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Warning about the endangered status of snow leopards

A new study records hundreds of snow leopards being killed by poachers every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia. The report adds to concerns about the decline of these big cats.

New attempt to protect elephants from poachers fails

A renewed attempt to provide the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants has stalled, with government representatives and campaign groups at a conference in Johannesburg.

New report on poaching paints grim and short future for elephants

Experts are now warning that the African elephant could go extinct within the next 25 years unless something is done to put a stop to illegal poaching and its illicit ivory trade.

Study sounds alarm for slow-breeding forest elephants

Paris - Even without poachers, Central Africa's forest elephants would need almost a century to get their numbers back up to 2002 levels, said a study Wednesday that pried into the elusive creatures' slow-breeding ways.

Indian police arrest forest guards over rhino poaching

Guwahati - Indian police said Tuesday they have arrested four forest guards on suspicion of helping to cover up rhino poaching in a national park visited by Britain's Prince William and his wife last month.

Cambodia's tigers are now 'functionally extinct' says WWF

Conservationists conceded on Wednesday that tigers in Cambodia are "functionally extinct" due to poaching and habitat loss, even as they announced a bold plan to reintroduce the magnificent animals back into the wild.

Defending Nigeria's last elephants against poachers

- For years, blacksmith Hashimu Abdullahi was making guns for ivory poachers and hunters invading the Yankari Game Reserve, one of the last wildlife areas home to elephants in Nigeria. The five-kilogram (11-pound), 1.

1,175 rhinos killed by poachers in S.Africa last year

Pretoria - Nearly 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa last year, officials said Thursday, a slight decrease on 2014, but another year of carnage fuelled by Asian-led demand for their horn.

Newly discovered species being targeted by poachers

Poachers are targeting newly discovered species of value by reviewing reported findings made to scientific journals. In response, many journals are removing location details from papers.

Poaching threatens Mali's rare desert elephants

Ninety of Mali’s 300 desert elephants have been killed during the past year as ivory poachers exploit a security vacuum created by an Islamic insurgency in the deserts near the city of Timbuktu.

Sumatran tiger who killed NZ zookeeper won't be euthanized

Hamilton - A zoo in New Zealand has decided it won't euthanize the Sumatran tiger who attacked and killed a veteran zookeeper. The male tiger, named Oz, killed Samantha Kudeweh, 43, on Sunday morning inside an enclosure at the Hamilton Zoo.

Bangladesh shoots dead six alleged tiger poachers

Dhaka - Bangladesh police Sunday shot dead six alleged tiger poachers in the world's largest mangrove forest as it launched a crackdown following a drastic fall in the number of big cats.

Cecil the lion's killer wanted by USFWS and Justice Department

Bloomington - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to talk to Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion, but it seems Palmer has dropped off the map.

Tanzania elephants suffer 'catastrophic decline'

Arusha - Elephant census figures released by Tanzania show a "catastrophic decline" of around 60 percent over the last five years, leading wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC said Tuesday.

Mozambique elephant poaching fuels ivory trade in China and Asia

Maputo - The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported on Tuesday that nearly half of Mozambique's elephants have been killed for their ivory in the past five years.

Kenyan president torches 15-tonne ivory stockpile

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to a giant pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory Tuesday, vowing to destroy the country's entire stockpile of illegal tusks by the year's end.

Big cats in decline as demand from China intensifies

Tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China is growing at an unprecedented level according to a new report. Shops selling products from big cats are said to have trebled their trade in eight years.

Indian officials seize tiger skin, arrest four

Forest officials in the south Indian state of Telangana have arrested four individuals who were trying to sell a tiger skin.

China's need for ivory is killing off the world's elephants

Nairobi - On Tuesday, conservationists reported that the slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory taking place in China is "out of control'" If illegal killing continues, elephants in the wild will disappear within a generation, they say.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control" and could push wild elephants to extinction within a generation, conservationists said Tuesday.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control", conservationists said Tuesday, with wild elephants potentially disappearing within a generation.

Uganda suspends officials after ton of ivory stolen from vault

Kampala - Uganda's wildlife authority has suspended five top officials after a ton of seized ivory worth over a million dollars vanished from government strongrooms, its chief said Tuesday.

Thought to be extinct, the fanged deer of Afghanistan lives on

In 1948 a Danish research team roaming the Northeast brush lands of Afghanistan made the last documented sighting of the Kashmir musk deer. Now, 60 years later, researchers with the WCS have recorded five sightings of this strange, fanged, deer.

Wild ginseng poacher heads to jail as Feds crack down

Bryson City - Billy Joe Hurley, 46, of Bryson City, North Carolina was broke and quite simply just trying to make a living. Unfortunately he chose to continue to illegally poach wild ginseng, putting the species at risk, despite several arrests and warnings.

Elephant poaching continues at a 'rapid pace'

A new, disturbing report shows that tens of thousands of African elephants have been illegally killed in the last four years.

World Cup raises poaching concerns

According to some recent reports locals around the World Cup are raising extra money from tourists. Unfortunately they are doing so by capturing animals and exhibiting them in their homes.

China unveils $12 billion aid package for Africa

Lagos - China has announced a massive aid package for Africa and extended the offer to share the technology necessary to build a high-speed railway on the continent.

Poaching could wipe out Tanzanian elephants in 7 years: group

Dar Es Salaam - Poachers are slaughtering Tanzania's elephants for their ivory at such alarming rates that the population could be completely wiped out in just seven years, conservationists told a conference Friday.

Billionaire’s donation aims to put poachers on the run

Dar Es Salam - Howard G. Buffett, the son of investment guru Warren Buffett, has pledged to provide a helicopter for anti-poaching activities in Tanzania. The aircraft will be deployed initially at the Selous Game Reserve.

Tigers slaughtered and sold for profit in Zhanjiang, China

Over 10 tigers have been slaughtered as entertainment and harvest for wealthy Chinese in the southern province of Guangdong. Police in Zhanjiang discovered a freshly slaughtered tiger during a raid last week.
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This May 21, 2013 photo provided by the National Park Service shows wildlife biologist Terry Hines standing next to a massive scar on an old growth redwood tree in the Redwood National and State Parks near Klamath, Calif., where poachers have cut off a burl to sell for decorative wood.
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Within two or three generations, the helmeted hornbill will be gone.
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South Africa is home to the highest population count of rhinos in the world.
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At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos; in 1970 there were 70,000; today, there are fewer than 29,000 rhinos surviving in the wild. 95% of all the rhinos in the world have now been killed. Taken at private game farm in Gauteng, South Africa.
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Recorded number of rhino poached in South Africa
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South Africa is home to the highest population count of rhinos in the world.
South Africa is home to the highest population count of rhinos in the world.
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Reliquary with ivory inlays.
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This map shows just how precious rhinos are.
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