Hong Kong seizes 7.2 tonnes of elephant ivory

Publication Date: 
Julio 6, 2017
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Hong Kong has made the biggest ivory bust in more than 30 years, seizing 7.2 tonnes of ivory tusks disguised in a container of frozen fish.

 

The seizure was made on Tuesday, 4th July, Hong Kong customs officials announced today, and three people have been arrested. The ivory tusks were found hidden beneath boxes of frozen fish in a shipping container from Malaysia.

 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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Jason Bell appointed IFAW Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare

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Julio 5, 2017
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IFAW has appointed South African Jason Bell as Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare.

In his new role, Bell will lead all of IFAW programmatic work in the areas of Landscape Conservation, Community Animals, Animal Rescue, Marine Mammal Conservation and Wildlife Trade.

Previously Bell was Regional Director, Southern Africa and Director of IFAW’s Elephants Programme which has since evolved to become the Landscape Conservation Programme. Most recently he served as Vice President for International Operations.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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+27 82 330 2558
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#NoIvoryInEu: An IFAW campaign to close the European ivory trade

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Julio 3, 2017
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A new campaign to end the sales of ivory in Europe is being launched today by the International Fund for Animal welfare. Elephants are in crisis.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Eleonora Panella-IFAW EU
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+32 472 52.23.72
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IFAW names Sonja Van Tichelen Vice President of International Operations

Publication Date: 
Junio 28, 2017
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Today International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) promoted Sonja Van Tichelen from European Union (EU) Regional Director to Vice President of International Operations to develop strategies that effectively address pressing international animal welfare and conservation concerns.

 

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Washington, DC
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Sylvie Vandereyd, Executive & Communications Assistant, EU Office
Kerry Branon, Communications Manager
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+32 2 230 97 17
+1 508 744 2068

Ifaw's investment for years in Kenya is finally paying off by an elephant populations increase in Tsavos

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Junio 21, 2017
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Elephant populations in the Tsavos have increased to 12, 866 in the last three years. This is according to the aerial elephant census results officially announced at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters by Director General Kitili Mbathi. Results of the 2014 census indicated numbers at 11, 076.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Jacqueline Nyagah, Communications Manager - IFAW, East Africa
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Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet

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Junio 14, 2017
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Illegal wildlife traders may be turning their attention to the Darknet, a new INTERPOL research report has found.

Experts from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation found limited, but clear evidence of criminals using the Darknet to sell illicit wildlife products from critically endangered species such as rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts and products.

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London, UK
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Tania McCrea-Steele, Global Wildlife Project Lead – IFAW UK
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+44 (o) 7801 613 520
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Rehabilitated Amur tiger released back into the wild in Russia

Publication Date: 
Abril 29, 2017
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On April 29, 2017 a young, female Amur tiger named Filippa, was released into the Russian wilderness after almost two years of rehabilitation. She was raised and trained to survive in her natural habitat at the Center for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO Tiger Center) supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

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Washington, DC
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Melanie Mahoney, IFAW Headquarters
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+1 (508) 815-7792
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First time ever training to prevent illegal wildlife trade in Morocco

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Abril 25, 2017
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A specialized training of enforcement authorities in the prevention of wildlife trafficking is being carried out from April 24th to 28th by the High Commissioner for Waters and Forests and the Fight against Desertification of Morocco and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Tangiers, Kingdom of Morocco.

 

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Tangiers, Kingdom of Morocco
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Dr. Elsayed Mohamed, IFAW Regional Director Middle East and North Africa
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+971 50 787 0875
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Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland

Publication Date: 
Abril 24, 2017
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Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) with assistance from Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in El Sheik and Wajel, respectively, on 19 April.

The cubs were destined for the Arabian Peninsula where the illegal market for pet cheetahs is estimated at 300 animals per year. The three youngest cubs were found in extremely poor health, and every effort is being made to save them.

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Washington, DC
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Melanie Mahoney, IFAW HQ
Susan Yannetti, Cheetah Conservation Fund
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+1 (508) 815-7792
+1 (202) 716-7756

Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should

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Abril 20, 2017
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A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants there should be in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries. The research concludes that, largely due to poaching, protected areas are missing 75 per cent of their elephants, some 730,000 individuals. One-third of protected areas have less than five per cent of the elephants they should. 

However, for the first time, we know which places deserve priority for conserving elephants.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW Southern Africa
Rudi van Aarde
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