Submitted by ALison Dnitino on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 9:37am
Nearly five tonnes of elephant ivory and thousands of ivory ornaments went up in smoke in Gabon, Central West Africa this morning.
The bonfire, lit by President Ali Bongo Ondimba, once and for all put Government stockpiles of legal and confiscated tusks and ivory items out of reach of the illegal ivory trade.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) applauded Gabon and said the gesture was powerful and symbolic of the desire by range states to protect their elephants from being killed for their ivory.
This video captures some of the tourists who were approached during the “Meet Us Don’t Eat Us” campaign efforts.
On Friday June 15, 13 volunteers from Korea, France, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Ukraine, Russia, Spain and Slovakia, along with two International Fund for Animal Welfare humpback whales, marched from Reykjavík harbour to the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries.
On Saturday, June 23rd, hundreds of conservationists, veterinarians and rhino-lovers around the world waited for news from the deep jungles of Southeast Asia. A female Sumatran rhino living in a breeding facility in Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, gave birth to a baby male rhino calf named Andatu (a combination of his parent’s names and a shortened version of the Indonesian expression for “gift of god”).
Submitted by Ray Bartlett on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:05am
Hunderte von Elefantenstoßzähnen sind in einem der Nationalparks Afrikas zu einem brennenden Haufen aufgetürmt. Eine Gruppe von Menschen steht daneben, die Köpfe wie in Trauer gesenkt. Der Rauch steigt gen Himmel und man erahnt darin Elefanten. Wahrscheinlich wissen es die Leute nicht, aber diese Elefanten stampfen mit den Füßen auf, und allem Anschein nach tun sie dies vor Freude. Nachdem sie ihr Leben durch die Kugeln und Pfeile der Wilderer verloren haben, bleibt ihnen zumindest der Trost, dass ihre Stoßzähne jetzt unbrauchbar sind.
Submitted by ALison Dnitino on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 11:08am
The audacious looting by thieves of ivory stockpiles from two southern African countries in as many months – including the bumper theft of three tonnes of tusks in Zambia – has flagged concerns for the security of stockpiles throughout the subcontinent.
Earlier this week Zambia announced that three tonnes of tusks had been discovered missing from a vault at Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) headquarters, while in May, Botswana confirmed that 26 tusks had been taken from its vault in the border town of Kasane.