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News wrap: Rhino 8 nabs poachers + US big-game trophy decision

In this week’s news wrap an anti-poaching team celebrates success; US President Donald Trump calls elephant trophy hunting a “horror show”; the Trump administration is sued for allowing US hunters to import elephant and lion trophies; a woman’s body is found after a crocodile dragged her into river; and Mozambique ports have become the new export hub for ivory smugglers.

Woman’s body found after crocodile dragged her into river

The body of a 52-year-old woman who was dragged into a river by a crocodile outside Thohoyandou over the weekend has been found.

East Africa’s ivory smuggled out of Mozambican ports

Investigations reveal that East African ivory smugglers have moved their export hub to northern Mozambique ports.

Now Trump calls elephant trophy hunting a “horror show”

President Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show” Sunday and strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration’s earlier approval of the practice.

US to lift elephant trophy ban

US authorities will remove restrictions on importing African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

News wrap: Lions kill over 250 livestock + Tanzania ends UAE hunting deal

Tanzania, Arusha Region, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, Maasai in Ngorongoro Crater with their herds of cattle

In this week’s news wrap a lion pride has killed over 250 livestock in Namibia in the last week; Tanzania terminates hunting deal with Dubai royal family; a top anti-poaching cop is fired; and two tragic cases where elephants have killed tourists – one occurring in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and the other in Livingstone in Zambia.

Tragic breaking news: Tourist dies after elephant attack in Okavango Delta

In tragic news, a guest at a horse riding safari camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, has died after being attacked by an elephant cow.

Lion pride kills over 250 livestock in Namibia in one week of carnage

Over 280 goats and sheep have been killed by the same lions in two different locations over the past week in the Kunene region in Namibia.

Top anti-poaching cop fired

One of South Africa’s top anti-rhino poaching cops has been fired on allegedly “trumped-up charges” and is now unemployed and looking for a job.

Elephant tramples tourists to death in Zambia

Two foreign tourists have been trampled to death by an elephant at a lodge in Livingstone.

Iconic lion Kebbel believed poisoned

, Kebbel ('XPL81'), Namibia © Inki Mandt

Iconic Namibian desert-adapted lion Kebbel is now believed to be dead, most likely poisoned by herdsmen in the arid Damaraland region of Namibia.

Unlocking the potential of Zinave National Park

Zinave National Park in Mozambique has come alive with activity that will see the full potential of this breathtaking conservation area unlocked over the next decade.

News wrap: Over 50 elephant tails seized + new cheetah blood in KZN

In this week’s news wrap four traffickers have been arrested in Ivory Coast after 53 elephant tails were seized; new blood as plans to introduce ten new cheetahs to a KwaZulu-Natal park is underway; rare cycads face increasing threats as they become a target for theft; almost 50 vultures are poisoned in the Kruger National Park; and distressing images of a pregnant rhino mother and calf killed by poachers.

Rhino poaching decreases, but rare cycads now target for theft

Rhino poaching is on the decline, but other species – like elephant, the pangolin and rare cycads – are under increasing threat.

49 Vultures poisoned near Kruger National Park

The poisoned bodies of nearly 50 vultures have been found by rangers in Mozambique‚ just a short distance from the boundary of the flagship Kruger National Park.

Pregnant rhino mother and calf killed by poachers

Heartbreaking photos of unborn rhino calf who died after mum and siblings shot by poachers.

News wrap: First cheetah cubs in 100 years + lion skeletons in Asia

In this week’s news wrap Liwonde National Park in Malawi celebrates the birth of the first cheetah cubs in 100 years; a report reveals over 6,000 lion skeletons have been exported to Asia in the last decade; African aquaculture is threatening native fish species; and good news for rhinos as 14 black rhinos are successfully moved from Kwa-Zulu Natal to a new private reserve to help with population growth.

Forest elephant population collapse in Central Africa

Forest Elephants © Christian Boix

Wildlife censuses carried out in four Central African countries have revealed that forest elephant populations have declined by approximately 66% over eight years in an area covering almost 6 million hectares.

News wrap: Cyanide killing Zim’s elephants + rhino injures poacher

In this week’s news wrap a report claims that over 250 elephants have died in Zimbabwe due to cyanide poisoning since 2013; South Korea clamps down on ivory smuggling; while North Korea is accused of rhino horn and ivory smuggling; a suspected poacher is injured by a rhino he was tracking; and questions are raised over Namibia’s killing of desert elephants.

Questionable killing of Namibia’s desert elephants

Two of the only five remaining mature desert elephants bulls that occupied the Ugab region of Namibia have recently been hunted.

Rhino injures suspected poacher in Namibia

A rhino turned the tables on a suspected poacher in Namibia, charging and injuring the man while he was allegedly tracking it.

North Korea accused of rhino horn and ivory smuggling

According to a report, North Korean diplomats are involved in state-sanctioned rhino horn and ivory smuggling.

Social media used to sell big cats in UAE despite law

Cheetah cubs continue to be sold on the UAE black market via social media accounts operated by five key dealers, helping fuel a thriving trade in illegal exotic pets.

News wrap: Rhino horn smuggler jailed + chimp surgery success

In this week’s news wrap a Chinese rhino horn smuggler has been jailed for four years; South African veterinarians surgically lengthen the misaligned jaw of an adult male chimpanzee; 66 giraffes join thousands of other animals exported to China; and cheetah cubs continue to be sold on the UAE exotic pet black market via social media accounts.

Video: Adorable sand cat kittens spotted for first time in wild

On a recent expedition to Morocco, Grégory Breton, director of Panthera France, captured stunning (and viral!) videos and photos believed to be the first-ever sighting of wild sand cat kittens in their African range.

66 Giraffes join thousands of other animals exported to China

Sixty-six giraffes arrived in central China’s Henan Province in the early hours of Sunday, on a chartered flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, according to local sources.

News wrap: Hippo deaths + donkey population crisis

In this week’s news wrap we have an anthrax outbreak in northeast Namibia where hippos and buffaloes are dying; NGO African Parks expands its conservation management in Chad; the world’s donkey population is in crisis due to China’s increased demands; and two elephants die – one from a suspected lightning strike, and the other shot by Kenyan authorities.

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Tourists early to hit the roads outside Satara rest camp in the Kruger this morning were greeted by the rather macabre scene of a large elephant carcass in the road – presumably killed by a lightning strike.

Giant Kenyan elephant killed by authorities on suspicion of killing farmer

Giant elephant Little Male Amboseli Kenya © Amboseli Trust for Elephants

One of the last big elephant bulls in Africa was shot and killed by the authorities because it was suspected he had killed a farmer.

News wrap: Young elephants mistreated + woman bitten by hyena

Elephant kicked during capture in Zimbabwe

In this week’s news wrap we have news from the UK of a proposed ban in all sales of ivory, regardless of age; the Duke of Cambridge praises Africa’s true heroes at the Tusk Awards; a woman is bitten by a hyena after trying to break up a fight; a video of young elephants bound for Chinese zoos mistreated during their capture; and lions thrive after a successful translocation.

Prince William salutes Africa’s true heroes

Mrs Graça Machel awards Brighton Kumchedwa at the Tusk Awards

Last night saw a large crowd of conservationists gather in Cape Town for the Tusk Conservation Awards to pay tribute to a few of Africa’s true heroes – the men and women who continue to dedicate their lives to conservation at ground level.

Video: Young elephants kicked and slapped during capture for Chinese zoos

Elephant kicked during capture in Zimbabwe

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away.

Watch: Lions thrive after translocation

A lion is caught on a camera during the release into Somkhanda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A pride of three lions are thriving in their new home, Somkhanda Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, after a successful translocation.

Join this year’s global march for elephants and rhinos

Logo for Global march for elephants and rhinos

On Saturday, 7th October, the fourth annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos will be taking place in cities all over the world.

First wild black rhino born in Rwanda in over a decade

The eastern black rhino calf and mom in Akagera National Park, Rwanda © Augustin Manirarora / African Parks

On World Rhino Day, African Parks shared the exciting news that a rhino calf has been born in Akagera National Park in Rwanda – the first wild rhino birth for over a decade.

Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

The white giraffes in Kenya © Hirola Conservation Program

A pair of giraffes with leucism, a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time in Kenya.

Laos: The fastest growing ivory market in the world

Seized ivory in Bangkok, Thailand

A new report has revealed that China’s neighbouring country, Laos, has now become the fastest growing African ivory market in the world.

Lions escape from Etosha, kill livestock

A number of goats dead after lions attacked

Lions from Etosha National Park in Namibia have reportedly escaped into the neighbouring Sesfontein Constituency and have managed to kill 19 goats in one night.

‘Iconic tusker’ shot by trophy hunters in Zambia

A large bull elephant shot by a trophy hunter in Zambia

A large bull elephant, described as an ‘iconic tusker’ was trophy hunted in Zambia this weekend – the biggest elephant trophy in decades.

Trophy hunting company appointed to manage state game reserve

A pair of cheetah in South Africa

The North West Parks Board has conservationists worried after it awarded a 25-year contract for the co-management of a state-owned game reserve to a company specialising in trophy hunting and stuffing animals.

Namibia hopes for 80% drop in human-wildlife conflict

The National Policy on Human Wildlife Conflict by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism addresses the human-wildlife conflict that occurs all too often between wildlife and the rural communities and farmers in Namibia that share the same land. It is important that such a policy exists as the human-wildlife conflict will never disappear, but at least it can be effectively managed.

Cape vulture colony remains undisturbed by roadworks

According to the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), no evidence of disturbance to the Msikaba Cape vulture colony can be found after the construction of the Msikaba and Mtentu bridge haul roads.

News wrap: Rhino horns smuggled as trinkets plus elephants tragically killed

The past few days have seen a report revealing how rhino horns are now being processed into trinkets for smuggling, the nine elephants that tragically died in a freak electrocution accident, the chaotic scenes of congestion on Kruger roads, and the announcement of the passing of an old bull elephant.

9 Elephants die in freak electrocution accident

In a tragic accident, 9 elephants have died in a freak accident after being electrocuted by power lines near Sua Pan and a village called Dukwi in Botswana.

News wrap: Elephants saved plus confiscated rhino horn investigation

The three bull elephants relocated on flatbed trucks out of the farmlands in Limpopo Province, South Africa

The latest news surrounding wildlife in Africa, from three bull elephant being saved, to the ongoing investigation into the recently confiscated rhino horns.

Rhinos in the news this week

The past few days have seen a failed attempt to smuggle five rhino horns out of South Africa, a poacher sentenced to 20 years in jail, and SANParks suggesting that we pay an extra fee to visit national parks that have rhinos.

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