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New leak from WildLeaks, illegal killing of wolves around Yellowstone NP

LEAK COUNTRY/REGION: USA TOPIC: Illegal Killing of Wolves around Yellowstone National Park MESSAGE: (NOTE: the original message has been edited and sanitized in order to protect the source and avoid jeopardizing possible investigations). < Reporting on trophy hunters surrounding Yellowstone Park who are targeting, baiting and killing wolves out of the park. A key player […]

Ivory dealer arrested in Gabon with 33 kilos of ivory

He risks just up to 6 months imprisonment, a ridiculous sentence, giving that those tusks are just a tiny fraction of the annual revenue of the trafficker. He was arrested in Libreville by the Intervention Brigade of the Judicial Police, assisted by the NGO Conservation Justice. Gabon is just pretending to care about its elephants. […]

Stampeding Black Elephants

by Thomas Friedman, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/opinion/sunday/thomas-l-friedman-stampeding-black-elephants.html?_r=1 SYDNEY, Australia — I participated in the World Parks Congress in Sydney last week and learned a new phrase: “a black elephant.” A black elephant, explained the London-based investor and environmentalist Adam Sweidan, is a cross between “a black swan” (an unlikely, unexpected event with enormous ramifications) and […]

Poachers Are Now Slaughtering Africa’s Giraffes

Populations have plunged 40 percent as the animals are killed for their meat, often to feed elephant hunters. Giraffes are on the run. Reports from around Africa provide new evidence that giraffe poaching in several countries is on the rise, a trend that could further threaten a species that has lost more than 40 percent […]

Uganda suspends officials over ivory ‘disappearance’

Five senior officials at Uganda’s wildlife authority have been suspended after a tonne of seized ivory disappeared, government officials say. The ivory, estimated to be worth more than $1m (£638,000), was apparently taken from government strongrooms. Those suspended include the authority’s chief ranger as well as intelligence officers who work there. Poaching has increased in […]

A leak from WildLeaks, on tiger poaching in Sumatra, Indonesia

LEAK COUNTRY/REGION: Sumatra, Indonesia TOPIC: Poaching of Tigers MESSAGE: (note: the message been edited and sanitized for security and investigative reasons). Tiger poacher opening killing Sumatran tigers and selling tiger parts on the street. (omitted) authorities are being paid to turn a blind eye.According trappers tiger named Heri, aged 45 years, is estimated tiger caught […]

How China’s ivory addiction explains the new world economy

Why exactly is China fueling the ivory trade? Here are the five top reasons: 1. China’s poorly regulated system for legal ivory sales. 2. Growing ties with Africa and porous Chinese borders. 3. Gift-giving and corruption. 4. The suppression of the Chinese environmental movement. 5. Lack of knowledge about the ivory industry. From the Washington […]

Chinese President’s Delegation Tied to Illegal Ivory Purchases During Africa Visit

BEIJING — When President Xi Jinping of China and his entourage of government officials and business leaders arrived in Tanzania in March 2013, it was to officially promote economic ties between the two countries. But according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nongovernmental organization based in London, members of the Chinese delegation […]

Trophy hunting in South Africa threatens elephants

Too many bulls are killed using the excuse of “problem animals”. While Africa is losing an elephant every 15 minutes to ivory poachers, trophy hunters are targeting the cross-border population of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA) to the extent that scientists predict trophy bulls will be all but gone from the region in […]

Conservationists are adopting crowdsourcing methods to combat poaching

“No hope to stop wildlife crime without choking the layer of corrupt government officials, politicians, and security officers.” Andrea Crosta, founder of Elephant Action League and WildLeaks. Crosta hopes the project will result in pressure from governments such as the United States or the presidents of these countries to remove corrupt officials from positions of […]