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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.

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.

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.

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.

The rhino in the room: South Africa’s domestic trade in rhino horn

On the surface, the upcoming legal auction of rhino horn set to begin on August 21 might appear to be a harmless propaganda exercise, but it may in fact signal a deepening of the rhino crisis.

Undercover operation reveals rhino trafficking secrets

A recently completed 11-month undercover investigation by Elephant Action League (EAL) called Grinding Rhino has exposed the networks, the players and the means by which rhino horn is trafficked into China.

Exposing illegal ivory trade in China – the Shuidong Connection

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has released a report detailing their almost three-year undercover investigation into the illegal ivory smuggling trade between China and Africa.

The economics of ivory is the economics of extinction

We must stop the “heart of darkness” from beating – permanently. Human greed could never limit itself to ivory from natural elephant deaths, so Japan should join the rest of the world in banning the brutal ivory trade. Because only when the buying stops, the killing can, too.

Hong Kong seizes 7.2 tonnes of elephant ivory

More than seven tonnes of ivory worth over US$9 million was seized in Hong Kong, officials said Thursday, the largest bust of its kind in the city in three decades.

Zimbabwe’s ‘Disneyland’ receives Chinese investment

Zimbabwe just got one step closer to its dream of building a “Disneyland in Africa,” at the site of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls.

China’s ivory ban sparks dramatic drop in prices across Asia

Prices of raw ivory in Vietnam have fallen, which traders are linking to China’s announcement of its domestic ivory ban, according to new research.

Pangolins: Chinese meat banquet under investigation

An investigation will begin in China after online images were found showing local officials enjoying a banquet of pangolin meat – the most trafficked animal in the world.

Chinese traders going after Africa’s donkeys

According to several sources, there is a growing demand in Chinese markets for donkey pelts, and some rural areas in Africa are reportedly being stripped of free-roaming donkeys to feed the demand.

Beyond the China ivory ban

China to ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching.

Chinese take big steps in joining fight to save elephants

China has traditionally been viewed as the villain in the elephant poaching crisis in Africa, being the world’s biggest end-market for poached ivory, but it is taking moves to change its image.

Namibians challenge Chinese over wildlife crime

Outrage at the looting of Africa’s wildlife and environmental destruction by Chinese nationals boiled over in Namibia last month in a strongly worded letter of protest to the Chinese Ambassador, Xiun Shunkang, signed by almost every environmental protection and research organisation in the country.

China announces end of legal ivory trade

China announces 2017 timeline for domestic ivory ban.

Ivory trade: China to set date to close factories

Preparation is under way in China to bring in a ban on their domestic ivory trade, following a promise made with the US earlier this year.

Zimbabwe wants to sell ivory stockpile to China

A Zimbabwean minister wants to sell her country’s supposed US$10 billion ivory stockpile to China using a possible international legal loophole.

Zambian poaching crisis fuelled by Chinese military

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Zambia’s elephant population has declined by about 90% due to poaching. Its black rhino population, estimated at 13,000 in 1981, is now extinct.

Woman killed by tiger at breeding centre in Free State

A senior supervisor at Laohu Valley Reserve, a tiger breeding facility in South Africa, was killed by a tiger over the weekend.

Video: Shocking evidence emerges of Japan’s dirty ivory trade

The dirty secrets of Japan’s illegal ivory trade revealed in undercover video with Japanese ivory traders.

What cigarettes, kidneys and rhinos have in common

The business of rhino horn trade and its part in a complex web of criminality and trade-based money laundering.

China expands ban on ivory imports

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China has expanded its bans on ivory imports in an effort to protect African elephants.

How China’s taste for wildlife feeds a killing frenzy

Africa’s extraordinary and charismatic wildlife is clearly under siege from the wrecking ball that is China.

How CITES is undermining its wildlife regulations

Markets of death and blood permits – how cheating officials at CITES are fuelling the illegal wildlife trade.

Asia’s Golden Triangle – a conduit of death for Africa’s animals

The Asian end of the grisly wildlife trade business and a place that has become China’s illegal wildlife supermarket.

Elephants decline by 97% in less than a century

As WildAid seeks to raise awareness by claiming Chinese New Year to be the Year of The Elephant – we take a look at state of elephant populations.

Blending ivory: China’s old loopholes, new hopes

A summary of a recently published report on an undercover investigation by the Elephant Action League (EAL) on China’s ivory trade.

Zimbabwe to send more elephants to China

Citing a “better and safer environment,” a high-ranking official in Zimbabwe states that more of the country’s wildlife will be captured and sent to China in 2016.

Sharp fall in the prices of elephant ivory in China

The price of ivory plummets in China!

Chinese traditional medicine industry says NO to illegal wildlife trade

The traditional Chinese medicine sector pledges zero tolerance to purchasing and selling products made from wildlife from illegal sources.

China issues one-year ban on African ivory hunting trophy imports

China has issued a one-year ban on African ivory hunting trophy imports ahead President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain this month.

Beijing Forest Police smash major wildlife trafficking ring

The Beijing Forest Police have arrested 16 suspects in a major wildlife trafficking case, which led to the confiscation of 804.4kg of ivory, 11.3kg of rhino horn and 35 bear paws.

Nairobi and Cape Town march for elephant and rhino

The Global March for Elephant and Rhino took place in over 130 cities around the world over the weekend – read what went down in Cape Town and Nairobi.

US and China ban ivory sales in historic move

One giant leap for elephants (and mankind) as China and the United States commit to ban ivory sales.

Spreading the message about rhinos in Asia

The Buy No Rhino team continues to cycle from school to school in South East Asia – spreading the message about the plight of the rhino.

Zurich targeted as hub to smuggle ivory

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Elephant tusks weighing 262kg were seized at Zurich Airport on their way from Tanzania to China. Customs officials have also detected smaller shipments hidden in cosmetic cream jars over the past weeks, which suggests an effort to open a new ivory trade route via Zurich.

More ivory on sale in Hong Kong than anywhere else

Hong Kong ivory major threat to elephant survival

Hong Kong’s ivory trade is creating a significant loophole in international efforts to end the killing of elephants in Africa, and campaigners are urging the government to legislate a commercial ivory sales ban.

Cycling Vietnam – rhino bangles, live rhinos and sea creature love potions

Buy No Rhino continues their cycle through China into Vietnam where they find love potions made from sea creatures, rhino horn for sale and live rhinos awaiting their fate…

Buy No Rhino cycling Asia

Two sisters cycle through Asia, teaching kids about rhino conservation along the way.

Chinese delegate at Elephant Summit asks about buying elephant penis

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A summary of the recent African Elephant Summit where a Chinese delegate asked about buying elephant parts including the trunk and penis.

Shark fin soup in London restaurants

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Shark fin soup on the menu in dozens of UK Chinese restaurants due to a legal loophole.

Thailand makes its biggest ivory bust in history

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Thai customs officials have seized four tons of ivory worth $6 million in the largest bust of its kind in Thailand’s history.

Buy No Rhino: Cycling Asia in aid of rhinos

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Two sisters, will ride from Hong Kong to Singapore in a bid to raise awareness about rhino poaching in a cycling project titled “Buy No Rhino”.

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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