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British tourist trampled to death by elephant in India

A 69-year-old British tourist was trampled to death by an elephant in India on Thursday as he was engrossed in taking photographs, according to reports. The tourist, named by the Press Trust of India only as Collins, was near the wildlife resort town of Masinagudi in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. He was taking a photograph of an elephant in a river when two others attacked him from behind, PTI cited police as saying. PTI reported that Collins was "fully focused" on taking pictures and did not hear warnings from other tourists.

Thai police seize 16 'illegal' elephants from tourist areas

Thai police said Wednesday they had seized 16 elephants from tourist destinations as part of a nationwide swoop on operators suspected of using smuggled wild pachyderms for entertainment. The animals were removed on Tuesday and Wednesday from camps in the southern and eastern resort areas of Ko Chang, Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga, which are popular with holidaymakers, said Police Colonel Watcharin Phoosit, from the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division.

Kenya seizes more smuggled ivory destined for Malaysia

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan officials have impounded another large consignment of smuggled elephant ivory barely a week after intercepting a similar haul, highlighting the rise of poaching in Africa. The ivory, weighing 3.3 metric tons and valued at 65 million shillings ($748,400), was impounded this week. It had been wrapped in gunny sacks and declared as groundnuts being shipped to Malaysia from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, officials said on Tuesday.

Scientists reveal new way to track illegal ivory

Wildlife crime investigators hope to crack down on illegal elephant killing with a new tool for analyzing ivory that uses nuclear test residue to determine the age of a tusk, said a study out Monday. Tens of thousands of elephants are hunted for their ivory each year. As few as 470,000 African elephants remain, making them a vulnerable species while the Asian elephant is endangered and may number about 30,000, experts say.

Scientists reveal new way to track illegal ivory

Wildlife crime investigators hope to crack down on illegal elephant killing with a new tool for tracking illegal ivory that uses nuclear test residue to determine the age of a tusk, said a study out Monday. Tens of thousands of elephants are hunted for their ivory each year, and just about 423,000 African elephants remain, experts say. Despite international agreements that ban most raw ivory trade from Asian elephants after 1975 and African elephants after 1989, the slaughter continues in large part because police lack tools to tell the age of the ivory.

Philippines set to destroy ivory tusks

The Philippines is set to destroy five tonnes of elephant tusks on Friday in a high-profile event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world's worst hotspots for illegal African ivory trading. Environment department officials are scheduled to use a road roller to crush the so-called "blood ivory", becoming the first country in Asia to destroy its multi-million-dollar stockpile.

Philippines first in Asia to destroy ivory tusks

The Philippines began destroying five tonnes of elephant tusks on Friday in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world's worst hotspots for illegal African ivory trading. The backhoe of a bulldozer began crushing hundreds of tusks in a wildlife bureau carpark, as the nation became the first in Asia to eliminate its multi-million-dollar stockpile. "This act is a strong statement to the rest of the world that the Philippines will not tolerate the illegal wildlife trade," Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said.

Philippines first in Asia to destroy ivory tusks

The Philippines destroyed five tonnes of elephant tusks on Friday in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world's worst hotspots for illegal African ivory trading. The backhoe of a bulldozer began crushing hundreds of tusks in a wildlife bureau carpark, as the nation became the first in Asia to eliminate its multi-million-dollar stockpile. "This act is a strong statement to the rest of the world that the Philippines will not tolerate the illegal wildlife trade," Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said.

Chad arrests suspected member of elephant slaughter gang

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Authorities in Chad have arrested a suspected member of a poaching gang accused of slaughtering nearly 200 elephants and killing five Cameroonian park rangers, the environment minister said on Tuesday. Rising demand for ivory among Asia's newly affluent classes has led to a rise in poaching by well-armed, highly organized criminal gangs that take advantage of Central Africa's security void to prey upon the region's forest elephants.

At least 26 elephants massacred by C.African poachers

Heavily armed poachers have killed at least 26 elephants in the Dzanga Bai reserve, a world heritage site in south-western Central African Republic, conservationist body WWF said Friday. "At least 26 elephants were massacred in the Dzanga Bai World Heritage Site in the Central African Republic, after 17 individuals armed with Kalashnikov rifles on Monday entered this unique elephant habitat," the WWF said in a statement.
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