Tigers, leopards, bears and more seized in Interpol raids

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Hundreds of animals have been seized and more than 160 arrests made in Interpol co-ordinated raids across Asia. Under the PAWS (Protection of Asian Wildlife species) programme law enforcement officials from 13 Asian countries moved in on wildlife traffickers.
While the operation led to the…

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10,000 ELEPHANTS KILLED IN ONE YEAR IN JUST ONE AFRICAN COUNTRY

Featured Image -- 924   Trade in wildlife parts is the 4th largest  illegal trade in the world. Even a tourist’s purchase of an small ivory trinket or ivory chopsticks  makes a huge impact on the world’s elephant population, collectively speaking.

Illegal poaching gangs are  well organized by international crime syndicates and they take on violently the game wardens who’s job it is to protect their wildlife charges- these gangs  want ivory for the huge Chinese market, largely, and they don’t care who or what they have to kill to get it. Other items such as whale teeth, exotic bird feathers, bear parts for superstitious medical purposes, rhino horn for Chinese potency (it actually does nothing), leopard and cheetah skins for fashion and decor, shark fins for soup (throw away the rest of the shark), these and all manner of other parts keep these gangs going very profitably.

Many species are facing extinction just from poaching, not counting habitat loss , climate change and other challenges that face our wild friends. Some say that elephants in the wild could be extinct in just 11 years!!!

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Anthrax, witchcraft and rhino poaching – the death of a wildlife ranger

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The air over Sesfontein this time of year is usually a peculiar metallic hue, tinged by the talcum-fine dust whipped by the harsh desert wind blowing from the Skeleton Coast, 250 kilometres away to the west. 
But today, the white heat seemed bleaker than ever, and another metallic taste stirred …

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Specialist anti-poaching air squadron set to launch in Tanzania

This is good!

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Speaking at a hand over of donated 44 vehicles the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania, Lazaro Nyalandu, has announced that a special air squadron of 5 helicopters is set to take to the skies in the New Year as the country continues its fight against poachers.
Despite…

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United Nations launches emergency appeal for elephants of the Congo

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http://wildlifenews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/dr-congo-un.jpg The United Nations Rapid Response Facility has launched an emergency appeal to raise funds to fight elephant poachers in the Garamba National Park in the DR Congo. The launch comes just days after Mr. Martin Kobler, who heads the UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) said… http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/united-nations-launches-emergency-appeal-for-elephants-of-the-congo/

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Interpol launches specialist wildlife crime unit in Africa

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THIS IS WHAT GOES ON EVERY DAY!

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http://wildlifenews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/forest-elephant-poaching.jpg Interpol has announced the formation of a specialist team to be based in Nairobi, Kenya, which will target wildlife criminals such as ivory poachers and rhino horn smugglers. The team will be an extension of the established Environmental Crime Unit based in Lyon, France.
The dedicated team will… http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/interpol-launches-specialist-wildlife-crime-unit-in-africa/

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