Elephants http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23675/all en Poachers kill 11 elephants in worst Kenyan attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/poachers-kill-11-elephants-worst-kenyan-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Asian demand surging for ivory ornaments</p> <p>* Patrols hunting for 10-strong gang</p> <p>NAIROBI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Poachers killed a family of 11<br /> elephants in the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on<br /> record in Kenya, wildlife officials said on Monday.</p> <p>A gang of about 10 attackers hacked off the elephants' tusks<br /> in Tsavo East National Park on Saturday, officials said - the<br /> latest sign of a resurgence of mostly Asian demand for ivory<br /> jewellery and ornaments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/poachers-kill-11-elephants-worst-kenyan-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephant Elephant hunting in Kenya Elephants Ivory Ivory trade Person Career Poaching Quotation Tsavo East National Park Tsavo National Park Tsavo River Tusk Zoology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:47:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731424 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai cop arrested with 20 elephant tusks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/thai-cop-arrested-20-elephant-tusks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Thai policeman has been arrested after he was caught trying to smuggle 20 elephant tusks, officials said Sunday.</p> <p>The haul was discovered when the suspect -- in plain clothes but driving a police van -- was stopped at a checkpoint in the southern province of Chumphon on Saturday, Police Colonel Chalard Polnakarn told AFP.</p> <p>"We found 10 pairs of elephant tusks in the van and charged him with illegal possession of elephant tusks, which he confessed to during the investigation," Chalard said.</p> <p>The origin of the tusks was unclear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/thai-cop-arrested-20-elephant-tusks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Zoology AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:46:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744483 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia considers reward in dead Borneo elephant case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/malaysia-considers-reward-dead-borneo-elephant-case <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysian authorities will offer a $16,000 reward for information on 14 rare Borneo pygmy elephants found dead last month if it is confirmed they were poisoned, officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>Masidi Manjun, tourism, culture and environment minister for the state of Sabah on vast Borneo island, told AFP that authorities hoped the reward would help them get new leads.</p> <p>"There is a reward of 50,000 ringgit for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the alleged culprits if the chemist report confirms that death was due to intentional poisoning," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/malaysia-considers-reward-dead-borneo-elephant-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Elephants Fauna of Asia AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:45:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747178 at http://www.globalpost.com Poachers kill 11,000 Gabon elephants in under a decade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/poachers-kill-11000-gabon-elephants-under-decade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jean Rovys Dabany</p> <p>LIBREVILLE, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Poachers have killed more than 11,000 elephants in Gabon's Minkebe National Park rainforest since 2004, Gabon's government said on Wednesday, with the massacre fuelled by increasing demand for ivory in Asia.</p> <p>The densely-forested central African country is home to about half the world's roughly 100,000 remaining forest elephants, the smallest species of elephant and coveted by ivory dealers for their harder and straighter tusks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/poachers-kill-11000-gabon-elephants-under-decade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Technology Zoology Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:30:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747466 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya suspends top wildlife officials in poaching probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/kenya-suspends-top-wildlife-officials-poaching-probe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kenya's wildlife authorities have suspended two top officials in the midst of investigations into rampant poaching that has decimated elephant herds and other wild animals, officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a statement that the officials were ordered "to take leave to facilitate internal investigations into the wildlife security situation".</p> <p>Poaching has spiked recently in East Africa, with whole herds of elephants massacred for their ivory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/kenya-suspends-top-wildlife-officials-poaching-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Elephants Kenya AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:46:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747553 at http://www.globalpost.com Gabon says half its elephants killed since 2004 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/gabon-says-half-its-elephants-killed-2004 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than half of Gabon's elephant population has been killed by poachers since 2004 despite ramped up security measures to try to stop the slaughter, wildlife officials said Wednesday. </p> <p>"More than 11,000 elephants have been killed since 2004," Fiona Maisels of the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement. </p> <p>Gabon, on the west coast of central Africa, is estimated to host over half of the continent's 40,000 forest elephants but the animals have long been targeted by poachers for their ivory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/gabon-says-half-its-elephants-killed-2004" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Zoology AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:31:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747671 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED: Gabon says 11,000 elephants killed since 2004 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/corrected-gabon-says-11000-elephants-killed-2004 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than 11,000 elephants in Gabon have been killed by poachers since 2004 despite ramped up security measures to try to stop the slaughter, wildlife officials said Wednesday. </p> <p>"More than 11,000 elephants have been killed since 2004," Fiona Maisels of the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement. </p> <p>Gabon, on the west coast of central Africa, is estimated to host over half of the continent's 40,000 forest elephants but the animals have long been targeted by poachers for their ivory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/corrected-gabon-says-11000-elephants-killed-2004" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Zoology AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:16:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747922 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia seeks help abroad over dead Borneo elephants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysia-seeks-help-abroad-over-dead-borneo-elephants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysian authorities said Friday they are seeking help from forensic experts in Thailand and Australia after their own tests failed to establish if 14 rare Borneo pygmy elephants were killed by poison.</p> <p>The deaths of the endangered animals, found last month in a forest reserve in Sabah state on Borneo island, shocked conservationists and officials, who released a poignant picture of a three-month-old calf nuzzling its dead mother.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysia-seeks-help-abroad-over-dead-borneo-elephants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Elephants Fauna of Asia Technology AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:18:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750029 at http://www.globalpost.com Gabon bans large-calibre arms to stem elephant poaching http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/gabon-bans-large-calibre-arms-stem-elephant-poaching <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Gabon is banning large-calibre arms after experiencing a surge in elephant poaching in its national parks, the interior ministry said Friday.</p> <p>"The interior ministry has decided to suspend the sale of rifles and ammunitions of type 375 and 458, used for big game hunting throughout the national territory," it said in a statement.</p> <p>Last week, a study showed that Gabon -- which hosts more than half of Africa's forest elephants -- has become a target for poachers who have killed at least 20,000 elephants there in the past decade. The animals are mainly hunted for their ivory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/gabon-bans-large-calibre-arms-stem-elephant-poaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Entertainment Zoology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:30:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757081 at http://www.globalpost.com 2012 another deadly year for elephants in Africa: CITES http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/2012-another-deadly-year-elephants-africa-cites <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The number of African elephants killed by poachers in 2012 will most likely be higher than the 25,000 illegally killed the previous year, the head of UN wildlife trade regulator CITES said Tuesday.</p> <p>"Right across the range of the African elephant, in 2011 25,000 elephants were illegally killed, and based upon our analysis done so far, 2012 looks like the situation deteriorated rather than improved," said CITES Secretary General John Scanlon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/2012-another-deadly-year-elephants-africa-cites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Biology Elephants Law Zoology AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:15:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760088 at http://www.globalpost.com Wildlife groups urge sanctions for ivory offenders http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/wildlife-groups-urge-sanctions-ivory-offenders <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Conservationists on Thursday called for sanctions against the world's top offender nations in the illegal ivory trade to tackle a surge in poaching of African elephants.</p> <p>Wildlife groups WWF and TRAFFIC issued a joint call for governments due to meet in Bangkok next month under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to take action against host country Thailand as well as Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/wildlife-groups-urge-sanctions-ivory-offenders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Elephants Environment Wildlife smuggling AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:03:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5762012 at http://www.globalpost.com Poachers turned gamekeepers protect Kenya's elephants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/poachers-turned-gamekeepers-protect-kenyas-elephants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As dawn breaks deep in the savannah of northern Kenya, Kuyaso Lokoloi quietly slips out his hut clutching his mobile phone and heads out stealthily into the bush.</p> <p>Just a year ago he would have been on the lookout for game to poach in the thick acacia scrub that makes up the remote Samburu district, a key reserve for the increasingly threatened African elephant.</p> <p>Now, after risking death with armed wildlife rangers hunting him, the poacher has turned gamekeeper to go out patrolling to protect the animals he once killed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/poachers-turned-gamekeepers-protect-kenyas-elephants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Kuyaso Lokoloi Zoology AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:00:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5768082 at http://www.globalpost.com Heat on Thailand as wildlife conference starts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/heat-thailand-wildlife-conference-starts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Global conservationists converged on Bangkok Sunday for the start of endangered species talks, as host Thailand was forced onto the defensive over the rampant smuggling of ivory through its territory.</p> <p>The plight of elephants and rhinos -- threatened by poaching networks driven by insatiable demand for tusks and horn from Asian nations -- are set to dominate the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which lasts until March 14.</p> <p>Thailand, seen as a hub for traffickers of all endangered species, is facing particular pressure over its ivory market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/heat-thailand-wildlife-conference-starts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Fauna of Asia Human Interest Zoology AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 07:00:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771982 at http://www.globalpost.com Thailand in landmark pledge to end its ivory trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/thailand-landmark-pledge-end-its-ivory-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thailand's prime minister promised Sunday to end her nation's trade in ivory, delighting conservationists who have long urged the kingdom to tackle the rampant smuggling of tusks through its territory.</p> <p>Speaking at the opening of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she will amend Thai law "with the goal of putting an end to the ivory trade".</p> <p>She did not give a timeframe for the amendment. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/thailand-landmark-pledge-end-its-ivory-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Human Interest Zoology AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 09:45:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772012 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai PM vows to protect elephants as ivory trade scrutinised http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/thai-pm-vows-protect-elephants-ivory-trade-scrutinised <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thailand's prime minister vowed to step up the kingdom's efforts to protect endangered elephants following pressure by conservationists to tackle the rampant smuggling of tusks through its territory.</p> <p>Speaking at the opening of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she will amend Thai law "with the goal of putting an end to the ivory trade".</p> <p>She did not give a timeframe for the amendment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/thai-pm-vows-protect-elephants-ivory-trade-scrutinised" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Human Interest Politics Zoology AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 12:30:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772059 at http://www.globalpost.com