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Save elephants from Chinese ivory trade or we lose them, says researcher

More than 7 per cent of the world's elephants were killed for their tusks in the space of a year - the "worst in history", according to one researcher. And with over 40 per cent of the ivory haul bound for China, the biggest market for tusks, Joyce Poole, co-director of conservation group Elephant Voices, is urging Beijing to step in and ban the trade.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 7:13am 9 comments

Chinese poachers’ ship hauled off Philippine reef

A Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground on one of the Philippines’ most famous coral reefs more than a week ago was removed on Friday, the coast guard said.

The 48-metre ship was hauled by a tugboat from Tubbataha, a Unesco World Heritage-listed coral reef near the western island of Palawan where its crew are facing serious charges, a spokeswoman said.

19 Apr 2013 - 9:26pm 2 comments

Rhino horns poisoned to stop poaching gangs in South Africa

A game reserve in South Africa has taken the radical step of poisoning rhino horns so that people risk becoming "seriously ill" if they consume them. A spokesman for the Sabi Sand reserve said a mix of parasiticides and indelible pink dye had been injected into more than 100 rhinos' horns during the past 18 months to combat international poaching syndicates.

6 Apr 2013 - 2:55am

Life of Pi's Tabu among Bollywood stars face trial over poaching case

Four Bollywood stars, including Life of Pi actress Tabu, have been charged in a 14-year-old poaching case and will finally go on trial next month for alleged complicity in the shooting of an endangered antelope.

26 Mar 2013 - 2:48am

China Digest, March 11, 2013

The municipal government plans to buy 5,000 electric vehicles this year, the Beijing Times reports. Most of the vehicles will be used by civil servants or bus companies for public transport.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:14am

How Hong Kong's seized ivory could help US biologist stop poachers

Hong Kong's massive stockpile of seized ivory could help in the hunt for poachers who are killing tens of thousands of elephants across Africa, a leading US biologist says.

20 Jan 2013 - 2:16pm 2 comments

Poachers kill 11 elephants in 'worst massacre in Kenya for decades'

Kenyan wildlife rangers yesterday were tracking a team of poachers who massacred a family of 11 elephants in what they said was the worst single such killing in the country in the past three decades. "We have not lost as many elephants in a single incident since the early 1980s," said Patrick Omondi, head of the elephant programme at the Kenya Wildlife Service.

9 Jan 2013 - 4:19am

South African farmer plans to use US drones to protect rhinos

A rhino farmer in South Africa is planning to use surveillance drones designed for the US military to combat poachers who are driving the animals towards extinction.

Clive Vivier, co-founder of the Zululand rhino reserve in KwaZulu-Natal province, said he had been granted permission by the US Department of State to buy the Arcturus T-20 drone.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:33am

Poaching and trading of wildlife rampant in mainland China

Early every morning, thousands of wild animals - birds, mammals and reptiles - are sold at the Xingfu market in Conghua, about 60 kilometres northeast of Guangzhou.

It's a trade that has been going on for years.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:21am 1 comment

Poaching of wild birds threatens some species

On a misty September night, a flock of egrets swoop silently through the Luoxiao Mountains. They pass low over Hunan province's Guidong county into the glare of dozens of LED lights pointing skyward from a valley.

Gunfire erupts and birds tumble to the ground amid squawks. Men laugh as they pluck dead egrets from the grass and stuff them into sacks.

28 Oct 2012 - 5:19am