gurkha 'super-tracker' hunting poachers in Gabon to save last remaining elephants The Gurkhas are extremely well trained in the art of jungle warfare mainly in Brunei but I presume also in Belize and when it comes to tracking Corporal Rai is clearly the best of the best, the British Army has actually been involved in ranger training in Gabon since 2015, I hope that the skills that Corporal Rai can pass on will really start to turn the tide. Forest elephants have been taking a real hammering in recent years and evidence shows that they reproduce very slowly and that the effect of poaching is even worse than it is for their savannah cousins and could cause their extinction and without intervention certainly will cause the extinction of some populations. Like the lowland gorillas that share these forests the forest elephant is a vital component of the ecology of the rainforests of Gabon and the wider Congo Basin distributing the seeds of many different tree species. Their loss would have a huge impact on the fauna and flora of this region. Besides the ecological impact, if Gabon is ever to seriously get its act together and develop a proper wildlife tourist industry then it needs to ensure that it's elephants are safe so that tourist will be able to visit and see them as I did. It is the sad reality of poaching in Africa that rangers need to have not only excellent tracking skills but also proper combat training to deal with the people that they are up against and I am extremely glad that the British Army is helping to provide the necessary training, in particular some of our Gurkha soldiers. ONE-MAN TUSKFORCE ‘Super tracker’ soldier deployed to Africa on a mission to save elephants from cold-blooded poachers
  10. Reports www.news24.com To read the full article click here.
  11. The first aerial assessment of the impact of Central African Republic's recent conflict on wildlife and other natural resources in the northern part of the country shows that wildlife populations have been depleted in large areas of their former range, yet there is hope as some populations of Kordofan giraffe, giant eland, buffalo, roan, and other key species that still survive in low numbers. report continues https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170629132001.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fplants_animals%2Fendangered_animals+(Endangered+Animals+News+--+ScienceDaily) no elephants were found there is ongoing violence , with commercial poaching and trafficking , mining and cattle raising remains a challenge there are large areas of wildlife habitat intact but an urgent security scheme has to be implemented which cooperates with neighboring Chad, Cameroon, Sudan, and South Sudan. CAR is an area where armed militias attack each other and the ordinary people , Human Rights Watch reports on this the government is largely ineffective and not very stable
  12. Reports www.news24.com To read the full article click here.
  13. Reports www.standardmedia.co.ke To read the full article click here. Meru NP is truly a beautiful place as many Safaritalkers, including myself, are aware. It needs more visitors but how to encourage them?
  14. http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/animals/crocodile-poaching-booms-as-egypt-tourism-crumbles.aspx http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/nmcg-wii-team-raises-awareness-on-crocodile-conservation/articleshow/59223055.cms ~ This June, 2017 article in National Geographic explains that Egypt's unstable political and security infrastructure, and the corresponding decrease in international visitors has resulted in a marked increase in Nile crocodile poaching. Crocodile skin, meat, body parts used as aphrodisiacs, eggs and hatchlings are all used in commercial trade to supplement the dwindling monthly earnings of Egyptians.
  15. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12764/full http://www.nature.com/news/threat-to-african-forest-elephants-1.20512 ~ This August, 2016 research article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology and the explanatory article from Nature present findings from a field study of Loxodonta cyclotis, African Forest Elephant, in the Dzanga Forest of the Central African Republic. Evidence is presented that African Forest Elephants are particularly vulnerable to poaching due to slow maturation and long inter-calving intervals.
  16. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/07/demand-elephant-products-drives-dramatic-rise-poaching-myanmar ~ This June, 2017 article from the U.K. Guardian explains the impact that traditional medicine is having in demand for elephant parts, leading to increased poaching within Myanmar. Inevitably much of the elephant trade is taken across the border to China, where the elephant trade continues to flourish.
  17. "When a poacher steps into a certain wildlife park in Kenya in the middle of the night, a thermal camera at the perimeter notices the action. Then an algorithm automatically identifies that the heat is coming from a person and not a giraffe, and a team of rangers gets an alert. The technology—which World Wildlife Fund started testing in two Kenyans parks in March 2016—has already led to more than 25 arrests. "It allows you to see in total darkness," says Travis Merrell, senior vice president of FLIR, the thermal technology company that donated the equipment to WWF. The cameras can also see through rain, smoke, and fog. In the Mara Conservancy—home to lions, rhinos, elephants, and other threatened or endangered species—the cameras are mounted on trucks. As rangers drive, a screen inside shows movement of both animals and poachers up to a mile away." https://www.fastcoexist.com/3065809/in-kenya-poachers-are-getting-caught-with-thermal-cameras
  18. with longer term safari hunting and ongoing serious poaching , the genetic diversity of black rhinos has greatly declined this has implication for how they will be able to adapt to future challanges including climate change very interestingly the historic range of the western black rhino , declared extinct in 2011, goes into southern Kenya, a few remain in the mara please see http://www.sciencedaily.com search black rhinos the piece is called rethink need to save critically endangered black rhinos , there is an article link at the end go to scientific reports , the article was published 9 FEB 2017 EXTINCTIONS,GENETIC EROSION AND CONSERVATION OPTIONS FOR BLACK RHINOCEROS DICEROS BICORNIS
  19. "I firmly believe that we are going to be able to prove that they can," said Kirsty Brebner, whose organisation Endangered Wildlife Trust had the idea of putting rats to work on the illegal wildlife trade. "They are clearly trainable, they clearly have a strong sense of smell," Brebner told Reuters from South Africa. She said the eventual aim is to train rats to find ivory and rhino horns, too. Pangolins, a mammal hunted close to extinction for the unique scales on its body, which find a ready market in Asia, are the first target because they have a stronger scent than ivory or rhino horn, giving the rats a better chance of success. The rats will be tested and trained by APOPO, a Tanzanian-based group that pioneered using the African Giant Pouched Rat to find landmines." http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2016/11/18/african-giant-rats-to-help-sniff-out-wildlife-poachers_c1458388 -- After reading the article, I had to laugh at the first entry in the comments section.
  20. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/28/rare-bird-being-driven-to-extinction-by-poaching-for-its-red-ivory-bill ~ This article from the U.K. Guardian explains how strong Chinese demand for the solid red beaks of Rhinoplax vigil, Helmeted Hornbill, is resulting in high levels of poaching. Carvers in China use the red casques to carve decorative trinkets for wealthy consumers. Poachers kill both juvenile and adult hornbills, decimating populations of the slow-breeding species.
  21. Today at 12:30 BST Prince William will be giving a keynote speech on wildlife crime at Tusk’s Time for Change event at The Shard anyone who wants to listen can do so via the Tusk’s Facebook page Tusk
  22. This article is about photographer Benjamin Rutherford's work documenting the bushmeat trade in Zambia: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2016/07/15/this-illegal-practice-has-overtaken-trophy-poaching-in-depleting-wildlife-in-zambia/ A web page displaying some of Mr. Rutherford's photos is here: http://cargocollective.com/benjaminrutherford/NYAMA I was sorry to read about the private wildlife conservancy that is selling its game animals, closing, and becoming a farm because of insurmountable poaching. But I was glad to read about a reserve along the Kafue River that was once heavily poached and now is a success story. Wish they said which reserve it was...
  23. Conservationist Mike Chase gave an interview to National Geographic about the results of the elephants survey of the South Eastern corner of Angola, one country we know is receiving the surplus of elephants from Botswana. The conclusions are alarming, depressing. But I have huge hopes things change in the future. Angola is the best place to receive the overcrowded elephants from Northern Botswana and from Hwange in Zimbabwe. Once home of an estimated 200.000 elephants before the civil war, the census determined that there are around 4000 elephants in this remote part of Angola. It is far less than what Mike Chase expected. Please see the details of the survey on: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/angola-elephants-great-elephant-census-poaching-ivory/
  24. I've been making this point repeatedly in many discussions about legalisation of ivory and rhino horn trade. It's nice to see that proper research from two highly regarded university confirms my points. Prof Christopher Alden, at the London School of Economics, who is not involved on the new analysis, said: “The linkage [of the 2008 sale] with the surge in poaching is a sound one based on rigorous scholarly research.”e said it was true that the elephant poaching crisis in east Africa has yet to hit southern Africa as hard, but that it was very likely to do so if a new sale was allowed: “[The proposal] is deeply disingenuous and one which flies in the face of the contemporary moves by China and the US to shut down the market for ivory.” The new analysis was possible because poachers do not hide or destroy the carcasses of the elephants they poach. “It’s not worth the trouble,” said Hsiang. “So they’ve basically left us a complete and visible record of their activity.” The 2008 ivory sale also corresponded with a 70% rise in the seizures of illegal ivory. The surges in poaching and seizures occurred right across Africa and the researchers checked for other factors that might have been involved, such as an increase in Chinese workers in Africa or rising affluence in China or Japan. “We looked for alternative explanations in the data, but the best evidence still indicates that the legal sale exacerbated the destruction of elephant populations across Africa,” Sekar said. A guardian article about it, and a link to the original article.
  25. Tanzania's shame Tanzania turns a blind eye to poaching as elephant populations tumble

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