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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...

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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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2008-10-03 09:20:00

Black rhinos are running free in the wild now, after 25 years in captivity. Experts say the move is an amazing landmark step for African wildlife conservation. Black rhinoceroses were once commonplace in Africa. However, in recent years these huge horned creatures have suffered dramatic declines, due to poaching and habitat loss. The country of Kenya has suffered the most dramatic losses. Rhino numbers have plummeted from an estimated 20,000 in the 1970s to some 500 today. Although the...

2006-11-20 17:56:03

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - British troops fatally shot an endangered white rhinoceros after it charged them while they were lost on military exercises in northern Kenya, a wildlife official said Sunday. "The rhino charged and they had no option but to shoot it," said Connie Maina, spokeswoman for the Kenya Wildlife Service. The incident took place Friday evening in Laikipia, around 190 miles north of the capital, Nairobi. The remote area boasts some of Kenya's best wildlife viewing. British troops...

2006-08-17 12:25:16

NYERI, Kenya (Reuters) - Rescuers have found the body of a U.S. tourist who died on Mount Kenya in heavy snow, the Kenya Wildlife Service said on Thursday. Some 50 officers spent three days searching for the 29-year-old who was found between two peaks. KWS said it found identification documents indicating the man was student. "The tourist was climbing down the mountain when he lost direction due to heavy snow. And we only recovered his body on Wednesday," Simon Gitau, KWS officer in...

2005-08-26 10:15:00

SHIMBA HILLS, Kenya -- Kenya began moving 400 elephants from an overcrowded reserve on its Indian Ocean coast on Thursday in an unprecedented transportation intended to protect the environment and reduce conflict with local people. The state Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the $3.2 million, eight-month operation from the Shimba Hills reserve would be the world's biggest translocation of live animals. Kenya has 28,000 elephants, many of which are coming into increasing conflict with peasant...

2005-08-25 07:10:13

By David Mwangi SHIMBA HILLS, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya began moving 400 elephants from an overcrowded reserve on its Indian Ocean coast on Thursday in an unprecedented transportation intended to protect the environment and reduce conflict with local people. The state Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the $3.2 million, eight-month operation from the Shimba Hills reserve would be the world's biggest translocation of live animals. Kenya has 28,000 elephants, many of which are coming into...

2005-07-26 20:10:42

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - A giraffe nibbles lazily at an acacia tree. Buffalos graze on the plains. Tourists with binoculars scan for hippos in streams running down wooded hills. It may look like a typical view of an idyllic African safari -- but Nairobi National Park is rather different. Just yards behind the safari park outside the Kenyan capital, factories belch gray smoke into the sky while a slum pushes ever closer to the fence. Aircraft roar over the park from a...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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