1,041 elephant tusks seized on Zanzibar Island

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Thu, 08/25/2011
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The record-setting seizure comes as 27 wildlife law enforcement officials from 11 Southern African countries gather in Gaborone, Botswana this week to undergo a joint IFAW and INTERPOL training session on the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife.

The ivory shipment originated in Dar-es-Salaam and was apparently destined for Malaysia. The tusks were hidden among tins of anchovies, with the smell intended to disguise the presence of the ivory.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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IFAW rushes water rescue teams to New York State following Hurricane Irene

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Wed, 08/31/2011
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Responding to a request from the State of New York, IFAW is deploying two trained water rescue teams and a 36-foot rescue trailer - funded by a grant from Petfinder.com Foundation - carrying boats, dog crates, capture equipment and other supplies.

“Irene is not done with us yet. At least 30 stranded horses need our help right now and we know a large number of companion animals will also need rescue, food and shelter,” said Dr. Dick Green, IFAW’s Disaster Manager.

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Orphan gorillas arrive back home in Congo after successful airlift operation

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Mon, 07/25/2011
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The gorilla move is being funded principally by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW www.ifaw.org) and organized by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (Fossey Fund).   “IFAW was happy to help with the move and provide a helicopter to transfer the six orphan gorillas back to their country of origin,” said IFAW’s ER Program Director Dr. Ian Robinson.

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Rhinos suffer as latest victims of the illicit wildlife trade

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Mon, 07/18/2011
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“Across Europe, thieves are targeting museums to steal antique rhino horns.  These crimes obviously have grave implications for museum collections and visitors, as well as the Earth’s rhinos, who are being slaughtered to near extinction to fuel the demand for their horns on the black market.  These thefts speak to the value of products derived from wildlife and the lengths to which people will go to profit from their illicit trade.

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Training for Horn of Africa Government Officials to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Fri, 07/01/2011
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Jointly organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock & Fishery Resources in Djibouti, the training aims to cover issues on status of species, magnitude of trade, criminal smuggling techniques, law enforcement, international trade conventions and organisations and inter-agencies cooperation that pertains to wildlife.

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Djibouti, Djibouti
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Elizabeth Wamba (IFAW Eastern Africa)
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Bloody week as Poachers kill 22 elephants in Chad, ivory seized in Portugal and India

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Mon, 06/20/2011
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The elephants were killed by camel-riding poachers in the south-west region of Chad, on the border with Cameroon, between Monday 13th and Friday 17th June. The Chad army was unable to prevent the killings.

The killings bring to at least 170 the number of elephants killed for their ivory in this region of the central African country in the past 12 months. It is estimated that Chad’s elephant population has decreased by about 40 per cent from 4,000 individuals in 2006 to around 2,500 in the most recent census in 2010, most commonly poached for their ivory.

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Reims, France
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Bear lift: Rescued grizzly bears return to the wild in BC pilot project

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Sun, 06/26/2011
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The rescue, transport and release of the Grizzlies is part of a unique cooperative pilot project between the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org), the Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS – www.wildlifeshetler.com) and the British Columbia Ministries of Environment, and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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British Columbia
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Gray seals under fire on Cape Cod

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Thu, 06/09/2011
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Given the large population of gray seals in this area, it is not uncommon to find stranded animals along the shore; however, these cases presented differently. In two instances, trained staff members recognized external wounds on the seals as gun shot wounds. As a result, all seal strandings are being more closely examined for evidence of human interactions, including gunshots.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass
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IFAW donors offer $5000 in rewards for information on gray seal shootings

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Tue, 06/14/2011
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“We are truly grateful for the tremendous support we are receiving from our community including Sheila FitzGerald and Arpad Voros of the Old Yarmouth Inn on the recent seal deaths,” said Katie Moore, manager of IFAW’s marine mammal rescue team. “We are hopeful that the reward money will help find those responsible and bring an end to the seal shootings on Cape Cod once and for all.”

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New whale protection campaign urges tourists visiting Iceland to avoid eating whale meat

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Fri, 06/03/2011
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Launching tomorrow (Saturday) with the slogan ‘Meet Us Don’t Eat Us’, the project by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare www.ifaw.org) and the Icelandic Whale Watching Association (Icewhale), encourages tourists to enjoy whales in the wild on whale watching trips, rather than sampling whale meat in restaurants.

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Reykjavik
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