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NEWS WRAP: Rhino poaching ringleader released + Botswana considers lifting hunting ban

In this week’s news wrap the notorious rhino poaching ringleader, Chumlong Lemtongthai, was released early from prison and deported to Thailand; Botswana initiated on Wednesday a month of public hearings to decide whether to lift the 2014 hunting ban, including elephant hunting; the South African Parliament wants the Kruger National Park agreement with private reserves revised; an elephant killed a 58-year old man from a village in the northwest district of Botswana; and the past two months has seen the translocation of zebra, blue wildebeest and impala from Kruger National Park to Zinave National Park.

NEWS WRAP: Elephant poaching in Botswana + giraffe tramples mother and child

In this week’s news wrap the Botswana government has provided context and questioned irresponsible reporting regarding the discovery of 87 elephant carcasses; a mother and child were left critically injured after they were trampled by a giraffe in Limpopo; a Namibian ‘problem’ lion has died during a relocation operation; Zimbabwe will be donating ten white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo; cheetah smugglers were nabbed in Somaliland’s first court conviction of wildlife criminals; and a study shows that the delay on the full ban of ivory trade in Hong Kong could encourage elephant poaching.

NEWS WRAP: Kruger lion pride caution + ivory processing workshop found in Angola

In this week’s news wrap a lion pride in the Kruger National Park is apparently becoming accustomed to cars as management issues caution to tourists; authorities in Angola have arrested five Vietnamese nationals in connection with a massive seizure of wildlife products, including rhino horn pieces, elephant ivory and pangolin scales; a Kruger guard has been arrested on suspicion of poaching; 90 African buffalo were welcomed into a community conservancy in Zambia; and nine lions made history when they were translocated to Liwonde National Park in Malawi, returning the species to the park for the first time in 20 years.

NEWS WRAP: Massive rhino horn seizure in Malaysia + elephants trample and kill two Tanzanians

In this week’s news wrap Malaysian authorities discovered 50 pieces of rhino horn in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in what is believed to be southeast Asia’s largest single seizure of rhino horns; two Tanzanians were trampled to death by elephants in the north of the country; a nationwide survey has revealed that the majority of South Africans believe the captive lion breeding industry is harming the country’s international reputation; conservationists in Kenya are warning of an imminent poaching crisis should proposals to open the doors to game hunting sail through; and police in Cameroon have shut down an international poaching gang after catching six traffickers carrying more than 700 kilos of pangolin scales.

NEWS WRAP: Leopard hunting reinstated in South Africa + hippo kills tourist

In this week’s news wrap South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has issued a quota of seven male leopards for trophy hunting during 2018; a hippo attacked and killed a Taiwanese tourist, and injured another, at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha in Kenya; customs officers seized rhino horns worth 1.3 million ($245,000) Turkish Liras at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport; and a crocodile was successfully relocated from the famous Victoria Falls Bridge.

NEWS WRAP: Tenth black rhino dies after translocation + elephant calf rescued from muddy pit

In this week’s news wrap a tenth black rhino has died in Kenya after a botched translocation; a young elephant in Zimbabwe has been rescued after becoming stuck in the mud; Virunga National Park has welcomed the good news that two new mountain gorillas have been born in the park; a field ranger has been shot and killed in the Kruger National Park in a poaching incident; an alleged poacher in the Kruger was arrested shortly after being trampled by elephants; the De Beers Group has begun to transport 200 elephants from South Africa to Mozambique; and Hong Kong customs have seized 7,100 kg of suspected pangolin scales.

NEWS WRAP: SA’s lion bone export quota set at 1,500 skeletons + 9 black rhinos die after translocation

In this week’s news wrap 1,500 lion skeletons from captive-bred lions can now be exported annually from South Africa according to the new lion bone export quota; nine out of 14 critically endangered black rhinos have died after being translocated from one reserve to another in Kenya; two Zimbabwean women have drowned after a hippo attack caused their fishing boat to capsize; Taiwan’s ivory ban is to enter into force in 2020; and Botswana’s intelligence agency has been accused of using its anti-poaching operation to conceal elephant tusks from the responsible government department, potentially using it as a conduit for ivory smuggling.

NEWS WRAP: Illegal ivory openly sold in Europe + elephant tramples handler

In this week’s news wrap a study has revealed how illegal ivory is being openly sold across Europe; a 40-year-old man has died after being trampled by a domesticated elephant at an elephant sanctuary in Victoria Falls; a Kruger lioness who was treated by vets for a deep snare wound around her waist a month ago has recently been sighted again; at least three alleged poachers were killed by a pride of lions in Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa; seven baboons have been killed after hunting permits were issued to two Cape wine farms; and humpback whale monitoring has returned to the KwaZulu-Natal coast after a 15-year absence.

Investigating South Africa’s wildlife cryptotrade

A casual search of some of South Africa’s biggest online marketplaces shows just how easily endangered wildlife species are reduced to their parts – and how simple it is to sell them online while retaining anonymity.

NEWS WRAP: Three rhinos die at hands of poachers + Botswana MP proposes lifting elephant hunting ban

In this week’s news wrap three rhinos, a mother and two calves, died after a poaching incident; a Botswana MP proposes lifting the elephant hunting ban; an enormous amount of ivory was confiscated after a wide-ranging law enforcement sweep of Yunnan border areas in China; Zakouma National Park’s six black rhinos were dehorned to help reduce the risk of poaching; the DR Congo is considering whether to open up two world-famous national parks to oil exploration; and Zimbabwean police are investigating the illegal hunting of a ‘problem’ elephant bull by two Americans visiting the country on tourist visas.

My fight to save Liberia’s pangolins

Two steps forward, one step back in pangolin conservation. Liberia is a country in West Africa that has overcome civil war, battled through the Ebola crisis and is currently recovering from the impacts. But there is one more issue to confront – the illegal wildlife and bushmeat trade.

Guarding Limpopo National Park’s carnivores

A new carnivore protection ranger force, the Limpopo Lion Protection Team, has been trained and deployed – specifically assigned to support the Greater Limpopo Carnivore Programme and tasked with securing known lion ranges from targeted lion poaching.

NEWS WRAP: Canned hunter convicted + escaped Kruger lion captured

In this week’s news wrap a South African canned hunter was successfully convicted; a male lion was darted and captured after presumably escaping the Kruger; two men suspected of being kingpins in a rhino poaching syndicate were arrested; the Zambian government has denied reports that it has authorised the culling of 2,000 hippos in the Luangwa Valley; and the population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species, is on the rise after a population survey was performed in the transboundary Virunga Massif.

NEWS WRAP: Buffalo kills hunter + Zambia reinstates plan to cull hippos

In this week’s news wrap a well-known hunter has been killed by a buffalo in Limpopo, South Africa; Zambia reinstates plan to cull 2,000 hippos; justice is served for foreign lizard poachers; an elephant cow with two-week-old calf is saved from a snare in Mozambique; and South African fisheries control officers nab abalone poachers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.