By Aislinn Laing in Nairobi – Seizures of elephant ivory are at their highest for 27 years and incidents of poaching have stabilised, according to the world conservation body.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said that last year about 40 tonnes of ivory were seized from poachers and from people trying to import it into countries such as China. It was the best return since 1989.
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Space for Giants works with philanthropists, lobbies African governments, educates prosecutors and collars elephants as part of its conservation work. But the approach to conservation in Africa itself has been a matter of passionate debate. Here DR MAX GRAHAM, CEO of Space for Giants explains how the team works
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has entered into collaboration with a leading authority in international criminal networks and the illegal wildlife trade to support its prosecution of wildlife offenders.
NAIROBI, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Kenya’s wildlife agency on Friday launched a new partnership with local conservation lobby, Space for Giants, to enhance speedy prosecution of criminals involved in slaughter of iconic mammals for their trophies.
, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 25 – The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) plans to increase the number of specialist lawyers to prosecute wildlife crime in a new unit that will be joined by a leading authority in international criminal networks and the illegal wildlife trade.
Running for Rangers is a dedicated group of individuals who run marathons and ultra-marathons worldwide to raise money for the welfare of wildlife rangers.
Five Saracens players have taken their Premiership trophy on a climb of Mount Kenya to raise thousands of pounds for an elephant conservation charity backed by the Evening Standard.
Mike Ellery, 26, Rhys Gill, 29, Jim Hamilton, 33, Nils Mordt, 32, and Ben Ransom, 24, set off on the 50km hike on Tuesday, playing matches en route.On Saturday they are due to reach the 5,199m summit of Africa’s second-highest mountain.
The teammates are carrying the Aviva Rugby Premiership cup, won in Saracens’ final against Exeter Chiefs last month.
Rugby players led by Namibian captain and rugby legend, Jacques Burger, are heading to Kenya for a charity challenge aiming for the summit of Mt Kenya.
The rugby players, including Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Jim Hamilton, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom, will aim to hike 50km over four days. The will ascend 2,285,m to 4,985m, coping with the high altitude and carrying all their equipment, before finally at the summit they will play the first game of rugby at the peak to raise money for the protection of elephants.
Conservation of threatened iconic species will be aided by the re-opening of Loisaba, a tourist operation in Laikipia County, Kenya
At Loisaba, a 56,000-acre conservancy in central Kenya, they are betting the best ways to save elephants is to fatten cattle.
Set up in the heart of the expansive Laikipia plateau 18 months ago by conservationists and a local rancher, its managers are taking a novel — and longer-term — approach to protecting the world’s largest land mammal in which tackling poaching is only a part of the solution.
“Just say we stop poaching,” says Max Graham, one of Loisaba’s founders and the chief executive of Space for Giants, an elephant protection organisation. “Then you’ve got all these elephants. How are you going to deal with them?”