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Video: Saving Jetta, Kenya’s teenage elephant


Watch as an elephant is saved from a spear.

Tanzania’s new president called to protect the country’s elephants


Tanzanian citizens unite by sending an open letter addressed to the president that calls for an end to the industrial slaughter of the country’s most prized national treasure.

Top cop fingered in elephant poaching saga

© Terry Feuerborn

A syndicate comprising police officers, Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers and Asians is behind the latest spate of elephant poaching in Hwange National Park.

Beijing Forest Police smash major wildlife trafficking ring

Items confiscated after Beijing Forest Police brought down a major wildlife smuggling ring© TRAFFIC

The Beijing Forest Police have arrested 16 suspects in a major wildlife trafficking case, which led to the confiscation of 804.4kg of ivory, 11.3kg of rhino horn and 35 bear paws.

Four men killed by poachers in Garamba National Park, DRC

© David  Santiago Garcia/ African Parks

Four men have been killed protecting Garamba’s elephants, leaving behind widows and 14 children between them.

Nairobi and Cape Town march for elephant and rhino

© Karim Kara

The Global March for Elephant and Rhino took place in over 130 cities around the world over the weekend – read what went down in Cape Town and Nairobi.

Join the march for elephants and rhinos

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in Johannesburg in 2014

Be part of the global movement to promote local and global awareness about the elephant and rhino crises. Call for governments to take immediate action to end poaching in range nations and demand an end to the ivory and rhino horn trade at all levels!

A prayer for Kipini’s elephants and rangers

© Giorgio Stella

The elephant families of Kenya’s remote northern coast need your help.

Kenya’s ‘ivory kingpin’ has bail suspended

Kenyan national, Feisal Mohammed Ali, stands in the dock at a Mombasa court. © File, AFP

A court in Kenya has suspended the release on bail of a suspected ringleader of an ivory smuggling gang, who figured on an Interpol list of the nine most wanted suspects linked to crimes against the environment.

Zurich targeted as hub to smuggle ivory


Elephant tusks weighing 262kg were seized at Zurich Airport on their way from Tanzania to China. Customs officials have also detected smaller shipments hidden in cosmetic cream jars over the past weeks, which suggests an effort to open a new ivory trade route via Zurich.

Poachers arrested as baby elephant rescued

This baby elephant, now named Losoito, survived the massacre and was sent to an elephant orphanage, and the ultimate goal will be to return him to the wild

Three poachers arrested for killing this young elephant’s family.

Emergency as elephant poached near Kruger

Elephant poached in Balule Nature Reserve, found on 23 July 2015.

A dead snared elephant with its tusks removed was found in Balule Game Reserve on the western border of Kruger last Thursday.

Congolese ivory kingpin wriggles out of yet another arrest

© François Ikama (GABONEWS)

Despite being caught red-handed, an ivory trafficker in the Congo left the crime scene a free man thanks to corrupt officials afraid to bring powerful people to task.

EU bans import of hunting trophies from Tanzania and Mozambique

EU banned hunting trophy imports

The European Union has banned the import of elephant hunting trophies from two African nations that have seen a significant decline in elephant numbers due to soaring levels of poaching.

60% collapse of Tanzania’s elephants justifies US ban on trophy imports


Dwindling elephant populations in Tanzania and Zimbabwe justify the USA ban on the importation of elephant trophies from the two countries.

Mozambique burns world’s largest rhino horn seizure

burning ivory and rhino horn in Mozambique

To demonstrate their commitment to tackling poaching, Mozambique burns 124kg of rhino horn and 1,160kg of ivory.

Thailand seizes ivory in crates marked as ‘marble’

ivory seizure in Bangkok

Thai Customs Department seizes about 130 tusks and pieces of ivory hidden in crates being shipped from Congo to Laos.

Baby elephant killed before he even learned to use his trunk

© The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

A 5-month old elephant is killed in Kenya.

Stolen rhino horns replaced with replicas

rhino horn

Mozambique police have arrested four police security officials and two civilians implicated in the theft of rhino horns from a police strong-room.

Rhino horn and ivory allegedly go missing from police warehouse in Maputo

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Confiscated rhino horn and elephant ivory go missing from police warehouse in Maputo.

Singapore authorities seize ivory, rhino horns and big cats’ teeth


Singapore has seized 3.7 tonnes of illegal ivory, four rhino horns and canine teeth in a shipment from Kenya to Vietnam.

Largest-ever ivory and rhino horn seizure in Mozambique


Mozambique police sieze 340 ivory tusks and 65 rhino horns in Maputo – corresponding to 235 animals slaughtered.

Buy No Rhino cycling Asia


Two sisters cycle through Asia, teaching kids about rhino conservation along the way.

Thailand makes its biggest ivory bust in history


Thai customs officials have seized four tons of ivory worth $6 million in the largest bust of its kind in Thailand’s history.

Malawi takes to the screen to say no to wildlife crime

Watch this 8 minute film – an informative and emotional plea from Malawians who believe in the importance of protecting their country’s wildlife.

Ivory dealers busted thanks to German travellers

On Monday the 16th of March 2015, two German travellers, Martin and Christin Kotthoff, led to the arrest of two ivory dealers near Kasane, Botswana.

Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory

15 tonnes of elephant tusks burn in Nairobi National Park in Kenya on a day that was at once tragic and full of hope.

China announces one-year ivory ban

China has announced a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings amid mounting criticism over the country’s role in the annual slaughter of thousands of African elephants.

China, Tanzania and the blood ivory blacklist

An update on the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) report that showed Tanzania as a key player in the illegal ivory trade.

EU puts the squeeze on illegal hunting trophy imports

The European Commission has closed a major loophole exploited by criminal gangs trafficking in high-value hunting trophies that carry tusks and horns.

Uganda seizes massive ivory, pangolin haul

Ugandan wildlife officers have seized a huge haul of elephant ivory and pangolin scales, representing the deaths of hundreds of endangered animals.

If you buy ivory, you kill people

Elephant Action League launches 2015 global campaign to address the human toll of ivory trafficking.

Zimbabwe government defends baby elephant sale

Zimbabwe defends decision to sell baby elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France.

Chinese criminal syndicates and corruption behind Tanzania’s elephant meltdown

A new report reveals that Chinese-led criminal gangs are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, a trade which has caused half of Tanzania’s elephants to be poached in the past five years.

Rebranding environmental crime as a crime against humanity

Environmental crime is hindering Africa from seeing economic growth, destroying the future of the people.

When the buying stops, the killing can too

A look into the illegal wildlife trade and how to reduce the demand that is fuelling the illegal poachers who take the lives of thousands of rhinos and elephants every year.

China’s internet companies join wildlife trade battle

Chinese internet companies will begin to stop the online trading of wildlife and wildlife products from Friday.

Elephants worth more alive than dead

A living African elephant has 76 times the value of one poached for ivory…

Hefty jail term for ivory smuggler

The highest penalty ever imposed in South Africa for the illegal possession of ivory was handed down when a man was sentenced 10 years’ jail and a R5 million fine for possessing one ton of poached elephant tusks.

Leakey’s last stand: The final battle of Africa’s elephant king

The man who saved the African elephant in the 1980s is returning to the fray. This time nothing will stop Richard Leakey except the grim reaper.

Interview with Kruger’s anti-poaching chief

An interview with Major-General Johan Jooste, the man in charge of anti-poaching at South African National Parks.

Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again

Breaking news: in what seems to be a recurring trend, another elephant has been poached in the Northern Kruger, close to the Zimbabwe and Mozambican borders.

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.

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.

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.

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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