Wildlife poaching and smuggling

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 file photo, rhinos walk in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve in South Africa. South Africa’s anti-COVID-19 lockdown is credited with helping to achieve a dramatic drop in rhino killings, but as the country opens up experts warn there is a risk of a resurgence of poaching of one of Earth’s most endangered mammals. Redoubled efforts are critical to prevent a resurgence of killings of the country’s rhinoceros, South African officials and wildlife activists say, as World Rhino Day is marked Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)
September 22, 2020 - 5:44 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's anti-COVID-19 lockdown is credited with helping to achieve a dramatic drop in rhino killings, but as the country opens up experts warn of a possible resurgence of poaching of one of Earth's most endangered mammals. Redoubled efforts are critical to protect the...
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September 08, 2020 - 10:37 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country’s High Court to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in Hwange National Park, which hosts one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants. The Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association argues that the creation...
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A dead elephant is seen in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. A spokesman for Zimbabwe's national parks said on Wednesday, Sept. 2 the number of elephants dying in the country's west from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22 and more deaths are expected. (AP Photo)
September 02, 2020 - 10:08 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The number of elephants dying in western Zimbabwe from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22, and “more deaths are expected,” a spokesman for the country’s parks agency said Wednesday. Most of the elephants dying in the...
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August 30, 2020 - 8:23 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's parks authorities in Zimbabwe are investigating the death of 11 elephants in a forest in the west of the country, a parks spokesman said Sunday. The carcasses of the elephants were discovered on Friday in Pandamasue Forest, located between Hwange National Park and...
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August 14, 2020 - 3:36 am
KAJIADO, Kenya (AP) — On the sweeping plains at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a group of female wildlife rangers is making history by defying patriarchal norms that have been passed down for centuries, patrolling against poachers instead of doing household chores. The eight ethnic Maasai women...
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August 12, 2020 - 8:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni's ruling...
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A Fully grown Gorilla holding baby in Bwindi National Park Uganda, Tuesday Aug.4.2020. Two new baby gorillas have been spotted in a national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a Ugandan wildlife official said Tuesday, saying the additions are part of a baby boom in the forested protected area popular with tourists. For us it's a sign of relief. We lost one. We got two. But, of course, losing one is bad enough," said Bashir Hangi, a spokesman for the Uganda Wildlife Authority, talking about the loss of Rafiki.(AP Photo/Uganda Wildlife Authority)
August 04, 2020 - 11:00 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Two new baby gorillas have been discovered in a Ugandan national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a wildlife official announced Tuesday, saying the infants are part of a baby boom in the protected forest popular with tourists. “For us it's a sign...
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In this undated handout photo provided by the Wroclaw zoo, a little tiger is pictured at the zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. The 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities at the Wroclaw Zoo are overjoyed that the mother is taking very good care of her. (Wroclaw Zoo via AP)
July 23, 2020 - 10:52 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed female cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities...
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In this supplied photo a dead elephant lies in the bush in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Monday May 25, 2020. Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses, with 275 found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks.(Photo via AP)
July 03, 2020 - 6:07 am
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses — 275 — found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks said it is mobilizing human personnel and...
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In this photo taken Friday, May 1, 2020, a ranger observes the last remaining two northern white rhinos Fatu, left, and Najin, right, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new alertness to anti-poaching patrols in Africa, and a new fear: With no tourist revenue coming in poachers might try to take advantage and protecting endangered wildlife has become that much more challenging. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
May 15, 2020 - 5:19 am
NANYUKI, Kenya (AP) — The armed rangers set off at dusk in pursuit of poachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new alertness, and a new fear. With tourists gone and their money, too, protecting endangered wildlife like black rhinos has become that much more challenging. And the poachers, like...
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