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Human-elephant conflict a threat to elephant’s survival, say African range states

Human-elephant conflict a threat to elephant’s survival, say African range states

By Environews, Nigeria African countries belonging to the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) have met on the side-lines of the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal and adopted a statement on the growing challenge of human-elephant conflict (HEC), which they say is “fast emerging as the greatest threat to the survival of Africa’s elephants”. The EPI statement says that as human populations and economies grow, and competition for land and water increases, “HEC results in injuries and the tragic loss of human life, the destruction of crops and infrastructure, the loss of livelihoods and the...

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Zimbabwe: Farmers Use Chillies to Fend Off Jumbos

Zimbabwe: Farmers Use Chillies to Fend Off Jumbos

By Rumbidzayi Zinyuke, The Herald / All Africa Farmers in Mbire District have found an innovative way to reduce human-wildlife conflict through the use of chilli strings and bricks that chase elephants from their communities. Mbire has a vast forest and wildlife area teeming with wildlife species such as elephants, buffaloes, lions, hippopotamuses, hyenas, leopards and crocodiles. As a result, cases of wild animals maiming and killing people and livestock as well as destroying crops are high. To avert the effect on their crops, farmers received training in the production of chilli strings,...

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Kenya: State Puts Mara Poachers on Notice

Kenya: State Puts Mara Poachers on Notice

By Ann Salaton, Kenya News Agency The government has put poachers at the Maasai Mara game reserve on notice after it emerged that five elephants and three giraffes were killed under mysterious circumstances over the past two months. Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde while addressing the Jamhuri day celebrations at Oldekesi Secondary School in Narok West Sub County said the three giraffes had their reproductive organs chopped off raising suspicion over the intention of the poachers. Masinde sounded a strong warning to those trading in wild animals’ organs that their days were numbered...

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United States: Man tried to traffic ivory, horns from over 100 poached endangered animals, feds say

United States: Man tried to traffic ivory, horns from over 100 poached endangered animals, feds say

Brendan Rascius, The News Observer  man accused of trying to traffic millions of dollars worth of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns, both sourced from endangered species, was sentenced to prison, federal prosecutors said.  Amara Cherif, a 57-year-old from Guinea, was a member of an international criminal enterprise based in East Africa that operated a “large-scale” smuggling operation, according to a Dec. 14 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  Between 2012 and 2019, Cherif and his associates attempted to transport about 10...

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