Aug 19, 2014

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals, because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found. ...

Finding elusive elephants on Namibia safari

Aug 2, 2014

Finding elusive elephants on Namibia safari

by Donna Bryson

Before setting out on a game drive across ruggedly beautiful northwest Namibia, we told the safari camp managers we were happy to take sandwiches. We were intent on finding the notoriously elusive desert elephant, and we didn’t want to waste time returning to camp ...

Poaching decimating elephant tally in Africa

Jan 4, 2014

Poaching decimating elephant tally in Africa

Africa could lose 20 percent of its elephant population within a decade, conservation groups warned last month as governments met in Botswana to discuss measures to curb poaching. An estimated 22,000 elephants were illegally killed across the continent in 2012, as poaching reached “unacceptably ...

Rhino poaching nearly outpaces births

Nov 30, 2013

Rhino poaching nearly outpaces births

by Kerry Sheridan

Deaths of rhinos by poaching are fast approaching a tipping point, with the number of endangered creatures killed annually nearly outnumbering births for the first time, international experts warned last month. South Africa is the epicenter of the crisis, with a record 827 black ...

Jun 22, 2013

Fighting the poachers on Africa's thin green line

by David Smith

Esnart Paundi rarely smiled for the camera. One old photo shows her wearing her ranger’s camouflage fatigues and a pensive expression as she crouches beside a mound of bushmeat and three despondent poachers, one handcuffed. In another she is in a black leather jacket ...