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Botswana has not found more dead elephants midway through survey

Botswana has not found more dead elephants midway through survey

By Reuters GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana wildlife officials investigating a spate of unexplained elephant deaths have found no new carcasses midway through an aerial survey to try to establish the number of deaths, the environment ministry said on Wednesday. Officials had verified 281 elephant carcasses two weeks ago, before the survey was launched. They are yet to determine the cause of death more than two months after the first bodies were spotted in the Okavango Panhandle region, after initial investigations ruled out poaching and anthrax. The mystery has concerned some conservationists,...

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Different Approaches Adopted By Countries To Combat Wildlife Poaching

Different Approaches Adopted By Countries To Combat Wildlife Poaching

By Alice Chen, World Atlas The world is dealing with an unbelievable spike in the illegal wildlife trade, one that in many ways threatens the past few decades of gains in conservation efforts. For instance, rhino poaching in South Africa increased from 13 to 1,004 between 2007 and 2013, representing a 7700% increase in hunted animals of this type. In 2011 meanwhile, ivory estimated at a weight of 23 metric tons - a figure that accounts for 2500 elephants - was seized in a group of the largest such seizures. Other animals that are threatened include the already endangered wild tiger...

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Safari at sunset: Live virtual visit with elephants in South Africa

Safari at sunset: Live virtual visit with elephants in South Africa

By Kristi King - WTOP News From schoolwork to business meetings, the idea of making connections virtually is becoming more common. And, on Wednesday, there’s a chance to experience a virtual visit with elephants in the wild live from Africa. “We are, of course, at the mercy of the elephants, so the flow of the event will depend on how cooperative they decide to be with us as they come home,” said Amy Short, Director of Strategic Partnerships at AAA Club Alliance and a co-host of the event. The event features elephants from the Jabulani Safari Lodge located in a private reserve...

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Wildlife poaching syndicate sentenced to 56 years imprisonment (Malawi)

Wildlife poaching syndicate sentenced to 56 years imprisonment (Malawi)

By IOL Nine members of one of Southern Africa’s most prolific wildlife trafficking gangs were sentenced to a total 56.5 years behind bars in a Malawian court on Monday.  The gang were members of the Lin-Zhang syndicate and were each found guilty of at least one wildlife trafficking offence of a listed or protected species including pangolins, rhino horn, ivory or hippo teeth. One of the convicted, Quinhua Zhang, was charged for being in possession of rhino horn and an illegal firearm. She was arrested in one of a series of coordinated raids in May 2019. Zhang is married to Yunhua Lin,...

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