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Zimbabwe elephants poisoned by cyanide

Wed, 2013-09-25 20:03 by Hans

More than 80 elephants have been killed for their ivory by poachers who used cyanide to poison a water hole in Zimbabwe's largest game park.

Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi confirmed the toll on Tuesday after touring Hwange National Park.

Wildlife department officials said the chemical also killed smaller animals and predators which feed on them.

Read the complete article by BBC News Africa

How did ivory seized in Kenya worth Sh4 billion enter from Uganda?

Mon, 2013-07-22 17:38 by Hans

The Independent (Kampala)

Read the complete article at AllAfrica

When Kenyan customs officers on July 8 confiscated about 3,500kgs of elephant ivory alleged to have been smuggled into the country from Uganda, the ministry of Wildlife and related organisations in Kampala reacted with unusual quiet.

Cold War Radioactivity Can Date Illegal Elephant Ivory

Wed, 2013-07-03 16:24 by Hans

New technique may allow countries to track illegal sales.

Roff Smith
for National Geographic

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Fallout from long-ago Cold War explosions is now a forensic tool in the very modern war against elephant poachers and the illegal trade in ivory.

It's a war that's never been hotter. Despite a 1989 international ban on ivory sales, elephant poaching is a bigger business than ever, with an estimated 30,000 African elephants being killed for their tusks last year alone—a rate of slaughter, say wildlife experts, that could drive the majestic animals to extinction within the century. (Explore a map of dwindling African elephant populations.)

Western black rhino declared extinct

Fri, 2013-05-10 11:07 by Hans

By Matthew Knight, CNN

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London (CNN) -- Africa's western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world's largest conservation network.

The Brains of the Animal Kingdom

Wed, 2013-03-27 18:21 by Hans

New research shows that we have grossly underestimated both the scope and the scale of animal intelligence. Primatologist Frans de Waal on memory-champ chimps, tool-using elephants and rats capable of empathy.

Read the complete article in the Wall Street Journal

Who is smarter: a person or an ape? Well, it depends on the task. Consider Ayumu, a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University who, in a 2007 study, put human memory to shame. Trained on a touch screen, Ayumu could recall a random series of nine numbers, from 1 to 9, and tap them in the right order, even though the numbers had been displayed for just a fraction of a second and then replaced with white squares.

African forest elephants decline by 62% in 10 years

Wed, 2013-03-06 07:19 by Hans
 African forest elephants by water African forest elephants face extinction if 'drastic measures' are not taken

Forest elephant numbers have decreased by 62% across Central Africa over the last 10 years, according to a study.

Read the complete article in BBC Nature News

The analysis confirmed fears that African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) are heading for extinction, possibly within the next decade.

Ivory demand threatens African elephant survival (video)

Fri, 2013-01-18 22:12 by Hans

Open this BBC page, then click on the red triangle symbol on the left side of the video screen to start playing.

Rangers in Isolated Central Africa Uncover Grim Cost of Protecting Wildlife

Sun, 2013-01-06 17:49 by Hans

The Price of Ivory
Published: December 31, 2012

Read the complete article - in The New York Times

ZAKOUMA NATIONAL PARK, Chad — Just before dawn, the rangers were hunched over in prayer, facing east. They pressed their foreheads into the dry earth and softly whispered Koranic verses, their lips barely moving. A cool wind bit at their faces.

All of a sudden, Djimet Seid, the cook, said he heard “one war whoop—or maybe it was a scream.”

South Sudan's elephants could be gone in five years, group warns

Wed, 2012-12-05 07:48 by Hans

By Herward Holland, Reuters

JUBA, South Sudan -- The once-thriving elephant population of South Sudan could be wiped out in five years if rampant poaching is not brought under control, a wildlife protection group said on Tuesday.

Read the complete article at NBC News