Kenya to oversee wildlife authority actions

2014-04-11 21:00

Kenya’s central government says it will oversee the running of the country’s wildlife authority for the next three months in a bid to stop the poaching of the country’s elephants and rhinos.

Mozambique considers poaching law

2014-04-10 10:35

Mozambique is considering a new law to fight poaching, as the number of rhino killed so far this year in neighbouring South Africa reached 277.

SANParks men in court for poaching

2014-04-09 22:37

Two South African National Parks employees arrested in connection with rhino poaching have appeared in the White River Magistrate's Court.

Africa's wildlife armageddon

2014-04-07 15:30

There is a complexity of factors that mankind has to consider if he himself, and his civilization, is to survive this century in Africa, says Ron Thomson.

Oil prospecting threatens wildlife in DRC park

2014-03-31 13:44

The World Wildlife Fund has voiced concern about a planned operation to prospect for oil in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Perlemoen in peril

2014-03-30 12:23

Asia's insatiable demand for abalone is driving the species to extinction.

Asia's appetite is killing abalone in SA

2014-03-26 15:16

Foot soldiers of a global criminal network stretching from the southernmost tip of Africa to the other side of the globe; they are scouring the rocks for abalone to meet insatiable demand from Asia for the gourmet mollusc.

Tanzania jails ivory smuggler for 20 years

2014-03-19 21:04

A court in Tanzania has jailed a Chinese ivory smuggler for 20 years amid a crackdown to stem a surge in poaching.

SANParks employee appears for illegal hunting

2014-03-07 22:35

An SA National Parks employee and a hunter has appeared in the Makhado Magistrate's Court in Limpopo on charges of illegal hunting.

SANParks confirms sighting of hornless rhino

2014-03-02 20:08

SA National Parks has confirmed that a rhino with its horn hacked off had been seen at the Kruger National Park.

Where the **** was South Africa?

2014-02-18 08:34

Why, if SA is the nation that is experiencing the most determined wildlife crime in the world, was the country not represented at the London conference on wildlife crime? asks John M. Sellar.

Tanzania president - poaching threatens elephant

2014-02-14 06:00

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete says his country's elephant herds face extinction following a wildlife poaching boom.

UK wildlife summit aims to tackle illegal trade

2014-02-13 18:42

Representatives from more than 40 countries have gathered in London aiming to agree to a landmark global declaration on the illegal wildlife trade in elephants, rhino and tigers.

US bans commercial ivory trade

2014-02-12 09:23

The US has clamped down on the domestic trade of elephant ivory as part of a new drive to help African countries stem the threat to wildlife from poachers.

Prince Charles, William urge end to illegal wildlife trade

2014-02-09 18:18

Britain's Prince Charles and Prince William have made a father-and-son appeal for an end to the illegal wildlife trade, ahead of a major international conference in London.

Two KZN poachers shot dead

2014-02-06 18:32

Two suspected rhino poachers have been shot dead in a clash with police in the Phinda Game Reserve near Jozini.

Togo cracks down on ivory trafficking

2014-02-03 08:45

Togo is intensifying its efforts to crack down on ivory trafficking after a number of large seizures, warning smugglers that the country will no longer be a staging post for the illegal trade.

UN targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

2014-01-31 12:04

The UN Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in a pair of resolutions against African armed groups, a step conservationists called unprecedented.

Kenya comes down hard on smuggler

2014-01-29 05:30

What a Chinese man thought would net him $6 000, has had just the opposite effect - a Kenyan court has sentenced him to $230 000 or 7 years in jail for ivory smuggling.

Chinese gets 7 years for Kenya smuggling

2014-01-28 14:24

A Kenyan court has sentenced a Chinese man to seven years for ivory smuggling in the first case since the country passed a stringent new law to deter illegal trading in wildlife products.

Ivory Coast pilots novel elephant relocation

2014-01-24 14:12

Conservationists are capturing and relocating elephants in Ivory Coast, forced out of their traditional habitat by encroaching humans, in the first such operation attempted in Africa's forests.

Africa's anti-poachers get help

2014-01-24 05:30

Africa's fight against elephant and rhino poachers has been boosted by new law, better tech and more training.

Man appears for shooting poacher

2014-01-13 21:18

A man accused of trying to murder an alleged poacher has appeared in the Malelane Magistrate's Court.

Man arrested for R360k abalone possession

2014-01-08 16:10

A 51-year-old man found in possession of abalone with a value of around R360 000 has been arrested in Beaufort West, Western Cape police says.

Major upsurge in Tanzania elephant poaching

2013-12-30 22:14

Tanzania has been hit by a sharp upsurge in poaching, with at least 60 elephants killed in the two months since the government was forced to halt a controversial crackdown.


Kenya to oversee wildlife authority actions

2014-04-11 17:56

Kenya's central government will oversee the running of the country's wildlife authority for the next three months in a bid to stop poaching of the country's elephants and rhinos.

Belgium crushes 1.5 tons of seized ivory

2014-04-10 05:45

Belgium has destroyed 1.5 ton of ivory seized at the country's ports and airports over the last 25 years, in a public condemnation of the illegal trade.

SANParks men held over poaching

2014-04-08 18:45

Two South African National Parks employees have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching, the organisation says.

Two arrested for attempted rhino poaching

2014-04-06 18:04

Two suspected rhino poachers are expected to appear in the Phalaborwa Magistrate's Court, Limpopo police have said.

Suspected poachers in court

2014-03-30 14:05

Five suspected rhino poachers are due to appear in the Phalaborwa Magistrate's Court on Monday, police say.

Asian appetite threatening abalone with extinction

2014-03-26 16:17

Poachers scour the South African coastline for abalone to meet the insatiable appetite from Asia for this delicacy – while facing looming extinction.

Pressure on Moz over anti-rhino poaching approach

2014-03-23 22:11

Mozambique could face a ban on the trade in wildlife products after failing to meet a year-long deadline to submit a report to Cites, urgently outlining measures to curb the escalating rhino poaching crisis.

Fund to fight poaching

2014-03-15 20:29

A R255m fund has been set up to fight poaching in the Kruger National Park, SANParks says.

WWF: First fatwa issued to protect wildlife

2014-03-05 11:10

Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the WWF hailed as the world's first.

146 rhino poached in 2014 so far

2014-02-26 20:40

A total of 146 rhino have been poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year, SANParks says.

Cambodia arrests 2 men with 80 kg of ivory

2014-02-17 19:23

Cambodian police have arrested two men allegedly trying to smuggle almost 80kg of illicit ivory from Africa.

HK: Activists call for ivory trading ban

2014-02-13 20:30

Activists have called for an outright ban on ivory trading in Hong Kong after TV footage emerged showing assistants in local stores giving advice on how to smuggle the material overseas.

Prince William slams 'despicable' poaching

2014-02-13 09:00

Britain's Prince William has called for the "despicable" illegal trade in elephants, rhinos and tigers to be stamped out, ahead of an international conference.

Chinese ivory smuggler busted in Kenya

2014-02-10 08:30

A suspected Chinese ivory smuggler has been apprehended in Kenya and extradited in the first time that China has arrested a wildlife crime suspect overseas.

Illegal ivory crushed in Paris

2014-02-06 21:15

Three tons of illegal ivory has been crushed in Paris in Europe's first destruction of a stockpile of the banned elephant tusks.

UN declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers

2014-02-03 09:10

The UN Security Council is cracking down on ivory hunters and traffickers who finance armed groups in Africa in a new initiative which has been welcomed by conservationists.

Deadline looms for anti-poaching strategies

2014-02-02 21:26

Organisations that want to help fight rhino poaching have just a few days left to provide government with their suggested anti-poaching strategies.

1.7 tons of ivory seized in Togo

2014-01-29 10:57

Togo police have seized about 1.7 tons of ivory loaded in a container in the port of Lome, the country's minister of environment and forest resources say.

Togo arrests 3 in massive ivory sting

2014-01-28 19:12

Togo has arrested 3 after discovering a massive ivory shipment destined for Vietnam.

Kenyan rhino killed despite new laws

2014-01-27 07:03

Poachers have slaughtered a rhino in the Kenyan capital's national park, officials say.

Hong Kong to destroy massive ivory stockpile

2014-01-24 08:13

Authorities in Hong Kong will destroy most of its huge stockpile of confiscated illegal ivory in a process that could take up to two years, officials say.

More than 1000 rhinos poached in 2013

2014-01-20 09:47

More than 1000 rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa in 2013, a record number and an increase of over 50 percent from the previous year.

Black rhino hunting permit fetches $350 000

2014-01-12 18:04

A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino has sold night for $350 000 (R3.7m) at a Dallas auction held to raise money for conservation efforts, but criticised by wildlife advocates.

China crushes tons of ivory

2014-01-06 13:02

China has crushed a pile of ivory reportedly weighing over six tons, in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as a global hub for the illegal trade in African elephant tusks.

Zambia arrests 2 with over 115kg ivory

2013-12-24 22:24

The Zambia Wildlife Authority has arrested two people in possession of more than 115kg of ivory.

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