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17 May 2013

Some welcome news from the Republic of Congo – the notorious kingpin of an elephant poaching and ivory trafficking network, operating with impunity in a National Park in the north of the country for many years, has finally been arrested and will be prosecuted.

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09 May 2013

Last week we reported how, in the wake of the political crises currently gripping the Central African Republic, elephant poachers are overrunning Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in the country’s southwest.

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03 May 2013

Once again, Hong Kong customs authorities have intercepted a large consignment of illegal ivory destined for ‘consumers’ in the Far East. On 30th April a shipping container labelled as containing 'spare parts' and originating from Burundi and bound for Singapore, was found to contain 113 pieces of tusks.

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30 April 2013

Government wildlife authorities in the recently formed Republic of South Sudan recently issued a statement drawing attention to the loss of elephants during the country’s turbulent 30 year civil war.

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26 April 2013

Elephant meat is reportedly ‘flooding’ village markets around the famous Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in southwest Central African Republic.

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11 April 2013

An ivory dealer has been arrested by wildlife law enforcement officials in Djoum, a border town close to the Gabonese frontier in the South of Cameroon. 

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03 April 2013

In the on-going battle against poaching in Central Africa, elephants have an ally in a small but committed force, working tirelessly to secure ivory seizures but perhaps more importantly, arrests and convictions of significant players in the ivory trafficking business.

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28 March 2013

This month, reports from Southern Chad indicate that 89 elephants were gunned down in a single night by a group of well-armed poachers, sparking fears that the 300 Sudanese horse-mounted rebels who annihilated Cameroon’s most significant savannah elephant population in Bouba Ndjida National Park in 2012 may have returned to the region in search of more ivory.

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25 March 2013

During the first two weeks of March, delegates from countries party to CITES (Convention on Trade in Endangered Species) met in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss the impacts of trade on elephants, tigers, rhinos, sharks, pangolins, manta rays and much more. The Born Free team was there doing its utmost to urge precaution and encouraging less not more trade... 

12 March 2013

So far, discussions about elephants at the two week CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting currently being held in Bangkok have centred around the current poaching crises hitting many African populations. Despite this, country delegates, some non-governmental organisations and other lobbyists are still talking about legal trade in ivory.

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