A magistrate’s court in Zambia has sentenced five men to five years in jail after they were arrested by the Zambia Wildlife Authority’s (ZAWA’s) Intelligence and Investigations Unit (IIU) in February.
WildAid and its partners the African Wildlife Foundation and CHANGE kicked off a second year of the Stop Using Rhino Horn campaign in Vietnam with a Friday launch event, where diplomats and celebrity ambassadors came together to raise awareness of the rhino poaching crisis and to urge people against consuming rhino horn.
A Committee of Inquiry established by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs will begin hearing expert testimony tomorrow on the subject of legalizing the rhino horn trade as the Southern African country, home to more than 80 percent of the world’s rhinos, grapples with a rhino poaching crisis.
As conservationists gather today for the African Elephant Summit ahead of Wednesday’s Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, elephant poaching rates continue to exceed elephant population growth rates, according to new figures released by CITES’ Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) program.
On Friday, Ethiopia destroyed its entire stockpile of ivory—an estimated 6.1 tons of raw tusks, carvings, trinkets and jewelry—at the Gulele Botanical Garden in Addis Ababa.