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News wrap: US remains top wildlife trophy importer + Kenyan elephants relocated

In this week’s news wrap it has been reported that the United States remains the biggest importer of endangered African wildlife trophies; 30 elephants are relocated in Kenya in the hopes to end human-wildlife conflict; Kenyan MPs urge President Kenyatta to ban logging and declare it a national disaster; African penguins have succumbed to avian flu in the Western Cape; the US Embassy supports the South African wildlife crime investigations through donation of forensic trailer units; and a major seize of an abalone consignment goes down at Durban harbour.

Kruger rhinos sold to Namibian hunting farm – deal under scrutiny

How did 13 rhino bulls from the Kruger National Park end up on a hunting farm owned by a reclusive Russian billionaire in Namibia?

News wrap: Mass poisoning kills lions, vultures + suspected poacher killed by lions

In this week’s news wrap a mass poisoning incident has left six lions and over 70 vultures dead near Ruaha National Park; a suspected poacher was killed by lions near Kruger National Park; and custom officials have seized rhino horns carved into Buddha statues in Hong Kong.

Mass poisoning incident leaves lions, vultures dead near Ruaha

A mass poisoning incident in the Wildlife Management Area just outside Ruaha National Park has left six lions and over 70 vultures dead.

Lions kill suspected poacher near Kruger

Limpopo police are looking for information on a man suspected to be a poacher‚ who was attacked by lions in a private nature reserve on Friday.

News wrap: Ivory trader arrested + elephant orphan shot

In this week’s news wrap a Japanese ivory trader has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling ivory to China; an orphaned elephant was shot after trampling a handler; the largest US safari club slams door shut on SA’s canned lion industry; a wildlife ranger is tragically gored by a rogue elephant; and top ivory investigator, Esmond Bradley Martin, is killed in his Nairobi home.

Elephant shot after trampling handler – owner’s account

Those that raised the orphaned elephant, Dojiwe, provide their account of what happened between the elephant and the handler.

Ranger gored by elephant

A wildlife ranger in South Africa, who works to protect rhinos and elephants against poaching, has been gored by a rogue elephant while checking the reserve’s fences.

Top ivory investigator, Esmond Bradley Martin, killed in Nairobi

Esmond Bradley Martin, one of the world’s leading ivory trade investigators living in Kenya, was on Sunday found dead in his house at Langata, Nairobi.

Largest US safari club slams door shut on SA’s canned lion industry

The world’s largest hunting club, Safari Club International (SCI) has slammed the door shut on South Africa’s canned lion industry, announcing it will no longer allow captive-bred lion operators to advertise or market captive-bred lions (CBL) at its annual convention, and will reject all captive-bred lion entries for its record books.

Domesticated elephant shot after trampling handler

A Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, animal handler is battling for his life at Mpilo Central Hospital after a domesticated elephant trampled and gored him several times. The orphaned elephant, popular with tourists who loved to interact with her, was subsequently shot and killed by rangers.

News wrap: Hunter shot dead + Hong Kong votes to ban ivory sales

In this week’s news wrap a hunter was shot dead at a captive-bred lion hunting farm in South Africa; Hong Kong has voted to ban domestic ivory sales in a landmark move; around 600 kg of elephant tusks and 600 kg of pangolin scales were seized in Ivory Coast; US President Donald Trump has confirmed that he will not be lifting the ban on elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe; and 3.5 tons of hippo teeth went up for auction on Monday in Tanzania, despite criticism.

Hong Kong approves vote to ban ivory sales

Hong Kong has voted to ban domestic ivory sales in a landmark move on Wednesday to end the infamous trade in the city.

Trump confirms US elephant trophy ban remains

US President Donald Trump has confirmed in an interview with Piers Morgan that he will not be lifting the ban on elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Major haul of ivory and pangolin scales seized in Ivory Coast

Officials in Ivory Coast have announced the seizure of over half a ton each of elephant tusks and pangolin scales following a crackdown on a transnational trafficking network.

3.5 Tons of hippo teeth up for auction in Tanzania, despite criticism

The impending auction of 3.5 tons of hippo teeth is drawing criticism from conservation groups who say the sale could encourage increased killing of the vulnerable species for its body parts.

Hunter shot and killed while hunting captive-bred lions

A hunter has been shot and killed while hunting captive-bred lions in North West province, South Africa

Rhino poaching update – we look behind the numbers

Poached rhino

We look behind the 2017 rhino poaching numbers

Pangolin found in man’s backpack

Pangolin found in man's backpack

Sourced from third party site: News24, written by Kerushun Pillay, The Witness A man was caught at a South African shopping mall with a pangolin in his backpack. He was allegedly trying to sell the pangolin, one of the world’s most

Zimbabwe to stop selling elephants, says newspaper

  UPDATE 21 January 2018: It has come to our attention that the Zimbabwe government has NOT made any formal announcement in this regard, and that the Daily News news report below was therefore not accurate. We have been informed

Update: Photos of the leopard that attacked tourist in her tent

Leopard in camp site

photos of the leopard that attacked tourist in her tent

Tragic news: Leopard attacks tourist inside her tent


A female tourist was mauled inside her tent by a male leopard at the Matopi campsite in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana.

Exposed: Major hotel group and tour operator found offering lion walks

Walking With Lions Experience. © Ranch Resort.

Lions walks offered by Protea Hotels (owned by Marriott Hotels & Resorts) and Thompson’s Holidays

Illegal ivory links forces resignation of Hong Kong government adviser

A Hong Kong ivory trader fined this week for illegal possession of ivory resigned on Wednesday from a government advisory panel to protect endangered species, a potentially embarrassing blow for a city fighting to stamp out smuggling of ivory.

News wrap: DNA evidence foil rhino poachers + bird flu found in wild birds

In this week’s news wrap wildlife DNA is being used as evidence to foil poachers; bird flu has been found in wild birds around Western Cape, especially the swift tern; and a Hong Kong court fines ivory trader $1,000 for illegal trading as China cracks down on ivory trade.

Wildlife DNA evidence foiling poachers

New research has revealed that a large database of rhinoceros DNA is successfully being used to prosecute poachers and those trading rhino horns.

News wrap: Croc kills tourist + large tusker dies in Addo

In this week’s news wrap a crocodile has killed a tourist in Zimbabwe, injuring another; a large tusked bull dies in Addo due to injuries from a fight; the US Federal Court invalidates the decision for trophy imports to the United States; China’s ban on domestic ivory sales goes into effect; Britian’s Prince Harry is appointed president of African Parks; and tragedy as an elephant tramples Kenyan ranch owner to death.

Crocodile kills tourist in Zimbabwe

A tourist has reportedly been killed and another was seriously injured in a crocodile attack in Zimbabwe’s Matopos National Park in Matabeleland south over the weekend.

Federal Court invalidates decision for trophy imports to US

The US Federal Court of Appeals has invalidated the decision to allow the import of animal parts from trophy hunts from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

China’s ban on domestic ivory sales now in effect

China’s complete ban of the buying and selling of ivory products went into effect on Sunday.

Our 5 top wildlife news stories for 2017

Take a look at the top five wildlife news stories for 2017.

Large tusked bull elephant dies in Addo

SANParks has announced that one of the big bull elephants in Addo Elephant National Park had sadly passed away.

Prince Harry appointed president of African Parks

Sourced from third-party site: African Parks In a move that underscores his commitment to conservation, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales has formally joined African Parks as their president. The appointment was just made public in a statement released

Tragedy as elephant tramples Kenyan ranch owner to death

Gilfred Powys

The director of one of Kenya’s best-known ranches was trampled to death by an elephant on Wednesday, wildlife authorities said.

News wrap: Call for Japan to close ivory market + lion cub speared

Raw ivory displayed at a preview of a physical auction house © TRAFFIC

In this week’s news wrap two major conservation groups have called for the closure of Japan’s domestic ivory market; a lion cub was speared during what appears to be a human-wildlife conflict in Maasai Mara; 216 elephant tusks were seized in southeast Cameroon; and a recent study has revealed that pangolin smugglers are constantly opening up new global trade routes every year to avoid law enforcement agencies.

Vic Falls Marathon donates to ELE Fence project

A cheque totalling $4,319 was recently handed over to the Victoria Falls Green Fund. This money will go towards the ELE Fence project in Victoria Falls.

Video: Lion cub speared, recovers

Speared lion cub and its mother

A lion cub from the famous Ridge Pride in Kenya’s Maasai Mara was speared during what appears to be a human-wildlife conflict incident. The cub was treated by a vet and seems to have made a full recovery.

News wrap: Massive ivory seizure + creation of new hunting association

In this week’s news wrap 200kg of ivory, destined for Malaysia, has been seized at Zimbabwe’s main airport; a new association, representing the interests of professional hunters opposed to hunting captive-bred lions, has been formed in South Africa; two Tanzanian ostrich eggs smugglers get 25 years; and an expedition survives Somalia in another world-first.

200kg of ivory seized in Zimbabwe, destined for Malaysia

An illegal shipment of 200 kg (440 lb) of ivory destined for Malaysia has been seized at Zimbabwe’s main airport

Expedition survives Somalia in another world-first

Kingsley Holgate expedition team successfully reached the most easterly point of the African continent.

Ostrich egg smugglers get 25 years

Two Tanzanian men caught with 16 ostrich eggs were sentenced to 25 years in jail on Friday after being convicted of “economic sabotage”.

New hunting association formed after outcry over captive-bred lion hunting

A new association representing the interests of professional hunters, opposed to hunting captive-bred lions, has been formed in South Africa.

Saving vultures with the help of Project Rhino’s K9 Unit

New K9 Unit in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa locates poisoned vulture carcasses within first month of operation

Instagram cracks down on wildlife ‘selfies’

A woman takes a selfie in front of the lions open-air cage at the Tbilisi zoo

TRAFFIC has teamed up with online social media firm Instagram and WWF to raise awareness about the illegal trade of endangered animals online and inappropriate wildlife ‘selfies’.

Shark warriors bravely attempt 100km swim

At sunrise on 2nd December Madswimmer took the plunge to attempt the fastest 100km swim ever in one day. Twenty one swimmers and a 24 strong support team made their way to the mighty Agulhas Current about 20km offshore from Park Rynie in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – to swim to Port Edward to raise awareness for sharks being on the verge of extinction

Snakebite season in Southern Africa

Many bites from deadly snakes are difficult to prevent as people accidentally stand on snakes, especially at night. But the snake that has been biting lots of people recently is the poorly-known stiletto snake, also known as the side-stabbing snake.

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