ARTICLES RELATING TO POACHING

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.

Poachers kill famed giant Kenya elephant

2014-06-14 14:31

One of Africa's largest elephants has died after being shot by poachers using poisoned arrows in Kenya, wildlife officials revealed as they mourned the loss of an "old friend".

20 000 elephants poached in Africa in 2013

2014-06-13 12:09

An international wildlife regulator says more than 20 000 elephants were poached last year in Africa, where large seizures of smuggled ivory eclipsed those in Asia for the first time.

Antiques Roadshow will not glorify ivory

2014-06-06 11:15

The PBS network says Antiques Roadshow is dropping appraisals of ivory tusks. The tusks won't be shown in new episodes or in segments drawn from previously aired shows.

US man gets 2 years for smuggling elephant ivory

2014-06-05 09:56

A US man has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison for smuggling African elephant ivory, in a case that resulted in one of the largest seizures of illegal ivory in US history.

Two suspected poachers killed in Kruger shoot-out

2014-05-22 20:37

Two suspected rhino poachers have been killed during a shoot-out with rangers at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park, SANParks says.

Elephant poached in Kruger Park

2014-05-15 20:46

An elephant has been poached in the Pafuri region of the Kruger National Park, the first such killing in a decade.

'30 elephants killed every day in Tanzania'

2014-05-09 14:40

Poachers are slaughtering Tanzania's elephants for their ivory at such alarming rates that the population could be completely wiped out in just seven years, conservationists say.

Cape woman busted for R7 000 of perlemoen

2014-05-03 14:06

A woman has been arrested for illegal possession of perlemoen worth nearly R7 000 in Hermanus.

Saudi prince accused of poaching rare birds

2014-04-23 14:04

A Saudi prince has been accused of killing close to 2 000 endangered birds while on safari in Pakistan, the bird’s meat are known to be an aphrodisiac.

Zim land grabs endanger elephants

2014-04-21 15:14

Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching.

Rhino bush war a losing battle

2014-04-20 08:45

Soldiers and game rangers waging a bloody war along the border of the Kruger National Park and Mozambique are fast losing their battle as they struggle to save our rhino, according to a report.

 

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.

Poachers massacre elephants in Congo park

2014-06-13 13:22

A non-profit group running nature reserves in Africa has sounded the alarm over a months-long slaughter of elephants by poachers in one of Africa's oldest national parks.

Pangolin poaching reaches 'epic' levels

2014-06-08 14:41

Four African species of pangolins are in severe danger as poaching level rise drastically, a report says.

Kenya seizes 300 elephant tusks just before export

2014-06-05 13:12

Kenyan authorities have seized 228 whole elephant tusks and 74 others in pieces as they were being packed for export in the port city of Mombasa, police and wildlife officials say.

Suspected poacher murders ranger

2014-05-27 11:43

A group that runs African wildlife parks says a suspected poacher has killed a ranger in charge of law enforcement at a park in Zambia.

Rhino NGOs face being classified 'illegal'

2014-05-22 05:00

Organisations involved in fighting rhino poaching should register their initiatives or face the risk of being classified as illegal, environmental affairs says.

Rebels in DRC may be shooting elephants

2014-05-14 19:47

A sharp rise in elephant poaching in a remote park in DRC has conservation groups asking if the rebel Lord's Resistance Army is hunting the protected animals.

2 Kenya cops busted for ivory

2014-05-03 16:04

Kenyan wildlife authorities say two police officers have been arrested transporting illegal elephant ivory as the government cracks down on poaching.

Poachers slay six elephants in Kenya

2014-04-26 21:22

Poachers have slain six elephants including four calves in a private reserve in Kenya, wildlife officials have said, as the country battles an upsurge in the illegal slaughter of elephants and rhinos.

Fears that syndicates could target rhino horn stockpiles

2014-04-22 18:56

Concerns have been raised that rhino horn syndicates might shift their focus targeting stockpiles, after 40 rhino horns were stolen from a safe in Mpumalanga.

2 held for rhino poaching

2014-04-21 10:50

Two men are expected to appear in the Tzaneen Magistrate's Court for suspected rhino poaching, Limpopo police say.

SA, Mozambique reach deal to fight rhino poaching

2014-04-18 05:30

South Africa has signed an anti-poaching agreement with Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia.

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