Wildlife conservation

Posts and articles about wildlife conservation that is the practice of protecting wild plant and animal species and their habitat.

Rhino poachers nabbed after 60km chase into Mozambique

  • September 18, 2018
Rhino poachers nabbed after 60km chase into Mozambique

Rhino poachers nabbed after 60km chase into Mozambique It started late at night‚ when rangers heard the crackle of gunfire shatter the peace of the Kruger National Park. It took until after sunrise before the ensuing drama ended‚ following a gruelling 60km hot-pursuit operation deep into Mozambican territory. Two more rhinos lay dead‚ with part of their faces hacked off – the latest casualties in the rhino wars that have claimed the lives of more than 7‚000 rhinos and an undisclosed number of human casualties over the last decade. But this time‚ the killers did not slip...

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Nearly 100 elephants killed for ivory in Botswana

  • September 17, 2018
Nearly 100 elephants killed for ivory in Botswana

Nearly 100 elephants killed for ivory in Botswana Ninety elephant carcasses have been discovered in Botswana with their tusks hacked off, a charity said Tuesday, in what is believed to be one of Africa's worst mass poaching sprees. Most of the animals killed were large bulls carrying heavy tusks, Elephants Without Borders said. The grim discovery was made over several weeks during an aerial survey by scientists from Elephants Without Borders and Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks. "We started flying the survey on July 10, and we have counted 90 elephant carcasses...

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AI powered listening posts are now helping to protect endangered elephants from poachers over 580-sq-miles in an …

  • September 16, 2018
AI powered listening posts are now helping to protect endangered elephants from poachers over 580-sq-miles in an …

AI powered listening posts are now helping to protect endangered elephants from poachers over 580-sq-miles in an African National park AI powered listening posts are now protecting endangered elephants from poachers over an area of 580 square miles in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. It means scientists can learn critical information about the elephants' habits and patterns in a fifth of the time they used to so park managers can be alerted about potential risks before it's too late. They are doing this by creating sensors that can distinguish low-frequency, long-duration...

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Zambia is not satisfying tourism potential – Foote

  • September 15, 2018
Zambia is not satisfying tourism potential – Foote

Zambia is not satisfying tourism potential ZAMBIA is not satisfying its enormous tourism potential, says US Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote. And Ambassador Foote says Africa is losing out through illegal poaching of elephants for ivory. He was speaking during a wildlife conservation walk dubbed “Ivory Belongs to Elephants” campaign on the need to protect elephants and other endangered wildlife species on Saturday. In the company of Irish Ambassador Seamus O’Grady and acting Kenyan High Commissioner Jane Kario, Ambassador Foote said wildlife had potential to contribute towards job creation. “There...

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The Last Butterfly

  • September 15, 2018
The Last Butterfly

The Eastern monarch is in trouble, and this is the time to help (no science degree needed). NASHVILLE — A monarch butterfly’s chrysalis is one of the most beautiful things in nature. Bright emerald green and flecked with gold, it is an exquisite jewel that contains within it an even more exquisite promise. The day before a monarch emerges, its chrysalis turns dark, almost black, but if you hold a light up to it, you can see the shape of vivid orange wings inside. The wings are lined with black veins like stained-glass windows in a cathedral. They are still tightly folded, but they hold,...

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Nagaland govt declares Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as Singphan Elephant Reserve

  • September 14, 2018
Nagaland govt declares Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as Singphan Elephant Reserve

Nagaland govt declares Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as Singphan Elephant Reserve Nagaland government has declared Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as Singphan Elephant Reserve with the approval of the union government on August 16. The Singphan Elephant Reserve is the 30th elephant reserve in India. It is the important Reserve in the Northeastern states as it is a huge tract of forest, strategically located in contiguity with the Abhaypur Reserve Forest of Assam, frequented by the moving herds of elephants. Nagaland is bounded by Assam in the North and west by Mayanmar and Arunachal Pradesh in the east...

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Can a controversial in-vitro fertilization process save the northern white rhino?

  • September 13, 2018
Can a controversial in-vitro fertilization process save the northern white rhino?

Can a controversial in-vitro fertilization process save the northern white rhino? On March 19, 2018, wildlife conservationists mourned the death of a 45-year-old northern white rhinoceros named Sudan, one of the last three remaining northern white rhinos on earth, and the only surviving male. Keepers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where Sudan lived, euthanized the ailing rhino to end his age-related suffering. With Sudan's passing, there are only two remaining northern white rhinos left in the world — both female and part of Sudan's bloodline — daughter Najin and granddaughter...

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How Tourism Helps Elephants—and People—Make a Home

  • September 12, 2018
How Tourism Helps Elephants—and People—Make a Home

How Tourism Helps Elephants—and People—Make a Home In the heart of northern Kenya, the pointed peaks of the Mathews Range engulf Sarara Camp’s six canvas tents. Dispelling notions of traditional safaris, a stay here—within a dense forest thick with acacia and juniper trees, grazed by elephants, giraffes, and dik-diks—is just as much about access to wildlife and nature as it is about the indigenous Samburu culture. The Samburu are a group of seminomadic pastoralists related to the Maasai, who’ve thrived in the desert foothills of Mount Kenya for centuries. Though their territory...

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‘People need stake in rhino’s survival’

  • September 9, 2018
‘People need stake in rhino’s survival’

'People need stake in rhino's survival' Independent Online Full coverage Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA) The large number of anti-poaching, conservation and management measures that have been implemented to protect rhinos are bound to fail because they don’t involve the most important “change agents” in conservation - people who live in or near game reserves. This is the main finding of a new report, Ending Wildlife Trafficking, Local Communities as Change Agents, published by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime. The international...

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World Elephant Day 2018: An Urgent Call to Protect Nigeria’s Elephants

  • September 8, 2018
World Elephant Day 2018: An Urgent Call to Protect Nigeria’s Elephants

World Elephant Day 2018: An Urgent Call to Protect Nigeria’s Elephants By: ‘Seyifunmi Adebote (Abuja, Nigeria) “Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant, except in a picture book?” – David Attenborough. Of the 5 big games, it is not so easy to come by an Elephant in Nigeria today – both in the wild and in captive areas; except you find yourself in the Yankari National Park, believed to have the largest and most important Elephant herd of merely 100-150 or the Omu – Shasha Forest, Ogun State. The other place you can readily...

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