This illegal practice has overtaken trophy poaching in depleting wildlife in Zambia

south africa animalsWhen Synody Mulibehzi woke up June 27, 2012, he had two good arms. By nightfall, he would have just one.

Back then, Mulibehzi and his brother were employed on an anti-poaching team on a conservancy in Zambia, according to accounts made to photographer Benjamin Rutherford. Such teams are employed on game reserves, conservancies and farms, to protect animals from being poached and sold as bushmeat. On that day, Mulibehzi and seven others responded to a report of an early morning gunshot on the conservancy that he regularly patrolled. Armed only with a big stick, Mulibehzi charged headlong into the thick bush.


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Hidden cameras in rhino horns to combat poaching

This is a brilliant example of how technology and nature can come together!

Poaching for rhinos has become so rampant and the prospect of the species going extinct has become so real that scientists have developed an extreme measure to fight back: a hidden camera inserted into the horns of the rhinos.
The aim is for the hidden camera to provide evidence to convict poachers and act as a deterrent to poaching.

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Photo courtesy of Protect


Africa’s Giraffes Slaughtered by Poachers


In another sad tale of endengaring various species in Africa, TakePart reported an increase in poaching of Giraffes. The executive director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation Julian Fennessy explained the phenomenon is on the rise and giraffes really do not get “the attention they deserve.” The worst are the regions of Keny,a Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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War on Poaching in Kenya’s Ol Jogi Rhino sanctuary

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Yahoo news reported an interesting story about the War on Poaching in Kenya’s Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary:

Ol Jogi (Kenya) (AFP) – With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya’s Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the “war” against poaching.

As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping plains dotted with rocky outcrops, Ol Jogi’s armed rangers get set for another tough night on patrol.

“It sounds crazy, but it’s actually a war,” said Jamie Gaymer, head of security for the vast reserve.

Fully story at Yahoo News


The gruesome truths behind Elephant Poaching

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Huffington Post just put up a great and heartbreaking article about the true effects of elephant poaching:

Elephants are extraordinary animals. They’re super smart and emotional, and their relationships are complex. They’ve been known to show compassion, empathy, altruism, self-awareness and grief. People the world over love elephants; some even worship them.

But these majestic creatures are also one of the planet’s most threatened. African elephants, for instance, are being driven to extinction by poaching, killed en masse for their magnificent tusks. “I could take you tomorrow to a park and show you fresh carcasses. It’s a tidal wave of destruction flooding across the continent,” long-time ranger and conservationist Rory Young told The Huffington Post last month. “Ivory is beautiful. The problem is, we just can’t do this anymore.”

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