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Save the Elephants

Tue, 2014-07-08 07:05 by Hans

JULY 7, 2014

… Africa, after years of progress in protecting its wildlife, is again in crisis mode. In 2011 alone, an estimated twenty-five thousand African elephants were killed for their ivory; this comes to almost seventy a day, or nearly three an hour. Since then, an additional forty-five thousand African elephants—about ten per cent of the total population—have been slaughtered. Long thought to be one species, African elephants probably belong to two. Forest elephants, which are slightly smaller than bush elephants, live only in West and Central Africa. Their numbers have plunged by more than sixty per cent just since 2002, and if this trend continues they could be gone entirely within a decade.

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Vietnam's illegal trade in rhino horn

Wed, 2014-02-12 18:47 by Hans
White rhino with calf

By Sue LIoyd Roberts
BBC Newsnight

Record numbers of rhinos are being poached and killed in South Africa for their horn. Many of those horns end up being sold illegally for their supposed medicinal properties—in countries such as Vietnam.

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Up in smoke - The ivory trade

Sun, 2014-02-09 10:46 by Hans
Tusk force

A push to stop poaching and save elephants from extinction

Feb 8th 2014 | NAIROBI | From the print edition

SIX tonnes of elephant tusks and ivory trinkets were destroyed in a tarmac crusher in the factory city of Dongguan in China on January 6th. Most of the 33-tonne stockpile of Hong Kong—home to many of the world’s most avid buyers of ivory—as well as those of several European countries will soon meet the same fate. In the past few years ivory has also been destroyed in the United States, Gabon, Kenya and the Philippines.

Read the complete article in The Economist

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Huge chimpanzee population thriving in remote Congo forest

Sun, 2014-02-09 10:32 by Hans

Scientists believe the group is one of the last chimp 'mega-cultures', sharing a unique set of customs and behaviour

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Connect the dots: infant mortality, graft and elephant poaching

Tue, 2014-01-14 16:40 by Hans

REUTERS - By Ed Stoddard

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters)—What do infant mortality and elephant poaching have in common? Plenty, according to conservation groups.

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Black rhino hunting permit auctioned for $350,000

Tue, 2014-01-14 16:31 by Hans


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A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino sold for $350,000 at a Dallas auction held to raise money for conservation efforts but criticized by wildlife advocates.

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Jaboya vs. jakambi: status, negotiation and HIV risks among female migrants in the "sex for fish" economy in Nyanza, Kenya

Mon, 2013-11-25 08:06 by Hans

Carol S. Camlin, Zachary A. Kwena, and Shari L. Dworkin

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In Nyanza Province, Kenya, HIV incidence is highest (26.2%) in the beach communities along Lake Victoria. Prior research documented high mobility and HIV risks among fishermen; mobility patterns and HIV risks faced by women in fishing communities are less well researched. This study aimed to characterize forms of mobility among women in the fish trade in Nyanza; describe the spatial and social features of beaches; and assess characteristics of the “sex-for-fish” economy and its implications for HIV prevention.

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Kenyans chase down and catch goat-killing cheetahs

Sat, 2013-11-16 21:28 by Hans
The captured cheetahs are now in the hands of the Kenya Wildlife Service

Four villagers in north-east Kenya have chased down and captured two cheetahs which were killing their goats.

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The owner of the goats told the BBC that the cheetahs had been picking off his animals one by one, day by day.

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Kenya aquifers discovered in dry Turkana region

Thu, 2013-09-12 15:52 by Hans
Test drilling confirmed there was water underneath the arid ground

BBC News Africa

A huge water source has been discovered in the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya which could supply the country for 70 years, the government says.

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The discovery of two aquifers brings hope to the drought-hit region, tweeted Environment Minister Judi Wakhungu.

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Cheetahs’ secret weapon: a tight turning radius

Sat, 2013-06-15 11:26 by Hans


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Anyone who has watched a cheetah run down an antelope knows that these cats are impressively fast. But it turns out that speed is not the secret to their prodigious hunting skills: a novel study of how cheetahs chase prey in the wild shows that it is their agility — their skill at leaping sideways, changing directions abruptly and slowing down quickly — that gives those antelope such bad odds.