Elephants

CORRECTS DATE PHOTO TAKEN - In this Feb. 16, 2018, photo provided by conservation group Elephant Family, skin stripped off an elephant carcass lies in southern Ayerawady division, Myanmar. A report by the British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing a threat to Asia's wild herds even greater than the ivory trade. (Klaus Reisinger/compass films via AP)
April 24, 2018 - 6:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing an even greater threat to Asia's wild herds than the ivory trade. The group Elephant Family says the threat is currently greatest in Myanmar,...
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This screen grab from a Facebook group and photographed on a computer screen in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, shows what appears to be a bucket of tiger teeth offered for sale on a Facebook page. In a complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook's failure to stop illicit traders utilizing its platform for illegal activity violates the social network's responsibilities as a publicly traded company. (AP Photo)
April 10, 2018 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations along with content from group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth. In a secret...
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Items made from ivory are displayed Nov. 5, 2017, in London. Britain's government said Tuesday April 3, 2018, it will ban the sale of all ivory, the toughest ban in Europe, to help protect the world's elephant population. (AP Photo/Sheila Norman-Culp)
April 03, 2018 - 10:47 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain says it will ban the sale of ivory, no matter how old, to help protect the world's elephant population. The government said Tuesday that the ban is the toughest in Europe and will impose a maximum five-year prison sentence for offenders. Environment Secretary Michael Gove says...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks while touring an anti-poaching forensic lab at the Kenya Wildlife Service in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, March 11, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
March 11, 2018 - 2:16 pm
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK, Kenya (AP) — On the outskirts of a sprawling reserve of Kenyan grasslands where endangered animals roam wild, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lavished praise on an American-funded forensics lab that tracks down elephant-poachers for prosecution, and urged aggressive...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 file photo, Esmond Martin, an expert on the illegal ivory trade, attends a news conference at his home in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya police and officials say Esmond Martin, the American investigator into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade, has been found stabbed to death in his house in the Karen neighborhood. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
February 05, 2018 - 1:49 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Esmond Bradley Martin, a Kenya-based American conservationist whose dogged investigations of the elephant ivory and rhino horn trades over decades were seen as critical in efforts to protect the threatened species, was found stabbed to death in his Nairobi home, Kenyan...
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Animal conservation activists hold placards and a picture of an elephant outside the Legislative Council, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, to urge Hong Kong lawmakers to approve a ban on ivory sales. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 31, 2018 - 6:56 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a government proposal banning local ivory trading in the Chinese territory by 2021, with conservation groups hailing it as a major victory in the fight to save elephants. Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the measure, voting...
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FILE - In this file photo dated July 4, 2001, aerial photo, a lone elephant grazes at a clearing in the rain forest of Lope Reserve, Gabon. Gabon's national parks agency said Saturday Jan. 20, 2018, taht a major trafficking ring that smuggled some six tons of ivory out of the country in 2017, has been dismantled, in a victory against poachers who have killed large numbers of forest elephants in the Central African country of Gabon. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, FILE)
January 20, 2018 - 8:14 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Gabon says a major trafficking ring that smuggled six tons of ivory out of the country in 2017 has been dismantled, in a victory against poachers who have killed large numbers of forest elephants in the Central African country. The Chadian head of the syndicate, Abdoulaye...
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Thai customs officials display seized ivory during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Thai authorities seized 148 kilograms full elephant tusk and 31 tusk fragments originating from Nigeria destined for China worth over 15 million baht ($469,800). (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
January 12, 2018 - 3:39 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have seized 148 kilograms (326 pounds) of African elephant ivory, including three large tusks, worth around 15 million baht ($469,800) from a Bangkok airport. The haul from Nigeria consisted of the tusks and 31 tusk fragments that were seized Jan. 5 after the cargo...
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In this 2014 photo provided by Joshua Daskin, a hippopotamus charges into the waters of Lake Urema, in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Although some animals are killed in the crossfire or by mines, war primarily changes social and economic conditions in a way that make it tough on animals, said study co-author Rob Pringle, an ecologist at Princeton University. Gorongosa's hippos and other wildlife were devastated by civil war in the 1980s and 90s, but have recovered dramatically over the past decade thanks to a pioneering effort by the Mozambican Government to enlist conservationists, scientists, and local communities in ecological restoration. (Joshua Daskin via AP)
January 10, 2018 - 1:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — War is hell for wildlife, too. A new study finds that wartime is the biggest threat to Africa's elephants, rhinos, hippos and other large animals. The researchers analyzed how decades of conflict in Africa have affected populations of large animals. More than 70 percent of Africa'...
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FILE - This January 2013 file photo, shows a lion yawning near the National Parks sanctuary in Zimbabwe. A month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on body parts from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began issuing permits on October 20 for lions killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016 and 2018. Previously, only wild lions killed in South Africa were eligible to be imported. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
November 21, 2017 - 5:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began...
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