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Alarm as devastating drought takes toll on Kenya’s iconic species

Alarm as devastating drought takes toll on Kenya’s iconic species

By Gilbert Koech, The Star A conservationist has raised a red flag over the devastating drought currently sweeping the Greater Amboseli ecosystem and other parts of the country, leaving trails of deaths.  In a vivid and shocking description of what is happening in the greater Amboseli, Big Life Foundation’s co-founder Richard Bonham says the impact has been—and continues to be—devastating.  “There is a commotion on the bone-dry Amboseli lakebed, as a herd of elephants gathers around a small shape. From a distance, it looks like the celebration that follows birth. Getting closer, it...

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As poachers poison wildlife, Zimbabwe finds an antidote in tougher laws

As poachers poison wildlife, Zimbabwe finds an antidote in tougher laws

By Ryan Truscott - Mongabay Poisons like cyanide can be a deadly weapon for poachers, allowing them to kill dozens of animals without needing access to firearms or the backing of criminal syndicates.Wildlife poisoning is on the rise across Africa, targeting elephants as well as pushing endangered vultures toward extinction.A new study says Zimbabwe, which a decade ago witnessed some of the deadliest mass poisonings of elephants, has developed a sound basis for curbing poisonings by tightening laws to criminalize intent to use poison to kill wildlife.In addition to laws and renewed efforts to...

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Elephants rescued from mud caused by drought at Kenyan dam site

Elephants rescued from mud caused by drought at Kenyan dam site

By Africa Times As East Africa faces its ongoing drought challenges, the dwindling resources can sometimes cause unusual impacts to wildlife.  That was the case in Kenya last week, when two elephants got stuck in the mud that was left behind as water levels became low at a dam near the Tanzanian border. “In their quest for water, elephants venture into drying dams,” said the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in a statement released Sunday. “One slip turns into a treacherous situation, as they become hopelessly stuck in the mud.” In what the wildlife experts say is an all-too-common scenario, the...

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Zimbabwe: Conservationists help tackle poaching in Hwange

Zimbabwe: Conservationists help tackle poaching in Hwange

By Nokuthaba Dlamini, Newsday Hwange National Park, once a favourite hunting ground for poachers, has not lost an elephant to the illegal hunters for the past two years largely because of partnerships between the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) and non-governmental organisations. In 2013, over 300 elephants were killed by poachers at the country’s largest game reserve as the menace reached its peak. Poachers, who included villagers from rural outposts such as Tsholotsho and Hwange used cyanide to kill the elephants for their ivory. One of the major organisations...

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