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South Africa’s Rhino Horn Auction is a Big Setback for Conservation

  • 08/23/17
  • Nairobi
Domestic rhino horn trade in South Africa

The ruling by the High Court in Pretoria authorizing an online auction of 264 rhino horns is potentially disastrous for Africa’s imperiled rhino population.

The African rhino has suffered high levels of poaching and the auction could provide legal cover for criminal gangs in the illicit rhino horn trade. AWF believes that there are no adequate mechanisms at any level — local, national, regional, or international — to control such trade.

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AWF mourns the loss of leading elephant conservationist, Wayne Lotter

  • 08/18/17

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has learnt with great sadness about the death of renowned conservationist Wayne Lotter in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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New York State to Destroy Illegal Ivory in Central Park

  • 08/02/17
  • Nairobi

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), WCS and Tiffany and Co., will destroy more than one ton of illegal ivory on Thursday, August 3, 2017. The event will be held in Central Park, New York City. 

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New York State to Crush $6 million ivory

  • 07/13/17
  • Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C., July 13, 2017 – The New York State will destroy more than one ton of illegal ivory confiscated through state enforcement efforts. The ivory tusks, trinkets, statues, jewelry, and other decorative items will be crushed in Central Park while the public gathers to watch, sending a clear message that the state will not tolerate wildlife crime that threatens to wipe out Africa’s endangered elephant population

WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

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A good July for elephants, as Japan e-commerce giant Rakuten shuts down ivory sales 

  • 07/11/17
  • Nairobi

In a major victory for wildlife, Japanese giant Internet retailer Rakuten announced on July 6, 2017, that it was banning the sale of ivory on its site, with trading to be phased out over the next month. Rakuten Inc., valued at $16.48 billion on July 7, 2017, was in 2014 named the world’s largest seller of ivory online by conservationists. 

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