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2012-08-07 10:21:05

The trade in ivory was largely outlawed in 1989, but poaching continues and remains a serious threat to the African elephant. Seizures of large amounts of ivory, sometimes over a ton, continue to occur. Research by Alfred Roca, an assistant professor at the university, could be the basis for the development of new law enforcement tools. Roca has found a way to determine where the ivory comes from. With funding from the Division of International Conservation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

2012-07-22 23:00:46

Wildlife Crime Scorecard Grades 23 Asian and African Countries but US still has Major Role to Play Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 22, 2012 Widespread lack of enforcement by African and Asian countries is threatening the survival of wild rhinos, tigers and elephants, a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report has found. Wildlife Crime Scorecard: Assessing Compliance with and Enforcement of CITES Commitments for Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants examines how 23 Asian and African countries considered...

2011 Was A 'Horrible Year For Elephants'
2011-12-29 13:02:52

Conservation group TRAFFIC said on Thursday that in the past 12 months a record number of large ivory seizures across the world have taken place. TRAFFIC said that it has been a "horrible year for elephants" and there had been at least 13 large-scale seizures in 2011, totaling at least 23 tons of ivory. In 2010, there were just six large seizures, totaling just under 10 tons of ivory. "In 23 years of compiling ivory seizure data for ETIS, this is the worst year ever for large ivory...

Image 1 - Elephants On The Decline In Eastern Congo
2011-11-11 05:31:26

Humans play a far greater role in the fate of African elephants than habitat, and human conflict in particular has a devastating impact on these largest terrestrial animals, according to a new University of British Columbia study published online in PLoS ONE this week. In some of the best-documented cases to date, the study shows the elephant population in the Okapi Faunal Reserve — one of the last strongholds of forest elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — saw...


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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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