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Botswana wildlife office investigates new mysterious elephant deaths

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Botswana is investigating yet again the mysterious deaths of elephants, only a few months after 330 of the gray giants died from water-borne bacteria, a local wildlife official said on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Elephants Dimakatso Ntshebe, a Regional Wildlife Officer in Botswana’s famous Okavango Delta, said this in Gaborone. “So far we have been notified of five carcasses that ...

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Namibia to proceed with planned auction of 170 elephants

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The Namibian government on Friday, January 22, 2021 said it was going ahead with plans to auction 170 high value wild elephants on January 29 due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, despite objection from conservation groups. Elephants. Photo credit: planetsave.com The drought-prone southwest African nation announced last December that an increase in incidents of human-elephant conflict had ...

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Concern as elephants return to Nigeria’s war zone

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A herd of hundreds of elephants has returned to north-east Nigeria, where it is at risk from Boko Haram jihadists and in conflict with villagers who are trying to sow their crops. The herd of elephants. Photo credit: UNHAS The elephants, thought to number about 250, initially appeared in north-east Nigeria in December 2019, before returning to neighbouring Cameroon and ...

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Elephants almost extinct in Nigeria, conservationist laments

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Country Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Nigeria, Mr Andrew Dunn, says  elephants are almost becoming extinct in Nigeria. Poaching: Forest elephants are poached for their ivory and skin, and threatened with extinction Dunn made the disclosure in an interview with journalists in Calabar, Cross River State, while commemorating the World Elephant Day. The World Elephant Day is an ...

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World Elephant Day: WWF moves to tackle Myanmar poaching crisis

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Amid a dire poaching crisis, wild Asian elephants in Myanmar received what appears to be swift and essential aid from thousands of supporters of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) who seem committed to protecting the iconic species. In a reaction to an urgent call in June 2017, over 3,000 people donated $263,211 in less than four weeks to fund an ...

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Elephants now poached for their skins – WWF

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Endangered elephants are now being slaughtered in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar for their skin, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has disclosed. Described as a new kind of poaching for parts, the wildlife conservation organisation has expressed displeasure over the development, even as it seeks to address the situation. Traditionally, elephants are killed by poachers for their ...

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As wildlife returns, Ivorian park may be struck off ‘danger list’

Comoé National Park

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recommended withdrawing in-danger status from Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire after seeing chimps and elephants return to the park. The nature conservation body also recommends the Landscapes of Dauria in Russia and Mongolia to become a new World Heritage site. This advice is included in a set of reports for ...

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Can elephants ever recover from poaching?

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It’s easy to kill an elephant, as hunters and ivory poachers have shown for quite some time. Creating one, however, is an entirely different story. Among the forest elephants in Central Africa, females don’t typically breed until they’re 23 years old – “a markedly late age of maturity relative to other mammals,” notes Andrea Turkalo, a scientist for the Wildlife ...

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World Elephant Day: Need to protect Tanzania’s Selous reserve

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As the World Elephant Day is observed on Friday, 12 August 2016, the Tanzanian government has been asked to protect its largest game reserve and the wild species that call it home – including elephants. Director General of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International, Marco Lambertini, in a correspondence with Sara Thomas, the WWF Online Advocacy Manager, reflects upon his ...

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CITES, IUCN unite against poaching, illegal wildlife trade

Inger Andersen

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have signed an agreement to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in minimising the illegal killing of and related illegal trade in elephants and other CITES-listed flagship species in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and ...

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