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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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2008-12-12 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...

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2008-10-29 14:09:33

The first U.N.-approved auction of elephant ivory in almost a decade yielded lower prices than many analysts predicted on Tuesday. The first of four auctions by southern African countries saw a total of 7.2 tons of Namibian ivory sold for $1.2 million "“ an average of $164 a kilo to Chinese and Japanese bidders. The auction was the first since 1999, when the average price of ivory was $110 a kilo in an auction to Japanese bidders. Experts expected higher prices in the sale, and...

2008-10-28 21:00:19

The sale of tons of elephant ivory in Namibia this week has conservationists concerned it may trigger widespread poaching of elephants. The $1.18 million ivory sale in Namibia Monday was the first in almost a decade and several more auctions are to take place across the region in the coming weeks, The Times of London reported on its Web site Tuesday. In all, about 108 tons of ivory -- the equivalent to the tusks of 10,000 elephants -- are expected to be sold to Asian buyers, the Times said....

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2008-10-28 08:30:00

For almost ten years, it has been illegal to sell ivory in southern Africa, but all that changes Tuesday. The ivory trade was banned globally in 1989 because poaching was decimating elephant populations.Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe will auction more than 100 tons of ivory from stockpiles to buyers from China and Japan. The money raised from ivory will go into elephant conservation projects. Environmentalists say the move encourages poachers in Africa to kill elephants for...

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2008-08-23 11:25:00

Congo poachers have destroyed twenty percent of the elephants in Africa's oldest national park due to China buying more ivory. During the past ten days alone, Rwandan rebels have killed seven Savannah elephants in the Virunga National Park. That's located along Congo's eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda, said Emmanuel de Merode. "We've definitely lost 20 percent of the population this year and probably more," he said. "We have rangers with them, and we're trying to reinforce them. But...

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2008-08-03 11:35:00

African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory at a pace unseen since an international ban on the ivory trade took effect in 1989. But the public outcry that resulted in that ban is absent today, and a University of Washington conservation biologist contends it is because the public seems to be unaware of the giant mammals' plight. The elephant death rate from poaching throughout Africa is about 8 percent a year based on recent studies, which is actually higher than the 7.4 percent...

2008-07-18 00:00:20

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman rejected any criticism of his government's fight against illegal ivory trade. Commenting on an NGO report critical of China's program, Liu Jianchao said it is unfair and twists facts, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Conservation groups have come out strongly against this week's decision by the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species approving the sale of African elephant ivory to China. In its decision, the U.N. agency...

2008-07-16 09:00:45

By Michael McCarthy; Colin Brown China was given permission to become a licensed buyer of ivory yesterday, provoking widespread condemnation from environmentalists and politicians, who said the move was a grave threat to the future of wild elephants in Africa and Asia. The British Government came in for fierce criticism after voting - as forecast by The Independent - for China at a UN meeting in Geneva, despite opposition from several African countries. The Green MEP Caroline Lucas...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

Despite strong objections from conservation groups, a United Nations agency has approved the sale of African elephant ivory to China. Meeting in Geneva, the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species by a majority vote said China qualified for the import because it has dramatically improved its enforcement of ivory rules, Xinhua reported Wednesday. The decision will allow China to bid on a stock of more than 100 tons of ivory obtained from culling and from elephants that...