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Notes from the field: Rewilding elephants, protection protocol, revitalizing grasslands

Notes from the field: Rewilding elephants, protection protocol, revitalizing grasslands

By Kiley Price - Conservation international Though news headlines about the state of the planet may seem bleak, they don’t always capture the whole story. Right now, around the world, the work of protecting nature and the climate is happening in the field — and achieving small triumphs that don’t make the news.  Here are three recent conservation success stories you should know about.  1. A new start for four African elephants  In Kenya, African elephants are vulnerable to a variety of threats — from poachers to disease to climate change.  The Reteti Elephant...

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Namibia loses 17 rhinos, 2 elephants to poaching since January

Namibia loses 17 rhinos, 2 elephants to poaching since January

By Xinhua WINDHOEK, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Namibia has lost 17 rhinos and two elephants to poaching since the beginning of the year, the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism said Tuesday. Ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said the country is winning the fight against poaching. "Namibia has seen a tremendous drop in poaching cases over the years. This is proof that the different measures that the country has employed to curb poaching are working," Muyunda said. Namibia has recorded a drastic drop in poaching cases in the past three years. According to official statistics, last year,...

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Wildlife watchdog told to take action after report finds Zimbabwe’s baby elephants sale violated rules

Wildlife watchdog told to take action after report finds Zimbabwe’s baby elephants sale violated rules

By Tracy Keeling - The Canary Zimbabwe loaded 32 baby elephants onto a China-bound plane in October 2019. It had sold off the young animals, who it had separated from their wild families a year earlier, to an unnatural and torturous life in zoos. Zimbabwe authorities went ahead with the baby elephants’ export in the face of legal action. It also did so just before the global wildlife watchdog, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), implemented a landmark rule change that would have made the export impossible. Zimbabwe, however, isn’t...

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A silent extinction: Elephants, rhinos and giraffes among endangered species facing fresh threat during global pandemic

A silent extinction: Elephants, rhinos and giraffes among endangered species facing fresh threat during global pandemic

By Louise Boyle, The Independent A global wildlife emergency is developing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The Independent recently revealed the potential scale of the crisis after tourism collapsed and philanthropic donations plummeted, impacting the livelihoods of hundreds of frontline rangers and the thousands of other people who work in and around conservation. Almost a third of conservationists fear that the pandemic will increase threats to species and habitats, including increased poaching due to reduced law enforcement presence and tourists, along with the greater reliance...

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