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Tusks for terrorists: ivory, elephant poaching and the war on terror

Sat, 2014-07-26 09:11 by Hans

By Michele C. Hollow and Bryson Hull on Jul 8, 2014

Elephant poaching in Africa is now on the radar of the American security apparatus.

The kind of people you’d expect to be talking about terrorists—instead of animals—are urging more military, law enforcement and intelligence efforts to stop the poaching of elephants for ivory.

Read the complete article in WhoWhatWhy

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Elephants crowned king of noses

Fri, 2014-07-25 08:01 by Hans

Elephants have more olfactory receptors than any other species

Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists out 
this week.

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Save the Elephants

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

SAVE THE ELEPHANTS
BY ELIZABETH KOLBERT
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.

Read the complete article in The New Yorker

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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.

Read the complete article in BBC News

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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

Read the complete article in The Guardian

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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

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press

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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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Abstract

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.

Read the complete article at BBC News

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