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Zimbabwe opens conference to promote sales of elephant ivory

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has opened an international conference to try to win international support for its campaign to be allowed to sell its stockpile of seized ivory. If t...

Iconic African game to be focus at world wildlife conference

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Iconic African wildlife such as elephants, big cats and rosewood trees will be central to discussions of the World Wildlife Conference slated for Panama later this year. ...

DNA analysis of elephant ivory reveals trafficking networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — As few as three major criminal groups are responsible for smuggling the vast majority of elephant ivory tusks out of Africa, according to a new study. Researchers u...

Why no tusks? Poaching tips scales of elephant evolution

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory p...

Legal sales of ivory in Tokyo drive illegal exports

A report released today by WildAid and the Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund (JTEF)­ documents ivory businesses in Tokyo targeting Chinese customers, who knowingly operate with the assumption that the...

6 elephants killed by poachers in single day in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least six elephants were killed in a single day by poachers in Ethiopia last week, wildlife officials said, the largest such slaughter in memory in the East African nat...

Yahoo! Japan Ends Ivory Sales Over Concerns of Smuggling

JAPAN (WildAid) - On the heels of the UN CITES wildlife meeting, Japan's largest online retailer announcedit would ban the sale of ivory after confirming that ivory traded on its auction site was ...

Close Ivory Market in Japan, Beginning with Hankos

A new campaign from WildAid and Tears of the African Elephant, a Japanese NGO, calls on Japan to end its ivory trade starting with abandoning ivory hanko stamps. Roughly 80% of Japan’s ivory con...

Malaysia destroys 4 tons of ivory tusks, products

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has destroyed nearly four tons of elephant tusks and ivory products estimated to be worth 13.26 million ringgit ($3.2 million) as part of its fight against the illeg...

WildAid: Japan Announces Tighter Controls on Domestic Ivory Market

JAPAN (WildAid) - Beginning in July, Japan will require ivory dealers to prove, via carbon dating, that ivory pieces were legally acquired. Until now, owners did not need to provide verifiable proof o...

China’s ‘Ivory Queen’ trafficker sentenced to 15 years in Tanzania

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Yang Feng Glan, one of Tanzania’s most notorious ivory-trafficking criminals, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. CNN reports the network was told by Tanzan...

Africa is divided over ivory trade ahead of wildlife meeting

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several African countries with some of the largest elephant populations are calling for looser controls on legal ivory trade, while another group of countries on the continent say ...

Cambodia's largest ivory bust sees tons of elephant tusks seized

Cambodia has seized more than 3.2 tons of elephant tusks that were smuggled into the country from Mozambique. Some 1,206 tusks were hidden inside an abandoned shipping container when the authorities ...

Ivory trade study is tribute to killed US conservationist

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — American conservationist Esmond Martin researched the illegal ivory trade in Myanmar shortly before he was killed in Kenya this year. Now the research has been released in a report...

WildAid Response to Botswana Mass Poaching Incident

(WILDAID) - WildAid is extremely troubled by the discovery of 87 poached elephant carcasses as well as recent news reports of poachers targeting white rhinos in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is well...