Rare Kenya rhinos de-horned to frustrate poachers

NAIROBI — Four extremely rare Northern White rhinos recently transferred to Kenya from a Czech zoo have been dehorned to protect them from poachers, a conservation group said Tuesday. “With the increase of poaching in Kenya, we are simply not taking any...

Asia’s greed for ivory puts African elephant at risk

There has been a massive surge in illegal ivory trading, researchers warned last week. They have found that more than 14,000 products made from the tusks and other body parts of elephants were seized in 2009, an increase of more than 2,000 on their previous analysis...

Tanzania: Tale of Momella’s Giraffes Without Tails

Arusha — A strange observation has been noted at Momella: Many of the park’s giraffes are either missing their tails or these appendages have been snipped off, leaving severed stumps in their places.   Even stranger, the problem is said to be caused by the...

Zimbabwe Rhino Poaching Court Case a Turning Point?

  This month, Tichaona Mutyairi, a Zimbabwe rhino poacher with the infamous Mazhongwe gang, was sentenced to 17 years in jail after being captured during an exchange of gunfire with the police in October 2009. Although a regional court in the town of Masvingo took a...

Nigeria: Imoke urges protection for rain forest

CALABAR—Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has called on the international community to assist in protecting the Cross River rainforest which he said is under attack by loggers, farmers and those collecting firewood.   He spoke at the Copenhagen Summit on...

Uganda: Oil Workers Kill Remaining Male Reedbuck in Kabwoya

Kampala — THE only male reedbuck, a type of antelope, which is at risk of extinction in Kabwoya wildlife reserve, has been killed.   According to Honey Malinga, the commissioner for oil petroleum in the energy ministry, workers of Busitema Mining Services, a company...

Zimbabwe war vets poison rhinos

Harare – Zimbabwe’s War veterans settled near the Humani Estates in Chiredzi District are using poisonous elements for poaching rhino horns from a nearby game reserve in a move to sustain them after failing to come up with meaningful yields since they...

South Africa: Dog as Croc bait

  Canoeists training for the Dusi Conoe Marathon came across a dead dog strung up by its feet inside a mesh on Tuesday night on the Umgeni River in Durban, it was later established that it was a trap set by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife officers earlier that week to catch an...

Cameroon: Over 3000 Mangrove Trees Planted in Campo

About 3000 mangrove trees, covering about 1 hectare and 1 kilometer of coastline have been planted in the Campo beach area to guard against coastal erosion and mitigate climate change. This is part of the implementation of the Mangrove Resilience Assessment and...

South Africa gives two rare white lions to UAE

Al Ain: Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR) has recently taken in two extremely rare white lions, calling attention to the urgent need to protect the African lion from extinction.   The lions arrived from South Africa and have become familiar with their new...

South Africa: Beached Whale Sharks

On Saturday morning about 7km north of Cape Vidal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park two whale sharks, one 5m and the other 6.5m, were found having beached themselves. One had no signs of any injuries but the second had a lump on its head and an old wound on its caudal...

Kenya breaks ranks with Tanzania on ivory trade

Kenya will campaign for a total ban on ivory trade at an international meeting on wildlife conservation scheduled for March, as its herds of elephants continue to be endangered by poaching.   The position is likely to anger Tanzania which is pushing for a new trading...

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