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I.Coast seizes record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |  Authorities in Ivory Coast have seized a record haul of three tonnes of pangolin scales worth an estimated $82,000, in what officials on Thursday called a “massacre”. Eight men of various African nationalities were apprehended overnight on Tuesday as they prepared to sell their …

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MUSEVENI: Development, democracy key to environment

MUSEVENI:  Underdevelopment, lack of democracy are a challenge to environment conservation  Kampala, Uganda| PPU |  President Yoweri Museveni has said continued underdevelopment and lack of democracy are some of the challenges facing wildlife conservation in Africa. The President was speaking on Wednesday at a press briefing held at Entebbe State House Entebbe to …

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Two Kenyan community projects win the Equator Prize 2017

    Kampala, Uganda | The INDEPENDENT | Fifteen communities advancing nature-based local solutions for sustainable development will each bank $10,000 following the announcment this week of the Equator Prize 2017 winners. Two Kenyan companies Mikoko Pamoja and The Kuruwitu Conservation and Welfare Association are among the 15 winners. Each of the fifteen initiatives represents …

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Botswana bans export of donkey products

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP |  Botswana’s government has moved to crack down on the multi-billion dollar trade in donkey skins following a spate of killings of the animals across the country fuelled by soaring demand from China. Export licences for donkeys and their products have been suspended indefinitely, the Ministry …

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THIS WEEK: Uganda needs 400bn for conservation – UN

THIS WEEK: Uganda needs 400bn for conservation – UN The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has tasked Uganda to raise an annual fee of Shs418billion to finance management and conservation of its endangered animal and plant species. Almaz Gebru, the country director of UNDP says the current infrastructure binge and …

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Malaysia seizes 300kg of pangolin scales

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Malaysian customs officers have seized almost 300 kilograms of pangolin scales being smuggled through the main airport, officials said on Tuesday. The 288-kilogram (635 pound) haul was found at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Friday in 12 boxes labelled as oyster shells on the …

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Rhino kills conservationist in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP |  A conservationist who was training rangers to track and protect black rhinos in Rwanda has been killed by one of the animals, the organisation he worked for has said in a statement. Information about the exact circumstances of Hungarian Krisztian Gyongyi’s death on Wednesday morning …

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African park ranger hits out at Hong Kong ivory trade

Hong Kong, China | AFP |  A frontline park ranger from the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday delivered an emotive testimony to legislators against the ivory trade in Hong Kong, as the city faces criticism over how it plans to phase out the trade. The southern Chinese city, a …

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Top conservationist Kuki Gallman wounded in Kenya gun attack

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Italian-born conservationist and writer Kuki Gallman was Sunday seriously injured after being shot in her conservation park in Kenya’s drought-stricken centre. The 73-year-old, whose best-selling autobiography “I Dreamed of Africa” was made into a film with Kim Basinger playing Gallman, was “shot in the stomach …

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