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2009-06-16 10:40:00

Environmental group WWF said on Monday that poachers might have used pineapples to poison and kill an endangered Sumatran elephant for its tusk. Syamsidar, a WWF spokeswoman, told AFP that the male was found dead in a pulp plantation in Riau province, Sumatra last Friday with its tusks removed.  This is the seventh recent Indonesian elephant found dead from poaching. "Pineapple fibers were found in its stomach. The fruit could have been poisoned," she added. Syamsidar said the other...

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2009-02-18 08:05:16

Indochina's few surviving elephants are under increasing threat from booming illegal ivory prices in Vietnam, according to a new market analysis released today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. An assessment of the illegal ivory trade in Vietnam said Vietnamese illegal ivory prices could be the highest in the world, with reports of tusks selling for up to USD1500/kg and small, cut pieces selling for up to USD1863/kg. Most of the raw ivory was said to originate from the Lao...

2009-01-23 09:56:00

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An armed poacher suspected to be behind a spate of elephant killings was shot and killed by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers during a gun battle yesterday in Tsavo East National Park. A semi-automatic rifle, 17 rounds of ammunition and poisoned arrows were recovered from the scene. Ivory was the primary motivation here, according to officials. Rangers had trailed the poacher and his accomplice for 17 hours on foot, according to area...

2009-01-22 11:17:43

A U.S. study shows the negative effects of African elephant poaching persist for decades after the killings. Kathleen Gobush, a research ecologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who led the study, said African elephants rely heavily on matriarchs to lead groups and keep families together. Before the 1989 ban on ivory trade, nearly 75 percent of all elephants in Tanzania's Mikumi National Park were killed, many of them females with large tusks. A lot of these females...

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2009-01-21 08:35:00

An African elephant never forgets "“ especially when it comes to the loss of its kin, according to researchers at the University of Washington. Their findings, published online in the journal, Molecular Ecology, reveal that the negative effects of poaching persist for decades after the killing has ended. "Our study shows that it takes a long time "“ upwards of 20 years "“ for a family who has lost its kin to rebuild," said lead researcher Kathleen Gobush, Ph.D., a research...

2009-01-16 13:10:09

Until credible sightings popped up three years ago, the scientific world was in agreement that ivory-billed woodpeckers had gone the way of the dodo. A new study conducted by University of Georgia researchers reveals that the ivory-billed woodpecker could have persisted if as few as five mated pairs survived the extensive habitat loss during the early 1900's. A new paper published in the online journal Avian Conservation and Ecology by researchers at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural...

2008-12-29 08:00:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Year should begin well for elephants with eBay's worldwide ban on ivory products set to go into effect January 1, 2009. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) played a key role in the Internet company's decision to ban ivory by providing extensive data to eBay on the buying and selling of illegal wildlife species and products over the Web. "IFAW is grateful to eBay for taking this important step forward for elephant...

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2008-12-12 11:09:26

Elephants in Zakouma National Park, the last stronghold for the savanna elephants of Central Africa's Sahel region, now hover at about 1,000 animals, down from an estimated 3,000 in 2006. Ivory poachers using automatic weapons have decimated elephant populations "“ particularly when herds venture seasonally outside of the park. Civil unrest has made conservation exceedingly difficult in Chad. Several park guards have been shot and killed in recent years. However, safety conditions have...

2008-12-05 21:09:58

Russian archaeologists say they've uncovered a group of Stone Age art objects that appear to have been part of an ancient hunting ritual. The items, which were buried in pits and covered with mammoth bones, are 21,000 to 22,000 years old, CNN reported Friday. Hizri Amirkhanov and Sergey Lev of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences said the art objects, carved on mammoth ivory plaques, include representations of women and large mammals. The items were uncovered in 2005...

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2008-11-17 15:40:00

In Africa's largest-ever international crackdown on wildlife crime, Interpol and the Kenya Wildlife Service have seized more than one ton of ivory products. The seizure led to the arrest of 57 illegal traders across five African nations. Similar trans-national operations will be carried out worldwide to combat wildlife crime, according to Interpol. The worldwide busts, dubbed Operation Baba, started in June in response to a plea to Interpol from African nations dealing with illegal elephant...


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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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