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Botswana to translocate 500 elephants to Mozambique

Botswana to translocate 500 elephants to Mozambique

By Lenin Ndebele, News 24 Two years after pledging 500 elephants to Mozambique as a gift, Botswana says the animals are set to be translocated in the near future. This was revealed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi during a three-day state visit by Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi that ends on Good Friday. "I wish to reiterate Botswana’s donation of 500 elephants to Mozambique. We look forward to their subsequent translocation to Mozambique in the near future and are very keen to see them finally roaming their new habitat," Masisi told journalists during Nyusi's visit. Masisi first made the...

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Trophy hunters kill two of Africa’s biggest elephants in Botswana

Trophy hunters kill two of Africa’s biggest elephants in Botswana

By Africa Geographic The surgical removal of Africa’s large-tusked elephants by trophy hunters continues. Two massive bulls have been killed in the last few weeks in northern Botswana. The tusks of the two bulls each weigh more than 100 pounds and 90 pounds respectively – marking them as among Africa’s largest elephants. The 100-pounder The 100-pounder tusker is the largest elephant to be hunted in Botswana since 1996, according to contributors on AfricaHunting.com. The professional hunter involved is Leon Kachelhoffer and the elephant was hunted in the area known as NG13 (see...

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Over 1,000 stuffed animals including polar bears, elephants found in warehouses in Spain

Over 1,000 stuffed animals including polar bears, elephants found in warehouses in Spain

By Associated Press MADRID — Spain’s Civil Guard says it is investigating a businessman in the eastern Valencia region who owned a private taxidermy collection with more than 1,000 stuffed animals, including just over 400 from protected species and at least one specimen of a North African oryx, already extinct. The collection would fetch 29 million euros ($31.5 million) on the black market, the Civil Guard said Sunday in a statement, adding that its owner could be charged with trafficking and other crimes against the environment. It said the finding was the largest of protected stuffed...

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Zimbabwe: Game ranger, police officer arrested over possession of 28.35kg of ivory

Zimbabwe: Game ranger, police officer arrested over possession of 28.35kg of ivory

By Lyndie Whiz, Zim Live A game ranger, a police officer and a retired police officer were charged Wednesday for unlawful possession of 28.35kg of ivory. Hwange National Park ranger Simibio Kakomo, 38, Shepherd Musiniwa, 31, who works for the Police Support Unit based at Chikurubi camp in Harare and Ernest Kabanda, 44, were not asked to plead during a brief appearance before Harare magistrate Babra Mateko. The magistrate remanded the trio in custody to April 20 after advising them to apply for bail at the High Court. The court heard the ivory is worth ZW$703,574 (about US$4,500). The three...

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