Thai authorities have intercepted yet another shipment of ivory, marking the 11th seizure so far this year. The shipment weighed in at approximately 250 kilograms and is estimated to be worth about $295,000.
Poaching is still a major problem in sub-Saharan Africa, with Kenya losing 18 rhinos and 51 elephants to well-armed poachers already this year. In 2013, 59 rhinos and 302 elephants were lost, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Police in Paris last night arrested a 20 year old man after an attempt was made to steal the ivory from an elephant on display at the French capital’s Museum of Natural History by cutting of the tusks from the exhibit with a chainsaw.
Elephants killed off in their thousands and polar bears requiring sustenance intervention hit the news this week. Species on the verge of extinction have one commonality, the need, greed and indifference of humanity.