Ndawe was the missing link, the proof that we were looking for. We were sure that elephants made the long journey between Tsavo and Amboseli, and he was the confirmation.
South Africa should implement a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy for poachers, suggest Botswana academics Goemeone EJ Mogomotsi and Patricia Kelilwe Madigele in a report titled ‘Live by the gun, die by the gun’.
South African lion farmers are supplying large volumes of lion bone, teeth and claws as ‘tiger parts’ to an insatiable Asian market – says a report recently published by the Environmental Investigation Agency. South Africa is the world’s largest exporter of lion body parts.
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.
“Over there, down below on our left!” I exclaimed. The helicopter banked sharply and dropped steeply down to offer us the best sighting. Although there was plenty of game around, we weren’t just looking for anything – we were out to spot white rhinos from the air. And suddenly, right there, only a stone’s throw …
The Greater Limpopo Carnivore Program team recently discovered three poached lion carcasses during a collaring exercise in Limpopo National Park, Mozambique.
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.
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.
Poachers are using bait laced with poison to target and kill lions in Limpopo National Park, Mozambique, for the lion bone trade.
Some keyboard warriors regularly call for the boycott of an entire country’s tourism industry in reaction to the death of animals that could conceivably have been prevented.
Africa is still facing a poaching crisis. The giants of the wide-open savannas and the impenetrable rainforests continue to be killed at alarming rates to fuel an insatiable demand for ivory in the Far East.
Tullamore, the last of the famous ‘5 musketeers’ desert lions of northern Namibia has been killed in the Okongue area, along with a lioness and two cubs, in the ongoing battle between rural cattle farmers and free-roaming lions. The lions were poisoned. Tullamore was the last surviving member of a group of 5 desert lions made …
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.
There are plans afoot to move rhinos from Africa to Australia as an ‘insurance policy’ and for ‘safekeeping’ in large grass paddocks amongst the gum trees. Is this a valid conservation project (as claimed) or a misdirection of energy and resources by a well-meaning Western society intent on privatising African conservation into their own backyard?
Hidden in the bush, the thief is getting ready to take action. Walking slowly, he makes sure that nobody is around to notice him. He progresses silently toward the object of his desire. A few more steps and he’ll be close enough. A sudden sprint, he moves fast and goes racing toward the kitchen, raiding …
SATAO 2 has died, at the hands of ivory poachers. We pay tribute to this giant elephant by quoting several people who had the pleasure of meeting SATAO 2.
SATAO 2 is dead, and another of the last super tuskers left in Africa has been poached, leaving only 6 of these giants in the Tsavo Conservation Area in southern Kenya.
South Africa is about to permit the export of lion bones to produce fake tiger wine but has given the public almost no time to object. The permit will allow an annual export of 800 skeletons to Asia.
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.
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.
Four-legged heroes protecting Africa’s wildlife.
A Zimbabwean minister wants to sell her country’s supposed US$10 billion ivory stockpile to China using a possible international legal loophole.
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.
The dirty secrets of Japan’s illegal ivory trade revealed in undercover video with Japanese ivory traders.
9 positive outcomes of South Africa’s Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros.
Kruger’s K9 Centre welcomes the addition of four new dogs at handover ceremony.
Making the difficult decision to dehorn rhinos in Zululand to save them from poaching.
A look into the poaching of elephants, hippos and crocodiles along the Okavango River on the border of Angola and Namibia.
Sign this petition and help to save thousands of wild African grey parrots!
A behind-the-scenes report from a groundbreaking operation on a poached rhino!
Barbaric elephant slaughter creates horror scene on the banks of the Okavango River.
Three of the world’s leading African elephant conservationists offer hope and inspiration for saving elephants from extinction.
Vietnam’s growing illegal ivory trade threatens Africa’s elephants.
The film I am a Ranger hopes to shine a light on some of the many unsung heroes working in conservation that are at the forefront of the war on poaching and conservation in Africa.
Learn more about the anti-poaching canines of Kruger and how you can help support these dogs making a difference.
A ground-breaking technique to collect and catalogue DNA from rhinos and rhino horn which can lead to more convictions of poachers and reduce rhino poaching in Southern Africa.
A recent study shows levels of bushmeat hunting in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are alarmingly high.
The rhino poaching documentary STROOP is to be released this year, this is the story of one character, the rhino called Hope.
A famous big tusker elephant gets speared in an incident of human-wildlife conflict in Kenya.
A look at how The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are working to protect pachyderms.
In an effort to stop the decimation of the African elephant population and halt the smuggling of ivory products, the Obama administration has fulfilled its pledge to implement a near total ban on the sale of ivory within the US.
A five-week walk in the wilderness highlights the importance of conservancies in Kenya.
A victim of a failed poaching attempt, this elephant limps to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in search of help.
Zimbabwe will lobby for the lifting of an international ban on ivory sales, saying it would allow the government to raise money to combat poaching and for conservation programmes.
A behind-the-scenes look at the anti-poaching heroes and their dedication to saving rhinos in Kruger.
The heroes who are working on the ground to save the rhino.
The filmmakers behind the rhino documentary STROOP give insight on what it takes to get an interview with a Vietnamese cancer patient and rhino horn user.
Photos documenting the biggest ivory burn in history, which took place in Nairobi National Park last weekend.
Tanzania’s recent success in the ivory war is testament to the powers of a multi-agency anti-poaching strategy.
Meet the two South African sisters who cycled 6,000km across South-East Asia to save the rhino.
Africa’s extraordinary and charismatic wildlife is clearly under siege from the wrecking ball that is China.
The Asian end of the grisly wildlife trade business and a place that has become China’s illegal wildlife supermarket.
According to a wildlife expert, wildlife poaching has become a serious threat to democracy in many countries where it takes place.
Population numbers of predators in Zimbabwe have dropped due to land reform.
U.S.-based entrepreneurs are developing synthetic rhino horn that can’t be differentiated from actual horn, but WildAid and the Center for Biological Diversity believe that this will only accelerate consumer demand in Asia for illegal wildlife products.
Unravelling the danger of snares – the indiscriminate killer of the bushveld.
In a stunning reversal from previous positions, the Hong Kong government will act “as soon as possible” to pass legislation to ban the import and export of ivory and elephant hunting trophies.
The price of ivory plummets in China!
Lions from the Marsh Pride, made famous by the Big Cat Diary series, have been poisoned in the Maasai Mara with at least two lions dead as a result.
Taking care of Ntombi, a white rhino calf that had 18 hack wounds caused by poachers who had killed her mother for her horn.
Two pangolins are rescued from poachers in Mozambique.
A major ringleader, who is also a supplier of weapons, ammunition and cars to poaching syndicates, is arrested. And with both ‘Shetani’ and the ‘Queen of Ivory’ now in custody, there is a chance to crack down on the international networks involved in the illegal trafficking of ivory.
Since 2011, 230 elephants and more than 100 black rhinos have been reported as poached in Namibia, while the poaching of other animals such as lions and pangolins is also on the rise.
“The Queen of Ivory”, a Chinese national, has been arrested by a specialised task force in Tanzania. To date, she is the most important ivory trafficker ever arrested in the country.
One giant leap for elephants (and mankind) as China and the United States commit to ban ivory sales.
A young rhino called Bahati has been caught in a snare, which he has managed to snap but which has left him with deep wounds that needed to be treated as soon as possible. The Kenya Wildlife Service and rangers have been tracking him since Thursday morning but haven’t been able to find him yet. Keep your fingers crossed for this little rhino and prey he gets the treatment he needs soon!
A sensational and shocking film provides the first direct evidence linking ivory trafficking to terrorism.
Debate, drama and decisions in the wake of the death of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s iconic lion.
Hopeful that two ivory dealers will get the punishment that they deserve, a witness describes his experience in a court case regarding illegal ivory possession in Botswana.
The European Union has banned the import of elephant hunting trophies from two African nations that have seen a significant decline in elephant numbers due to soaring levels of poaching.
The lion population in Niassa National Reserve is increasing as a result of “getting huge amounts of meat” from poached elephants.
A 5-month old elephant is killed in Kenya.
With four recent successes, iSimangaliso Wetland Park sets a great example in combatting wildlife crime.
Shutting down commercial ivory markets worldwide is the single biggest step that governments can take to end the elephant poaching crisis.
Since man tamed the horse, the majestic animal has gone from being a means of transport to a tool of industry and war. Human society has advanced on the backs of horses, but we have since dismounted, finding little use for horses other than leisure. However, in some remote corners of Africa, the horse plays …
Ivory trafficking: undercover survey at the Mombasa Port reveals vulnerabilities, confirms high level corruption, and highlights national and international security issues.
Dramatic 48% decline in Mozambique’s elephant population is due to criminal gangs decimating elephants for their ivory.
The Great Elephant Census offers hope for savanna elephants in Uganda.
A hyena saved from the poacher’s snare in Liuwa.
65 vultures and a tawny eagle found dead in a poisoning incident on a private farm north-west of Hoedspruit.
Are South African conservation authorities intent on shipping some of our wild rhinos to live out their lives “safely” on hunting and horn cropping farms?
DRC’s children affected by helicopter poaching incident.
Renowned conservationist, Ian Redmond, has stepped forward to champion Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime following the government’s announcement of its ivory burn this Thursday 2nd April.
On Monday the 16th of March 2015, two German travellers, Martin and Christin Kotthoff, led to the arrest of two ivory dealers near Kasane, Botswana.
As elephant poaching statistics continue to rise in northern Mozambique, a year-long investigation by Oxpeckers associate Estacios Valoi exposes official complicity in the slaughter.
Having been involved in Namibia’s community-based conservation programme over the past 20 years, Christiaan Bakkes is questioning whether the programme is still the success it has been hailed as.
Cocoa plants proving to be a sustainable alternative to poaching in the Congo.
15 tonnes of elephant tusks burn in Nairobi National Park in Kenya on a day that was at once tragic and full of hope.
A blood red dawn spills across the savanna in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The first hoofbeats drum in the distance. Soon a sea of swishing tails and dust obscures the horizon as hundreds, then hundreds of thousands of wildebeest thunder north toward Kenya’s Masai Mara and greener grasses. In the wake of monsoonal rains, some …
Three large tuskers where treated for after being hit by poisonous arrows.
©Dex Kotze South Africa is home to roughly 83% of the world’s rhino population and, at time of writing, has lost 3,700 rhinos since the escalation of poaching in 2008. With this year’s death toll already over a thousand, it seems likely that the total number of rhinos slaughtered for their horns in 2014 will …
A new report reveals that Chinese-led criminal gangs are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, a trade which has caused half of Tanzania’s elephants to be poached in the past five years.
In the DRC’s Virunga National Park conservationists have taken a different approach in the fight against poaching – they got themselves some good old-fashioned bloodhounds.
One of Aesop’s fables tells of a vixen taking her numerous pups out for an airing. She comes across a lioness proudly carrying a single cub. ‘Why such airs, haughty dame, over one solitary cub?’ sneers the vixen. ‘Look at my healthy and numerous litter here, and imagine, if you are able, how a proud …
Environmental crime is hindering Africa from seeing economic growth, destroying the future of the people.
A look into the illegal wildlife trade and how to reduce the demand that is fuelling the illegal poachers who take the lives of thousands of rhinos and elephants every year.
On the release of his new book, Poachers Moon, Author and renowned conservationist Richard Pierce led a panel of experts discussing the rhino poaching issues.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescues one of Tsavo’s bull elephants that was injured by a poacher.
In just a few short weeks the world will be taking to the streets in support of our endangered, iconic wildlife species, courtesy of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, which takes place on World Animal Day – October 4.