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22 April 2014

Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa reveals similarity between the illicit networks that enable terrorism, weapons, human trafficking, and ivory commercialization.

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20 April 2014

In recent months the Gabonese government has taken clear steps to address the illegal wildlife trade.

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24 March 2014

Between late January and late February this year, ivory, elephant tooth and leopard skin dealers were arrested in Cameroon thanks to the intervention of a small but renowned organisation - the Last Great Ape Organisation.

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27 February 2014

Born Free Foundation would like to send a big 'thank you' to everyone who has donated to the current Bloody Ivory fundrasing project: the elephants of Babile Elephant Sanctuary in Ethiopia, around 100 of which have been poached in the past 4 years. Although the funding target has not yet been reached, Born Free is sending funds raised so far, as the emergency situation in Babile has become even more critical in recent days, with at least 6 elephants poached over the past 2 weeks. Although elephant numbers in Babile are uncertain, as few as 250 now remain.

14 February 2014

Following an international meeting by government decision makers on 13th February 2014, an Elephant Protection Initiative by Ethiopia, Chad, Botswana, Tanzania and Gabon was announced.

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10 February 2014

In response to escalating levels of elephant poaching and illegal trade in ivory, destruction is being increasingly accepted as the only viable long term solution to the problem of the ever increasing government-owned ivory stockpiles. Why?

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06 February 2014

France has today crushed and incinerated 3.5 tonnes of ivory in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower, ahead of the UK-hosted Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade taking place in London on the 13th February.

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30 January 2014

A Chinese ivory smuggler, who pleaded guilty to trafficking ivory in Kenya, was yesterday fined 20 million Kenya Shillings (equivalent to US$232,000 or £138,000).  He will serve seven years in prison if he is unable to pay the fine.

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23 January 2014

Following China’s destruction of 6 tonnes of its ivory stockpile, Hong Kong has committed to destroying 28 tonnes of seized ivory.

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17 December 2013

Jean-Philippe Nkaga, suspected to not only be behind the mass slaughter of elephants but to also coordinate ivory trafficking, has been arrested in Minvoul, Northern Gabon.

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