Jun 242016
 
POLL: Should trophy and big game hunting be banned?

Around 1.7m animal “trophies” have been exported across borders by hunters in the last decade, with at least 200,000 of them endangered species, according to a new report. US hunters are by far the largest killers of trophy animals, including half of all the 11,000 lions shot in the last decade, the report found. The […]

Dec 202015
 
Will 2016 Be a Breakthrough in the Fight to Save Elephants?

Just outside Arusha High Court in northern Tanzania one morning in November, the five men waited for the magistrate to call their names. All had been charged with killing elephants. This was the fourth preliminary hearing for a suspected head poacher and his accomplices since their arraignment more than a year ago. The younger ones […]

Dec 162015
 
POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for fueling the slaughter of elephants?

Before Chinese demand for ivory began driving the black market and illegal killing of tens of thousands of elephants each year, it was Japan’s market for hanko, personal seals used to sign contracts, that fueled the ivory trade. For at least a thousand years, they’ve been made in Japan out of a variety of materials. […]

May 212013
 
Elephants massacred for ivory in Central African Republic

Dozens of elephants have been slaughtered in the Dzanga Bai World Heritage Site in the Central African Republic just days after conservationists warned about an impending threat from the movement of 17 heavily armed poachers. The massacre occurred at a site renowned as “village of elephants”, where tourists and scientists have for decades observed wild […]

May 202013
 
A Tale of Two Elephants: celebrating the lives and mourning the deaths of Cirrocumulus and Ngampit

On March 21st, the organization Save the Elephants posted on their Facebook page that two African elephants had been poached inside a nearby reserve: “Sad news from the north of Kenya. Usually the national reserves are safe havens for elephants, and they know it. But in the last two weeks two of our study animals […]

May 192013
 
17 poachers allegedly enter elephant stronghold in Congo, conservationists fear massacre

Local researchers and wildlife guards say 17 armed elephant poachers have gained access to Dzanga Bai, a famous large clearing and waterfole where up to 200 forest elephants visit daily in the Central African Republic (CAR)’s Dzanga-Ndoki National Park. WWF, which works in the region but has recently evacuated due to rising violence, is calling […]

May 182013
 
Emergency: large number of elephants being poached in the Central African Republic (warning: graphic image)

WWF and the Wildlife Conversation Society (WCS) are issuing an immediate call for action as they report that poachers are killing sizable numbers of forest elephants near the Dzanga-Sangha protected areas in the Central African Republic (CAR). The two large conservation groups have evacuated their staff from the area after a government coup, but local […]

Apr 152013
 
An insidious threat to tropical forests: over-hunting endangers tree species in Asia and Africa

A fruit falls to the floor in a rainforest. It waits. And waits. Inside the fruit is a seed, and like most seeds in tropical forests, this one needs an animal—a good-sized animal—to move it to a new place where it can germinate and grow. But it may be waiting in vain. Hunting and poaching […]

Apr 122013
 
Gold and poaching bring murder and misery to Congolese wildlife reserve

Early on a Sunday morning last summer, the villagers of Epulu awoke to the sounds of shots and screaming. In the eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that can often mean another round of violence and ethnic murder is under way. In this case, however, something even more horrific was afoot. The […]

Apr 102013
 
Poachers enlisting impoverished wildlife rangers as accomplices in elephant, rhino killing

Corruption among wildlife rangers is becoming a serious impediment in the fight against poaching, fuelled by soaring levels of cash offered by criminal poacher syndicates, senior conservation chiefs have admitted. Rangers in countries as diverse as Tanzania and Cambodia are being bribed by increasingly organised poaching gangs keen to supply ivory, rhino horn and tiger […]

Dec 052012
 
Touch...

Elephants are very tactile creatures. They use their trunks as multipurpose tools to assist them in, among other things: drinking, feeding, fighting, playing, caressing, smelling, admonishing, caring, exploring, and… just saying “hi”. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Nikon D3s. Nikon 200-400 mm. ISO 800. f 5.6 @ 1/12000 sec. Lexar Media. with Little Vumbura Camp & Journeys […]