Hope for threatened elephants Central Africa

Central African countries signed a groundbreaking regional plan to strengthen law enforcement and better combat poaching of elephants and other species at risk from illegal wildlife trade.

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CSI for wildlife in Kenya one step closer

Kenya wants to start a forensics and molecular biology laboratory, to enhance studies in population genetics and reduce poaching activities by providing credible prosecutorial evidence in court. The plans for the ‘wildlife CSI’ have now received a major boost, following the promise of a renowed American Institute to provide for the money for equipment.

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China targets illegal wildlife trade

Conservationists often accuse China of not doing sufficient in the fight against illegal wildlife trade, but the country seems to step up its efforts. China has recently not only established an inter-agency CITES group – and is rewarded by CITES for its operations this year- , the Chinese are also cooperating with TRAFFIC to train hundreds of police.

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SanWild protects Rhino with militairy precision

The wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre SanWild in South Africa runs a very effective growing rhino protection program to ensure the safety of a number of rhinos on private land. The program is simple, effective and runs with militairy precision. The objective is to keep individual rhino safe and alive, no matter what the cost.

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13-year old invents tool for lion conservation

WildlifeDirect, with funding from the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, is looking for ways to reduce the mortality of lions due to human wildlife conflict. The organisation found something surprising: a 13-year old Kenyan boy has made an invention that keeps not only lifestock but also lions safe.

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Animals in fundraising not the most threatened

Images of tigers and elephants are among the most common threatened mammals used by conservation organisations as ‘flagships’ to promote fundraising. Because of the campaigns they get the most money, but a new study shows they are not the most threatened.

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Help for the rare Cross River gorilla

The Cross River gorilla was considered extinct until the 1980s, when it was sighted in its only known habitat. With fewer than 300 individuals of this unique subspecies remaining, it is the most endangered African ape. But there is good news as governments and conservation groups work to protect the gorilla and its habitat.

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