"The poachers were caught later that day, and the ivory was recovered - because the Kipalo Camp and Mbulia Conservancy is there, and Mutiso is in charge of security. It's always horrendous to have an elephant murdered - but it is good news that informers are turning poachers in now - because the people now want to save the wildlife.
Congratulations for the rapid successful operation by KWS and Mutiso! I hope I never have to smell a rotting elephant carcass again."
An elephant was MURDERED near our conservancy yesterday, I went and saw the carcass... It rained like hell that night. After the rain he was in a lake, AND he had been poisoned arrowed - so no walking right next to him. His face was perfectly evenly hacked off.
The trunk was about 15 meters away floating...
The head ranger at Kipalo had some tips and informers and they were able to get the poachers yesterday also, and the tusks.
He brought them and the tusks to show to me at the conservancy about midnight. We are smack inside the battle - but I am more aware than ever before of just how important AmaraCon is to rectifying this situation. achh.. Lori Bergemann
Waves of acrid white dust drifted into a throng of photographers and reporters as U.S. officials used a massive rock-crushing machine to pulverize about six tons of raw tusks, carvings and trinkets, the country's stockpile of seized illegal elephant ivory.
Designed as a grand gesture against rampant elephant poaching in Africa and a message for consumers around the world, the crush was also an opportunity for United States officials to tell the world that the U.S. is prepared to address its shortcomings in dealing with the illegal ivory trade and to take a leading role in halting it.
“We’re here, in the shadows of past failures, to say ‘enough’,” said Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wildlife conservationists estimate that more than 30,000 elephants are illegally killed each year to satisfy the rising demand for ivory in Asia, particularly in China. But on Thursday, U.S. officials pointed to their own country's role in the poaching crisis as a leading market for wildlife goods, including ivory.
It's the latest step in a turnaround that began in July, when President Obama signed an executive order mandating the formation of a high-level Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, which includes senior representatives of the Departments of State, Justice and Defense.
Members of the task force were present Thursday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, where the crush took place, to emphasize that organized crime networks and terror groups like Al Shabab are profiting from elephant poaching.
A FORMER police officer, who connived with four Lupane villagers and poisoned to death of 23 elephants using cyanide was Monday sentenced to four years in prison for disposing hazardous substances and illegal possession of ivory, by a Hwange court. Ex-cop jailed for elephant poisoning
(Reuters) - Gabonese soldiers killed a poacher and arrested 34 other illegal hunters near a national park which is home to endangered forest elephants, the government said on Tuesday.
The troops pursued the men close to the northern border with Cameroon on November 10 and 11 and shot dead one of them in a gun battle, according to the presidency statement.
The soldiers found the carcass of an elephant and a panther at the camp used by the poachers, who had also been mining for gold, it added.
The heavily wooded central African country is battling to save its forest elephants thought to account for around half of the world's remaining population of 100,000.
An estimated 11,000 of the elephants - prized by ivory dealers for their hard, straight tusks - have been killed in the Minkebe park since 2004, the government said in February.
Other countries are also stepping up efforts to curb the multi-billion-dollar trade in illegal wildlife, much of which originates in Africa and is partly fueled by growing demand from Asia.
In July, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order to fight trafficking. Kenya and the Philippines have also destroyed stockpiles of contraband ivory. FULL STORY HERE
This is the the Executive Chairman (former CEO) and Founder of GoDaddy.com, Bob Parsons on his trip to Africa in 2011. Not the first one he has killed according to him. We do not support Godaddy in anyway...plz share this post.... plz support Lori's Amara Conservation in stopping this horrendous CRIME.
Oh happy day! The government of Botswana has officially banned hunting wild game for sport beginning January 2014! Hunting zones will be converted into photographic areas and safaris will continue sustainably.
Isn't this wonderful news?
ELITE British soldiers are being drafted in to help frontline forces fighting Al Shabaab terrorists who are slaughtering elephants and rhinos to fund their war on the West.
Troops from 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment will support Kenyan wildlife rangers trying to stop the trade in “black ivory”.
The Al Qaeda-linked group is funding its terrorist activities selling so-called “blood ivory” and rhino horn on the black market. Every month it is thought to earn the Somali terror group £400,000.
The profits allow them to pay jihadist fighters £75 a week to carry out atrocities such as the one which left 67 dead in the Westgate shopping centre attack in Nairobi. Read full story