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NEWS WRAP: Elephant tramples farmer + fight against rhino poaching continues

In this week’s news wrap a 35-year-old farmer has been trampled to death by an elephant in southern Tanzania; Rhino Project in KwaZulu-Natal shows firsthand how much effort is still going into the fight against rhino poaching; a lactating female elephant has died after being poisoned with cyanide in the Bumi Hills area in Zimbabwe; A South African hunter has been accused of bribing Zimbabwe government officials to shoot an elephant illegally; ranger forces strengthened in Mozambique after more recruits join the ranks; and Japan has partnered the ZimParks and Wildlife Management Authority in its quest to curb the illegal killing if elephants.

The fight against rhino poaching

Project Rhino hosted key national and international media on a visit in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal to show them firsthand how much effort is still going into the fight against rhino poaching.

Elephant tramples farmer to death in Tanzania

In another case of human-wildlife conflict, a farmer has been trampled to death by an elephant that strayed from Selous Game Reserve.

Ranger forces strengthened in Mozambique

On 16 May 2018, 39 recruits, of which three are women, celebrated their graduation as rangers during a passing out parade held in the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. This follows the successful completion of a gruelling eight-week ranger training course presented by the Southern African Wildlife College, that prepared the new recruits for their stand against wildlife crime in the various conservation areas to which they will soon be deployed.

NEWS WRAP: Attacks by captive carnivores stats revealed + logging planned in Selous Game Reserve

In this week’s news wrap stats regarding attacks by captive carnivores in South Africa are revealed in an open letter to the minister; Tanzania invites bids for logging in Selous Game Reserve to pave way for huge hydropower plant; Kenya plans to

Tanzania invites bids for logging in Selous to pave way for huge hydropower plant

logging © Simon Espley

The Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) has invited tenders for large-scale logging in the Selous Game Reserve, a world-renowned wildlife area, where it plans to construct a large hydropower plant.

Kenya to fast-track laws to make wildlife killing capital offence

Kenya will fast-track laws to make wildlife poaching a capital offence as part of the country’s bid to conserve flora and fauna.

Attacks by captive carnivores – the stats revealed in open letter to minister

A formal letter to the Minister of Environmental Affairs from some of the top wildlife NGOs in the country about the captive carnivore interactions in South Africa. Records show that at least 37 incidents of captive carnivore attacks have occurred since 1996, affecting no less than 40 victims.

SA hunters expelled over canned lion hunting

Two South African hunting associations that embrace canned lion hunting have lost an appeal to retain their membership to Europe’s top hunting organisation, and have been thrown out of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation for breach of policy.

NEWS WRAP: Leopard kills boy + giraffe kills filmmaker

In this week’s news wrap tragedy has struck in Uganda where a leopard has killed and eaten a three-year-old child in Queen Elizabeth National Park; a habituated giraffe has killed a South African filmmaker; a poacher has been fined R1m fine after rhino horn bust; six wild black rhinos have returned to Chad after a 50-year absence; poachers have shot dead three rhinos inside a Kenyan sanctuary; and another 3.3 tonnes of pangolin scales were seized in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Poacher fined R1m fine after rhino horn bust

A convicted rhino poacher has been fined R1 million, or ten years imprisonment, by Lephalale Regional Court in Limpopo, South Africa.

Leopard eats baby boy

Tragedy has struck in Uganda, where a leopard has killed and eaten a three-year-old child in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Poachers kill three rhinos + 3.3 tons of pangolin scales seized

In two cases of wildlife poaching, three black rhinos were shot dead in Kenya, and 3.3 tonnes of pangolin scales were seized in Vietnam.

Gerald the giraffe kills filmmaker

South African filmmaker Carlos Carvalho was killed by Gerald the habituated giraffe while filming at the Glen Afric Country Lodge near Pretoria in South Africa.

Wild black rhinos to return to Chad after 50-year absence

An unprecedented collaboration between the South African and Chadian Governments, SANParks and African Parks, is enabling the translocation of critically endangered black rhinos from South Africa to a secure park in Chad on the 3rd May, reintroducing the species to the country after almost fifty years of local extinction.

NEWS WRAP: Lion attacks man + mass lion shooting

In this week’s news wrap an elderly man was attacked and mauled by a large male lion while tourists watched helplessly at a lion park in Limpopo Province; a report claims that a lion slaughterhouse was established ‘overnight’ on a farm outside Bloemfontein; power lines threaten Cape vulture’s future according to VulPro; and good news as Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry.

Video: Lion attacks man as visitors to lion park scream in terror

An elderly man was attacked and mauled by a captive lion at the Marakele Predator Centre in South Africa.

Lion mass slaughter house

The Blood Lions team and other environmentalists reacted with horror to reports that a lion slaughterhouse was established ‘overnight’ on a farm outside Bloemfontein.

Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting ‘baby boom’

Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates.

NEWS WRAP: Another collared elephant shot + 12 poachers arrested in Kruger

In this week’s news wrap another collared bull elephant has been been shot by a professional hunter in an area adjacent to Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe; twelve suspected rhino poachers were arrested in Kruger National Park in the last week; a police committee now says that police near national parks should be vetted in light of the poacher arrests; leopards are taking the hit from the Chinese demand for ‘health tonics’; and research has revealed that West Africa gorillas are more numerous than thought, but still endangered.

The exploitation of captive cheetahs

The practice of breeding cheetahs in captivity as ‘ambassadors’ is doing the species more harm than good.

Another collared elephant shot outside Zim national park

Hunters in Zimbabwe have shot dead a bull elephant collared by scientists for research purposes, the second such killing in a month, a conservation group says.

NEWS WRAP: Leopard mauls tourist in Namibia + lion pride poisoned in Uganda

In this week’s news wrap a German tourist was mauled by a leopard in Namibia’s Kuiseb Canyon; a pride of eleven lions have died of suspected poisoning in Uganda; according to a Kruger head ranger rhino poaching in the national park is declining, while elephant deaths are up; a ‘problem’ lion was shot near Kruger; wild dogs return to Gorongosa after decades of absence; an elephant has killed a woman in Botswana; and investigations continue in Cameroon following a large discovery of illegal wildlife products hidden in shipping containers bound for China.

‘Problem’ lion shot near Kruger

In a case of human-wildlife conflict, a ‘problem’ lion has reportedly been killed near the town of Finale, South Africa, after the local community complained that it was killing livestock.

Elephant kills woman in Botswana

According to a report, a 57-year-old Maun resident died on Monday after being attacked by an elephant in Botswana.

Wild dogs return to Gorongosa after decades of absence

Wild dogs return to Gorongosa

Wild dogs will soon roam free in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique for the first time in decades.

German tourist mauled by leopard in Namibia’s Kuiseb Canyon

A German tourist was badly mauled by a leopard that apparently leapt into the camper van while camped in Namibia’s Kuiseb Canyon.

Eleven lions die of suspected poisoning in Uganda

Authorities suspect poisoning caused the deaths of eleven lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

NEWS WRAP: Elephants in China endure horrific conditions + wildlife parts allegedly sold on Facebook

In this week’s news wrap a video has emerged showing the horrific conditions being endured by elephants at Beijing Zoo in China; body parts from threatened wildlife are allegedly being widely sold on Facebook; a Chinese man was jailed by a Dutch court for smuggling rhino horn; a pangolin was saved during a poaching syndicate interception in Makhado, South Africa; a pair of rare twin elephant calves thrill conservationists in Tanzania; and a new report helps Uganda take aim at wildlife trafficking.

New report helps Uganda take aim at wildlife trafficking

A new TRAFFIC report shows how traffickers in Uganda are moving wildlife and wildlife products through the country and identifies steps to curb the country’s role as a wildlife trafficking hub.

Body parts from threatened wildlife allegedly widely sold on Facebook

Facebook is allegedly displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations on group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth.

Video: Horrific conditions for elephants at Beijing Zoo

Incredibly distressing video footage has emerged of the horrific conditions being endured by elephants at Beijing Zoo in China.

Pair of rare twin elephant calves thrill conservationists in Tanzania

A pair of rare twin elephant calves have recently joined their mother’s herd in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.

NEWS WRAP: Tanzania launches largest elephant collaring effort + Britain to ban sale of ivory

In this week’s news wrap Tanzania has launched the country’s largest ever elephant collaring effort to protect its dwindling elephant population; Britain will ban the sale of ivory items regardless of their age in an effort to restrict the illegal ivory trade; Taiwan is to revise laws for a complete ban in ivory trade from 2020; two Chinese nationals have been held in Nepal with 162 kg of pangolin scales; fifty-eight years jail time has been handed down to rhino poachers; a report states that donkey skins are the new ivory; and Kenya’s tourism minister advocates life sentences for ivory possession.

Taiwan to revise laws for complete ban in ivory trade from 2020

Taiwanese officials are working to revise regulations so that a solid ban against trade in ivory can be put into force in 2020.

Britain to ban sale of ivory items, regardless of age

With a prohibition on the sale of nearly all antiques containing ivory, the new legislation will create the toughest ban on ivory in Europe.

NEWS WRAP: Hunter kills collared elephant + 3 rangers drown in Lower Zambezi

In this week’s news wrap a giant elephant was killed by a Russian hunter – despite wearing a research collar; three rangers have drowned in Lower Zambezi; the South African DA says that the illegal abalone trade is fuelled by the Department of Agriculture; Kenya considers hunting as land-use model for community and private land; reports say that Grace Mugabe allegedly gifted ivory to Asian first ladies; five people were arrested over possession of elephant tusks valued at R600k; and a man has been jailed for 18 months over possession of elephant bones in Malawi.

Kenya considers hunting as land-use model for community and private land

The Kenyan Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife has set up a task force to look into the modalities of wildlife utilisation.

Giant elephant killed by hunter – despite research collar

Giant large-tusked elephant (with research collar) removed from the gene pool by a Russian hunter in Zimbabwe.

Grace Mugabe allegedly gifted ivory to Asian first ladies

Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe allegedly ordered national parks officials to release ivory to her from its storerooms to be given as gifts to first ladies in Asia, a newspaper claimed.

NEWS WRAP: Sudan the rhino passes away + undecided fate for killer lion

In this week’s news wrap Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has sadly passed away at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya; the fate of lion that mauled a woman to death at Kevin Richardson’s sanctuary remains undecided; African leaders call on EU to shut down ivory trade; and wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe have apprehended a villager in Hwange area for dealing in pangolin.

R.I.P. Sudan – last male northern white rhino

It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvůr Králové Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018.

African leaders call on EU to shut ivory trade

More than 30 countries across Africa have called on the European Union (EU) to close down its ivory market, saying it needs to do more to prevent elephants being driven to extinction.

NEWS WRAP: EU major smuggler of African reptiles + 3 Kruger elephants killed

In this week’s news wrap a report claims that the European Union is a major destination for illegally smuggled live snakes, lizards and tortoises from southern Africa; three bull elephants are killed after escaping Kruger National Park; poaching is threatening the survival of the magot monkey according to a report; and in two separate cases, approximately 2,800 kilograms of pangolin scales and 3.5 tons of ivory – both originating from Nigeria – have been seized by Hong Kong and Singapore custom officials respectively.

3 Bull elephants killed after escaping Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park elephant bull

3 Bull elephants have been killed by the Mpumalanga authorities after escaping the Kruger National Park near Matsulu Village, in the vicinity of Nelspruit.

Pangolin scales and ivory from Nigeria seized in Asia

In two separate cases, approximately 2,800 kilograms of pangolin scales and 3.5 tons of ivory – both originating from Nigeria – have been seized by Hong Kong and Singapore custom officials respectively.

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