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Botswana sits on information about mysterious elephant deaths

Botswana sits on information about mysterious elephant deaths

By Thobo Motlhoka - The Sunday Standard Internal communication between authorities in the Chobe region suggests Botswana government may have tried to conceal information about the mysterious deaths of at least 57 elephants. A savingram between wildlife authorities in the region indicates authorities had long been informed about the deaths by the non-governmental organization Elephant without Borders (EWB). A report was submitted to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) by the NGO in October. The report ‘Elephant Mortality in the Linyanti (CH1)’ says a total of 57 elephant...

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Poachers target hippos for giant teeth in place of ivory

Poachers target hippos for giant teeth in place of ivory

By Navin Singh Khadka - Environment correspondent, BBC World Service Deepening restrictions on ivory trafficking have led to an increase of the trade in hippopotamus teeth, wildlife campaigners are warning, with potentially serious effects for a species already listed as "vulnerable to extinction". When the UK last June announced a near-total ban on the trade in elephant ivory, an animal welfare charity studied what happened in three widely used online marketplaces. "We found the increase in hippo ivory trade in the UK within a month after the near total-ban of elephant ivory was...

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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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