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Namibia auctions 57 wild elephants, gains $400,000

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Environment Ministry spokesman Romeo Muyunda on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, said Namibia auctioned 57 wild elephants raising 5.9 million Namibian dollars ($400,000). Elephants. Photo credit: planetsave.com Muyunda said the elephants sold were among 170 put on tender in December 2020. “A total of 15 elephants will be captured and remain in Namibia while 42 will be exported out of Namibia. ...

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Rivers LG declares wild elephants, hippos endangered species

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Chairman, Andoni Local Government Area (LGA) in Rivers State, Mr Erastus Awortu, has declared wild elephants, hippopotamus and other forest reserves in the area as endangered species. Forest elephants Awortu made the declaration on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Ngo during a strategic stakeholder meeting with Community Development Chairmen (CDCs) in the area. He decried the possible extinction of the ...

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Lightning kills 18 elephants in India’s Assam

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A herd of 18 wild Asiatic elephants were found dead in India’s eastern state of Assam, possibly because of a massive lightning strike, local officials said on Friday, May 14, 2021. A woman prays next to the carcasses of elephants that, according to the forest officials, possibly died because of a lightning strike, on the foothills of the Kundoli reserve ...

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Kenya’s elephant number rises at 2.8% annually as poaching declines

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 Kenya’s elephant population has gradually increased at an annual rate of approximately 2.8 per cent over the last three decades. Poaching: Forest elephants are poached for their ivory and skin, and threatened with extinction This is as poaching is declining, a wildlife research institute said on Sunday, April 11, 2021. The State-owned Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) said that ...

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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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