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Elephant attacks trophy hunter

A Namibian professional hunter sustained multiple injuries when a young elephant bull attacked him in the Uukwaluudhi Conservancy.

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Call for trade embargo against Mozambique for failure to address poaching issues

Two international environmental organisations have called on the US government to implement trade sanctions against Mozambique for its official complicity in the ongoing rampant slaughter of elephants and rhinos.

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A Namibian’s view on hunting in his home country

Namibian John K Kasaona gives a local’s view on the Namibian hunting debate.

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Senator Raymond J. Lesniak stands with advocates from Elephants DC and the Humane Society after the historic passage of New Jersey's ivory and rhino horn sales ban. The elephant pictured is Satao, the largest tusker in Kenya recently slaughtered by poachers. © Rebecca Nowalski.

State legislators make elephant history with unprecedented ivory ban

The New Jersey State Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill banning ivory and rhino horn sales on Monday, making New Jersey the first state to take a definitive stand against wildlife trafficking.

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Kenya’s biggest elephant killed by poachers

Satao, the world’s biggest elephant, is dead. Satao, who was killed by poachers at Tsavo East National Park, in southeast Kenya and was celebrated as one of the last surviving great tuskers.

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Poaching onslaught in Garamba National Park

African Parks has ramped up their anti-poaching efforts in DRC’s Garamba National Park after 68 elephants were poached using chainsaws and hand grenades.

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Trading the lives of desert elephants for votes

A source inside the Namibian government has apparently leaked information about the sale of hunting permits for rare desert elephants as an effort to garner more votes.

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The story of a young Chinese conservationist

The story of a Chinese conservationist who is working to determine China’s role in the elephant poaching problem and coming up with solutions that can be implemented across China and Africa.

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Sleeping elephant woken up to be shot

The sickening footage of the shocking moment a sleeping elephant in Zimbabwe was woken up by American trophy hunters and shot.

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Kafue: paradise waiting to be reborn

Kafue National Park, spoken of as the lungs of Africa, is doing great things for conservation with their Elephant Orphanage Project.

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Elephant calf devoted to dying mother

The story of an elephant calf’s utter devotion to its mother in her dying days.

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The bull elephants of Tembe are among the finest specimens on the African continent. I have written about them before, but it's worth mentioning again: the Tembe elephants carry some of the biggest ivory in Africa, and according to elephant expert and wildlife veterinary surgeon Johan Marais, they are only second in size to those found in Tsavo.

Tembe, land of giants

Tembe Elephant Park in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal is one of Scott Ramsay’s favourite protected areas. In 300 square kilometres of sandforest, woodland and swamps, you’ll find some of the biggest tuskers in Africa.

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First elephant poached in Kruger in 10 years

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on 15 May 2014 the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years.

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Elephants help calf cross river

Incredible footage showing a mother elephant enacting a remarkable rescue for her tiny elephant calf who got swept away while crossing a rain-swollen river.

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Chinese political advisor dismissed over ivory trading

A political advisor from east China’s Zhejiang Province has been dismissed from her post on suspicion of involvement in ivory trading.

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New poaching onslaught on Garamba’s elephants in DRC

The recent thrust of elephant poaching in the DRC could emanate from the Lord’s Resistance Army base.

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A baby elephant rescue at Tarangire

The story of a baby elephant rescue at Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

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Born Free USA exposes the bloody ivory trade

Born Free USA has released a report that provides an accurate and complete picture of the depths of the infamous ivory trade, and its findings are truly alarming.

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Lions trap hyena inside a dead elephant

The African Impact Mara Naboisho Volunteer Project recently had an incredible encounter in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy when a group of lions trapped a hyena inside the carcass of a dead elephant.

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Conquering the arch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium

Steven Entwistle will walk over the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban wearing the standard diving dress of the early 1900s diver, weighing 70 kgs, to raise funds for the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization to help build the first rhino rehabilitation centre in Zululand.

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A crossing of giants

This blogger recounts a magical experience with elephants in Amboseli National Park.

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The cutest charging elephant calf!

This video shows a young elephant calf charging a vehicle and then very quickly realising that this might not be such a good idea after all.

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Ban on ivory imports into the USA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the intention to stop all commercial trade in African elephant tusks and rhino horn, starting with a suspension on the importation into USA of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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Biggest elephant in Southern Africa dies

It is with deep sadness and regret that Tembe Elephant Park has announced the death of Isilo the elephant. Isilo was the king of the elephants and wildlife in the Tembe Transfrontier Park on the South Africa/Mozambique Border and was known as the biggest “tusker” in Southern Africa.

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CSI African style: Dead elephant kills huge croc

This blogger comes across a strange situation in the Okavango; one dead crocodile, attached to one dead elephant.

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Baby elephant wanders into South African living room

A 10-day-old runaway baby elephant found herself in the front room of a ranch in Zululand, South Africa.The elephant is thought to have traversed 30 miles of nature reserve before ending up at the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve.

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Tourists get way too close to Kruger elephant… again

Die Burger reports that a group of Italian tourists were spotted approaching a large elephant at the Afsaal picnic spot in the Kruger National Park on Wednesday.

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2 lions vs. 12 hyenas

A group of twelve hyenas take on two lions in Botswana’s Chobe National Park for their share of an elephant kill.

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Namibian elephant in farmlands subject of hunting debate

A bull elephant has been making its way across commercial and game farms in the Hochfeld and Omitara areas of Namibia and has been the subject of concern after a recent advertisement surfaced to have the elephant hunted.

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10 fascinating facts about elephants

It is up to us to save elephants. To do this we have to start with education and knowledge, so in light of that here are 10 facts everyone should know about elephants.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 25

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 25 which airs on SABC 2 at 19h30 on 24 February 2014. Learn more about lion conservation throughout South Africa, get the inside story of the Kruger Park elephant incident and find out how to track big game on a bush walk.

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Chad commits to destroying ivory stockpile

The president of the Republic of Chad has announced the imminent destruction of his country’s ivory stockpile, amongst a range of elephant protection measures to be implemented as Chad takes the lead in the fight to protect central Africa’s savannah elephants.

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Tragic end for the little elephant who got lost

Harrowing pictures of a lion single-handedly taking down baby elephant after a 30 minute chase.

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21 elephant calves a testimony to anti-poaching efforts

Twenty-one new elephant calves have been sighted at Zakouma National Park in the Republic of Chad, marking a turnaround in the fortune of the park’s beleaguered elephant herds which had been decimated by poaching in recent years.

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Elephant rolls car – Shock footage of latest Kruger incident

Shock footage has emerged of the most recent elephant attack in the Kruger National Park, which shows that two foreign tourists took unnecessary risk while on a self-drive safari.

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Pictures of an elephant in the Knysna forest!

In breaking news, the Landmark Foundation announced yesterday that they had photographs of a wild elephant in the Knysna forest, South Africa.

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Kruger elephant shot after attack

An elephant bull has been put down after it attacked a couple in the Kruger National Park on Monday, trampling their blue Volkswagen car.

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Legalising the trade in rhino horn and a wilderness of greed

South Africa is pushing hard for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. With more than 20 tonnes of stockpiled horn the country stands to make a fortune if the CITES ban on the trade is lifted.

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Call for China to close ivory factories

One killed every 15 minutes – an estimated 36 000 elephants were killed in the past year – for ivory carvings and trinkets. This is the reality of the African elephant. See how you can get involved in calling for a ban on ivory.

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Dane adopts an elephant

Dane, aged 8, tells us about his adopted elephant who lives in Kenya at the David Sheldrick orphanage.

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Observations on anthropomorphic behaviour in the wild

The observation of wild animals interacting with their deceased relatives has been widely observed in nature but can this behaviour be considered anthropomorphic?

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A lion and elephant encounter in Savute

In the remote setting of Savute, this photographer watches a lone lion feasting on an elephant carcass and an interesting encounter ensues.

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Gun lobbyist kills elephant in sports show

Gun lobbyist kills elephant: National Rifle Association lobbyist Tony Makris shoots down a bull elephant in a recent episode of the NBC sports show “Under Wild Skies” in which he is the host.

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41 elephants poisoned with cyanide

41 elephants have been killed by cyanide which had been added to the waterholes from which they drink in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

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Baby elephant rescued from muddy pond

Original Source: Amboseli Trust for Elephants The Kenya Wildlife Service and Amboseli Trust for Elephants rescued a five day old elephant calf back in November 2012 and the video is just too cute not to share. The five day old

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Leopard vs. Elephant

Life as a guide allows you an exciting and often rare glimpse into the lives of Africa’s most beautiful animals. I recently had just such an experience as I watched a male leopard stroll along the banks of the Sand

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