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Kenya’s Wildlife Conservancies

Kenya’s Wildlife Conservancies

By Dr Adam Cruise Over the past 30 years, wildlife conservancies in Kenya have proliferated. There are currently 167 conservancies covering 11 percent of Kenya’s landmass. This is more than the area of national parks, which covers around eight percent of the total area. Kenya’s conservancies are spread across various regions encompassing diverse ecosystems from savanna rangelands to forests and marine environments. Two-thirds of Kenya’s wildlife populations exist outside formal state-managed areas on land co-habited by humans, thus making the conservation of wildlife dependable on finding...

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A Malaysian National and His Ivory Connection to Africa

A Malaysian National and His Ivory Connection to Africa

By Chris Morris, International Policy Digest For those even sporadically interested in international wildlife crime, when either the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) or the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) ‘raises a glass,’ figuratively or literally, to the capture of an international wildlife trafficker, one has to sit up and take note. On June 29th, the Royal Thai Police, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, made such an arrest. Teo Boon Ching, a Malaysian national, was arrested for wildlife trafficking and money laundering. He is to be held pending extradition...

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Hunters will be barred from bringing home their sick trophies in one of world’s toughest bans to protect thousands of threatened species

Hunters will be barred from bringing home their sick trophies in one of world’s toughest bans to protect thousands of threatened species

By ELLIOT MULLIGAN FOR THE DAILY MAIL Importing hunting trophies from lions, rhinos and elephants is to be outlawedThe new legislation is expected to come into force in the spring of next yearMinisters claim ban will protect nearly 6,000 animals that are currently at riskWorldwide some 1.7 million trophies legally traded between 2004 and 2014  Importing hunting trophies from lions, rhinos, elephants and polar bears are to be outlawed by one of the world’s toughest bans. Environment Secretary George Eustice today announces plans to protect thousands of the world’s threatened...

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Nigeria: I’ll never make serious money but protecting wildlife is priceless

Nigeria: I’ll never make serious money but protecting wildlife is priceless

By Sarah Marshall, The Telegraph Rangers are employed to protect communities and wildlife, but all too often they are treated as foes rather than friends. In the forests of north-east Nigeria, an area roamed by wild animals and even wilder armed poachers, dangers are multiplied. Paid a modest salary for putting their lives at daily risk, it’s a wonder anyone on the front line of conservation can last more than a few months.  Suleiman Sadu is a remarkable exception. For more than 20 years, he’s patrolled the savanna woodlands of Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi state, undeterred by...

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