695 Elephant tusks seized in Malaysia add to staggering recent toll

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Tue, 09/06/2011

The seizure weighs about 2,000 kgs and was hidden inside containers marked as crushed plastic.

Friday’s ivory confiscations were the fourth seizure in 14 days – during which time a staggering 3,194 elephant ivory tusks were taken into custody. The flurry of seizures of illegal ivory began on August 19th.

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IFAW sends urgently needed aid to surviving animals at the Tripoli Zoo

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Tue, 09/06/2011

Moments after the National Transitional Council (NTC) took control of the Libyan capital, IFAW’s focus turned to the animals living at the Tripoli Zoo. The zoo is located in very close proximity to Gadhafi’s former compound at Bab al-Aziziya which was the center of intense fighting. More than a thousand animals live in the zoo including a tiger, lions, hyenas, hippos, deer and monkeys to name a few.

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IFAW rescues and releases a record 11 stranded dolphins

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Fri, 09/02/2011
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First, the team tried to herd the animals back out to open water by dropping acoustic deterrents called pingers from a boat, but unfortunately this technique was unsuccessful and the pod of dolphins beached themselves despite their efforts.

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

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Wed, 08/31/2011

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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1,041 elephant tusks seized on Zanzibar Island

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Thu, 08/25/2011

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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Rhinos suffer as latest victims of the illicit wildlife trade

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Mon, 07/18/2011

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

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Fri, 07/01/2011

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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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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