ARTICLES RELATING TO 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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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