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COMMENT: Unnoticed Ivory flames

How messages on burning ivory from poached elephants might be missed among those for whom it is intended COMMENT | MATTHEW H. HOLDEN & OTHERS |  The tusks of more than ten thousand elephants went up in flames in Kenya on April 30, 2016 – the world’s largest ever ivory …

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Mwandha takes over from Seguya at Uganda Wildlife Authority

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The new chief custodian of wildlife conservation in Uganda Samuel John Mwandha has been urged to focus more on research, gathering and disseminating credible wildlife conservation information. Outgoing Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Dr. Andrew Ggunga Seguya on Monday handed over office to Mwandha …

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Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world, dies

Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP  | Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvur Kralove Zoo have announced the death of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds, …

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Four arrested with Pangolin scales, Hippo teeth

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Police with the help of Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) has arrested four people in possession of pangolin scales and hippo teeth in Kasese and Kampala. Ivan Tuhaiirwe and Davis Kateregga were arrested in possession of 50 kilograms of pangolin scales worth Sh7million which they …

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Woman killed by lion at S.Africa game lodge

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lion on Tuesday at a private game lodge close to South Africa’s capital Pretoria, local media reported. The victim was attacked by the lioness near Hammanskraal, roughly 45 kilometres (30 miles) north of Pretoria around …

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Today’s elephants don’t interbreed like ancient species

Miami, United States | AFP | Ancient species of elephants and mammoths interbred, swapping genes that helped them adapt to new habitats and climates, a practice that is lost among modern-day elephants, researchers said Monday. Today, the two kinds of living elephants in Africa — savanna and forest elephants — are …

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TOURISM EXPO: Is that a Lion or Leopard?

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The zoo section at the ongoing The Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) is the most visited area, but the various questions the wildlife wardens face and the discussions that are going on there, explains why officials decided to put more emphasis on …

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