ARTICLES RELATING TO POACHING

14 rhino poachers arrested in Kruger Park

2014-10-19 16:01

Fourteen rhino poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park since the start of the weekend, SANParks say.

Rare white rhino dies in Kenya, only six remain

2014-10-18 22:30

A rare northern white rhino has died in Kenya, a wildlife conservancy says, leaving just six of the animals left alive and bringing the famed species one step closer to extinction.

4 bust with mandrax, abalone, crayfish tails

2014-10-13 08:10

Four people have been arrested for possession of mandrax worth an estimated street value of R2.5m, as well as abalone and crayfish tails, Western Cape police say.

Interpol makes illegal ivory trafficking a priority

2014-10-08 08:22

International police organisation Interpol has announced it would establish a team to target ivory trafficking and more generally, environmental crime, in Africa.

1000s march for rhino, elephant protection

2014-10-04 18:00

Thousands in South Africa and around the world have marched to demand that governments do more to stop illegal trade in slaughtered rhino and elephants.

Rhino poaching tracker dog stolen

2014-09-23 12:44

Jack, a dog trained to track rhino poachers, has been stolen with his owner's bakkie in Pretoria, the Palala Rhino Sanctuary says.

3 appear for perlemoen possession

2014-09-22 20:30

Three Chinese nationals have appeared in the Vosloorus Magistrate court for possession of perlemoen with an estimated value of R2.1m.

SANParks workers arrested for poaching

2014-09-22 05:58

Three SANParks workers have been arrested for alleged rhino poaching at the Kruger National Park, says SANParks.

Global march planned against poaching

2014-09-18 21:53

A global march demanding action to stop rhino and elephant poaching will be held across 125 cities in October, organisers have announced.

Rhino poaching at crisis level

2014-09-15 11:01

For retired army general Johan Jooste, the fight against rhino poaching in the vast Kruger National Park (KNP) is far from being won, with poaching at crisis levels since 2007.

2 rare Indonesian elephants killed for their tusks

2014-09-08 20:31

Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in Indonesia's Aceh province with their tusks missing, police say.

SANParks official speaks out on rhino ‘sale’

2014-08-31 13:00

Confusion around the SANParks sale and removal of 260 rhinos has deepened after the man accused of making an unauthorised decision to sell the Kruger Park animals has spoken out in his defence.

Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite

2014-08-25 11:53

Poachers slaughtering Africa's wildlife with impunity are often shielded from police by connections, but a group of conservationists have turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing.

Elephant killings in Africa outpace births: study

2014-08-18 23:33

More elephants in Africa are being killed by poachers than are born each year, and the problem may be worse than previously understood, according to the most detailed assessment yet.

Hundreds of Kruger rhino to be moved - report

2014-08-10 11:16

The government is set to announce the evacuation of about 500 rhino from the Kruger National Park in a bid to save them from poachers, according to a report.

Botswana is a rare refuge for elephants

2014-08-04 21:38

Elephants thrive in Botswana, a rare bright spot on a continent hit hard by ivory poaching.

Second elephant poached in Kruger

2014-07-31 14:05

A second elephant has been killed for its tusks in the Kruger National Park's Parfuri region in the last few months.

Wealthy diners driving pangolin to extinction

2014-07-29 08:18

Some wild mammal species are being driven to extinction for their fur, hides, horns or tusks, but the pangolin is being eaten out of existence by wealthy humans.

Abalone worth R3.8m seized in Cape Town

2014-07-18 10:56

Abalone with a street value of about R3.8m has been seized at a farm warehouse outside Cape Town following a tip-off, police say.

Republicans want to keep ivory sales

2014-07-10 05:00

Republican lawmakers work to block new Obama administration rules intended to curb ivory sales.

Perlemoen bust - 4 arrested

2014-07-08 22:44

Four foreign nationals have been arrested after a raid on an illegal perlemoen drying plant in Benoni on the East Rand.

Trade in rhino horn may become legal

2014-06-30 15:26

A panel of 10 experts was established to help an inter-ministerial committee with its investigation on the possibility of legalising the rhino horn trade.

Ivory, charcoal funds criminal, terror groups

2014-06-25 06:46

Illegal charcoal, logging, ivory trading finances criminal and terrorist groups a UN group says.

WWF raises alarm over Mozambique elephant killings

2014-06-20 15:17

The WWF has raised the alarm over plummeting elephant populations in Mozambique after an aerial survey showed ivory poaching is decimating herds in the country.

Togo's top ivory dealer only gets 2 years

2014-06-19 10:47

A shop owner dubbed 'Le Patron' because of his status as Togo's top ivory smuggler has been jailed for two years for possessing more than 700kg of elephant tusks.

 

Suspected rhino poacher shot dead

2014-10-19 10:56

A suspected rhino poacher has been shot dead at the Kruger National Park in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Interpol joins hunt for Kenyan poaching suspect

2014-10-17 11:48

Kenya's police have asked Interpol to issue a wanted persons alert for a businessman accused of illegal trafficking in ivory and other game trophies in east Africa.

R10m Paarl perlemoen case postponed

2014-10-08 17:19

The case of three Mozambicans arrested for possession of perlemoen worth about R10m has been postponed by the Paarl Magistrate's Court.

Massive perlemoen bust on N1

2014-10-06 20:05

A man has been arrested on the N1 between Ventersburg and Winburg with one ton of perlemoen, estimated at R1m.

Process for relocation of KNP rhino begins

2014-10-01 15:22

The process for relocation of some of the Kruger National Park's white rhino has begun, SA National Parks says.

WWF takes Rhino war to Vietnam consumers

2014-09-22 18:29

The WWF has launched a campaign on Rhino Day to change the behaviour of Vietnamese men with the message that they don’t need rhino horn to bolster their self-esteem.

Asian stars enlisted to fight rhino poaching

2014-09-19 08:39

Increasingly desperate South African conversationists are turning to a multi-national team of "rhino ambassadors" to try to end the scourge of poaching.

Poachers turn to gamekeeping to guard gorillas

2014-09-17 12:08

For four decades Leonidas Barora was a renowned hunter, tracking animals in the lush forests of Rwanda - now he only fires arrows to impress tourists, and to help protect the wildlife.

Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ring

2014-09-10 15:55

Wildlife campaigners in Mozambique say police have cracked an ivory poaching ring believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 39 elephants.

Kenya poaching crisis a national disaster

2014-09-05 21:22

Kenya's government is under renewed pressure to declare a 'national disaster' because of the rampant slaughter of elephant and rhino.

Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers - report

2014-08-28 08:36

Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges.

Gabon poachers decimate pangolin

2014-08-19 19:56

The scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine.

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known animals

2014-08-18 09:44

Indian wildlife poachers have begun to think smaller. And activists say the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result.

Perlemoen smuggler dies after 100km high-speed chase

2014-08-10 09:18

A person has died and another is in custody after they skipped a road block on the N1 in the Free State and later crashed. Perlemoen worth R3m was found in their car.

No walk in the park for SA's game rangers

2014-08-01 10:51

Game rangers In South Africa put their lives at risk every time they step out and respond to a poaching incidents. Many of them don't receive the recognition they deserve.

KNP poachers threaten slaughter of elephants

2014-07-29 19:47

Rangers in the Kruger National Park, already struggling to cope with well-armed rhino poachers, say they are preparing to face an onslaught against the park's elephants.

Zimbabwe arrests Chinese man with 33 000 rounds of ammo

2014-07-23 17:03

Zimbabwean police have arrested a Chinese man in possession of ivory, gold and a large quantity of ammunition.

4 rhino killed in Kenya's worst poaching attack

2014-07-12 11:30

Two armed gangs have killed four rhino for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident in the country in more than 25 years, a spokesperson says.

SANParks welcomes poachers' sentencing

2014-07-09 14:05

SANParks has welcomed the sentencing in Mbombela of two Mozambican poachers to 16 years in prison.

Thai ivory boom fuelling Africa elephant crisis

2014-07-02 19:24

Thailand's "out of control" ivory market is driving Africa's elephant poaching crisis, conservationists have warned, accusing the kingdom of backsliding on its pledges.

Asiatic cheetahs face extinction in Iran

2014-06-26 10:00

Iran is rushing to try to save one of the world's critically endangered species, the Asiatic cheetah, and bring it back from the verge of extinction in its last remaining refuge.

Environmental crime a $213bn industry: UN

2014-06-24 12:51

Surging environmental crime, from illegal logging to elephant poaching, is worth up to $213bn a year and is helping to fund armed conflicts, a UN and Interpol report says.

Angola’s largest ivory market

2014-06-20 13:20

The artist market in Angola sells paintings, hand-carved wooden animals and newly woven baskets. It is also sells more than 10 000 pieces of ivory, making it the largest market in southern Africa.

Three held for poaching in Polokwane

2014-06-15 18:59

Three suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in Polokwane, Limpopo police say.

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