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African Forest Elephant Moves Rapidly Toward Extinction
2013-03-05 09:37:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from a large group of international researchers shows African forest elephants are being rapidly pushed toward extinction by illegal poaching and the ivory trade. An extensive meta-analysis of surveys and fieldwork data has shown that 62 percent of forest elephants have been killed for their ivory, according to the study, which appeared in the latest edition of PLOS ONE. "The analysis confirms what conservationists have...

Thai Prime Minister Vows To Ban Domestic Ivory Trade
2013-03-04 04:46:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The prime minister of Thailand has pledged to take steps to change the country´s currently legal domestic ivory trade in order to help protect endangered elephants, various media outlets reported Sunday. Speaking during the opening day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Yingluck Shinawatra announced that she would be amending Thai law with the intention of putting an end to a market which...

Ivory Poaching Causes 37 Percent Elephant Decline In Congo
2013-03-02 05:34:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New statistics show that the elephant population in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declined by 37 percent in the last five years. According to wildlife surveys by the Wildlife Conservation Society and DRC officials, only 1,700 elephants now remain in the DRC, which holds the largest remaining forest elephant population. Scientists at WCS warn that if people continue to poach forest elephants in DRC, then the species...

Ivory Trade Poaching Has Claimed 11,000 Elephants In Africa
2013-02-07 09:32:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Gabon's Minkebe Park, once home to Africa's largest forest elephant population, has lost a staggering 11,100 individuals to poaching for the ivory trade, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Recent surveys of regions of the park, conducted by WCS, WWF and Gabon's Agence Nationale des parcs Nationaux (ANPN), reveal that two thirds of the park's elephant population has vanished since 2004, with the...

Elephant And Man - The Ongoing Battle
2012-12-13 05:17:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers say that violence in Mali is threatening the survival of endangered African elephant populations. The team wrote in the journal Biological Conservation that recent violence in Mali may be putting the animals as risk. During the two-year study, the researchers tracked the elephants' migration with Global Positioning System (GPS) collars. The research could help advance conservation for the animals, which face increased...


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2006-06-30 14:40:36

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, (Campephilus principalis), is a very large and extremely rare or extinct member of the woodpecker family, Picidae. It is officially listed as an endangered species, and until recently had widely been considered extinct. However one male bird has been reportedly sighted in Arkansas in 2004 and 2005. If its rediscovery is confirmed, this would make the Ivory-billed Woodpecker a lazarus species, a species that is rediscovered alive after being considered...

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