Women demonstrate in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley against the export of wild animals from the Maasai Mara National Park.
In the absence of trading ivory, other solutions have to be found to fund conservation and support communities living on the front line of the battle against poaching.
Markets and militarisation as responses to wildlife threats are dangerous because they often fail.
Military responses to combat poaching are a problem. They marginalise communities where poachers come from and can have longer term implications.
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking.
The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
Rhino poaching in South Africa’s Kruger National Park has decreased this year but it has increased in other regions.
Initiatives to curb rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park has shown improvement compared to last year. But poaching in other parks has increased.
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There are many similarities between wildlife poaching and the cultivation of drug plants like the coca bush or the opium poppy.
Cheetahs have experienced severe range contractions, their numbers declining markedly in many protected areas.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction
South Sudan’s elephant population plummeted from 80,000 in the late 1960s to less than 5,000 now.
South Sudan is a country where conflict is rife. This has had a knock-on effect on the country's rich and varied fauna, and put conservation programmes in severe crisis.
Violence to protect rhinos in southern Africa’s peace parks is the complete opposite to what the parks were envisaged to stand for.
There are very violent confrontations in southern Africa's peace parks. This is partly due to a violent history dating back to the apartheid era that has never been adequately addressed.
Elephants form bonds from a very young age.
Older matriarchs lead elephant society. But they're also the primary targets of ivory poachers. When these socially critical individuals are killed, what happens to the rest of the group?
The translocation of rhinos can help conservation and build their populations.
Nikki le Roex
Conservationists are increasingly looking to translocating rhinos. This not only ensures their safety but also enables improvements to their genetic health.
Conservationists claim the combination of GPS tracker, heart-beat monitor and spy camera will be a game changer.
Would a ban on mammoth ivory endanger or save the elephant?
People arguing that a ban on mammoth ivory would help save elephants from extinction are wrong. Here's why.
Stuffed animals left by protesters block the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota. Dentist Walter James Palmer, an American hunter, has been accused of killing the lion without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured it out of Hwange National Park.
The fact that people are still travelling thousands of miles to kill exotic animals and bring back trophies shows deeply rooted cultural problems in Western societies.
The debate around whether fences aid or curb poaching continues while units try hunt poachers.
Dropping fences can help the fight against poaching by inviting the people living in surrounding areas to take care of the animals.
Will synthetic rhino horns decrease demand or aid law enforcement?
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A company plans to flood the market with synthetic rhinoceros horn in an effort to slow poaching but these types of commercially driven conservation efforts are fraught with problems.
Elephants examine tusk of poached brethren.
Using DNA testing, researchers find that most elephant poaching is happening in two spots – crucial information to stopping the flow of ivory out of Africa.
Drones, along with satellites and advanced math, are changing the poaching game.
In 2014, 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa for their horns, which end up in Asia as supposed cures for a variety of ailments. An estimated 30,000 African elephants were slaughtered last year for…
Finding ways to save.
© Jason Gilchrist
As the electric saw cuts into the base of the horn of the live rhino lying at my feet, I feel an uncomfortable guilt. The rhino shakes and judders and there is an unpleasant smell reminiscent of burning…
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Older elephants with larger tusks are becoming rarer due to their ivory.
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