African News

JUSTICE SERVED – MORE PROSECUTORS MEANS MORE CONVICTIONS Medium
September 3, 2017

  Last week, it was announced that Kenya will be increasing the number of wildlife prosecutors to help convict criminals. At the moment, there are only two such prosecutors responsible for overseeing wildlife crimes in the whole country

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HONORING SATAO 2 Medium
March 6, 2017

Three years ago, Satao, one of the greatest remaining big tusker elephants in East Africa, was gunned down in his prime by poachers for his ivory.  Today, we mourn another of these last giant tuskers: Satao 2, killed by poachers

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ELEPHANTS WIN (SORT OF), LIONS LOSE AT CITES Medium
October 3, 2016

Imagine finding an elephant carcass, two beautiful big tusks still embedded in the enormous skull. A natural death, no wrongdoing on the part of humans, so there’s no harm in selling those tusks. Right? Absolutely wrong. Legal trade

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THE NEW ELEPHANT CENSUS Medium
August 31, 2016

BAD NEWS ACROSS MOST OF AFRICA, BUT IN AMBOSELI, A SMALL INCREASE IN THE ELEPHANT POPULATION We have all been dreading the release of the Great Elephant Census, and sadly, the estimates have been confirmed: nearly 30,000 elephants have died

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IVORY KINGPIN GETS HIS DUE Medium
July 23, 2016

It started two years ago with a raid on a car yard in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. What police found behind the gates was shocking - more than two tonnes of raw ivory, a number representing the deaths of more than 110 elephants. The suspected

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SOMETHING BIG GOES UP IN SMOKE Medium
April 28, 2016

Everyone is talking about it, and as well they should be. This weekend something big is happening. To be more accurate, something big is going up in smoke, 105 tons of it.  This Saturday, Kenya will be putting a match to the largest stockpile

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HUNTING THE DEVIL Medium
October 31, 2015

It’s a manhunt that has lasted a year, but a crack Tanzanian unit has finally arrested perhaps the most notorious elephant poacher in Tanzania. Known as “Shetani”, which means “The Devil”, Boniface Matthew

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‘QUEEN OF IVORY’ FALLS Medium
October 9, 2015

The most dangerous people in the ivory business are the bottom feeders who have risen to the top. They are powerful, and have had the connections and resources to stay ahead of the justice system. Until now.  In a move affirming a true commitment

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ILLEGAL IVORY FLOWING OUT OF KENYA Medium
May 23, 2015

Earlier this week Singapore authorities opened two shipping containers to reveal a grisly cargo; 3.7 tones of illegal wildlife parts including 1,783 pieces of ivory, 4 rhino horns and 22 canine teeth from big cats. The shipment originated

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LEGENDARY CONSERVATIONIST BACK IN PLAY Medium
April 29, 2015

Enter renowned Kenyan conservationist, Richard Leakey, founder of WildlifeDirect, just appointed as new Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

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SEVEN LIONS DEAD IN TANZANIA Medium
January 16, 2015

That was the tally when the dust eventually settled outside Tarangire National Park on New Year’s Day. All sparked by the killing of two donkeys by a pride of lions…

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KENYAN BOMBS AND CONSERVATION SHOCK WAVES Medium
May 28, 2014

Tourism in Kenya is reeling after the recent bombings. Conservation in the country will suffer.

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