I recently shared a story about the Chinese government’s worrying decision to lift a ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts in traditional Chinese medicine. Now, thankfully, China has decided to keep the ban in place for the time being. The demand for tiger and rhino parts in traditional Chinese medicine is partially […]
Wildlife populations declined by an average of 60% over the last four decades
Unwilling to leave the animals so soon, we decided to drive south through Kruger National Park, rather than taking the quicker but infinitely less interesting highway. It was quick and easy to get into the park and we were surprised by how few instructions we were given before being waved through the gates. Going on […]
The Kenyan Wildlife Service has arrested five men for smuggling finished ivory products. Since 2009, ten tons of raw and worked ivory has been illegally harvested from Kenyan sources.
In 2012, 384 Elephants and 19 Rhinos were lost to poachers, the previous year’s tally was 289 Elephants and 29 Rhinos. Four Kenyan Game Rangers have been killed in this same period.
Policing this illegal trade has been difficult as sophisticated organized crime groups dominate this illicit trade, and this is a serious problem throughout Africa.
More aggressive policing on the ground with heavily-armed game wardens in the field, and the use of trained sniffer dogs at shipping points will hopefully help stem this serious trade.
Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhino, died aged 45 in March 2018 in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. In December his keeper, Zacharia Mutai, spoke about the rhino’s life and legacy. Only two female northern white rhinos now survive.
Chinese nationals awaiting trial at Victoria Falls magistrates court in Zimbabwe after being found with illegal rhino horn pieces worth nearly £750,000.