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China to close over a third of legal ivory factories and shops by today, to remain on track to complete ivory trade ban by end of this year

China to close over a third of legal ivory factories and shops by today, to remain on track to complete ivory trade ban by end of this year Posted on 30 March 2017     African elephant (Loxodonta africana), bull with large tusks. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Martin Harvey / WWF 31 March: Today marks the end of the ...

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Tanzania’s most wanted elephant ivory trafficker sentenced to 12 years in prison

Tanzania’s most wanted elephant ivory trafficker sentenced to 12 years in prison

Posted on 03 March 2017 The number of ivory seizures worldwide averages 92 cases a month, or three per day. © WWF / Folke Wulf ​Dodoma, Tanzania: One of Tanzania’s most notorious ivory traffickers was found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in jail. Boniface Matthew Mariango, who has been referred to by law enforcement officials as “Shetani” or “The ...

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Latest official poaching figures show that South Africa is still losing three rhinos a day

Posted on 27 February 2017 Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) © Martin Harvey / WWF Today, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs announced that in 2016 1,054 rhinos were reported killed in the country. This is a decline from 1,215 in 2014 and 1,175 in 2015. Enhanced enforcement efforts in the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s biggest wildlife reserves ...

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New field ranger training guidelines, could save the lives of those on the front line of the poaching battle

New field ranger training guidelines, could save the lives of those on the front line of the poaching battle Posted on 08 February 2017     Rangers in Rajaji National Park (India) taking brief from patrol leader © Rohit Singh/ WWF Over the past decade, more than 1,000 rangers have been killed on duty*, with 80 per cent murdered by ...

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Nepal announces new ambitious action plan to help secure future for its snow leopards

Posted on 20 January 2017     Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) in winter. © Klein & Hubert/WWF The Snow Leopard Conservation Action Plan 2017-2021 sets the stage for Nepal to achieve its goal of ensuring that at least 100 snow leopards of breeding age populate each three of its landscapes by 2020. This commitment was made under the Global Snow ...

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South African rhino poaching numbers show need for urgent action

South African rhino poaching numbers for the last year show a decline for the second consecutive year due to concerted conservation efforts. However, there is still a long road ahead as Africa continues to lose an average of three rhinos a day to the ongoing poaching crisis. In 2016 alone, 1,054 rhinos were reported killed in South Africa. This is ...

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World Heritage sites, strongholds for tiger and African elephant populations, endangered by illegal harvesting of species

Date: April 18, 2017 World Heritage sites represent the best of what nature has to offer. Chosen for their iconic beauty and biodiversity, many of these sites provide vital habitat to globally important populations of threatened and endangered species—including one third of all wild tigers and forty percent of all African elephants. However highly concentrated areas of wildlife often attract ...

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Nicholas Hoult joins WWF in Nepal to learn about rhino conservation

While in Nepal, Hoult met with community members of Amaltari, the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park, to learn about their lives and their relationship with the wildlife surrounding them. Ecotourism in the area provides great conservation incentives to the Amaltari community, who maintain a voluntary anti-poaching unit in which members undertake regular patrols of their community forest to keep a check ...

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A monumental win for elephants: China will ban ivory trade by 2017

We celebrate another big win for elephant conservation with China’s game-changing decision to end domestic ivory trade by 2017. Date: December 30, 2016 Author: Maru Valdes Stop Wildlife Crime Pledge to stop wildlife crime and commit to preserving nature’s beauty for future generations. Sign on Today h Today, we celebrate another big win for elephant conservation with China’s game-changing decision ...

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Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2016

Date: December 01, 2016 In the waning days of 2016, it’s important to pause for a moment to celebrate all we’ve accomplished for wildlife, people, and the planet in the past 12 months. Together, we pushed for new regulations to help shut down the illegal elephant ivory trade within our borders and to stop wildlife crime overseas. We saw global ...

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