TANZANIA: Rampaging elephants destroy cropsAfrica News | 06 Apr 2011
Fear is increasingly growing that close to 400 households comprising thousands of people in the Tarime District of Mara Region in Tanzania might face hunger if stray elephants hailing from the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) continue to destroy crop farms that are almost ready for harvesting.
UGANDA: Elephants trample on IDP livelihoods in northIRIN News | 10 Dec 2010
Former internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in northern Ugandan regions bordering the Murchison Falls National Park are struggling to resettle because persistent elephant incursions into their fields are threatening their livelihoods, and sometimes, their lives.
Powerful alliance to fight wildlife crime comes into effect at Tiger ForumUNEP | 23 Nov 2010
Heads of five major international agencies have met to seal a powerful alliance to fight wildlife crime effectively and discuss collective actions to stop the key drivers that are bringing the largest of the wild cats to the brink of extinction: poaching, smuggling and illegal trade.
CHAD: Flood victims contend with thugs, cholera and hipposIRIN News | 18 Nov 2010
Scores of families recently displaced by flooding in the Chadian capital Ndjamena face a daily struggle against local thugs, wild animals, a lack of toilets and night winds that knock down makeshift tents. The Chad government announced in late October that it would relocate thousands of people hit...
Africa's bloody war to save its rhinoGuardian Unlimited | 16 Nov 2010
With rhino horn in demand in south-east Asia for its supposed medicinal purposes, South Africa and its neighbours are fighting an increasingly gruesome battle against poachers, including armed security guards and electronic tagging
South Africa wages war on ruthless rhinoceros poachersGuardian Unlimited | 16 Nov 2010
South Africa is fighting an increasingly bloody war against poachers who have doubled the number of rhinos they have killed in a year to feed a soaring demand for rhino horn from Asian organised crime syndicates. The number of rhinos killed by poachers this year has soared to 261, more than double the total for the whole of 2009. Now the national army has been urgently requested to patrol game parks and some rhino owners have been forced to hire ex-military security guards.
Zimbabwean eaten by lions while having a showerBBC World Service | 10 Nov 2010
A Zimbabwean man has been killed by a pride of lions while having a shower in a safari camp near the Zambezi River, a conservationist group has said. It happened last Friday afternoon, but details of the attack in the Mana Pools National Park are still emerging.
Angola: Fires Cause Negative Impact On Fauna And FloraAllAfrica.com | 26 Oct 2010
Luanda — Anarchic fires, furtive hunting and illegal fishing cause severe damage in several natural reserves of the country, environmentalist Vladimir Russo denounced today.Speaking to Angop, Vladimir Russo said the conflict between men and animals causes negative impact on the flora and fauna, such as destruction of the habitat of many types and reduction of animal and fish stocks.
The second big bustafricageographic.com | 21 Oct 2010
I have been away on safari over the last few weeks and come back to mixed news on the rhino poaching crisis. On the plus side is the huge bust by the police and other agencies of the Groenewalds and their accomplices. It was only going to be a matter of time before the authorities made the...
The Arch condemns rhino poaching as demand for horns increases « People And Wildlife «africageographic.com | 21 Oct 2010
With rhino poaching in the spotlight during rhino month in September, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu has called for an end to rhino poaching in South Africa. This year alone, 210 rhinos have been killed as the demand for their horns has soared. To put some perspective on the significance of this figurer, the total number of rhinos poached in 2009, according to the Endangered Wildlife Trust, was 122.
African countries to set up wildlife research body| ReutersReuters | 20 Sep 2010
Africa is famed for the lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards that attract millions of tourists each year, but its wildlife is threatened by population pressure, poaching and deforestation.A declaration late Friday at the end of a week-long conference on biodiversity in Gabon's capital Libreville said the proposed body would draw on scientists from around Africa.
Road threatens Serengeti migrationGuardian Unlimited | 20 Sep 2010
Plans for a new road that would cause the Serengeti ecosystem to 'collapse' is attracting international concern • In pictures: Wildebeest migration under threatThe world's greatest migration spectacle - the annual charge of nearly 2 million wildebeest, zebra and other mammals across the Serengeti...
Tanzania: The Human-Elephant ConflictAllAfrica.com | 29 Apr 2010
The damage caused by elephants has been the source of loss running into millions of shillings incurred by Tanzania farmers each year, especially during harvesting seasons. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Coordinator for the Tanzania-Elephant Management Plan, Mr Trevor Jones, says his organisation has been supporting and facilitating strategies for reducing human-elephant conflicts in communities around the Ruaha National Park in Iringa Region.
South Africa: Wildlife Reaction Unit to Be CreatedAllAfrica.com | 19 Apr 2010
A special national wildlife reaction unit is to be set up to combat the activities of organised crime syndicates engaged in the poaching of rhino horn, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced in Parliament.
Kenya: Weighing Options to Dispose of Ivory Stockpile, After Cites VoteAllAfrica.com | 05 Apr 2010
Even after successfully waging a campaign that saw the defeat of a proposal for a one-troff ivory sale by Tanzania and Zambia, Kenya is considering various ways of disposing of its own stockpiles.In addition to this, the country will have to conform to the proposals laid down in the Elephant Action Plan that was ratified at the recently concluded Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species held in Doha, Qatar.
Congo Basin gorillas under mounting threat: report| ReutersReuters | 25 Mar 2010
(Reuters) - Gorillas may become near-extinct in Africa's Greater Congo Basin by the mid-2020s unless action is taken to prevent poaching and to protect their habitat, a U.N.-backed report said on Wednesday.The situation is particularly critical in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where activity by local militias has hit local gorilla populations, according to the report by the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) and Interpol.
Tanzania: Why Nation Failed to Sell Ivory StockpilesAllAfrica.com | 25 Mar 2010
The government's failure to consult stakeholders and other experts on the sale of ivory has been outlined as one of key reasons which made Tanzania fail to sell the stockpiles of ivory. It says such action could increase the illegal trade, which would be a serious threat to elephant numbers.
Central Africa: Gorillas Could Disappear in 15 Years, UN Agency WarnsAllAfrica.com | 25 Mar 2010
Gorillas could disappear from large parts of the Greater Congo Basin in central Africa by the mid-2020s unless urgent action is taken to safeguard their habitats and counter poaching, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL warned today.