Rhino horn DNA database introduced

A new DNA database is being set up to hold genetic information on all the rhinoceros horn in the UK in an attempt to stop its theft and trade. It’s probably not every day that a museum will get a couple of drill bits in the post accompanied by a polite request to bore a […]

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The Thai ‘honeypots’ used to traffic wild animals out of South Africa: Women pose as hunters with licences to slaughter rhinos

This photograph of a Thai woman sitting on top of a dead rhino with a rifle in hand is a ‘fake hunt’ photo allowing poachers to get away with their illegal wildlife trade, authorities believe. Authorities say that she is one of the women allegedly hired by a Laotian wildlife trafficking gang to pose as […]

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Orphaned rhino struggles to survive after mother killed

An Indian rhino calf that lost its mother to poachers is clinging to life with the help of conservationists, according to WWF staff assisting with its care. The two week old male is in critical condition after its mother was gunned down by poachers Tuesday and her horn chopped off. The shocking incident is the […]

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Baby rhinos signal success of Assam translocation

Two translocated rhinos in north east India have given birth indicating the rhinos are breeding successfully and have adapted well to their new environment. A male Rhino, translocated to the Manas National Park in the state of Assam in 2012, and a female, translocated in 2011, were sighted this week with their new born calves […]

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Central africa to mobilize up to 1,000 soldiers to save its elephants (Warning: graphic photos)

Central africa to mobilize up to 1,000 soldiers to save its elephants (Warning: graphic photos)

Central African states on Saturday said they would mobilize up to 1,000 soldiers and law-enforcement officials to immediately start joint military operations to protect the region’s last remaining savanna elephants, threatened by Sudanese poachers on a killing spree in the region. On the night of March 14-15, in southern Chad, these poachers killed at least […]

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Elephant massacre in the Congo

Elephant massacre in the Congo

A key Congo wildlife reserve has lost 75 percent of its elephants in just 15 years due to poaching to meet Asian demand for ivory, reports a new survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Democratic Republic of Congo authorities. Researchers with WCS and DRC’s Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) […]

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Asiatic cheetahs: on the road to extinction?

Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are unique among large cats. They have a highly specialized body, a mild temperament, and are the fastest living animals on land. Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, the Asiatic subspecies, is unique among cheetahs and the only member of five currently living subspecies to occur outside of Africa. Listed as Critically Endangered on the […]

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Over 11,000 elephants killed by poachers in a single park [warning: graphic photo]

Over 11,000 elephants killed by poachers in a single park [warning: graphic photo]

Surveys in Gabon’s Minkebe National Park have revealed rare and hard data on the scale of the illegal ivory trade over the last eight years: 11,100 forest elephants have been slaughtered for their tusks in this remote protected area since 2004. In all, poachers have cut down the park’s elephant population by two-thirds, decimating what […]

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