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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ivory Trade Campaign

If you buy ivory, you kill people

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

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Zimbabwe government defends baby elephant sale

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

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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.

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Rebranding environmental crime as a crime against humanity

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

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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.

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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.

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Anti-Poaching Teams with seized ivory. © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Elephants worth more alive than dead

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

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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.

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Richard Leakey in the Mara region. © Graham Boynton

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.

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General Jooste (left) briefs some of Kruger's section rangers, who are at the frontlines of the war against poachers.

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Criticisms of the Environmental Minister’s views on ivory trade

Criticisms have emerged following Edna Molewa’s, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, remarks on the ivory trade and how it relates to a possible trade in rhino horn.

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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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Court of appeal halts release of blood ivory

Justice Kenneth Kakuru came to the rescue of the reputation of Uganda’s judiciary when he halted the release of blood ivory confiscated last year.

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Ivory tusks

Ugandan court to release smuggled ivory

A Ugandan court has ordered the release of 2.9 tonnes of ivory destined for sale in China and the UAE

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9 common myths from pro-rhino horn trade advocates

Let’s take a look at the nine most common myths perpetuated by rhino horn trade advocates.

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Chad sets fire to ivory stockpile

The President of the Republic of Chad, his excellency Idriss Déby Itno, lit the fire destroying his country’s 1.1 ton stockpile of ivory.

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Beware of the bureaucratic failings of legalised trade

Martina Polley interviews Mary Rice, the Executive Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency, about elephants and the ivory trade.

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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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Four African nations spurn ivory sales

The leaders of four African nations have pledged to honour a 10-year moratorium on sales of ivory.

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Can Jackie Chan combat rhino poaching?

In an effort to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn a communication campaign aimed at Chinese and Vietnamese audiences was launched today featuring popular Chinese film star and martial artist Jackie Chan.

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With a New Year in China comes a new campaign

The Chinese New Year saw the launch of a widespread public awareness campaign, urging people not to buy ivory as gifts and return peace to elephants.

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Hong Kong to destroy seized ivory

Government advisers have given the long-awaited go-ahead to destroy Hong Kong’s stockpile of confiscated ivory.

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Chinese construction camps in Congo could be ivory trade hubs

An anti-poaching leader in the Congo is convinced that the Chinese construction camps are conduits for the ivory trade.

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Hong Kong to consider destroying ivory stockpiles

Hong Kong is to reconsider proposals to destroy its 33 tonne ivory stockpile, following a symbolic decision by Beijing to crush its confiscated ivory for the first time.

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China to destroy ivory

The Chinese government plans to destroy several tons of confiscated ivory and other wildlife products demonstrating the Chinese government’s commitment in combatting the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 19

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 19 on 6 January 2014: The Southern African elephant population has, to date, been largely unaffected by the mass poaching slaughters happening around Africa

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Anti-elephant poaching story goes viral in China

A newspaper story about the impact of the ivory trade has gone viral in China, raising awareness among millions of Chinese, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Only 6 signatures – how successful was the Botswana Elephant Conference?

In the wake of the Elephant Summit held in Botswana in early December where urgent measures to halt the rampant illegal ivory trade were adopted one is left asking if it is enough?

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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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Listening to Africa’s elephants

Take a listen to how a forest full of microphones can fight poaching and help save Africa’s elephants.

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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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Marching for elephants

On Friday, 4 October 2013, fifteen official cities took part in the iworry International March for Elephants in an effort to protect and preserve the world’s elephants, here are some photos from the Cape Town march.

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Suspected ivory trafficker Emile N'Bouke stands with seized ivory carvings and tusks after his arrest in Togo. © Daily Mail Online - Becky Evans, AP Reporter

Responsible for the slaughter of 10 000 elephants…. facing one year in jail?

A notorious ivory trafficker was arrested in Togo on 6 August 2013. N’Bourke, who is known as “The Boss”, is an a ivory trafficking and poaching kingpin and is believed to have been operating for over 40 years, fueling the

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Killing Spree Slaughters 86 Elephants in Chad

Source: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Poachers in Chad have slaughtered 86 elephants, including 33 pregnant females, in less than a week. The elephants were killed close to the Chad border with Cameroon and their ivory hacked out. It is the

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Ivory Trade Nations Face Threat of Sanctions

Original source Top conservation organizations warned Wednesday that the illegal ivory trade is hastening the decline of Africa’s already endangered elephant population, and said they are ready to punish nations that are lax in fighting the problem. “Globally, illegal ivory

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