Wildlife Trafficking News Archive

This is a list of articles from around the world related to wildlife trafficking, animal parts trafficking, the impact of over-hunting and illegal hunting, and all forms of wildlife poaching and illegal fishing. The Wildlife Trafficking News Archive is meant to provide background or sources to the current wildlife trafficking situation and is listed in roughly reverse chronological order by year and month.

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Index by Date

2017     2007
2016     2006
2015     2005
2014     2004
2013     2002
2012     1997
2011     1994
2010     1991
2009     1989
2008     1987


African_White_Rhino_01-USGOV+t-smArticles from 2017

August

About $8 Million of Elephant Ivory Destroyed in Central Park

Two tons of elephant ivory crushed in central park

Ivory crush in New York’s Central Park

United States: Nearly 2 tons of seized ivory to be crushed in Central Park (alternative link)

Malaysia Makes its Eighth African Pangolin Scale and Ivory Seizure for 2017

Zimbabwe army officer arrested for trying to sell ivory: report – Four elephant tusks worth almost $3,000.

Zimbabwean man jailed 9 years for selling python skin belt for $2 000: report

In Nepal, the rhino evokes national pride

Over 1,000 people killed in India as human and wildlife habitats collide

July

World Ranger Day

Saving the world’s wildlife is not just ‘a white person thing’

Over one thousand rangers mark World Ranger Day

Jane Goodall stands with one thousand rangers to mark world ranger day

South Africa: New Move to Support Game Rangers At Risk

Zambia arrests 3 Chinese for rhino horn trafficking

Going Undercover With Africa’s Premier Anti-Poaching Unit: Busting open the black-market ivory trade in Malawi and Zambia

Zambia arrests 3 Chinese for rhino horn trafficking

Asia’s tigers face devastating snaring crisis

TRAFFIC initiative in India warns against buying illegal wildlife products

Poachers Caught, Ivory From Four Dead Elephants Confiscated

Thoughts On Tiger Conservation In India

Elephant Country Blog 5: Behind the Scenes at Mushara

Kruger National Park security official nabbed with illegal ammo and stolen ranger uniforms – Senior official was linked to known rhino poaching syndicate.

From schools to temples: winning hearts and minds to end bear bile farming in Vietnam

“We can make a difference,” says Vietnamese Youth

U.S. Gives N$23 Million ($1.7 Million) to Fight Wildlife Trafficking

Meet Singye Wangmo, tiger protector

East African Poaching Syndicate Kingpin Mateso Albana Kasian Arrested in Mozambique

No Bail for Alleged Airport Rhino Horn Smuggler

Minister Edna Molewa Welcomes Arrest of Rhino Horn Smuggler At or Tambo International Airport

Woman arrested with 20kg of rhino horn at OR Tambo

Sumatran rhino horn, pangolin parts seized in Aceh wildlife trafficking bust

New report shows US “baseline” ivory market

Namibia: Travel Agents Find Joy in Helping SRT to Protect Desert Rhinos

Zimbabwe: Pangolin Owner in Moza – Nyanhongo (alternative link)

South Africa Heads for 1,000 Rhino Killings for the Fifth Year in a Row

South Africa: Cop allegedly linked to rhino poaching killed in KZN shootout

Malawi Relocating 500 Elephants

Zimbabwe: ‘Poacher kills’ over 100 elephants

Nepal’s Rhino Numbers Rise Thanks to National and Local Commitment

Zimbabwe Deploys 150 Rangers, Police After Latest Cyanide Killings in National Park

United States Court Orders South Africa Poacher to Hand Over R479 Million – Arnold Bengis told to forfeit $37 million.

Wild elephants re-appear in Quang Nam Province

Vietnam commits to better bear preservation – AnimalsAsia’s Memorandum of Understanding signed by government.

Namibia: N$1 Million Fine for Possessing Lion Bones – Up to N$1 million or a 10-year sentence.

House of horrors: inside the US wildlife repository – photo essay

A Mausoleum for Endangered Species

India: Mohan’s Ivory Seized In Covert Operation

DR Congo Park Authorities: Rangers Were Not Killed in Rescue

DR Congo rangers killed in raid to free US journalist

Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalist

Conservationists Demand Tougher Enforcement Against Ivory Gangs

Why Kill a Snow Leopard Conservation Ranger? Energy Sprawl and Land-Use Confict

Illegal trade in rhino horn thriving in China, NGO investigation reveals

Investigation unit captures notorious Zambian poachers

Hunted down! Dramatic moment a notorious gang of ivory poachers are caught in an undercover sting in Zambia

Chinese Overfishing Threatens West African Economies

DR Congo: Ranger Dudunyabo Machongani Célestin Killed in the Line of Duty – Killed by Mai-Mai rebels

American Journalist and 3 Guards Missing in Congo

Tigers threatened by reckless profiteering in lion bones

A bear bile farm has finally taken Sophie’s sight – but not her life

Sri Lankan Navy Saves Wild Elephant Found in Ocean 10 Miles Off Coast

India: Maharashtra FD & Wildlife SOS Conduct Leopard Awareness Program & Plantation Drive

Man caught with rhino horn at Hong Kong International Airport

India: Sloth Bear With Cubs Trapped In Deep Well Rescued

Mission Possible Malawi – On Malawi’s role in illegal wildlife trafficking.

Bushmeat: the unsung villain

Recently rescued bear settling in to new lives at Vietnam sanctuary – Rescued from bear bile farms.

South Africa should sort out the bad from the really bad on its invasive species list

Largest Ever Ivory Seizure – An estimated 7,200 kilograms seized in Hong Kong from Malaysia.

The Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism: Thousands of Asian elephants held in cruel conditions

South Africa: Trio arrested for possession of hippo tusks

Elephant 2.0. – nature’s invisible information architecture

South Africa: Govt Approves Export of 800 Lion Skeletons

South Africa: Three Lions Poisoned and Decapitated On Limpopo Farm

South Africa: Six Rhino Killed in Just One Night in Kwazulu-Natal Reserve

Botswana: Khama Releases Rhinos Into Sowa Park

Watchdog Says Chinese Town Is Major Ivory Smuggling Hub – Says EIA.

Chinese town at the centre of global ivory smuggling

Uganda: Chinese Ambassador Warns on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Harry Potter may have sparked illegal owl trade in Indonesia

DRC: Severely Injured Baby Mountain Gorilla Rescued – Baby had been caught in snare.

Camera Traps Are Now Watching Poachers, Instead of Wildlife

South Africa: 2 arrested with rhino horn and ammo in KZN

Dogs Help Sniff Out Poachers in South Africa

Mercedes, rhino horn and rifles parts seized in SAPS operation

Gambian Arrested in Malawi for Ivory Seized in Thailand (alternate link)

Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans.

‘Bear Safe’ Waste Management Workshop in Kashmir

June

Rate of human-wildlife conflict in India has researchers making urgent appeals for solutions

The women who live alongside rhinos in India

South Africa: ‘Well known’ elephant poacher shot dead in Zim

South Africa: Alleged Rhino Poaching Syndicate Arrested At North West Game Reserve

Zimbabwe: Rhino Horn, Manhood and Fingernails

WWF and Tiger Beer Engage to Help Rangers and Protect Tigers

China is moving in the right direction for elephants

South Africa: Environmental Affairs Clarifies Trading on Rhino Horn (alternate link)

South Africa: International Trade of Rhino Horn Remains Illegal (alternate link)

Mushara Elephant Project Celebrates 25 Years With New Season in Namibia

EU Ivory Trade Kills Elephants

Tanzania: State Orders Confiscation of Poaching Weapons

Namibia: Poachers Bag More Rhinos and Elephants

A dangerous path: New highway could jeopardize tigers in India

Tanzania: 100 People Charged Over Poaching Since 2014 – Perhaps referring specifically to Dar Es Salaam. (alternate link)

Wildlife of northern Central African Republic in danger

South Africa: Alleged Rhino Poaching Syndicate Arrested at North West Game Reserve

South Africa: Environmental Affairs On Lion Export Quota for 2017 (archive link)

Cameroon: Anti-Poaching – UK Intensifies Lobby

South Africa: Policeman and another man suspected of rhino poaching arrested in KZN

Hong Kong launches bill to ban domestic ivory trade

Rhino breeder to auction 500kg of horns in South Africa

Tanzania: Noose Tightens On Wildlife Poachers

Poachers Poison Elephants in Zimbabwe National Park

Ivory seizure exposes Japan’s lax domestic ivory trade controls

South Africa: Alleged rhino poaching brothers win bail, vow to fight US extradition – Dawie and Janneman Groenewald

South Africa: Rhino owners ‘stunned’, angry after alleged poaching gang gets bail

South Africa: At least 2 dead rhino found dehorned, buried at Zim govt minister’s farm – report

South Africa: Suspected Rhino Poachers Arrested in KwaZulu-Natal

The Crash Kids Against Poaching – South Africans raising awareness for a national icon.

Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia’s tigers back from brink

Mozambican ‘rhino poacher’ disappears from police custody

Enforcement officials in China trained on wildlife identification technology

Namibia: Eight Suspected Poachers Caught with Bushmeat

Tanzania: It Takes a Village to Stop Illegal Fishing – Lessons From Namela

Footprints in the forest: The future of the Sumatran rhino

Elephant Populations Increase in Tsavo East and West National Parks in Kenya

Uganda: Court Boosts Fight Against Ivory Smugglers

Newly approved Vietnamese Penal Code should enhance efforts to address wildlife trafficking

Ten more elephants poisoned by poachers in Zimbabwe

China’s tiger farms are a threat to the species

Chinese Demand Threatens South Africa’s Donkeys

Tanzania: Time Up for Conservation of Wildlife Innovation

Rewilding Mozambique – funded in part by trophy hunting

Tanzania: Shot in the Arm for Anti-Poaching Activities (alternate link)

Vietnam: Dutch Veterinarian Saves VN Elephants

Gabonese authorities expand the AFRICA-TWIX network

Uganda: China Welcomes Uganda’s Clarification On Ivory Smuggling

Kenya railway line’s effects on development, animal welfare

Namibia: Outrage At Plans to Export Baby Elephants From Namibia

Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet

‘Gorilla moms’: The women rescuing Congo’s endangered primates

Namibia: Govt to Banish Wildlife Traffickers

Kenya: Conservation Efforts Pay Off, Rhinos Thrive in Lewa

South Africa: Minister Edna Molewa Welcomes Arrest of Alleged Rhino Horn Traffickers

South Africa: Suspected Rhino Poachers Nabbed

Tanzania: Over 1,500 ‘Poachers’ Arraigned in the Past One Year (alternate link)

African, Asian Investigators Break Up Ivory-smuggling Syndicate

Illegal trade seizures: Elephant ivory in Europe

Uganda Apologises to China Over Ivory Smuggling Scandal

Gajraj’s Rescue Journey To Our Elephant Conservation & Care Center!

South Africa: 2 Chinese nationals appear in court on rhino horn charges

2 Chinese nationals arrested at OR Tambo with 10 rhino horns in luggage

Two arrested for rhino horn smuggling at Hong Kong airport

Malawi: Community Service Awards for Contributions to Wildlife Enforcement

Trans-border African task-force nails ivory smuggling network

South Africa: Sharp Spike in Rhino Horns Smuggled to South East Asia

South Africa: Staggering rhino losses show no sign of letting up – IFP

Malaysia makes third major pangolin scale seizure in a month

The Long Arm of the Law Catches Up with Ivory Traffickers

Indonesia raid finds more than 200 pangolins; 2 men arrested

South Africa: Police Arrests Rhino Poachers

Malawi Reintroduces Cheetahs After 20-Year Absence

Rhino kills conservationist in Rwanda

Zimbabwe: Govt to Sell Wildlife to DR Congo, Gambia

Two arrested for rhino horn smuggling at Hong Kong airport

Japan tightens wildlife trade regulations

Serial rhino poaching brothers denied bail by Limpopo court – van Deventer brothers.

Pangolin Scales Trafficking Kingpin Netted and Extradited from Uganda to Tanzania to Face Justice – Malian national Gakou Fodie.

Game Theory Suggests China Should Keep Its Ivory Trade Ban in Place Indefinitely

Tigers languish in the face of catastrophic ambivalence

Namibia: Poachers testify about killing of accomplice – By white farmer.

2 Lions, Freed from Circuses, Are Poached in South Africa

Gambia: FALRAP Members Trained On Proposal Writing, Wild Life Management – Federation of Animal Life, Right and Protectors (FALRAP)

South Africa: Top anti-poaching cop pulled from beat due to alleged ‘murder conspiracy’

India: Pregnant Leopard Saved From Drowning, Loses Life To Injuries – Leopard had fallen into an open well in a sugarcane field.

South Africa: Vet Wants Stronger Govt Action As Rhino Poaching Suspects Are Re-Arrested

May

Decline of the cats – the precipice is nearer than we think

Another pangolin scale seizure reinforces need for protection

India: Bear Cubs Rescued From 20 ft Deep Well In Karnataka

SA ranger road trips across US pulling life-size rhino

NSPCA welcomes ruling stopping circus from exporting elephants

Mystery over 3 cheetahs found dead next to road

Why Tanzania will not burn illegal ivory

Airlines to Iceland urged to not promote whale products

US army veterans find peace in protecting rhinos from poaching

International Rhino Horn Trade Ban Failing to Stop Poaching – Claims Zimbabwe’s state media.

Rhino horn trade: A considered justification – In South Africa in particular.

Giving rangers a more comfortable base at Borana Conservancy

Viet Nam: Transport companies adopt zero-tolerance policies towards wildlife crime

Wild Sloth Bear Loses Life To Explosive Bait Set By Poachers

Malawi: Poachers Given a 30 Month Prison Term for Killing Two Monkeys in Nyika National Park

South Africa: Rhino mother and calf killed in auction pen – Killed by poachers.

Poachers breach security and kill 2 rhinos at iMfolozi wildlife game pens

Why Tanzania will not burn illegal ivory (alternate link)

Namibia: How to Conquer Human-Wildlife Conflict

Confronting the realities of wildlife crime: EIA hosts a successful event at CCPCJ

Cheetahs return to Malawi after decades

Bowling for Rhinos: a grassroots project with global reach

Fate of World’s Wildlife Hangs on Sustainable Tourism

Nepal burns more than 4,000 confiscated wildlife parts

Namibia: Three suspected poachers arrested in Zambezi

Angola: 58 Poachers in Bicuar National Park arrested

Africa: Commission Introduces New Measures to Fight Poaching and to End Trade in Raw Ivory

South Africa: Victory for elephant conservation in circus case

South Africa: The Police Are Still Winning the Right Against the Illegal Hunting of Protected Species

Tanzania: State Eyes Green Economy Based On Sustainable Fishing

Liberia: Fight Against Illegal Fishing Intensifies

South Africa: Hunting Association’s President Resigns Over ‘Captive Lion Hunting’

South Africa: Environmental Affairs Celebrates World Turtle Day

Vietnam: Illegal hunter convicted for killing endangered langur (alternate link)

Wildlife Crimes Investigation Unit leads to Zambian ivory trafficker arrest

Namibia: Hundreds arrested for poaching in 2016

South Africa: Rhino Owners Cry Foul After Poaching Gang Suspects Get Bail

Safari players await US decision on ivory ban

Vietnam: Illegal hunter convicted for killing endangered langur (alternate link)

European Commission Falls Short on Elephant Protection

So You Want to Fly Drones for Conservation?

European Union suspends the re-export of raw ivory

First Wildlife Sanctuary Launched in Liberia

Viet Nam E-Commerce Conference: a prime time to discuss wildlife crime

Mapping seizures to aid conservation of imperiled Helmeted Hornbill

Mapping seizures to aid imperilled helmeted hornbill

Why rangers love rhinos (alternative link)

‘Dragon’ Lizard Named for the ‘Hobbit’ Pummeled by Poachers

South Africa: Rhino owners cry foul after poaching gang suspects get bail

South Africa: Rhino Horn Bust At OR Tambo Airport

South Africa: Limpopo police make gruesome find, 4 women arrested for lion head possession

An orphan called Meimei (alternate link)

More poisoned arrows used to poach Tsavo elephants

SANParks denies suspected poacher was a game ranger

South Africa: The Death of Suspected Rhino Poacher Investigated

Zimbabwean wildlife boss fired after $3m rhino horn goes missing: Report

US$3 Million Worth of Rhino Horns Missing at ZimParks

10 selfish reasons to save elephants

留住大象,哪怕为了这些“功利”的理由

Malaysian Customs make large seizure of threatened Malagasy tortoises

South Africa: Nine rhinos found massacred at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

East Africa: Rwanda Targets Wealthy Tourists With New Gorilla Permit Fees

Pangolin Conservation Summit Underway in DC

A rhino sighting at Ol Jogi (alternate link)

Zimbabwe: Ivory Suspects Want Informer Identified

Philippines workshop promotes co-operation between enforcement authorities against illegal eel trade

Setting targets for Kenya’s black rhinos – Conservationists plan the next 5 years of population growth.

Kenya: Three Arrested in Eldoret With Sh3m Ivory

South Africa: Shootout, arrests as alleged rhino poachers use luxury vehicles

South Africa: Suspected rhino poaching syndicate’s luxury car driver in court

Major rhino horn kingpin arrested in Viet Nam – Nguyen Mau Chien.

Zimbabwe: Lions Killed After Predation of Cow

Vietnam: Alleged Rhino Horn Kingpin Arrested – Nguyen Mau Chien.

Bandits kill park ranger in Democratic Republic of the Congo

East Congo Bandits Kill Park Ranger, Kidnap Then Release Two Others

No golden bullet to eliminate poaching in the Kruger National Park

News from the Dog Squad (alternate link)

Wildlife trade on the Asian-African Legal Consultative (AALCO) agenda

Vietnam works to end bear bile farming

India: Workshop On Man-Animal Conflict Mitigation For Chhatisgarh Forest Dept.

A Mysterious Rhino Horn Heist in Vermont

China Mission urges EU to act on ivory trade

Kenya: Two More Die As Elephants Attack Villages in Tharaka

Man arrested at airport with snakes, frogs and lizards in backpack

Kenya: Shutting Down Supply – Another Ivory Bust

Flash Update from the Field: Chinese Still Demanding Tiger Teeth, Prices Still High

South Africa: Two poachers arrested – After shootout with SAPS at a game farm in Makhado.

Boost for Rwanda’s tourism after arrival of black rhinos

Rwanda: Rhinos From South Africa With Love

Zimbabwean, South African Researchers Work Together On Baby Elephant Formula

South Africa: Alleged Rhino Poachers Arrested Near East Lonon

Giant Black Rhinos Back in Rwanda

Rhino orphanage to close permanently after security concerns – Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage, attacked in February.

Illegal Hunters Kill 2 Liberia Forestry Staff After Arrests

April

Zebra Gets Snare Removed Thanks to Our Wildlife Vet

As forests disappear, human-elephant conflict escalates in Nepal

Vietnam: Turtle conservation on Con Dao Island

Zimbabwe: Cornered Poacher Guns Down Ranger

Two wildlife rangers killed by poachers in DRC

Vietnam: Ten days we’ll never forget – two bears rescued, 68 moved and now space for 40 more

Rhino Tears – the flagship wine brand making a difference for rhinos

From Congo child soldier to award-winning wildlife ranger – a life in danger

Malawi: New law to help combat wildlife crimes – Judge Twea

Thailand: Awareness Campaign about Wildlife Exploitation

Report: African elephant population off 75 percent due to poaching

Uganda’s Fight Against Poaching Gets a Boost

Thailand: Nature Appreciation and Wildlife Conservation 101 – Freeland hosts over 60 students at the Protecting Wildlife Youth Camp in Khao Yai National Park.

Key SA leopard population ‘crashing’, study warns – Link to study.

More than a third of traders openly flouting Hong Kong’s ivory regulations

DR Congo: Air Wing Incident in Virunga National Park, DRC

Last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to raise money

DR Congo: The park ranger kidnapped and tortured for protecting wildlife – Park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Indonesian tiger smugglers escape with light sentences in Sumatra

Zimbabwe: Army Officer Nabbed Over Raw Ivory (alternate source) – 0.625kg of ivory.

Illegal trade threatens nearly half the world’s natural heritage sites: WWF

Illegal wildlife trade threatens species at Unesco sites, says WWF

Vietnam: Five kg of rhino horn seized at southern airport – At Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Uganda’s fight against poaching gets a boost

Namibia: Three in Dock Over Rhino Horns

Mozambique: Rhino Horns Seized At Maputo Airport

Namaibia: Night Vision Binoculars Help Rhino Rangers Against Poachers (alternate link)

SANParks rejects claim of mass poacher burial

Zimbabwe: Govt Probes Hippos Poisoning

Nepal tests fencing approach to protect farms and elephants

Rhino poachers in Borneo: Q&A with a conservationist who lived with them

Guinea: Traumatised Baby Chimps Find Love in Guinea Sanctuary

South Africa: Permit scheme will control SA rhino horn sales, says DEA

South Luangwa: dog detection unit hounds poaching

Hunting is driving declines in bird and mammal populations across the tropics

‘I liked elephant heart. It was soft and very tasty’ – Interview with a Rwandan poacher-turned-farmer.

Shanghai workshop promotes use of social marketing to change illegal wildlife consumption

Researchers say advanced statistical models can make traditional wildlife surveys more reliable

Great apes in Asian circus-style shows on rise — so is trafficking

One-horned Rhino Killed by Poachers in Nepal

Animals Asia takes care of more captive bears – 2 more bears saved.

Vietnam: Measures proposed to conserve wild elephants in Dong Nai

Vietnam: Bile farmers decimate wild bears

New scout base camp presence deters poaching

Video: elephant gets a second chance at life – Human-wildlife conflict and socio-political pressures in Kenya.

3 arrested for illegal hunting in Eastern Cape

18 rhino horns seized by Malaysian Customs

Protecting and Conserving Gopher Tortoises

LATF and China Customs Boost Strategic Partnerships by Cooperating in the Fight Against Wildlife and Forestry Crime Across Lusaka Agreement Countries and China

Saved: The endangered species back from the brink of extinction – Saiga antelope.

Vietnam: 180KG Frozen Tiger Found in an Ambulance – 396 pounds.

Vietnam: Largest-ever number of pangolins rescued in Hoa Binh

Vietnam: Rare monkeys released back to wild in Ha Tinh

Zimbabwe hippo deaths “may be due to pesticide”

Latest death highlights plight of spectacled bear in Colombia

Indian Cricket Star Yusuf Pathan Bats For Wildlife Conservation

3 arrested for illegal hunting in Eastern Cape

Ground-breaking initial success in protecting Mali’s elephants, but it must be sustained

Secret footage obtained of the wild elephants sold into captivity in Chinese zoos

Illegal bushmeat trade threatens human health and great apes

South Africa makes it legal to sell rhino horns

South Africa’s top court lifts ban on domestic sales in rhino horn

Smuggled pangolin scales discovered at Noi Bai airport

South Africa: Four Behind Bars for Rhino Poaching

Audio: WildTech covers the high- and low-tech solutions making conservation more effective

Adding teeth to law enforcement: 13 dog squads commence wildlife detection training

EU urged to consider designating environmental crime a high priority

Kaziranga: the frontline of India’s rhino wars

Reptiles being sold openly and illegally in Moroccan markets

Officials, Greenpeace nab four boats for illegally fishing near Guinea-Bissau

Changing consumer behaviour in Viet Nam – An interview with Madelon Willemsen

Ivory sales end in Chinese outlets investigated by EIA

Sumatran elephants: a fragile future – in pictures

Botswana: White Rhinos Flown to Botswana to Help Save Species

New study confirms world’s second breeding Indochinese tiger population

March

New study finds rhino horn openly for sale in notorious Myanmar wildlife markets

China to shut down one-third of country’s ivory trading outlets

A Mammoth Step in the Pursuit of Illicit Ivory Sales

Decline in the legal ivory trade in China in anticipation of a ban

Hope for Elephants: China Starts Ivory Market Shutdown

WildLeaks and National Whistleblower Center Join Forces to Offer Monetary Rewards

China Poised to Close Ivory Factories

China’s Ivory Ban Has Played a Significant Role in De-Valuing Ivory

From high-tech to the eccentric: Kruger Park pulls out all the stops to combat poaching – With data on poaching arrests statistics.

South Africa: Kruger National Park Elephant Kills Female Staff Member

Wild Thai Tiger Cub Footage Sparks Hope for Endangered Species

Malawi: Kasungu unit records poacher arrest milestones, persevering through floods

Vietnam: Dong Nai: Hungry wild elephants trash crops, property

South Africa: No More Drop-Offs for Poachers – Security tightens in Kruger.

Zimbabwe: State Security Minister Mohadi’s Employee Acquitted of Murder – Game ranger employee.

Access and Benefit-sharing policies to be implemented in Viet Nam

Hong Kong poised for critical ivory market debate

Thorough investigations needed following major rhino horn seizures in SE Asia

Scene-of-crime evidence gathering: TRAFFIC helps deliver training in Tanzania and Kenya

Vietnam: Five frozen tigers found in Nghe An

A Czech zoo is dehorning its rhinos

Czech Republic: ‘Better de-horned than dead’ – zoo chops rhino horns to foil poachers

Czech Republic: Zookeepers hack rhino horns off, but it’s actually the best thing they can do to protect the animal

India: A Photo Blog; Team WSOS Helps Avert Elephant Conflict in Uttar Pradesh

Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?

“Endangered species to declare?” Europe’s understudied bushmeat trade

Shot in face by poachers, new cub joins three orphans recovering at Russia centre – Tiger cub.

The Elephant Wars: Malawi Leads the Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Crime

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s Impact in 2016 – 955kg (2,100 pounds) of ivory seized, 101 arrests, and higher average sentences.

Namibia: Man Denied Bail for Possessing Elephant Tusks

Paichit – the baby elephant saved from a palm oil plantation in Indonesia

Illegally traded rare bird rescued in Tay Ninh

Kruger Park Surveillance Technology Stops Poachers

Better security, not dehorning, the answer to protecting rhino

Namibia: Police Kill Suspected Poacher in Zambezi

High Above, Drones Keep Watchful Eyes on Wildlife in Africa

AFRICA-TWIX: enhancing collaboration in the fight against illegal wildlife trade in Central Africa

VN Government approves project on preventing and combating illegal trade in endangered species

Testing satellite collars for elephant orphans

In joint operation with Elephant Action League, Royal Thai Police Arrest Notorious Wildlife Trafficker in Bangkok – Pichart Muangsri.

India: Training Programme for Forest Department recruits at MLRC

Iceland’s whaling kingpin stays ashore for season

Vietnam: Quang Nam: over $5.6 mln for elephant conservation project

Vietnam’s CEOs asked to protect wildlife

Endangered animals at growing risk from GPS ‘cyber-poachers’

Thailand: 330kg of Malawi ivory seized at Suvarnabhumi – Gambian national arrested, not all ivory from Malawi.

Zimbabwe: Luck runs out for poachers

One of Africa’s Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers

South Africa’s rhino horn trade plan a gift to criminals?

Behind the scenes: Save the Rhino Vietnam documentary

White rhino shot dead in French zoo, horn sawn off – Thoiry Zoo.

Poachers kill rhino for his horn at French zoo – Thoiry Zoo.

One of Africa’s Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers

Revolutionary Wildlife Ranger Training Guidelines Launched

Interpol: $5.1 million of illegal wildlife and timber seized – Operation Thunderbird.

A Refuge Found for the Most Heavily Fished Shark?

Video Tribute Marks 40th Anniversary of Sheldrick Elephant Haven

America: Study shows effectiveness of nonlethal wolf deterrents

February

South Africa annual rhino poaching toll falls for second year running but the crisis continues

South African rhino poaching numbers show need for urgent action

South Africa: Minister Molewa highlights progress on Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros (archive link) – 2016 rhino poaching statistics.

Vietnam: Elephant pregnancy expected to help preserve herds in Dak Lak

India: Sloth Bear Cub Rescued After Mother Electrocuted by Poachers

India: Orphan Sloth Bear Cub Rescued; Mother Killed by Poachers

Uganda: Illegal Ivory Trade – UPDF Soldiers Convicted

Zimbabwe: National Parks Names ‘Poaching Kingpin’

Namibia: Govt Officials Confronted Over Poaching, Govt Vehicle Abuse

Why China’s Ivory Trade Ban Shouldn’t Wait Till Year-End

More than 25,000 elephants were killed in a Gabon national park in one decade

More than 80 percent of Gabon’s Rare Forest Elephant Species Taken by Poachers

Tiger Temple to Reopen 9 Months After Raid, Has New Tigers

Vietnam: Rangers to protect elephant herd in Quang Nam

South Africa: 2 men to appear in court after attack on rhino sanctuary – Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage.

Rhino orphanage attacked. Please help. – Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage.

Beehive fences as a multidimensional conflict-mitigation tool for farmers coexisting with elephants (publication)

Where Have Zimbabwe’s Cheetahs Gone?

Population Effects From Snared Lion Rescues

In poll season, 15 leopard skins seized in Uttarakhand

More than 80 percent of Gabon’s Rare Forest Elephant Species Taken by Poachers

Man kills elephant to protect his crop

Pride in our Prides: Cutting-Edge Technology Protects Lions, Livestock and Livelihoods

When Lions Attack People: A Case in Gunotsoga Village, Botswana

Holding the line for lions in Mozambique

South Africa: Lion skeletons – 800 to be exported annually

Tons of pangolin scales up in flames in Cameroon – 3,094 kilograms (6,800 pounds).

The Emergence of Intelligence-led Law Enforcement in Wildlife Protection

Wildlife Ranger Killed in Zambia Leaves Behind Seven Children

South Africa: Anti-poaching Dog Gored by Kudu, Recovering Well

Updated Map Shows No Let-up in Illegal Pangolin Trade

Twelve Suspected Rhino Poachers Arrested In South Africa’s Kruger National Park

South Africa: Poachers attack rhino conservancy – Thula Thula rhino orphanage.

Malaysia busts wanted elephant poaching gang

African Task Force shakes Up Wildlife Trafficking Syndicates

EU-Africa collaboration essential for effective implementation of anti-trafficking plan

New training guidelines could save the lives of rangers

South Africa: Rhino horn sales to be legalised?

Another captive white lion poached

Kaziranga’s ruthless rangers have reduced rhino poaching by simply gunning down poachers at sight

India’s Manas National Park Illustrates the Human Dimension of Rhino Conservation

GPS-enabled sea turtle eggs and other high-tech solutions to wildlife crime

Coming Face to Face With the Rhino Poaching Crisis

South Africa: Another Captive White Lion Poached

Thai Customs Makes Record Seizure of Endangered Species – Nearly 3,000 kg of pangolin scales.

Europol and TRAFFIC join forces to fight environmental crime

World’s most endangered marine mammal down to 30 individuals – Due to damage to local environment and trafficking for swim bladders.

January

Critically Endangered Javan Slow Lorises Rescued from Online Traders in Indonesia

Yahoo Japan Defends Online Ivory Trade

Increased Use of Snares in Southeast Asia Driving Extinction Crisis, Scientists Warn

Namibia: Cops seize 13 elephant tusks in Bwabwata

Kenya: The Teacher Who Tried the Ivory Trade – Apprehended by Big Life rangers.

Mozambique: Police Seize Ivory in Nampula

Namibia Welcomes China’s Ivory Ban

Tanzanian Officials, Wildlife Advocates Hail China’s Ivory Ban

Tracking Mali’s desert elephants near Timbuktu – Joint operation by Wild Foundation, International Conservation Fund of Canada, and Chengeta Wildlife.

Waging War on Wildlife Crime: Paleontologist-turned-politician Richard Leakey leads the charge in Kenya’s war on poaching (Paywall)

Increased use of snares in Southeast Asia driving extinction crisis, scientists warn

South Africa: Van Deventer brothers arrested again – Two of the infamous “Boere rhino mafia” brothers arrested again, ten years after first rhino poaching-related arrest.

South Africa: Poaching charges piled on convicted brothers – “Boere rhino mafia” van Deventer brothers.

Namibia: Police Concerned Over Increased Poaching

South Africa’s lion bone trade disastrous for wild tigers

Combatting Snow Leopard poaching & trafficking the elusive X factor to conserve Asia’s high mountain ecosystems

‘Running out of time’: 60 percent of primates sliding toward extinction

Namibia’s poaching crisis

Let’s make 2017 a better year for rhinos

South Africa: Kruger National Park confirms arrests of 11 suspected rhino poachers

Conservationists Call For Transparency in Zimbabwe Wildlife

Tanzania/Kenya: Cross-border Ivory Smugglers Nabbed – Apprehended by Big Life rangers.

‘Boere rhino Mafia’ pair arrested again – “Boere rhino mafia” van Deventer brothers.

Three lions decapitated and chopped up for use in traditional medicine, say South African police

Air China bans shark fin cargo, reflecting dramatic shift in attitudes

One of the biggest seizures in India: 6,400 endangered turtles rescued, 1 held

Exotic populations hold hope for internationally traded endangered species

Borneo’s Pygmy Elephants, World’s Smallest, Killed for Ivory

Elephants in Borneo slaughtered for ivory (WARNING: graphic photos)


Articles from 2016

December

News Analysis: Closing China’s Ivory Market: Will It Save Elephants?

India: Poachers falling prey to their own wire traps

China Bans Its Ivory Trade, Moving Against Elephant Poaching

China Announces Full Ban on Ivory Trade by End of 2017

Zimbabwe elephants land in Shanghai – 35 more elephants exported with dubious documents are exported to China.

Largest ever number of rare pangolins released into wild

China seizes over 3,000 kg of pangolin scales in biggest-ever smuggling case

China in biggest-ever pangolin scale seizure – 3,100 kg of pangolin scales seized.

Wildlife for sale: affected species and trade routes in Peru

Nepal’s extraordinary devotion to preserving its rhinos

Exotic Wildlife Trafficking Ring Broken in Asia

Giraffes Now Listed as ‘Vulnerable’ to Extinction

How Uganda’s Rural Communities Can Help Fight Wildlife Crime

How Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is Combatting Wildlife Crime in Malawi

India: Poaching at all-time high, tiger numbers still rose

Nanning Customs officers receive CITES training

South Africa: Horses are now rhino’s new best friends – Mounted rangers deployed in Kruger National Park

Orphaned Baby Rhino Found After 8 Days Of Searching – Orphaned as a result of poaching.

Reports that wild Sumatran rhinos may survive in Malaysia prompt hope, skepticism

Tanzania: Report On Rhino John in Prime Minister Hands – Horns of rhino named John from Ngorongoro are retrieved from poachers and make way to PM’s office.

Tanzania: Report on rhino John in PM hands

Namibia: Chinese remain in custody over ivory, one other nabbed with US$33,500

Oldest rhino in Kenya dies, another ‘disappears’ in Tanzania

China to set date to close ivory factories

Wildlife crime makes debut at International Anti-Corruption Conference

IUCN Red List update highlights trade threat to Southeast Asian birds

WWF and TRAFFIC’s ivory initiative receives top media award in China

WATCH: On the hunt – US military vets join the fight against rhino poachers

South Africa: Horses are now rhino’s new best friends – Mounted rangers deployed in Kruger National Park

Orphaned Baby Rhino Found After 8 Days Of Searching – Orphaned as a result of poaching.

Mozambique: Elephant Ambassador Charlie Felled by Poacher’s Guns

Reports that wild Sumatran rhinos may survive in Malaysia prompt hope, skepticism

Malawi Passes New Act: Up to 30 Years in Prison for Wildlife Crime

Vietnam: Six Asian bears rescued in Dak Lak – Rescued from a farm in Buon Ma Thuot City.

Elephants continue to damage crops as conservation project remains on paper

November

109 Hawksbill Sea Turtles Seized In Chinese Smuggling Operation

Wildlife crime history was set in Malawi today with not one but two unprecedented court rulings

South Africa: Minister’s response to alleged rhino poaching kingpin – Minister Edna Molewa.

Protecting gorillas at all costs: park rangers of the Congo

New Zealand’s Dirty Ivory Trade Exposed

Vietnam’s Business Leaders Take a Stand to Protect Rhinos

Wildlife Justice Commission holds public hearing on wildlife trafficking case in Viet Nam – Third International Wildlife Trade Conference.

Elusive Elephants: Determining where 19th century ivory trade victims roamed

Viet Nam’s illegal bear trade persisting more than a decade after ban imposed

EIA’s Hanoi Statement: Political will worth little without action

Grim Pickings: Vietnam’s crackdown on traffickers of endangered species is only superficial

Feisal fights 20-year jail sentence in ivory case over errors in records – Feisal Mohamed Ali.

South Africa: Minister Dr Edna Molewa commends the Hawks on the arrest of a Chinese National for dealing in rhino horn (archive link)

Zimbabwe’s Plans to Sell Ivory to China Blocked

Zambia: Graft Threatens Pangolins’ Existence

Vietnam: 46 seized Javan pangolins released back into wild

TRAFFIC encourages Vietnamese start-ups to adopt zero-tolerance towards threatened wildlife consumption

Tiger Farms Linked to Massive Surge in Illegal Trafficking

Average of 110 Tigers a year entering the illegal trade chain in Asia over 16 years

Regional workshop on moving “Beyond Enforcement” in combating Illegal Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia

Nepal goes high-tech in its fight against rhino poachers

Vietnam destroys mass rhino horns and elephant ivory

South Africa: Media statement on allegations contained in Al Jazeera Documentary ‘The Poacher’s Pipeline’ – Minister of Environment Edna Molewa responds to criticism. (archive link)

South African minister linked to rhino poaching – Minister of State Security David Mahlobo.

South Africa: Mahlobo’s rhino poacher ‘mate’

Phu Quoc Police search for dolphin killers

Asian Elephants Help Seed the Forest

Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference held in Viet Nam – as scrutiny from CITES intensifies

PAMS Foundation supports Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Crime Unit and the NTSCIU operations, featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio produced documentary ‘THE IVORY GAME’.

Viet Nam under scrutiny after remarkable sequence of ivory seizures

Malawi: Four Years for Poaching – Elephant poaching in Liwonde National Park.

Activists to expose Vietnam wildlife trafficking hub

Its own rhinos hunted to extinction, Vietnam is a hub for the rhino horn trade

Illegal Ivory Almost All from Recent Killing, Study Finds

Zimbabwe export of hyenas to China ‘stopped at airport’

Nigeria: Bush Meat Business Booms Again in Lagos Markets

Elephants destroy crops in Dak Lak

Hanoi: 200kg captive bear rescued – Had been farmed for bear bile and later allegedly kept as a pet.

Why Big Life Just Paid $34,000 to 778 People

A Tale of Two Countries: Zimbabwe and Botswana, Neighbors with Opposing Attitudes toward Wildlife

‘Greatest living pool cue maker’ sentenced after pleading guilty to helping smuggle elephant ivory

PNAS Paper Suggests Global Ivory Sales Being Driven by New Ivory Rather Than Ivory Stockpiles

Most illegal ivory comes from recently killed elephants: new study

Asia races to save the Critically Endangered helmeted hornbill

Was Borneo once a land of tigers?

Fins follow the money: new study highlights need for better traceability and overview of shark trade

Rhino poaching in KZN surges

How rhino poaching is affecting SA tourism

Creating zero-tolerance of illegal wildlife trade in Viet Nam’s transport and logistics sector

Major big cat skins seizure a chance to disrupt traffickers

Kenya lost 80 per cent of its elephants in 50 years

Elephant poaching costs African nations $25 million a year in lost tourism revenue

Kenya Lost 80% of Its Elephants in 50 Years (alt. source)

October

In Bangladesh Tigers are Being Killed by the Local Mafia

South Africa: Marine Unit Nets Ivory, Exotic Fish Stash

CITES trade data confirms shift towards demand for African pangolins

US funding new soldiers in wildlife trafficking war: giant rats

Uganda: Four convicted in sh55 million ivory case

Food shortages fueling bear-human conflicts in Bolivian Andes

No let down in Asia’s bear trade

Over 200 snow leopards killed every year: new report

Rhino killed in India’s Kaziranga Park, highlighting the ever-present threat of poachers

Hunted to the brink: Mammals in crisis

Illegal trade in laughingthrushes in Indonesia no laughing matter

The U.S. Illegal Wildlife Trade: More than Ivory and Rhino Horn

Mass Wildlife Poisoning in Limpopo National Park

Translating Survey Findings Into Effective Elephant Protection Results

Hundreds of snow leopards poached each year

Park ranger murdered while trying to protect rare gorillas

Tanzania: Ex-army officer, 2 others in court over 163m/- ivory pieces – Roughly $75,000.

South Africa: Dogs Are Now Parachuting From the Sky to Help Save Wildlife

Protecting Orangutans Means Chasing Down Traffickers

TV advert tackles horn demand in Viet Nam

Human threats to whales and dolphins on IWC’s agenda

How the illegal trade in wild-animal meat could cause the next global pandemic

Anti-poaching rangers attacked in Mozambique – IAPF rangers injured.

Tanzania: New Anti-Poaching Techniques Introduced

New study assesses size of US physical ivory market

From paper to tablet: A new way to record animal behavior

CITES Upholds Rhino Horn Trade Ban; But Will This Reduce Rhino Poaching?

What Do Chinese in South Africa Think of the Ivory Trade?

A win in the ground war against elephant poachers in Africa – In the Republic of Congo.

India: Tiger poacher Bheema snared after 15-year hunt – Part of the Bawaria gang.

ICYMI: 3 Key Outcomes for Africa’s Elephants

South Africa: 2 Extreme Terrain Vehicles, R2 Million in Equipment to Track Rhino Poachers – Donated by SANParks Honorary Rangers. Equipment worth roughly $140,000.

CITES: Observations from a young Honorary Wildlife Warden

Fiji: Officers ready to battle illegal activities

Celebrating Five Years of Giraffe Surveys

Op-Ed: Flaws in plan to sell horn – Relating to the suggestion that there be a central selling organization and a legalized rhino horn trade.

Chinese Company Seeks to Capture Orcas and Hundreds of Marine Mammals in Namibia

Tiger Cub Among Managerie of Animals Seized in Malaysia Enforcement Action

People are hunting primates, bats, and other mammals to extinction

Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected worked ivory at airport

UK Joins Fight Against Poaching in East Africa

CITES CoP17 – Africa in a nutshell

Over $26,000 raised to fight poaching in Victoria Falls

Tiger Poaching Is Showing No Sign of Slowing

Mass poisoning in Limpopo National Park

Wildlife rights organisations demand answers for export of rhino calves to Vietnam

Pangolins are said to be the world’s most trafficked mammal – And receive additional protections at CITES CoP17.

Vietnam commits to fighting wildlife-related crimes

How & Why Consuming Shark Fins & Meat Can Put both Humans and Sharks at Risk

Malawi: 5.5 Years for Ivory Trafficker

Kenya: Ivory Dealers Running Scared After Series of Busts – Nearly 260 kg (572 lbs) of ivory seized by KWS and Big Life Kenya.

Grand Opening of the Ranger Widows Sewing Cooperative

Pangolin pup death shows horror of this illegal trade

South Africa: Joburg market sells illegal wildlife products just down the road from CITES CoP17

Unpacking CITES CoP17: The wins and the losses

Tanzania: Forest Rangers On Call for Military Training

Kenya: Three in Court Over Sh3.3 Million Illegal Ivory

Botswana’s historic break from pro-ivory trade bloc

Positive outcomes from global wildlife trade conference, but much work needed to halt unsustainable and illegal trade

The Most Challenging & Dangerous Elephant Protection Operation

Cameroon Deploys Navy to Seize Illegal Fishing Vessels

Q&A: Bushmeat Trade Threatens Wildlife and People

Where an Owl Egg Is Worth More Than Ivory or Rhino Horn

Sharks and Rays Get New International Protections from Trade

Traceability key to successful shark listing implementations

Mozambican Ivory Seized in Vietnam

Synthetic rhino horn ready ‘in two years’

Bans Upheld on Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn

Bid to Revive Ivory Trade Fails – Proposal to give elephants the highest level of international protections also failed.

Bid for strongest protection for all African elephants defeated at wildlife summit

Efforts to boost elephant protection fails at Cites

Call to close ivory markets agreed at Cites conference

Zimbabwe’s Government Dehorns Rhino to Fight Poaching

Botswana: Wildlife Crimes Impedes SADC Region’s Conservation Efforts

Thailand Suspends Exports of Seahorses

EU Fails to Lend Necessary Support to the African Elephant Coalition

The World Votes to Keep Rhino Horn Sales Illegal

World’s Nations Take A Stand To Save The Helmeted Hornbill From Extinction

EGI: Filling in the gaps in law enforcement for the online wildlife trade

Disappearing Gardeners: Thoughts on the Laotian elephant crisis

Timely significant ivory seizure in Viet Nam

Africa’s anti-poaching dogs take to the skies

South Africa: Suspected Rhino Poacher Arrested for Possession of Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition

CITES Signatories to Tackle Online Wildlife Trafficking

September

Airline Industry in South Africa and Vietnam Increase Efforts to Stop Wildlife Trafficking

Grey area: The illicit parrot trade and South Africa’s captive-breeding industry

Zimbabwe: Invaders, Poachers Decimate Save Valley Wildlife

Namibia: Rhino Horn Smugglers Get 14 Years in Prison

The World Is Finally Getting Serious About Tiger Farms

South Africa’s scaly trade in pangolins

International trade in Barbary macaques banned

New data shows ‘staggering’ extent of great ape trade

Malawi: Zambian Army Captain Imprisoned for Wildlife Trafficking

Shocking Figures Reveal Deadly Reality for Pangolins

South Africa’s scaly trade in pangolins

KZN, South Africa: Alarming Increase in Rhino Poaching

Poaching in Africa becomes increasingly militarized

Rhino Horn Ashes Float Skyward as Prices Fall

Revealed: How Senior Laos Officials Cut Deals with Animal Traffickers – Chumlong Lemtongthai.

The crime family at the centre of Asia’s animal trafficking network – The Bach brothers (Bach Van Limh and Bach Mai), Vixay Keosavang, and Chumlong Lemtongthai.

US Pushes for More Elephant, Rhino Protection Home and Abroad

Asia’s Tiger Farms Face Increasing Scrutiny at CITES

Massive downturn in Bangkok ivory market as Thailand implements national ivory action plan

South Africa: Zulus Pack Out Alleged Rhino Poaching Kingpin Trial – Rhino poaching kingpin Dumisani Gwala.

Uniting Against Organized Wildlife Crime – Operation “Crash”

How Protecting Animals Led to Allegations of Torture and Rape

To save African elephants, scientists say ivory sales must stop

How Forensic Technology Can Help Fight the Ivory Trade

The crime family at the centre of Asia’s animal trafficking network

Cracking Down on the Pet Cheetah Trade

Sea Turtles Can Save Themselves If We Clean Up Our Act

Collateral Damage: How illegal trade in totoaba swim bladders is driving the vaquita to extinction (Video)

Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill parts readily available in Lao PDR

New report finds no slowdown in tiger trafficking

South Africa: ‘Rhino Poacher’ Just a Herbalist, Mom Tells Court’

CITES Decision a Huge Win for Pangolins

Focus on wildlife cybercrime at CITES

Conservation 3.0: Will Bioengineered Horn Save Rhinos?

Shocking Figures Reveal Deadly Reality for Pangolins

Legal Ivory Trade Rejected in Heated Debate

China exhibition highlights action taken to implement CITES

South Africa: Minister Edna Molewa welcomes arrest and seizure of rhino horns as historic Wildlife Conference gets underway in Johannesburg (archive link)

Huge drop in African elephant population as poaching crisis continues

South Africa: Alleged rhino poaching kingpin goes to court – Rhino poaching kingpin Dumisani Gwala.

Severe Drop in African Elephant Numbers Signals Need for Strong Action at CITES

Vietnam cuts demand for rhino horn

Massive decline in cheetah populations in Zimbabwe, survey shows

Giraffes Are More Than One Species

Giant success for giant pandas

August

Poacher arrests in Zimbabwe’s Save Valley

Debate: “Should the global trade of rhino horn be legalised?”

Study explores how new technologies can be linked to benefit conservation efforts

East Africa: Region Wants Tougher Wildlife Laws to Fight Against Poaching

END LOOP: Coding to End Wildlife Trafficking

Poaching Syndicates Target Kruger Rangers

East Africa: Curbing Illicit Ivory Trade Requires Global Efforts

South Africa: Chinese National Nabbed With 10 Rhino Horns at OR Tambo International Airport

Specialized training in Zambia targets poaching of elephants and associated illegal trade and trafficking in ivory

Six new champions join the fray to combat illegal wildlife trafficking

Conservationists Call on Japan to ban all Trade in Ivory

Pet trade’s “cute” and “adorable” label endangers the slow loris

Vietnam: Malayan bear transferred to rescue centre

Three murders highlight troubles of Iran’s park rangers

China jails 7 people, including airport employee, for smuggling rare tortoises

WAZA and TRAFFIC join forces to combat illegal wildlife trade

LATF hails Kenya and Tanzania for achieving impressive milestones in wildlife enforcement through cross-border wildlife security collaboration

KLIA customs foils attempt to smuggle ivory worth over RM10m – Confiscated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), having come through Kinshasa International Airport, Congo.

Poaching along the Okavango River

Why you should vote to stop trade in African grey parrots

Improving wildlife monitoring in Vietnamese trade channels

Target Achieved on June’s Fence Appeal, Thanks to Big Life Donors

Tracker Dogs Are an Elephant’s Best Friend

For the Day of the Elephants, a Crash Course in Conservation

Three desert-adapted lions killed in Namibia – Human-wildlife conflict.

Lions in West and Central Africa Genetically Unique

Saving the giants this World Elephant Day

Tech industry leaders join forces against illegal wildlife trafficking online

Indonesia’s bird life plundered to supply Javan bird markets

U.S. Mission Uganda Hosts Wildlife Trafficking Stakeholder Workshop

Envoys ‘engaging in illegal ivory trade’ – Says report.

SaveTheRhino: For Rangers – Why we do what we do

Wildlife crime manual circulated in Vietnam

Two Congolese Businessmen Arrested for Ivory Trafficking

Frontline enforcement officials from Yunnan receive CITES training

New partnership to boost Asia-Pacific conservation

IUCN Lion Report Raises Questions

South Africa: Police Arrest Rhino Poaching Suspects

Tanzania: Why Poaching Is Linked to Depletion of Ecosystem

Poacher Arrests in Zimbabwe’s Save Valley

Zimbabwe: Elephant Numbers Down 6,8 Percent As Poaching Increases

Officials from China and Lao PDR receive CITES law enforcement training

Malayan Sun bear: bile trade threatens the World’s smallest bear

July

Tragic Year for World’s Rangers, Many of Whom Lack Even Basic Insurance

Tanzania: Why Poaching Is Linked to Depletion of Ecosystem

Ensnared for a Month, a Baby Elephant is Free at Last

Like Indonesia, Malaysia to sink illegal foreign fishing boats: minister

Grim reality behind tiger selfie tourism: speed breeding, cruelty

Kruger ranger allegedly instructed accomplice to hide poached horns

Illegal wildlife trade threat highlighted during internet governance forum

Namibia: 67 Elephant Tusks, 14 Rhino Horns Seized This Year

Corruption at the Highest Levels

Elephant killings in Africa ‘stabilise’ but threat continues

The Emerging Role of Asia in Wildlife Conservation Practice

Snares – The Unseen Killer Lurking in the Forest

Tanzania: Poachers Jailed 40 Years Over Illegal Ivory Possession – Gidamis Giyamu, alias Hamis, and Petro Kilo, alias Kinangai and Nanga.

Wild Tigers in Peril as Tiger Farms Flourish

How rangers are working to save tigers

Persistent illegal bird trade highlighted at notorious Bangkok Market

Chengeta Wildlife: July Updates – “Action Against Poaching” and “Chengeta Wildlife” initiatives in Mali.

Changing consumer choice advice a few clicks away – Wildlife Consumer Behaviour Change Toolkit.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Awards $15.6 Million in Largest-Ever Round of Environmental Grants

How Amazon is putting our wildlife at risk

Elephant park to finally face criminal charges for cruelty

South Africa: Police Arrests Alleged Rhino Poachers

Vietnam is one of world’s biggest illegal ivory markets

Massive relocation of 500 elephants begins in Malawi

Amazon, eBay involved in illegal wildlife trade: Indian government

Vietnam’s Illegal Ivory Trade Threatens Africa’s Elephants

Wildlife Crime: Convincing Communities?

Most Wanted Kenyan Ivory Dealer, Feisal Mohamed Ali, Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

Pangolin poaching in Zimbabwe threatens species survival

Video: I am a ranger – Highlights the rangers protecting wildlife and last northern white rhino at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

2016: So Far, Another Deadly Year for Pangolins – Especially African species.

A Honeymoon Helping Wildlife

Giant Clam Poaching Wipes Out Reefs in South China Sea

Rhino DNA database puts poachers in the cross-hair

South China Sea ruling slams China for poaching, reef destruction

Giant Clam Poaching Wipes Out Reefs in South China Sea

The Epicentre of Namibia’s Rhino Poaching

South Africa: Respect our rights – alleged poaching syndicate – Alleged poaching ringleaders want the Constitutional Court to decide on whether it’s fair that they have to prove their innocence.

These fake turtle eggs could crack a black market in animal poaching

Another Tool in the Fight Against Illegal Fishing

This Is Africa’s New Elephant Poaching Hot Spot – Substantial, organized elephant poaching documented in Angola.

Hong Kong Protesters Target FedEx Over Shark Fin Shipments

Poaching Leaves Elephant Daughters In Charge

Otters in Asia at risk from demand for their skins and increasingly as pets

Vietnam: Delay to new penal code in Viet Nam is major blow to fight against wildlife crime

Dried Sea Horses Seized – All Eight Million – Attempted trafficking from Peru to Asia.

Vietnam: Initiative instills zero-tolerance towards rhino horn consumption

June

A Growing Threat to Lions: Illegal Trade in Their Bones

Amid illegal fishing crackdown, Indonesia to buoy legal catch

Countering wildlife trafficking meeting held in Taiwan

Assam rocked by claims Kaziranga poaching is an insider job; Nepal celebrates two poaching-free years

What’s going on in Tanzania? – Leaked safari films raise awareness of hidden wildlife abuse and corruption.

Experts agree to enhanced international DNA testing of rhinos at South African Workshop

Bling king accused in Namibian rhino poaching

Andy Murray and Kevin Spacey team up to support global tiger campaign

Hong Kong Starts Countdown to Ivory Trade Ban

United in zero tolerance of illegal wildlife consumption

Indonesian Soldier Caught with 8 Pangolins in Car Backseat

Vietnam: Online Wildlife Trafficker Phan Huynh Anh Khoa Gets Five Years in Prison

Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) teams up with UNOOSA, UNEP and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Kenya in bridging Wildlife Conservation, Space Technology and Applications to enhance service delivery in wildlife management and protecting biodiversity in Africa.

Real-life “Tarzan” Lee White is on a Mission to Protect Gabon’s Forest Elephants

Vietnam: Man gets 5-year sentence for illegal wildlife trade – Vietnamese national Phan Huynh Anh Khoa.

Chinese-military axis behind Zambian poaching crisis

Help Save the Rhino win €25,000 to protect rhinos with Dragon Mania Legends

European Union (EU) Environment Ministers endorse ambitious EU Action Plan to address wildlife trafficking

China and Vietnam heavily involved in global rhino horn trade

SANParks Weeds Out Rangers Involved in Rhino Poaching

South Africa: Pangolin Poachers Tracked Down Close to Hoedspruit

Hype and secrecy in wildlife conservation

After mass die-off, saiga antelope numbers go up in Kazakhstan

Photos: On a Chinese mountain, an aging anti-poaching hero ponders the future

TRAFFIC organizes seminar for wildlife crime enforcement agencies in China

On The Road: Rhino Translocation in Nepal

If South Africa does not tackle corruption we will lose the war on poaching

Rampant poaching threatens former elephant stronghold in Tanzania

Martial Arts Actor Tony Jaa Leads New ‘Ivory Free’ Thailand Campaign

Dismantling Elephant Poaching in Lower Zambezi

Update: Malaysian Illegal Wildlife Trade Group Removed by Facebook

Protected Species Openly for Sale in Malaysian Facebook Group

Legal Ivory Sale Drove Dramatic Increase in Elephant Poaching, Study Shows

Central Africa countries meet to support National Ivory Action Plan implementation

Law enforcement plan a must in Singapore’s fight to tackle illegal ivory transit role

Singapore Crushes 7,900 Kilograms of Illegal Ivory Worth $10 Million

Beyond Poaching – The Next Phase: A Transformational Life Saver – Big Life Foundation aims to reduce the number of elephants raiding farmer’s crops using non-lethal tactics that strengthen community ties to their wildlife.

Video hints Japan abetting illegal ivory trade: conservationists

Germany hosts forum on illegal wildlife trade’s impact on sustainable development

Wildlife Crime: Why do local communities poach?

Hunting Endangered Animals in the Jungles of Myanmar

How Saving One Chimp Led to a New Kind of Anti-Poaching Group – Interview with EAGLE Network founder and director Ofir Drori.

Under the Radar: Trade in Southeast Asian Newts

South Africa: Alleged Rhino Kingpin Trial Set to be a Showdown

Stiff sentence to poacher in South Africa

A lioness named Elsa inspired an epic fight against poachers – Relates to George Adamson’s and Joy Adamson’s raising of a lion cub which chronicled in the book Born Free.

U.S. and India Sign MOU on Combating Wildlife Trafficking

The rhino war from the perspective of a ranger’s daughter

Forced Windows 10 Upgrade Shuts Down PC Used by Anti-Poaching Rangers in Africa

The uphill battle to save rhinos in Mozambique

Vietnamese millionaires dine on rare Red Book fish – Exotic fish species are eaten in spite of ban.

Hard battle against wildlife crime in Vietnam

More remains seized, deeper issues revealed at Thailand ‘Tiger Temple’

U.S. Completes Near-Total Elephant Ivory Ban to Close Trafficking Loopholes

Vietnam toughens up fight against illegal wildlife trade

Cambodia declares new national park, plans to reintroduce tigers

May

Beijing reception focuses on wildlife conservation and responsible travel in South Africa

UNODC – LATF Memorandum of Understanding Signed on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crimes

South Africa: Poaching At Rietvlei Nature Reserve Condemned

Mozambique: More Than 60 Poachers Arrested in Limpopo Park Last Year (alternate source)

Rare Success Story of Wildlife Protection in Kenya

President Kenyatta seeks support for total ban on ivory trade

Traffickers Busted in Indonesia, Whale Sharks Released Back to the Wild

Vietnam: Man travels country photographing wildlife – Uses images and travel to promote wildlife conservation.

Vietnam: Civil society groups call for zero tolerance of wildlife crime

Namibia: Elephant poaching suspects still at large

Zimbabwe wants trade ban on ivory lifted

Indonesia’s birds being wiped out by pet trade

Zimbabwe wants trade ban on ivory lifted

Suspected poachers fire on SANParks helicopter

Thousands of Southeast Asian newts being collected from the wild for pet trade

Kenya: Uhuru to Stage War Against Ivory Trade in South Africa

Wildlife Crime – Stealing Animals to Sell As Pets

Joint Announcement of the United States-Vietnam Partnership To Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Wildlife crime assessed globally for the first time in new UNODC report

The assassinations of Mother Nature’s guardians

Tanzania: Tourism Promotion, War On Poaching High On 2016/17 Agenda

South Africa: Minister Notes Rhino Horn Court Judgment – Minister Edna Molwea.

South Africa Conviction Rate ‘Pitiful’ for Rhino Crimes

Uganda: Two Charged Over Smuggled Tortoises

Namibia: Verdict Awaited in Rhino Horn Smuggling Trial

Zimbabwe: Daring Hunter Sets Impala Snares Around Elephant Hills Hotel

Tanzania: Conservator held over ivory tusk find

Zimbabwe: Poachers killed in shoot-out – Two Zambian poachers killed in Zambezi National Park.

23 Most Threatened Turtle and Tortoise Species in the United States

Vietnam: Pangolin smugglers to face up to 15 years in jail

The brutal economics of Zambia’s illegal wildlife trade – in pictures

Zimbabwe’s Elephant Poaching Citadel

8-year-old Girl Roots Out Poachers

Uganda: UPDF, Police Accused of Hiding Wildlife Smugglers – According to Natural Conservation Resource Network.

Uganda: Artists Come Together to Conserve Wildlife

Use of Drones Approved As Anti-Poaching War Intensifies

Park rangers take drastic measures to save South Africa’s rhinos

Advocating for Wildlife: A Conversation with President Sebunya – African Wildlife Foundation president.

Chinese Superstar Angelababy Speaks Out for Pangolins

Who Eats Lemurs? The Answer Is More Complex than You’d Think – Relates to bushmeat poaching in Madagascar.

Namibia: Rhino Conservation Awards

Poaching of Elephant Matriarchs Destroys Rainforests

Trophy-Hunting Trump Jr. Sets Sights on ‘Re-Shaping’ Wildlife Policies

South Africa Conviction Rate ‘Pitiful’ for Rhino Crimes?

India to burn its ivory stockpile as poaching deterrent

The brutal economics of Zambia’s illegal wildlife trade – in pictures

What it takes to get an interview with a rhino horn user

New research contradicts claim that legal hunting reduces poaching

Study Casts Doubt on Theory That Legal Hunting Reduces Poaching – Relating to wolves in North America.

Helicopter-rappelling dogs and other innovations being used to save South Africa’s rhinos

Corruption’s impacts on wildlife to be addressed

UK spearheads drive to root out corruption fuelling wildlife crime

Elephant poaching on the rise in Kruger

Chinese man nabbed with R3m in elephant tusks, other contraband – Roughly $198,500.

Sophisticated poachers could undercut bold Kenyan fight against wildlife crime in this key African transit country

African Countries Deeply Divided over Ivory Trade Before UN Meeting

South Africa: SAPS’s Rhino Protection Initiatives Yield Positive Results

‘My park rangers protect Congo’s people and ecosystems as war rages all around’

On the frontline of Africa’s wildlife wars – On the recent killings of a civilian and ranger in Virunga NP, DRC.

Collectors Exploit Weak Wildlife Laws to Import Live Pangolins into U.S.

Declining pastureland around the globe presents significant conservation opportunity

There are only three Saharan addax antelope left in the wild

Big animals have big impacts on tropical forest carbon storage

All 8 Pangolin Species Threatened with Extinction; 2 Species Now ‘Critically Endangered’

Dongxing Customs enhance their skills in detecting illegal wildlife trade

CITES Appendix II Protection Proposed for Africa’s Softshell Turtles

Only Three Addax Antelopes Left in the Wild?

Illegal trade pushing Helmeted Hornbills towards extinction

Hollywood movie star in Vietnam to protect rhinos

Nepal Celebrates Two Consecutive Years of Zero Rhino Poaching

Will Summit Lead to Greater Elephant Protection?

April

CITES Appendix I Listing Proposed for All Eight Pangolin Species

Uhuru vows to save Kenya’s Elephants, says heritage cannot be sold for money

Kenya burns vast piles of elephant tusks as it seeks ban on trade

Kenya Burns Huge Pile of Ivory Tusks to Protest Poaching

Royal Cambodian Turtle Population Plummets 95 Percent; Just 10 Left in the Wild

Malaysian businessmen sentenced to 6 months for smuggling endangered wildlife artifacts into U.S.

Bat mortality no longer sustainable, global review finds

State hammers Chinese accused – Relating to prosecution of Wang Hui, Pu Xuexin, Li Zhibing, and Li Xiaoliang.

Malaysian pair plead guilty in Oregon to online wildlife smuggling, get six months

Controversial tiger temple in Thailand gets zoo license

Air transport operators and Cameroon Government pledge to work together to combat Illegal wildlife trade

Pioneer in Vietnamese communications speaks out against wildlife crime

Drone With Night Vision Tracks Down Poachers at Sea – In the Gulf of California.

New report calls for better monitoring of international nautilus trade

Four arrested for trafficking pangolins in Uganda

Pilot project to protect rhinos announced

Outwitting poachers with artificial intelligence

Zimbabwe: Chief justice orders stop to ivory trial

Op-Ed: Namibia: Are Photographers Contributing to Poaching?

Namibia: Trophies Off the Hook As EU Trophy Ban Fails to Get Backing

South Africa: Three rhino poached in iMfolozi

Madhya Pradesh STF arrests kingpin of Indo-China Pangolin smuggling module

How to steal an ivory stockpile – Parks employees of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe have allegedly stolen ivory from government stockpiles since 2012.

Rory Young in Reader’s Digest – Instructor of Anti-poaching rangers, Rory Young of Chengeta Wildlife.

South Africa will not table CITES proposal on rhino horn trade

#ConvictGwalaRhinoKingpin – Next court appearance 23 May

Statement of Concern by Tiger Biologists on the WWF-GTF Report

Big Data for Big Animals: Machine Learning Finds the Giraffe in the Bushes (Part 2)

Malawi: Mutharika Speaks Against Wildlife Crime – Action Needed, Diplomats to Malawi Urge

Tiger trafficker’s wife allowed to breed tigers

Drought is indirectly killing elephants in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

247 Reasons Not to Poach – Rangers graduate from Manyani Kenya Wildlife Service Training Academy.

Tanzania, Kenya in Move to Crush Poaching

Vigilance urged as Malaysia destroys huge ivory stockpile

China joins South Africa and Mozambique in efforts to curb illegal wildlife trade

Tiger Resolution Sets New Paradigm for Conservation – The 13 “Tiger Nations” commit to 7 key aspects of conservation.

Malawi: Poachers Surrender 40 Home Made Guns to Police

Big Data for Big Animals (Part 1) – Understanding giraffe patterns through machine learning

US Gives Canadian Turtle Smuggler 5 Years in Prison – Chinese-born Canadian Kai Xu had attempted to smuggle thusands of turtles to China.

Zimbabwe: Rhino Featured on TV Euthanized After Poacher Shooting

Zimbabwe: Police Boss Rubbishes Cyanide Poaching Story

South Africa: Decomposed Rhino Found With a Shot Wound

The Virunga National Park Air Wing

Thuli Madonsela to investigate rhino poaching corruption case

U.S. Tightens Rules for Captive Tiger Trade

Elephants Wiped Out on Alarming Scale in Southern Africa

For the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are on the rise

TRAFFIC helps train leading Chinese courier company in how to detect illegal wildlife trade

Sir David Attenborough opens global hub for nature conservation

Phinda: Rural communities are saving rhinos

US tightens up legislation on captive Tiger breeding

Poachers Aren’t All Evil: An Unconventional Conservation Film

Malaysians arrested in Jakarta with bags full of reptiles

Disappointment: China’s Draft Wildlife ‘Protection’ Law Favors Tiger Trade

Kenya: Three Chinese to Be Arraigned in Court Over Ivory Products , Lion Teeth

Four get maximum sentence for murder of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist – Jairo Mora.

March

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the First Ivory Crush in Italy

Canadian fined $43K for smuggling turtles into the country – Florida softshell turtles.

Tanzania: Five More Joined in Monkey Export Saga

Cambodia rescues half tonne of smuggled tortoises, pythons

Hong Kong Chief Executive Reaffirms Ivory Ban Support

Kenyans Angered By Shooting and Killing of Lion By KWS Rangers (graphic image)

Kenya Offers Amnesty to Surrender Rhino Horn, Ivory Trophies

South Africa: ‘Rangers Framed Me for Kruger Rhino Poaching,’ Soldier Tells Court – Relating to 2010 poaching incident.

Pan-African Elephant Survey Yields Positive Results in Zambia

Op-Ed: Hong Kong’s Ivory Traders Don’t Deserve Compensation

Kenya: Sanctuary Celebrates First Black Rhino Birth

Tanzania: Human Activities Threaten Sea Turtles

US willing to help Vietnam combat wildlife trafficking

Mozambique: Two Arrested in Possession of Rhino Horns

Tanzania: Chinese jailed 30 years for slaughter of 226 elephants

South Africa Rhino Horn Trade Proposal Hidden in DEA Budget – ZA Department of Environmental Affairs.

WildAid Presses SoftBank to Stop Yahoo! Japan’s Ivory Sales

Angola: Government bans trade of ivory – Draft law will be presented to be reviewed or signed into law.

Africa’s Rangers at the Frontline of the Poaching War

Ecuador Busts 4 Peruvian Boats for Illegal Fishing

Victory for Sharks in the Galapagos Marine Reserve – Ecuador creates 15,000-square-mile marine sanctuary.

Uganda confiscates 4,000 kgs of ivory as trafficking increases – 4,000 kilograms is roughly 8,818 pounds.

Africa: Illegal Fishing Hurting Continent’s Fisheries

Video: On the hunt for elephant poachers

Sumatran Tigers, Close to Extinction

#ConvictGwalaRhinoKingpin – Behind the scenes – Dumisani Gwala.

Alleged rhino poaching kingpin goes to court – Dumisani Gwala.

Wildlife Poisoning Continues to Take a Toll on Africa’s Vultures

New study highlights scale of illegal and unreported Humphead Wrasse trade

Rangers Killed in Mai Mai Attack on Virunga’s Central Sector

Remembering Rangers Mulonga and Mumbere

China expands ban on ivory imports

Chinese fishing boat tries to ram Argentine coast guard vessel in poaching bust, is sunk

Italian Father and Son Accidentally Shot Dead While on Anti-poaching Patrol – Shooting occurred in  in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe (official press release).

Elephants, Pangolins, Bees Proposed for Greater Endangered Species Protections

Happy Ending for Smuggled Scaly Anteaters – Also called pangolins.

Malawi burns 2.6 tonnes of illegal ivory amid Tanzania’s protest (alternate link)

Malawi Torches Tonnes of Contraband Ivory

Global transport leaders sign historic declaration in fight to shut down illegal wildlife trafficking routes

Reducing demand for illegal wildlife products and embracing the forthcoming ivory ban

Italian Father and Son Accidentally Shot Dead in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe While on Anti-poaching Patrol

African Grey Parrot Bust in Democratic Republic of Congo

‘Shocking’ scale of pangolin smuggling revealed

Volunteer reveals state of South African predator breeding facility

Vietnam: Hunter turns from killer to conservationist

Wildlife trafficking poses risks to public health

Indonesia Arrests Suspected Tiger Trader

Poaching for ivory stabilises but elephant decline continues

Snow Leopard Trust: 10 Kyrgyz Anti-Poaching Heroes Honored on World Wildlife Day

The First Ivory Crush in Italy Announced – Scheduled for 31 March, 2016. (Italian press release)

Facebook Groups: Malaysia’s new wildlife trade marketplace

Lack of Support Endangers Wildlife Rangers

Kenya: Bodyguards of top state officials arrested selling ivory

13 facing jail over plot to steal £57m in rhino horn and Chinese artefacts

Dark web not a hub of rare wildlife trade because standard routes are so poorly monitored

Nepal: Rhino relocation: On the horns of dilemma

Rhino translocation off to a positive start in Nepal’s Terai

February

Will the Zulu traditional dress wipe out the SA leopard?

Tanzania: Six Men On 7.4 Billion/ – Ivory Haul Charge Granted Bail

Tanzania: Dar Resident Jailed 30 Years or Pay 900 Million/ – Fine Over Ivory Haul

European Union Publishes Action Plan on Tackling Wildlife Crime

Botswana: US Senators Uneasy At ‘Shoot to Kill’ Stance

Large Seizures of Protected Pig-nosed Turtles in Indonesia Highlight Magnitude of Illegal Trade

Congo’s giraffes being hunted into extinction — for their meat

Palau vs. the Poachers – Island nation of Palau cracks down on international illegal fishing.

Tigers Have Just One Safe Habitat in South East Asia

Tanzania: Lions Rescued in Tanzania as Killings Continue

Markets of Death, Part One: The Asian end of a grisly business

Ivory Trafficking in Africa Controlled by a Powerful Few, Study Suggests

Platform to Enhance Collaboration in Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade Launched in Central Africa

South Africa: Drones tackle rhino poaching

Pilot killing earns four 70 years – Developing story relating to murder of Roger Gower.

KWS Installs Tracking Devices for Elephants and Rhinos in Maasai Mara

Tanzania: Trader, Villager Charged in Dar Court for Owning Elephant Tusks

Four suspected rhino poachers caught after high speed chase

Kenya, Tanzania Wildlife Officers in Joint Operation to Nab Poachers

Ring of Elephant Poachers Broken Up by Tanzanian Authorities – During investigation of helicopter pilot Roger Gower’s murder.

Tanzania: Operation On Illegal Use of Guns in Game Reserves Planned – After police find citizens loaning guns to poachers.

State shows hierarchy in rhino case – Relating to prosecution of Wang Hui, Pu Xuexin, Li Zhibing, and Li Xiaoliang.

WildAid Calls for Ban on Synthetic Rhino Horn Exports

Ivory Trafficking Network Broken Up in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Tracking Dogs to Help Fight Poaching in South African Game Reserve

South Africa: Four Suspected Rhino Poachers Caught After High Speed Chase

Ali Kiba’s ‘Lupela’ Out to Fight Poachers (video)

Ring of Elephant Poachers Broken Up by Tanzanian Authorities

Tanzania: Kenya, Tanzania in Joint Probe After Black Rhino Killed in Maasai Mara – Rhino was named “Temple.”

Kenya: The snipers trained to protect rhinos

US Ratification of Port State Measures Agreement Far-Reaching Tool to Curb Illegal Fishing

South Africa Receives Equipment from USA to Combat Poaching

Another One Bites the Dust: Elephant-poaching gang member caught – Poacher caught by Big Life Foundation anti-poaching rangers.

‘Further arrests’ over UK pilot killing – Developing story relating to murder of Roger Gower.

Minden man accused of smuggling – Located in Louisiana, USA.

Tanzania: When poaching is a concern to environmentalists

Poachers Steal 7 Million South African Abalones a Year

New US rule proposed to combat black market fishing

January

Another one bites the dust: gang member caught – Big Life catches a suspect in an elephant-poaching gang.

Japan-bound endangered species intercepted

Rhino poaching kingpin, and the magistrate that keeps him out of jail

Kenya to burn massive ivory stockpile – “120 tons” [sic] to be burned on April 29th and 30th.

Four Chinese rhino horn smuggler kingpins get 20 years jail term in Tanzania – Smugglers identified as Song Lei, Xiao Shaodan, Chen Jianlian, and Hu Liang.

A Chinese ivory smuggling kingpin deported from Africa with LATF support jailed for 11 years in China – Chinese national Jingmei Xue.

Kenya: Environment Cabinet Secretary says Kenya winning war on poaching – Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu: Poaching of elephants and rhinoceroses inside Kenya’s borders continues to decline.

Tanzania: Two in Trouble Over State Trophies

Link Between Ivory Price Drop and China’s Trade Ban Questioned

2015: Deadliest Year Ever for Rhinos – Worst in decades.

Worst year ever for rhino poaching in Africa – Worst in decades.

Da Nang City issues wildlife crime-fighting Directive

Thailand: Tiger Temple Accused of Supplying Black Market

215kg ivory smugglers’ trial in false start as one of the suspects absconds (alternate link)

Zimbabwe police kill ivory poacher, recover tusks

South Africa an Outlier on Ivory Policies

Multi Agency Enforcement Team makes arrest. Over hundreds of wildlife articles seized. – In Jakarta, Indonesia.

Alarming proof of underreported bushmeat crisis in heart of Amazonia

South Africa likely just gave the rhino its death sentence

Nearly 1,500 Weaverbirds Seized in Northern Peninsular Malaysia

Zimbabwe’s wildlife authorities say rangers recovered 22 elephant tusks after a shootout with nearly a dozen suspected poachers

Zimbabwe: High Profile Harare Ivory Poacher, Accomplices Appear in Court (alternate source)

Zimbabwe: Ivory poaching ‘kingpin’ in court, but released due to ZRP bungling

South Africa Opposes Burning of Ivory Stockpiles

Suspect used hired truck to ferry ivory, court hears – Suspected ivory trafficker Feisal Mohamed Ali.

Why Rhino Poaching Isn’t High on the CITES Agenda

The Bigger Story Behind the Killing of Cecil the Lion That the Media Overlooked – Safari Club International poses as a supporter of wildlife conservation, but lobbies for trophy hunting and against bans on illegal wildlife trafficking.

Demand for Fish Bladder May Wipe Out World’s Rarest Ocean Mammal – The vaquita porpoise.

Field Ranger succumbs to injuries after accidental shooting – In Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Two Poaching Suspects Fatally Wounded Following Tourist Sighting

Rare Footage of Wild Asian Elephants Highlights Success of Cambodia’s Largest Protected Forest

Poacher killed by Botswana Defence Force

Why Shutting Down China’s Ivory Trade Won’t Be Easy

LRA warlord Joseph Kony uses ivory trade to buy arms – Lord’s Resistance Army is lead by Joseph Kony who has been indicted for crimes against humanity.

Surge in poaching sees 50 Zimbabwe rhinos killed

Uganda: Uwa Deploys Hi-Tech Methods to Fight Poaching

Facebooker investigated for posting monkey-killing photos on personal page (graphic) – Chu Van Cuong in Vietnam.

5 Arrested For Killing Rare Snow Leopard, Other Endangered Species In China

Zimbabwe to ‘export more elephants’ – Part of an on-going export of young elephants from Zimbabwe’s national parks during 2015.

Zimbabwe: CIO Operative Busted in Rhino Poaching, Gang Member Jailed 20 Years – Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organization (Alternate source).

Uganda: Armed poachers threaten elephants

Zimbabwe: Police Arrest 6 Poachers

Articles from 2015

December

Liberia: EU Vessels Illegally Fishing in Liberian Waters

Kenya: Police Face Probe in Sh44 Million Ivory Saga – Roughly $430,000.

North Korean diplomat expelled from South Africa for rhino horn trafficking

Malawi: Christmas Fate – Malawi Elephant Kills Poacher

U.S. Protects Lions Under Endangered Species Act

Kenya Court Charges Ivory-Smuggling ‘Kingpin’ – Suspected ivory trafficker Feisal Mohamed Ali.

Seven of the Year’s Biggest Wins Against Wildlife Exploitation

What Some in Maasai Mara are Doing to Prevent Another Marsh Pride Tragedy – The Maasai in Kenya.

Rhinos, Photos of the four Chinese Nationals Sentenced to 20 years – Elephant Action League exclusive press release on the arrest and prosecution of traffickers in Tanzania.

Chinese poachers destroying coral reefs – In South Pacific.

Gabon seizes 200kg of poached ivory in what could be biggest haul ever

How Japan is Fueling the Slaughter of Elephants

Don’t celebrate falling ivory prices too soon

Lifeline for Elephants: Ivory price halves in China after Xi pledges ban

Prince Harry’s Photos Show the Reality of Poaching

Online wildlife trader arrested in Ho Chi Minh City

Fighting Wildlife Crime in Vietnam: The Downfall of the “Bastard of the Internet” – Phan Huynh Anh Khoa, a Vietnamese citizen accused of wildlife trafficking.

Iconic rhino, calves savagely poached in iSimangaliso

Thai Soccer Stars Join WildAid to Fight Ivory Trade

EU-TWIX: ten years of enforcement assistance – The European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange.

30 artwork collecting businesses pledge to “refuse illegal wildlife products”

Thousands of Birds Seized from East Java Port

Rhino Horn Trafficking: Market-Based Solutions Under Scrutiny

Debate on Tacklaing Wildlife Crimes in Hong Kong Set in Motion

November

Poacher guns down two police officers, fellow rustler – Suspected poacher in Zimbabwe (alternate source).

South Africa: Cops nabbed for rhino poaching

Germans Boost Tanzania’s Anti-Poaching Push

Pope Francis calls to fight ivory trafficking

High-level action on wildlife crime urged at China-Africa Summit

UK to ban import of lion trophies if hunting industry doesn’t reform

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, Studying Rhino Horn Moratorium Judgment

South African Judge Lifts Domestic Ban on Rhino Horn Trade

South African Government appeals High Court ruling against rhino horn ban

Poaching upsurge threatens South America’s iconic vicuña

Letaba Ranch: A nest of corruption

24 pangolins released into the wild – Rescued and released in Vietnam

Ivory Action Plans: Good progress made, but essential next steps needed

Thailand repatriates smuggled orangutans to Indonesia

China Backs Malawi’s Wildlife Crime Crusade

TRAFFIC and Tencent sign agreement to tackle illicit wildlife trade through social media networks

Rhino Tracking with the Poacher that Became the Protector

Rhino Slaughter Continues – In Namibia’s Etosha National Park and elsewhere.

France bans import of lion hunting trophies

Who are Namibia’s Chinese smugglers? – Relating to prosecution of Wang Hui, Pu Xuexin, Li Zhibing, and Li Xiaoliang.

Rhino Tracking with the Poacher that Became the Protector

Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Just Three on the Planet – Died in captivity.

Australian Court Fines Japanese Whalers A$1 Million

The end of canned lion hunting looks imminent – In South Africa.

Is Trophy Hunting Helping Save African Elephants?

Poaching Attempt Prevented Thanks to Tip-off – In Kruger National Park, South Africa. (alternate source)

Poachers Should Rot in Jail, Says VP – Vice President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa. (alternate source)

South Africa: Trophy Hunting Industry Disowns Half-Tame Lion Hunting

Strategies for Success in the Ivory War

Namibia Needs China’s Help to Curb Poaching

Elephant Poachers Take Aim at South Africa’s Famed Refuge

Mozambique nabs Vietnamese for rhino poaching

Another rhino down in Hluhluwe – South Africa.

South Africa: Rangers foil rhino poachers at Phinda (Graphic)

Malawi Declares War on Game Poachers, Wildlife Illegal Dealers

Mozambique ramps up fight against poachers

Kenya Among 25 States Seeking a Global Ban On Ivory Trade

U.S. Congress Moves to Treat Poachers Like Drug Traffickers

A Tribute to Ranger Daniel Mabasa After 25 Years at Kruger

David Pocock Swaps Rugby for Rhinos

Washington Voters Approve Anti-Wildlife-Trafficking Initiative, I-1401, In a Landslide

Reckless Australian Auction Rooms and Weak Domestic Wildlife Laws May Contribute to Worldwide Rhino Slaughter

Malaysian men charged with smuggling wildlife into Oregon

Vet will fight till last bear is free – Expat veterinarian in Vietnam.

VN, African nations target wildlife trade

SANParks appoints Head of Ranger Services in the Kruger National Park – Major General Johan Jooste mvoes on to a different position and is replaced by Xolani Nicholus Funda.

Tokay Gecko captive breeding doesn’t add up

TRAFFIC facilitates enforcement training workshop in Guangxi

Rhino horn DNA testing in Vietnam

South Africa: Rhino airwing contract fiasco

Thula Thula’s Royal Zulu dream comes alive

Two Poachers, Three Rhino Down in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park, South Africa

Two Zim cops caught trying to sell a pangolin

Senior Zim cop implicated in poisoning elephants – Related to the cyanide poisonings of more than 60 elephants in September and October.

President Jacob Zuma: Anti-Rhino Poaching Awareness Day and visit to the Kruger National Park – Press release from the South African government. Photos also available from the Kruger event.

October

“The Devil,” Most Wanted Ivory Trafficker in Tanzania, Arrested – Boniface Mariango, also known as “Shetani” (meaning “the Devil”), was arrested not long after the arrest of Yang Feng Lan (Yang Fenglan) the “Queen of Ivory.”

Tanzania gets ‘The Devil’ as it cracks down on elephant poaching

Zimbabwe’s elephants allegedly poisoned by dissatisfied rangers

Rhino poachers get 14 years in prison thanks to tracking dog

Clouded Leopards Threatened by Sudden Increase in Poaching and Live Trade

Suspected Poacher Shot in Zululand Rhino Reserve

Homegrown African Solutions to Elephant Poaching

Seizure of highly threatened turtles highlights ongoing threat of illegal trade

Bears face prolonged wait for return to the wild – Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre seeks to return rescued bears to the wild when they are at less risk.

Animals in trade under spotlight in Asian conference

How World’s Largest Legal Ivory Market Fuels Demand for Illegal Ivory

Seized orangutans repatriated – After being illegally captured and trafficked.

Illegal Hunter and Hunting Dogs Killed by Lions in South Africa

China to ban ivory trade within a year or so as pressure mounts on Hong Kong

Rhino kingpin offered police a bribe – Relating to prosecution of Wang Hui, Pu Xuexin, Li Zhibing, and Li Xiaoliang.

19 elephants killed by poachers in Kruger

A Poacher’s Choice: $10,000 or Six Years in Jail

Eight bears rescued in Quang Ninh – Animals Asia rescued the captive bears in Vietnam.

German National Arrested in Indonesia on Suspicion of Smuggling Earless Monitor Lizards

Anti-Poaching Dog Bid a Brave Farewell

For Nations Lax About Ivory Smuggling, An Easy Pass

Rangers bust suspected Sumatran tiger poachers

Government teacher accused of killing Tiger in order to get rich

Forty Zimbabwean elephants slaughtered; minister blames ‘American policies’

Record Amount Raised to Fight Poaching in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

26 elephants found dead at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park after being poisoned with cyanide

Helmeted Hornbill: The bird that’s more valuable than ivory

More arrested for smuggling sable – Attempted smuggling of sable from Zambia.

Fighting Back After Bahati’s Death – Regrouping after the death of a young rhino in Kenya.

Poachers kill four rangers, army officer in Congo park

Zimbabwe Authorities Foil Parks Employees’ Bid to Smuggle Ivory

Four Men Killed by Poachers in Garamba National Park DRC

What Do New Cyanide Poisonings Mean for Zimbabwe’s Elephants?

Chinese Ivory Trafficker Arrested in Tanzania – Yang Feng Lan was born in China but had been living in Tanzania and Uganda since 1975. (Alternate source)

Major ivory trafficker arrested – Yang Feng Lan, the “Queen of Ivory,” has been arrested in Tanzania.

China seizes nearly 1 ton of ivory, rhino horn, bear paws

Zimbabwe: 22 poachers killed, 900 arrested in 2015

Elephant Poaching declines in Tanzania due to intelligence-led approach

Arrest over Siberian tiger poaching after rare big cat ‘violently killed’ this year

Newborn Lions Are Being Stolen From Their Moms — And Handed Over To Hunters

Zimbabwe Elephant Poaching: Cyanide Used By Suspected Poachers To Poison 14 Pachyderms In National Parks

Malawi Gets Tough on Wildlife Crime At Home and Abroad

KZN Rhinos in Danger –  Rhinoceroses in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Man Caught Trying to Smuggle Ivory, Python Skin Into SA

Ivory trafficking on Nigeria-Cameroon border targeted

Botswana cheetah Legolas killed

Live Ops Begin – A surprise party for poachers.

More Zim Elephants Die From Cyanide Poisoning

Abuja is new ivory trade route – Abuja, Nigeria.Abuja is new ivory trade route – Abuja, Nigeria.

Hundreds of protected tortoises seized in Madagascar

SOS: wild animals dying at rescue centers

Three Zim Elephants Poisoned With Cyanide in Resort Town

Elephant ivory: Nearly all sales in California banned after Gov. Jerry Brown signs conservation bill

Logistics Giant DHL Assists TRAFFIC-led Workshop on Wildlife Smuggling Prevention

‘You Don’t Win a War Without Resources’ – New Proposal to Save Rhinos

Asian Songbird Trade Crisis Summit calls on regional governments to shut down illegal bird markets

Malawi Gets Tough on Wildlife Crime At Home and Abroad

September

Vietnam to end use of bear bile – Animals Asia Foundation seeks to end bear bile farming by 2020.

5 Rhino Poached in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park, South Africa – One is struggling to survive the attack.

Poaching Takes a Toll on Vulture Populations

U.S. troops have turned to some unsavory partners to help find warlord Joseph Kony – Lord’s Resistance Army warlord has alleged ties to elephant ivory and illegal weapons trade.

Diamonds are only conflict resource defined by the UN. What about ivory?

Forest of Dean wild boar and deer poaching ‘out of control’

Undercover Video Confirms Hong Kong’s Retail Market Is “Front” for Smuggled Ivory – The report this article is based on is available here.

Spotlight on Da Nang as new conduit in global ivory trafficking

China to prosecute three over butchered panda

3 more elephants found in Zim with tusks ‘chopped out’

SA’s Ban On Trade of Rhino Horn Under Attack in Court

On World Rhino Day, Borana Conservancy Celebrates 2 Years as a Rhino Sanctuary

World Rhino Day: The last stand

Ex-soldier allegedly used silencers to poach rhino in Kruger Park – Former soldier in South African National Defence Force and civilian partner each face multiple charges.

Confessions of a Notorious Elephant Poacher

Injured rhinos on the mend

Taking anti-rhino poaching messages to the world

Suspected rhino poachers caught – In Limpopo, South Africa.

Investigative documentary on bloody ivory from Tanzania

Rhino youth activists head to Vietnam

Killing buffalo for Edgar Lungu – Zambia’s President.

Chinese Rhino Poaching Suspects in Namibian Court

How not to save the rhino

Wildlife Trade Experts Oppose Use of Synthetic Rhino Horn as Anti-Poaching Measure

Nearly 500 Mozambican poachers killed in South Africa’s Kruger since 2010 – According to Mozambique’s former president Joaquim Chissano.

East African Smugglers Push Ivory Out of the Continent

Push to save African elephants stirs U.S. clash over antique ivory trade

Tanzania stops Malawi burning ivory – Citing evidence needed for poacher prosecutions.

Tanzania: Anti-Poaching Surveillance By Drone a Success

Poachers Surrender Guns for Peanut Butter and Honey

Dogs and Informants Track Down Elephant’s Killers

Vietnam, China strengthen stances on wildlife protection

Poachers kill about 2,000 animals yearly – According to a report by the Angolan Ministry of the Environment.

Brazen Pangolin Trader Caught on Film in Malaysia

South African Wine Estate Sponsors Rhino Scouts Training

Wildlife DNA forensics group established to combat Illegal wildlife trade in SE Asia

As demand for African timber soars, birds pay the ultimate price

Iran’s fragile ecosystems under pressure – Cheetah habitat destruction, forest destruction, and a drought.

Two Rhino Poachers Jailed for 11 Years Each in South Africa

California lawmakers pass sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching

Con Dao sea turtles give birth with forest rangers’ help – Endangered sea turtle protection in Vietnam.

Environment minister confident about mitigation of poaching in Africa – Minister of the Environment Fátima Jardim.

Elephant Killings in Chad’s Signature Park Cause Alarm – Zakouma National Park, Chad.

Large Haul of Tiger and Other Wildlife Parts in Malaysia – Malaysian authorities bust wildlife trafficking syndicate and confiscate hundreds of tiger and elephant parts.

August

Killing Elephants with Spears – Big Life foundation uncovers an instance of human-elephant conflict.

Endangered douc carcasses found in Vietnam

Eight tonnes of smuggled wildlife products seized

Case proven: ivory trafficking funds terrorism

California lawmakers propose sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching

Wildlife Conservation Powers Team Up, Poachers Beware – ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species’ (CITES) treaty members and ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature’ (IUCN) increase cooperation to combat wildlife trafficking.

Kenya’s ‘ivory kingpin’ bail suspended – Feisal Mohamed Ali.

Conservationists appalled at illegal killing of 25m birds a year in the Mediterranean

South Africa: iSimangaliso Wetland Park Takes Bold Steps to Safeguard Rhino

Brazil: Fighting wildlife smuggling one DNA test at a time

Pangolins in Peril: rallying the world to curb the global China trade

Judge now freezes the assets of seven ivory case suspects – Kenyan Businessman Abdulrahman Sheikh and 6 others accused of trafficking ivory to Singapore and Thailand.

Thailand crushes two tonnes of confiscated ivory

Kerala enforcement agencies ready to tackle wildlife crime – Police Department and the Customs and Central Excise Department in Kerala, India receive training on capacity building to thwart future poaching attempts.

Mammoth ivory trade: Should the prehistoric species be protected – to save the elephant?

Smuggled Iguanas Tell Larger Tale of Animal Trafficking

Short Film Launched to Warn Against Illegal Wildlife Trade in Vietnam – Made by Vietnamese NGO ‘Education for Nature-Vietnam’ (ENV)

Ivory poaching: UK troops sent to Gabon to fight illegal trade

Help Track Down Illegal Fishing Boats in Cocos Island, Costa Rica From Your Computer

Chinese replace Zims at Hwange Park – Concerns of lack of oversight in Zimbabwe as foreigners are given jobs in high-profile national parks.

More Than 700 Kilograms of Rhino Horns, Elephant Tusks Seized in Vietnam – Roughly 1,500 pounds, mostly elephant tusks seized for second day in a row.

Hanoi Customs Officers Seizes 100 Kilograms of Ivory, Rhino Horns in Record Haul

48 Rhino Poaching Suspects Arrested Since June, NamPol – According to Namibian Police Force’s anti-poaching unit.

How Killing Elephants Finances Terror in Africa – And how GPS tracking devices in fake ivory could reveal ivory smuggling routes in Africa.

GPS Trackers In Fake Elephant Tusks Reveal Ivory Smuggling Route – See article above “How Killing Elephants Finances Terror in Africa” for in-depth report.

Lax Legislation Fuels South Africa’s Poaching Problem

More Than 700 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of Rhino Horns, Elephant Tusks Seized in Vietnam

Poachers Aren’t Going to ‘Like’ These Tech Companies Teaming Up to Fight the Ivory Trade

Prince Harry in Kruger Park in war against rhino poachers

Bangladesh Police Kill 6 Alleged Tiger Poachers in Gunfight

Scientists: we are ‘condemning’ forest elephants by ignoring evidence

South Africa: Dehorned Pregnant Rhino Clinging to Life, Her Bull Calf Killed – Occurred in South Africa.

Ring-Tailed Lemurs Threatened by Illegal Pet Trade

China donates $2M for conservation – Amid multi-billion dollar projects in Zimbabwe, China makes a small donation of supplies.

Rhino poachers strike twice in one week – In KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Rhino killed in private reserve in Hluhluwe – KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

UK Boosts Global Efforts Against Wildlife Crime with Monetary Support of Initiatives to Stop Trafficking

Zurich targeted as hub to smuggle ivory

Vietnam to bust rhino horn myth

One Point Of View On How Lions Can Earn Money For Africa

Congolese ivory kingpin wriggles out of yet another arrest

Overexploited, Dak Lak elephants are at risk – “Tamed” elephants in Vietnam.

Killing with Poison (And What Big Life is Doing to Prevent it)

Laos, Destination in Illegal Ivory Trade, So Far Eludes Global Crackdown – Vixay Keosavang.

Chengeta Wildlife Pseudo-Ops – Going undercover as a buyer of rhino horn or ivory.

July

Poacher killed, another arrested near Hluhluwe – KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Planned US ivory rules not fazing California Chinatown shops

Despite big efforts, the US is still a major consumer of illegal elephant ivory

Kenya: KWS Ivory Count to Cost Sh45 Million

Malaysia clamps down on illegal wildlife trade using social media

TPA to support scribes on anti-poaching drive – Tanzania Port Authority to support reporters embedded with anti-poaching units.

Kenya Wildlife Service commissions first ever digital inventory exercise of elephant ivory and rhino horn stockpile

Pictures suggest Zimbabwe’s elephants sold to Chinese zoo ‘malnourished and injured’

Inside the Largest Crocodile Farm for Leather in Saigon

Watch how drones keep elephants away from danger in Tanzania

Cecil the lion was skinned and head removed – Sport hunter alleges that the hunt was legal, despite lack of permits.

South Africa: State to Keep Illegal Rhino Trade Cash – Seized money from illegal sale in KwaZulu-Natal will remain in police custody.

Outrage as poachers walk – Three rhino poachers in South Africa given suspiciously light sentencing after being involved in fatal shootout with authorities.

Elephant Ivory Seized in Bust

Namibia Will Not Burn Ivory and Rhino Horns – Says Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta.

Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry builds capacity for officers to protect endangered wildlife species

Tanzania’s elephant catastrophe: ‘We recalculated about 1,000 times because we didn’t believe what we were seeing’

Will the Maputo ivory burn make any difference? – Continued discussion on the ivory and rhino horn burn in Mozambique.

Peace Parks Foundation Provides Night-vision Equipment for Kruger National Park Rangers

Namibia: Inroads Made in Fight Against Trans-national Poaching Syndicates

3 Positive Signs the Tides Are Turning Against the Ivory Trade

U.S. Steps Up Fight Against Poaching and Wildlife Trafficking

Poaching syndicates use locals – Namibia’s Minister of Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, alleges.

Government condemns Botswana for shooting Namibians – Shooting related to suspecting cross-border poaching incidents.

Endangered Antelope with Fur More Valuable Than Gold on Its Way to Recovery – The chiru, Tibetan antelope, is illegally hunted in China, Tibet, and India.

Elephants Exported to China On Fake Permits – More scrutiny of Zimbabwe’s controversial elephant exports begun in 2014 (backup link).

The Wildlife Justice Commission: International body launches in effort to combat biggest ‘Al Capone’ poachers

State Justifies Lifting of Big Cats Hunting Ban – Lion ban will begin in 2016. Zambia claims 50% of hunting proceeds will go to local communities.

Poachers convicted of hunting in KNP – Suspects caught in Kruger National Park claimed to have been framed, but were found guilty.

Elephant tusk statues seized at Vietnam airport – Customs officials seized an alleged shipment of furniture en route from France.

Ivory worth R4m confiscated at OR Tambo airport – 267 kilograms of ivory seized by South Africa agents shipped from Zimbabwe to Vietnam.

22 detained for suspected poaching – In Namibia.

South African rangers kill two rhino poachers in Kruger National Park

U.S. pushes China on ivory trade, wildlife NGOs

iSimangaliso winning the war on poaching – Several arrests of bushmeat and fish poachers in South Africa’s first world heritage site.

R440M ($38.5 Million) Spent in Kruger National Park But Rhinos Still Slaughtered

June

Ivory trade: Are China’s efforts too late?

Massachusetts sees brisk trade in illicit ivory

United States and China Highlight Cooperation on Combating Wildlife Trafficking at the 7th U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue

DNA Tracking Of Ivory Helps Biologists Find Poaching Hotspots

Poachers killing tourism jobs

3,907 Critically Endangered Palawan Forest Turtles Seized in Philippines Last Week – Turtles were likely destined for China.

SA breeders sue government to lift rhino horn trade – Dispute stems from South African government’s consideration of legalizing the rhino horn trade.

South Africa: Suspected Rhino Poachers Apply for Bail

139 Arrested in Historic Wildlife Crime Operation – Operation COBRA III.

Three including ranger killed by poachers while on patrol in Garamba – Democratic Republic of Congo’s national park.

New study identifies elephant poaching hotspots in Africa

The Danger of False Narratives: Al-Shabaab’s Faux Ivory Trade – Op-Ed on possibly incorrect links between the ivory trade and Al-Shabaab.

Five Namibians Arrested With Rhino Horn in Kunene, Namibia

More success from the LATF coordinated multi-regional Operation Cobra III

E-commerce Companies in Japan Strengthen Measures Against Illegal Online Ivory Trade

Rhino Poaching ‘Kingpin’ Denied Bail in Namibia – Chinese national Wang Hui suspected of illegal possession and trafficking of rhino horn. Three other Chinese nationals are also being prosecuted.

Suspected Kingpin in Ivory Trade Arrested – Joint Kenya law enforcement effort leads to arrest of Mohammed Bulle.

French Customs Seize Biggest Ivory Haul in Nine Years – 136 kilograms of ivory contained in the shipment.

Bears killed as bear bile price drops – Lower profits and more regulations take toll on bear bile industry in Vietnam.

Namibia: Residents Warned Against Bushmeat Poaching – Includes cross-border poaching of buffalo, elephants, and other wildlife in Botswana by Namibians.

Mozambique: Number of Arrests Over Rhino Horn Theft Rises to 11 – Developing story related to the theft of rhino horn by Mozambican authorities from a secure facility.

Kenya wins applause from animal welfare group over fight on poaching

Beijing Customs Launches “Bring No Ivory Home” Campaign

Mozambique: Police involvement in theft of rhino horn confirmed

Arrest of Ivory Trafficking Tycoon – Police in Kenya arrest Abdurahman Mohammed Sheikh, his two sons, and several others for alleged involvement in large-scale ivory smuggling.

Poisoned Vultures Found in Mpumalanga – South African property discovers 12 poisoned vultures, was able to send 2 survivors to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre for treatment.

China Pledges to End Ivory Trading, but Says the US Should Too

Anti-Poaching Groups In Africa Becoming “Militarized” To Protect Elephants, Rhinos, Small Arms Survey Shows

Kenya Says Poaching Financing Separatist Group that Shipped 3 Tonnes of Ivory to Thailand – Islamic separatist group Mombasa
Republican Council (MRC) linked to 3 tonne ivory shipment to Thailand.

Namibia: 103 rhinos poached in the last 10 years

Smooth Operators – An article on ivory trafficking and ivory sales in Thailand.

Lufthansa Bans Transport of Game Trophies in Africa

May

Ivory Trafficking: Undercover Survey at the Mombasa Port Reveals Vulnerabilities, Confirms High Level Corruption, and Highlights National and International Security Issues

Safely Out of Zimbabwe – Chengeta Wildlife Director/Anti-Poaching instructor forced out of Zimbabwe by secret police.

China Signals End to Domestic Ivory Market During Destruction of Illegal Stockpile

On the trail of Maputo’s missing rhino horns – A brief, independent report on the facts relating to the stolen ivory and horn in Mozambique.

Zimbabwean Woman of Chinese Descent, Song Li, Named as Central Agent in Controversial Exportation of Elephants to China

Chinese agent named in elephant export (Zimbabwe) – Zimbabwean Song Li, of Chinese descent, named as central figure in the project to export elephants to China.

As Animal Poaching Surges, Organized Crime Plays Bigger Role

200,000 Shark Fins Seized as Ecuador Moves on Poaching Ring

Rhino horns seized during the operation in May 19 in Mozambique vanish from police warehouse

North Koreans trade in illegal rhino horns, says South Korea embassy

Kenya: Six More Face Charges Over Thailand Ivory Worth KSh576 Million ($5.78 Million)

New Poll Shows Hong Kong Public Supports Ivory Ban

Vietnam claims drop of 77% in rhino horn demand in a year – According to Do Quang Tung, Director of the Vietnam Management Authority for CITES.

Drones Can Curb Poaching, But They’re Much Costlier Than Alternatives

Exotic Wildlife Association working on plans to bring rhinos to Texas

One of Three Suspects Arrested for Assassination of Anti-Poaching Investigator Constable Joseph Baloyi

Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Patrol Team Kills Three Poachers in Possession of Elephant Tusks

Singapore Authorities Seize Ivory, Rhino Horns and Big Cats’ Teeth Shipment Weighing 3.7 Tonnes

Vietnam Considers Destruction of Protected Species Stockpiles

Angola: Poachers to Receive 300,000 and Akz 600.000 Fines – The fines in Angolan Kwanzas equate to roughly $3,050 and $6,100 respectively.

Vietnamese man caught with rhino parts and lion teeth at Kenyan airport – Originated in Mozambique, destination Hanoi, VN.

Emirates SkyCargo Bans Transport of Hunting Trophies

Qumquat and Family’s Killer Finally Jailed

Rory Young: The Man Behind 81 Poaching Arrests in 12 Days – A glimpse of successful anti-poaching and policing operations in Malawi.

Ebola Empties Villages, Bushmeat Empties Forests

Mozambique Police Raid Wildlife House of Horror – 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns were found, worth $19 million.

Panda Poaching Culprits Busted by China

Shania Twain and Panthera Launcht he #IFAKEIT Social Media Campaign to Save Leopards – Offering man-made alternatives to traditional leopard skin outfits.

Nonprofit VETPAW Kicked Out of Tanzania – Nonprofit group in Tanzania training rangers gets ousted. 

South Africa’s Rhino Horn Trade Proposal Risks Rhino Extermination

Four South African Police Arrested for Possession of Rhino Horn, Corruption

Rhino Killers Lay Siege to Kruger Park – South Africa’s world-famous park under threat.

WildAid Trains Guangzhou Customs to Fight Smuggling

Mozambican Police Seize 4.6 kg of Rhino Horns – Four suspected traffickers arrested.

Kenya opens anti-poaching laboratory – Goal is to create a database of wild animal DNA to be used in prosecutions of poachers.

Preserving the Future – digital campaign illuminates illegal trade in non-charismatic species

CITES name 17 countries that need to do more on wildlife trade

For Africa’s Elephants, Bearing Witness Bears Fruit

South Africa Rhino Poaching at New Record Levels – 393 rhino reportedly killed illegally in South Africa.

The Largest Tiger Farm in Thanh Hoa

Nepal Achieves 21 Percent Increase in Rhino Numbers and Another Year of Zero Poaching of Rhinos

Ranger killed by poachers in Garamba while on elephant patrol

April

Study Estimates Legal Rhino Horn Trade Would Produce Annual Profits of Over $1 Billion by 2023

Republic of Congo’s 4.7 Tonne Ivory Burn Could Be Turning Point in Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

South African Airways Bans Transport of Hunting Trophies on All Passenger and Cargo Flights

Paul Allen bankrolls initiative to ban rare-species trafficking

Just getting started – 55 arrests of suspected poachers made in 48 hour period in Malawi.

Kruger Tourists Bust Rhino Poachers – Tourists in Kruger National Park alert authorities to poachers, leading to arrests.

Thailand makes second big ivory bust in two weeks – The shipment contained roughly “3 tons” of ivory.

Richard Leakey Back at Head of Kenya Wildlife Service

Operation Lebombo: Success Through Cooperation – Mozambique-South Africa joint operations leads to arrests of attempted poachers.

Ivory worth $3 million seized at Dubai Airport – Shipment weighed 300 kg and contained 84 pieces of raw ivory. At $2,000/kg a more realistic market value would be $600,000.

Ivory Is Worthless, Elephants Are Invaluable: Why Malawi’s Ivory Is Not For Sale

Operation Cobra II Evaluation Report 2015

Conservation hero turns gorilla killers into eco-warriors – Summary of Edwin Sabuhoro, a Rwandan conservationist, and his efforts to transform the way people interact with the local wildlife.

Chinese Skipper Goes on Trial for Coral Poaching in Japanese Waters

The Worth of an Elephant

Mali’s Elephant Poaching: The Local Context

Cross-border Strategy for Rhino Poaching Not on the Table – Talks to end rhino poaching continue in South Africa.

South Africa: Trading blows over Trading Rhino Horn

On the Internet, Illegal Trade In Endangered Wildlife Thrives

Four Tonnes of Ivory Worth $6 Million Seized in Bangkok, Thailand

Positive Plans to Save the South African Rhino Population

Fighting ivory smuggling through capacity building in Central Africa

Conflating the Figures, Zimbabwe Attempts to Justify Selling Off it’s Wild Elephants

Sushi Chef Wu Xiaohui Found Guilty of Smuggling Rhino Horn in South African Court

Anti-Poaching Operation Cripples Ivory Syndicates in Southern Tanzania

Nearly Half of Hong Kong No Longer Biting on Shark’s Fin

Rhino horn and tusks intercepted in Vietnam

Congo-Kinshasa: Organized Crime in Wildlife, Gold and Timber, Worth Over One Billion USD, Further Fuels Conflict in Eastern DR Congo – UN Report

Zimbabwe: Poaching Gets Out of Control in Zimbabwe

‘We don’t buy panda products – so the Chinese should get their hands off our elephants’ – Op-Ed by Paula Kahumbu.

Three rhino poached every day in SA – In South Africa during first months of 2015.

South Africa: Green Scorpions Deployed at OR Tambo International Airport to Combat Wildlife crime (archive link)

31 Dead Rhinos Found in 1 Week at Etosha National Park, Namibia

Theft of 300kg of Ivory in Gabon Highlights Urgent Need to Secure Government Stockpiles in Central Africa

Poachers caught at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – Vietnam.

Convicted Ivory Traffickers in Zambia Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison – Members of the syndicate were caught in possession of 210 kg of elephant ivory in February, 2015.

Anti-poaching Drive Cripples Ivory Syndicates – Operation conducted in southern Tanzania snares big ivory traders.

European Union Urged to Ban Ivory Exports Immediately

UK Border Force Wildlife Seizures 2014 – The list of quarterly seizures is available here.

As Beijing cracks down on ivory trade, pressure mounts on Hong Kong to follow suit

Elephant herds need protection in Yok Don Park – Asian elephant found dead in forest in Vietnam.

Zimbabwe: Elephants, Rhinos Killed by Cyanide – At least 6 elephants and 2 black rhino have been poisoned in the country between January-March 10, 2015.

Mozambique: Policemen Accused of Ivory Trafficking

March

St. Cloud Professor Accused of Smuggling Ivory, Rhino Horn – St. Cloud State University (Minnesota) Professor Yiwei Zheng accused of smuggling wildlife parts from 2006-2011.

British Tiger Parts Trade Gets 120 Hours Community Service

Mozambican police announce seizure of 17 rhino horns

Canines Take Command of Akagera National Park – Tracking dogs aiding in apprehending poachers in Rwanda’s national park.

Police Arrest Chinese National with Rhino Horn and Abalone – Cape Town International Airport, South Africa.

South Africa: Relocating Rhino to Create New Breeding Populations

New study finds flaws in “alternative livelihoods” projects for bushmeat-dependent communities

CITES: Elephant poaching rates virtually unchanged in 2014

Indian Poachers Buy Kaziranga Forest Guards for £1,000

Africa is centre of a “wildlife war” that the world is losing

Hong Kong intercepts 2 tons of pangolin scales

Kenya Burns 15-ton Ivory Pile in Defiance of Trade

Ethiopia Burns Entire 6.1-Ton Ivory Stockpile

Ethiopia burns its 6 tons of ivory

Southeast Asia in illegal ivory trade spotlight – Two men announced arrested for possession of 135kg of elephant tusks.

Three countries receive CITES trade bans for failing elephants

Laos’ Sin City is an illegal wildlife trade supermarket for visiting Chinese tourists

Kidnapped in Mozambique: In the Clutches of Rhino Poachers

Rhino Squad in Training for Botswana as Country Battles Poachers

Thailand Faces Sanctions if it Fails to Stop Ivory Trade – Vietnam and Mozambique could also face sanctions over illegal rhino horn trade.

Profiling ups risk for Asian rhino horn mules – Vietnamese rhino horn trafficking syndicates may have changed their tactics due to racial profiling at South African customs.

Chinese Wildlife Conservationist Pursues Childhood Dream in Africa – Zhuo Qiang joins in anti-poaching patrols in Kenya.

500 Kilograms of Ivory Impounded At Airport in Entebbe, Uganda

Kenya Wildlife Service to Probe Rhino Killing in Laikipia

Guarding the Heart of the Forest – A brief Q&A with Roger Bruno Tabue Mbobda, a ranger in Cameroon.

Illegal hunters of wildlife sell meat to restaurants and the rich – Brief article on bushmeat poaching in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Beihai clampdown leads to significant reduction in marine turtle trafficking

Namibia’s national soccer medic linked to rhino poaching and murder – OxPeckers.org – Windhoek chiropractor Gerson Kandjii faces charges of black
rhino poaching and, in an unrelated incident, homicide.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore and TRAFFIC launch campaign to battle illegal wildlife trade in South-East Asia

Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory – On the heels of China’s ban on African ivory imports Kenya burns 15,000 kg of its government-held stockpile.

Assam Governor expresses concern over rhino poaching – Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya of Assam, India.

Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife (CPW) launches bushmeat sourcebook

The man protecting China’s elephants

Kenya Burns 15-ton Ivory Pile in Defiance of Trade

In Cameroon, Elephant Poachers Die, Too

As Consumer Awareness of Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade’s Impact Grows in China, Government Moves to Curb Ivory Markets

TRAFFIC’s E-commerce Monitoring Reveals Illegal Wildlife Trade Market in China Shifting From Online Retailers to Social Media – This article corresponds to Moving targets: Tracking online sales of illegal wildlife products in China, a publication by TRAFFIC.

February

Operation Game Change to be launched in Viet Nam to combat wildlife crime

85% of Thai ivory traders close in 3 months

India Deploys Undercover Commands to combat Wildlife Trade

China’s One-Year Ban on African Ivory Carving Imports: What Does it Mean?

Elephant poachers caught red-handed in Indonesia

Rhino Poacher Arrested After Life on the Run – Nepalese rhino poacher Rajkumar Praja arrested by Interpol in Malaysia; other members in his syndicate had been arrested in 2013.

Thailand’s drive against illegal ivory trade bolstered by forensic tools

Democratic Republic of Congo creates new unit to fight wildlife crime

Zimbabwe: Police intercept 300kg elephant tusks

Rhino Horn Trade Plot Thickens – Questions are raised about the ethics of some members of South Africa’s Environmental Affairs Portfolio Committee which plans on evaluating the possibility of a legal rhino horn trade.

Poachers target rhino calves – Poachers in Zimbabwe kills rhino calves for minuscule amount of rhino horn.

Botswana: CBNRM Ideal for Managing Human-Wildlife Conflict – Community Based Natural Resource Management produces positive results in dealing with human-wildlife conflict.

Dak Lak works hard for wild elephant preservation – Beginning in 2013 Vietnamese province began spending 85 billion VND ($4 million) on elephant conservation.

Hong Kong Lawmaker Pushes for Ivory Ban

Chad Is Latest Nation To Destroy Illegal Ivory Stockpile

Six arrested for poaching in Limpopo, South Africa

Chinese Embassy in Brazzaville Donates $100,000 to Odzala-Kokoua National Park in Republic of Congo

Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Nabs 3 Poachers

Nepalese rhino killer deported home from Malaysia meets reporters

Treating Africa’s Tuskers – David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and KWS treat 3 Kenyan elephants with huge tusks who had been wounded by poisoned arrows.

Protecting Mali’s Desert Elephants: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Poaching in northern Mali threatens rare elephant

European Union Develops Response to Africa’s Wildlife Crisis

Obama Administration to Target Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Will Mobilization of Military Forces Stop Elephant Poaching in Cameroon?

South African Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa Announces Committee to Probe Rhino Poaching

Malawi’s Kasungu Magistrates Give Record Jail Sentence to Serval Poacher – Inability to pay a Mk 450,000 fine (~$980) resulted in a 48 month prison sentence.

Rhino case: Guards poisoned by hunters – Guards alleged they were given poisoned food by rhino poaching syndicate.

Frontline teams ‘unaware’ of wildlife smuggler tactics – Experts suggest educating freight handlers about how the wildlife trade smuggles goods.

Tiger Nations to Set Up Anti-Poaching Network – 13 nations with wild tiger populations to establish intelligence-sharing networks, plan to fight poaching.

Rhino horn ‘smugglers’ tried this week

A rhino’s miraculous journey from surviving a poaching attack to giving birth

January

The Secret World of Ivory Destruction

Corrupt cop walks out of prison and disappears despite being jailed for timber theft

Cameroon Responds to Reappearance of Poachers at Bouba-Ndjidda – Cameroon authorizes elements from military service to aid in tracking poachers in Bouba-Ndjidda National Park.

Ugandan officials intercept $1.5 million ivory heading to Amsterdam – 700 kilograms of tusks worth an estimated $1.5 million and 2,000 kg of pangolin scales were confiscated by Ugandan wildlife officials at Entebbe International Airport.

Suspects acquitted in shocking murder of sea turtle conservationist – Jairo Mora.

Poachers kill 14 elephants in Botswana’s Chobe National Park

How safe are the ivory, rhino horn stockpiles in EA vaults? (alternate link)

Second South Florida man nabbed in illegal trade of rhino horns

The Human Cost of Rhino Poaching

Democratic Republic of Congo: Garamba National Park Gets $2 Million Donation from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Namibia: Wildlife Staff from Save The Rhino Trust Probed in Kunene Rhino Poaching

List of Kaziranga’s Most Wanted – Authorities from Kaziranga National Park, India, publish list of 323 men wanted for poaching. Park’s rhino poaching statistics also listed.

Tanzania: Katavi Police Nab Four People Over 306 Million KSh Tusks – At the time of publication 306 million Tanzanian Shillings is approximately $172,500.

South Africa: Rhino Poacher Killed Two Others Appeared Before Court

Ivory products pulled from fourth major Hong Kong retailer

Poacher Caught in Ambush with Seven Carcasses – Bushmeat poacher.

Two of Six Rhino Poachers Killed at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India; Rhino and Guard Also Killed


Articles from 2014

December

New Report Examines $2 Billion A Year Bear Trade

Elephant Slaughter, Corruption, Illegal Ivory Trade Trigger EIA Objection to MCC Aid to Tanzania

Mauritius Monkey exports disturbingly on the increase

Tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China growing – Study based on 2 decades of data finds areas of Myanmar are hot spots for selling animal parts from Asia and Africa and that 80% of surveys recorded tiger parts being trafficked.

A northern white rhino has died. There are now five left in the entire world.

Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Collaboration to Counter Poaching, Facilitate Cross-Border Joint Operations

Poaching Kingpin Arrested, Assets Seized in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Kenya Court Charges Ivory-Smuggling “Kingpin” Feisal Mohamed Ali

China’s Expanding Middle Class Fuels Poaching, Decadence in Myanmar

Ongoing War Threatens Existence of Elephants and Other Key Wildlife Species in South Sudan

Rhino Syndicate Bust in Czech Republic

Specialist Anti-Poaching Air Squadron Set to Launch in Tanzania with Five Helicopters

South Africa: Poaching Suspects Arrested, Killed in Kruger National Park in Five Separate Engagements

Prince William Announces New Task Force to Stop Transport of Illegal Wildlife

Sloth bear cub trapped in a snare, rescued and released.

Three Suspected Rhino Poachers Arrested in South Africa

108 New Park Rangers in Virunga, DRC Complete Their Training

November

In Africa, Tracker Dogs Join War Against Elephant Poachers

Police in Limpopo, South Africa Arrest Suspected Rhino Poachers

U.S. to Partner with China to Strengthen Response to Poaching in Africa

On Trail of Largest African Ivory Seizure in 25 Years, Locating Suspected Kingpin in Vietnam

How hot is the Vietnamese rhino horn market?

Three Black Rhino Carcasses Found in Kunene, Namibia

Indonesia: Largest-Ever Confiscation of Illegal Manta Ray Parts by Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries

Chinese Criminal Syndicates and Corruption Behind Tanzania’s Elephant Meltdown

2 Million SAR ($177,500) Worth of Equipment Donated to Kruger National Park’s Ranger Corps

Poaching and Civil War Aren’t the Only Threats to Africa’s Dwindling Population of Mountain Gorillas

2,600 Animal Parts, Including Remains of 12 Lions, Found in Senegal Anti-Trafficking Crackdown

South Africa Nabs Two Vietnamese Men with 41 Kill grams of Rhino Horn

October

Elephant Killer Gets 7 Year Prison Sentence in Kenya

Peace Parks Foundation Investing 30 Million Rand ($2.76 Million) and Offering Material Support and Assistance to Augment Mozambique’s Anti-Poaching Efforts

A Struggle Against Illegal Fishing in Chile

US Indicts Two South African Brothers for Selling Illegal Rhino Hunts – Brothers Dawie Groenewald and Janneman Groenewald.

United Nations Rapid Response Facility Launches Emergency Appeal to Raise Funds to Fight Elephant Poachers in the Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Legalizing Ivory Trade: Taking to New Heights a Dangerous Policy Proposal

South African Environment Minister: ‘We Appreciate Western Help Against Poaching — But We Need Asia’s’

Kruger National Park Joint Operations Net 14 Rhino Poaching Suspects

Tanzania calls for international ban on ivory, rhino trade

Interpol issues arrest warrant for Mombasa businessman Feisal Ali Mohamed over illegal ivory trade

One of the Last Six Northern White Rhino Found Dead in Kenya

Big Life Tanzania: Tracker Dogs Lead to Arrest of Latest Elephant Killers

Cameroon Officials Catch Traffickers with Gorilla, Chimp and Elephant Bones

China’s E-Commerce Giant, Alibaba, and TRAFFIC Take Aim at Illegal Wildlife Products with Pledge of Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Products

Interpol announces special team to combat illegal ivory trafficking

Police step up efforts against smugglers – Chinese law enforcement in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region steps up efforts to catch drug and wildlife traffickers crossing from Vietnam.

Six Suspected Poachers Arrested in Kruger National Park

WWF Calls on Thailand to Strengthen National Plan to Control Ivory Trade

Two Ivory Poachers Arrested Near Elephant Stronghold in Mozambique

Indonesia: Major Arrest of Manta Ray and Shark Parts Trader – Seized items included 19.5kg (43 pounds) of manta ray parts as well as 13kgs (28 pounds) sea turtle meat. In another arrest 558 kg (1,231 pounds) manta ray bones were confiscated.

September

Big Life Kenya Catches Elephant Killer

South Africa: Hugo Ras and nine other members of poaching syndicate in custody, awaiting trial

A ranger and two other employees of South Africa’s parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country’s flagship wildlife reserve

Ivory, Insurgency and Crime in Central Africa: the Sudan connection

Asian stars enlisted to fight African rhino poaching

Interview with African Wildlife Foundation CEO Patrick Bergin: The politics behind China’s ivory carving factories

Alleged rhino poaching syndicate members appear in court

CITES Secretary-General’s remarks at the destruction of confiscated rhino horn in the Czech Republic

Official complicity in Mozambican elephant slaughter – Independent report examines the connections between a known ringleader and corrupt government officials, including law enforcement.

Ruthless rhino poaching syndicate rounded up by Hawks (video)

Tiger Experts and Government Officials from 20 Countries Met to Review Tiger Conservation Goals

Six Elephant Poachers Arrested in Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve

Heaviest Jail Term for Ivory Smuggler in South Africa: 10 Years and R5 Million Fine ($500,000)

Kenya Wildlife Service, Big Life: Rhino Poachers Killed in Chyulu Hills Shoot-Out

Mozambique Cracks Ivory Poaching Ring, Makes Six Arrests and Recovers $150,000 (€115,000) in Tusks

South African Politicians Weigh in on Rhino Poaching

Two Rare Indonesian Elephants Found Dead Without Tusks: Poison Suspected

Kruger Rhino Sales to Private Game Reserves Canceled – Amid concerns of corruption.

Yao Ming Aims to Save Africa’s Elephants by Persuading China to Give Up Ivory

Cameroon Seizes 200 Elephant Tusks Bound for Asia

Leakey’s Last Stand: The Final Battle of Africa’s Elephant King

August

Landmark Report Reveals Crucial Links in the Illegal Ivory Trade

Kenya Wildlife Service is Building its Capacity to Combat Poaching

Poachers switching from AK-47’s to poison

Pangolins Also Under Threat in Gabon as Demand Surges in Asia

Pangolin and star tortoise rapidly disappearing under India’s poaching threat

Full Interview with Kruger’s Anti-Poaching Chief General Johan Jooste – The man in charge of anti-poaching in Kruger National Park.

39 endangered African vultures killed by poison – Poachers target vultures which can be indicators of dead animals nearby.

Big Life Kenya: Wood Poacher Tip-Off Leads to Sting Operation Resulting in Arrest of Two Animal Parts Traders

Target Shipping to Beat Illegal Ivory Trade, Report Says

Voortrekker, Legendary Elephant, Under Threat In Namibia

Study Helps Prevent Rhino Deaths During Relocation

Does Trophy Hunting Save South African Wildlife?

New York passes a ban on ivory

India to Use Drones to Track Wildlife and Fight Poaching

Notes From the Field: Using Drones to Prevent Poaching

Can You Wage a War on Poaching?

In China, Shark Fin Soup Is So 2010

Charlie Rose: A discussion about elephant ivory in Africa with Patrick Bergin, Veronica Varekova and Marcus Asner.

Kenya: Big Life Confiscates Ivory in Sting Operation

No Walk in the Park for South Africa’s Embattled Game Rangers

July

Big Life Catches Wildlife Poacher on the Run

China and Vietnam Eating Scaly Anteaters to Extinction: An Estimated 1 Million Pangolin Poached in the Last Decade

Ivory: From Bush to Market – Infographic depicting the route that smuggled ivory takes to reach consumers.

South Africa’s Game Industry Insiders Continue to Evade Punishment for Rhino Crimes – Vixay Keosavang and Chumlong Lemtongthai.

Vixay Keosavang An Untouchable Kingpin of Wildlife Crime

India: Poaching threatens Manas’s World Heritage Site status

Eating pangolins to extinction

Op-Ed: Smart trade in rhino horn is only solution to poaching – Opinion/editorial describes the real and fake rhino horn market in Vietnam and strategies to overcome demand.

Bear paw smugglers imprisoned in China – Chinese media reports on Russian and Chinese bear paw smugglers.

China ‘Admits’ Trading in Tiger Skins

African Conservationists Call On Internet Retailer Rakuten To Cease All Sales Of Elephant Ivory

Kenya: As Bushmeat Poaching Intensifies, Arrests Made

Thailand Faces Sanctions if it Fails to Stop Ivory Trade

June

For Rangers on the Front Lines of Anti-Poaching Wars, Daily Trauma

Safeguarding Giraffe Populations From Extinction in East Africa

Kenya: Police seize 228 pieces of ivory in Mombasa

Kenya: 2.1 Tonnes of Ivory Seized at a Warehouse in Mombasa

Satao – A Legend: A wildlife filmmaker’s account of the death of one of Kenya’s largest elephants

Tiger skin seized in Coimbatore, four arrested

U.S. Using Trade Agreement Negotiations to Fight Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking

May

LATF leads Africa-China discussion to strengthen cooperation in fighting transnational wildlife crime.

Rhino horn smuggling ringleader receives 70 month jail sentence

Elephant poaching on rise in Lord’s Resistance Army stronghold

Intercepted ivory items at Heathrow traced back to Zambia

Hong Kong holds world’s largest ivory burn – Process will take a year to destroy more than 28 tons of ivory.

April

The Most Trafficked Mammal You’ve Never Heard Of – About the pangolin (scaly anteater).

Belgium Crushes its Elephant Ivory As Europe Takes Harder Look at Wildlife Trafficking

March

Nepal celebrates ‘zero poaching year’ for rhino, tiger and elephant

Arrested gang believed to have slaughtered ‘more than 10’ wild tigers – Individuals arrested in Guangdong province, China.

Ivory smuggler arrested during Operation Cobra II to serve 20 years in Tanzania

LATF Enhancing National Capacities in Fighting Wildlife Crime in Africa

Satao: Last of the Great Tuskers – A wildlife filmmaker’s search for a legendary elephant

Limits on Ivory Sales, Meant to Protect Elephants, Set Off Wide Concerns

Sansar Chand, Notorious Tiger Poacher, Dead

February

Vietnam’s illegal trade in rhino horn – Undercover footage of rhino horn seller, mentions illegal rhino horn in Vietnamese market.

Illegal ivory ornaments seized in Australia

Tanzania will not sell ivory stockpile, says minister

Untouchable? Wildlife crime kingpin Vixay Keosavang

Africa-China ivory smuggling kingpins nabbed in a LATF coordinated intelligence led operation – Li, Xue, Zheng.

LATF successfully coordinates Operation Cobra II

CITES Secretariat welcomes Operation Cobra II results

Illegal Tiger Trade: Why Tigers Are Walking Gold – Part 2 of a series on tigers.

Four African nations spurn ivory sales

A burden to bear – Discusses bear bile farming as well as bear trafficking and rescue in Vietnam.

January

Dog virus threatens India’s dwindling tiger population

Only 4 Northern White Rhinos Remain in Africa: Inside the Last Attempts to Breed and Save Them – At this time there were 5 worldwide.

Crush and Burn: A History of the Global Crackdown on Ivory

China’s first ‘ivory crush’ signals it may join global push to protect African elephants


Articles from 2013

December

Zambia assents to secure elephants

New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s Elephants over next decade

November

Eye on the tiger: Poachers targeting national parks

US$1-million bounty for wildlife crime syndicate exposed in “Killing for Profit” – US State Department puts bounty on informatino after counter-trafficking organization, book exposes Southeast Asian trafficking syndicate.

Historic U.S. Ivory Crush a Call to Global Action

The grisly economics of elephant poaching

September

Off the Menu: Hong Kong Government Bans Shark’s Fin

August

Rhino Kingpin Gets Reduced Sentence – Chumlong “Chai” Lemtongthai

Ranger Killed in Ambush of the Museya Patrol Post – News straight from the front line of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park.

Hong Kong Cache of ivory is seized – Rhino horn, ivory, and leopard skins valued at $5 million.

Notorious tiger poachers among 9 arrested in Pune

July

LATF supports Kenya to repatriate over 1.8 tonnes of contraband ivory.

LATF investigates two big seizures of about 5 tonnes contraband ivory in Mombasa

June

Two tiger poachers nabbed, confess to killing five tigers in Melghat

In Global First, Philippines to Destroy Its Ivory Stock – First ivory-consuming nation to destroy its ivory. Government decided to crush the ivory rather than burn it.

May

Folk Remedy Extracted From Captive Bears Stirs Furor in China

Seized Assets to Pay for Conservation of Rhinos

259 ivory pieces seized at Jebel Ali Port – Dubai customs seized the shipment which was marked as furniture.

Why Does a Rhino Horn Cost $300,000? Because Vietnam Thinks It Cures Cancer and Hangovers

Dye and Poison Stop Rhino Poachers

Traffic: Why It’s Time to Get Serious About the Bloody Illegal Wildlife Trade

Update: Marnus Steyl case – Related to Chai’s Thai prostitute trophy hunting fraud.

In Trafficking of Wildlife, Out of Reach of the Law – Vixay Keosavang and Chumlong Lemtongthai.

Tackling the illegal trade in wild animals is a matter of global urgency – Written by John E Scanlon, Secretary-general of CITES.

April

Smugglers of Endangered Fish Nabbed in California

Record illegal wildlife seizure results in guilty plea from Sydney school teacher

Chinese vessel on Philippine coral reef caught with illegal pangolin meat (graphic)

Uganda Wildlife Authority gets 430 rangers: can they end poaching?

South African Wildlife Conservationists Are Poisoning Rhino Horns to Prevent Poaching

March

Asia, Africa And North America Join Hands Cracking Down Wildlife Crime Syndicates

Traffic: Why It’s Time to Get Serious About the Bloody Illegal Wildlife Trade

Notorious Figure in Animal Smuggling Beyond Reach in Laos – Vixay Keosavang

February

“Blood Ivory” Op-ed

Investigation: China Covertly Condones Trade in Tiger Skins and Bones

January

Tiger poaching near Nagpur confirmed

Tigress found dead near Corbett reserve


Articles from 2012

December

USAID makes new program announcements for wildlife trafficking

November

Apocalypse Rhinoceros

Interpol Conducts ‘War’ on Poaching in Africa

Bushmeat Stories: Voices from the Congo Basin

South African court gives Thai rhino poacher record sentence – Chumlong Lemtongthai.

Joy as rhino smuggler gets 40 years – Chumlong Lemtongthai.

South African court gives Thai rhino poacher record sentence – Chumlong Lemtongthai.

Thai man pleads guilty to South African rhino smuggling – Chumlong Lemtongthai.

Rhino butchers caught on film at North West game farm

Green bean boxes hid ivory worth 15 million AED – 215 pieces of ivory, worth $4.08 million (2012), seized by Dubai customs at Jebel Ali Port.

October

Charting transnational poaching networks between Uganda and Tanzania

Tanzania and Zambia National Bureaus bet to enhance cross-border Cooperation against Wildlife crime

World leaders make a commitment to strengthen efforts against wildlife trafficking – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

September

Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits – A shocking report on Ugandan military personnel sniping a large elephant herd from a helicopter and selling the ivory, one of many incidents of poaching by military forces in Africa.

Ivory Investigation Sparks Coverage and Inquiries in the Philippines – Religious leader at center of ivory smuggling controversy.

August

Peru police seize thousands of dried seahorses

Mali: Local communities are heroes in the fight against elephant poaching

Chinese Bear Paws Tickle the French

July

Video: Thai Customs Seize Half a Ton of Ivory from Kenya

What’s gender got to do with it? Bush meat consumption in the Congo Basin

May

Op-Ed: Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Survey of Greed, Tragedy, and Ignorance.

Vietnam “Cancer Cure” Horn Habit Threat to World Rhinos

Zimbabwe: One gunned down in shootout

Zimbabwe: Poachers gunned down in shootout

April

Over-hunting bush animals threatens food security of Central Africa’s rural communities

Indonesia Punishes Wildlife Traffickers

Poaching masterminds arrested during a LATF-ZAWA joint operation in Zambia’s Southern province

March

Key meeting to address poaching threat in Central Africa

Rhino Wars: Rivaling the price of gold on the black market, rhino horn is at the center of a bloody poaching battle. – Gideon van Deventer “boere rhino mafia.”

Concern over Cheetah trafficking

Poachers from Myanmar pose hurdle to tiger census

February

Rhino horn smuggling ring smashed in US

Enforcement heads agree to get tough on illegal tiger trade

UK Government commits £1.3 million to species protection


Articles from 2011

December

Video: 2011 Worst Year For elephant Ivory Killings in Decades

Project Predator launched – INTERPOL and World Bank.

Zimbabwe: 220 poachers arrested, Parliament told

Chinese authorities stop auction of tiger bone wine in China

September

Zimbabwe: Three poachers killed

August

Mother bear kills cub and then itself – Bear in captivity at bear bile farm kills itself to escape the harsh conditions. Bear behavior experts suggest this report may have been fabricated.

Operation BONAPARTE nets close to 400 wildlife goods

Laos: Authorities shut down bear farm that extracted the animal’s bile

CITES reviews monkey business and more

July

United States: Art Dealer Arrested In ‘Staggering’ African Elephant Ivory Seizure – Victor Gordon later plead guilty to ivory smuggling.

EUROPOL and Ireland Identify Organised Crime Group Active in Illegal Trading of Rhino Horn

June

Russia Seizes Animal Parts – Bears, spotted dear, and mammoth ivory make their way to China. 

May

Infamous Poacher Narayan Chand Gets Five Years Imprisonment

Illegal Bear Bile Trade Rampant in Asia

February

Sumatran tiger poacher arrested in Indonesia

January

Suspects nabbed and wildlife contraband seized during LATF/ZAWA sting operation

Another King pin of illegal elephant ivory trafficking arrested in Tanzania – Li Guibang.

Lusaka Agreement Task Force Officer awarded for combating illegal ivory trade


Articles from 2010

December

We Broke Into A Poacher Network And Found One Tiger Is Killed Every Two Weeks…

November

Deal to save the tiger

Myanmar border markets act as deadly trade gateway for Tigers

ミャンマーの国境地域の市場がトラにとって致命的な取引経路に – Japanese-language version of above article.

INTERPOL co-ordinated Operation RAMP targets illegal trade in endangered reptiles

October

LATF jointly with Tanzania National Bureau arrest the King pins connected to illegal export of 1.5 tonnes of elephant ivory to Hong Kong

Rhino case struck off roll – Clayton Fletcher, Gert Saaiman, Frans Andries van Deventer.

Charges against alleged poacher dropped – Clayton Fletcher, Gert Saaiman, Frans Andries van Deventer.

No ruling yet in rhino horn case – Clayton Fletcher, Gert Saaiman, Frans Andries van Deventer.

Sansar’s Successors – Indian poacher’s compatriots, friends, and competitors.

Blood Ivory: Ivory Worship – Article as seen in National Geographic magazine.

September

Four suitcases filled with ivory seized in Bangkok

Six months for international wildlife trafficker in Malaysia

UK Government bans rhino horn exports

Too Close for Comfort: Thailand’s Tiger Temple

Major ivory seizures in DRC, Hong Kong and Kenya

August

Sansar Chand Is India’s Dealiest Poacher. Here Is How He Has Escaped Legal Traps For 40 Years

Cambodia launches unit to tackle wildlife trafficking

July

10 years for rhino horn smuggler – Vietnamese national arrested in South Africa.

Major ivory seizure in Thailand – 765 kg of ivory.

Second major Malagasy wildlife seizure in Malaysia inside five weeks – Tortoises, frogs, and reptiles.

June

At Russia-China Border, Bear Paws Sell Best

Rare reptiles seized in Asia

LATF and ZAWA jointly carry out an operation

South Africa: Muti poachers: Vulture population could be decimated by World Cup

SA vultures killed to predict World Cup winner

May

INTERPOL’s Operation Mogatle targets illegal ivory and rhino horn across southern Africa

Ivory Trade Threatens African Elephant

Millions seized in rhino horn smuggling group – “Boere rhino mafia” George Clayton Fletcher, Gerhardus Bartlomeus Saaiman, Kumaran Moodaley, Frans van Deventer.

LATF concludes consultations on disposal of 6.5 tonnes ivory seized in Singapore in 2002

April

Thai Customs seize 1.4 tonnes of ivory – 1,390 kg of ivory.

The Hunted: Did American conservationists in Africa go too far? – Article about conservationists and researchers Delia and Mark Owens.

March

Progress in some areas at CITES, but marine proposals fail

Bid to Relax International Ban on Sale of Ivory is Rejected

CITES meeting opens in Doha

Clampdown on medicines made with endangered plants and animals hailed a success

February

Asian ivory trade poses danger to African elephant

Leopard skin bust in Cambodia

January

 

UK agency seizes more than a tonne of live coral – Trafficked from Southeast Asia.

Almost 200 ivory pieces seized in Hong Kong – 186 pieces marked as 285 pieces of “white wood.”

Tigers and other farmyard animals – An expose on China’s captive tiger population.


Articles from 2009

December

Suspect of illegal export of elephant tusks to Vietnam arrested in Zanzibar

Czech zoo sends rare Northern White rhinos to Kenya

November

New strategy to combat global wildlife crime

Spider man caught – Man arrested in Brazil, coming from Paraguay, with 900 live spiders in luggage.

October

Experts call for urgent action to save wild Tigers

Live coral seized at Manchester airport, UK

Snake smuggler rumbled

eBay ivory trader gets 10 months

Vietnamese urge Koreans not to travel for bear bile – Popular and lucrative traditional medicine begins to draw health-conscious tourists.

September

Customs and Border Protection cracks egg smuggling attempt

August

UK Government takes over CAWT chair

Crocodile hides in inspectors’ sights – Mexico’s Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA) gets training in reptile skin identification.

LATF and KWS jointly recover pieces of elephant tusks

New hunting law passed in Russia

July

Ha Noi’s Environmental Police seize frozen Tiger and Tiger bones

Spiralling demand threatens Asian pangolins

June

LATF leads investigation team to the Philippines on follow up on 4,861 tonnes of elephant ivory siezed in Manila exported from Port of Dar-es-Salaam

May

Need for concerted efforts in curbing illegal trade in wild fauna and flora

Threat to Rhino in Uganda

April

Investigation on illegal export of live specimen from Tanzania to Holland and Hong Kong

March

Joint law enforcement operation boosts fight against cross border wildlife crime in Zambia


Articles from 2008

November

Illegal ivory traders nabbed

August

Thousands of Rare Gorillas Found in Congo’s “Green Abyss”

July

CITES Secretariat endorses CAWT efforts – Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking.

May

U.S. One of the Largest Ivory Markets, New Study Says


Articles from 2007

December

Historic Burning of Pelts in Srinagar – “The End of an Era”

February

Increased Demand for Ivory Threatens Elephant Survival

Five things not to eat for Chinese New Year

Caviar figures smell fishy

Abalone to come under international trade controls


Articles from 2006

November

China’s trade in tiger bones

September

Beijing’s Penis Emporium – Journalist reports on a restaurant that serves a variety of unusual dishes.

August

African Elephants Slaughtered in Herds Near Chad Wildlife Park

July

Racing to Know the Rarest of Rhinos, Before It’s Too Late


Articles from 2005

November

Poaching Devastates DR Congo’s Hippos – Poachers in Democratic Republic of Congo use heavy weapons to get bushmeat.


Articles from 2002

April

15 More Elephants Killed in Kenya; Toll Hits 25 in April.


Articles from 1997

November

The Poaching Problem – Elephant poaching.


Articles from 1994

October

High Prices for Bear Gallbladders Encourage Poaching


Articles from 1991

November

The Killing Fields – A look at culling elephant populations as a means of management.


Articles from 1989

January 27, 1989

Zimbabwe Losing War To Save Rhino (alternate link)


Articles from 1987

November

Elite Zimbabwe Squad Wages War to Save Endangered Black Rhino (alternate link)

March

The Rhino Wars: Zimbabwe is Shooting Poachers Who Menace the Rare Black Rhino (alternate link)