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Cameroon arrests ivory smugglers, seizes nearly 120 elephant tusks

2020-10-24 - Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Cameroon authorities arrested four ivory smugglers attempting to transport nearly 120 elephant tusks through the country’s south, officials said Friday. The group had trafficked nearly 675 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of the illicit cargo from neighboring Gabon, which is home to more than half of Africa’s remaining forest elephants.


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Cameroon destroys 2000kg of elephant tusks

2016-04-20 - Yaounde, Cameroon.

Cameroon will incinerate 2000 kg of elephant tusks and more than 1753 art objects made of ivory seized from traffickers over the years, at the request of the Head of State, His Excellency, President Paul Biya on April 19, 2016.


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Cameroon: Elephant Poaching - New Tracking System in Place

2015-04-15 - Buea, Cameroon. Veyu Diana Ngoran

Meeting in Buea in the South West recently, regional experts decried the decline of elephants, pointing accusation to poachers. They unanimously agreed on the putting in place of a new tracking system known as the Elephant Trade Information System, ETIS, a tool kit that facilitates data collection on ivory trade.


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In a photo from February, carcasses of elephants slaughtered by poachers are seen in Bouba Ndjida National Park, in Cameroon near the border with Chad.

Gangs of poachers slaughtering elephants

2012-12-05 - Yaounde, Cameroon.

Despite armed guards, Cameroon´s dwindling elephant population is being decimated by heavily armed gangs of international poachers, according to a top official of the World Wide Fund for Nature. Tighter security has been mounted because intelligence shows that two gangs of poachers from Sudan are heading for the area, said WWF Cameroon conservation director Hanson Njiforti at a news conference Tuesday.


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A picture taken on February 23, 2012 shows elephants which have been killed by poachers at Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon, near the border with Chad. A special Cameroon unit has been deployed to foil the sophisticated poachers, who ride

Cameroon deploys crack unit to foil Sudanese poachers

2012-11-19 - , Cameroon.

Cameroon’s Special Forces have been deployed to foil an imminent raid by Sudanese poachers who for eight weeks earlier this year slaughtered half the population of elephants for their ivory at one of the country’s wildlife reserves. The heavily armed and well coordinated poachers, who had told local villagers of their plans to kill as many elephants as possible, claimed they had killed as much as 650 out of some 1,000 that roamed the park.


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WWF Statement on Cameroon Elephant Slaughte

2012-03-15 - Bouba N’Djida , Cameroon.

The following statement was issued today by Natasha Kofoworola Quist, WWF’s Central Africa Regional Programme Office Representative: “It has been two weeks since the Cameroon government authorized a military intervention at the site of the slaughter of hundreds of elephants. WWF is disturbed by reports that the poaching continues unabated in Bouba N’Djida National Park and that a soldier’s life has been lost.


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Two killed as Cameroon troops fight to save elephants

2012-03-13 - Bouba Ndjida national park, Cameroon.

The fight to save elephants from ivory poachers in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida national park has reached new, deadly levels, with at least two people killed and about 400 elephants slaughtered since January, rights group say. A poacher, a soldier and 10 elephants were killed in one clash alone last week, when Cameroonian troops intervened after poachers on horseback began storming the park. Rights groups estimate that there are now fewer than 3 000 elephants left in Cameroon.


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Cameroon sends military to stop elephant slaughter

2012-03-03 - DOUALA, Cameroon.

Cameroon has launched a military offensive to flush out elephant poachers from a remote national park in the country´s northeast near the border with Chad. Defense Minister Alain Mebe Ngo´o announced the operation on state television late Thursday, saying that the country needed to take action against the poachers believed to be from Sudan.


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Suspects arrested for trafficking 44 ivory tusks

2011-12-17 - Moloundou, Cameroon.

Game rangers and the military in Cameroon have confiscated over 100 kilograms of elephant ivory hidden in a truck transporting cocoa. Authorities say four people have been arrested in the case, including a businessman believed to have arranged for the transportation of the ivory. The seizure was conducted Monday near Lobéké National Park in Southeast Cameroon, close to the country’s borders with Congo and Central African Republic.


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The Cameroon Elephant Project: Saving Earth’s Largest Land Mammal

2010-10-11 - Mount Cameroon, Cameroon.

The North Carolina Zoo’s commitment to wildlilfe extends far beyond its gates. One of the Zoo’s most important conservation research projects operates in the western African nation of Cameroon. There, Zoo Chief Veterinarian Dr. Michael Loomis works with several NGO and government partners to study elephants and elephant habitat. The Zoo joined forces with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 1996 to study elephants in northern Cameroon.


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Cameroon: Rampaging elephants send residents panicking in Cameroon

2010-04-28 - Yaounde, Cameroon.

People living close to the Dja Reserve, in south-eastern Cameroon, have raised the alarm about the incursion of elephants, while the Forest Service accused poachers of throwing the animals into a panic. According to a member of Parliament, Roger Nkodo Dang, a native of the area, the elephants attacked several villages in the district, damaged and destroyed fields and dwellings.


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Uppsala under drug after setting the collar. © wwf.se

Cameroon: A Third Elephant Collared On Mt. Cameroon, named to Uppsala

2009-01-20 - Mt. Cameroon, Cameroon. Janet Molisa

On January 8, 2009, WWF Coastal Forests (SAWA) Programme Limbe, with technical assistance from the North Carolina Zoological Park, and funds from WWF Sweden, succeeded in collaring a third elephant on Mt. Cameroon. A collar, (radio-collar) is a satellite device attached around an elephant's neck that provides geographic information used in mapping the animal's movement pattern in the forest.


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Food or slaughter? Bushmeat fuels wildlife debate

2008-09-16 - Yaounde, Cameroon. Tansa Musa

Elegant waitresses offer patrons a menu of mainly common game -- pangolin, antelope, bush pig, monkey, cane rat and viper -- at prices of 5,000-10,000 CFA francs a dish. But in a fridge outside, a Reuters reporter saw two arms of what appeared to be a gorilla or a chimpanzee, thick black fur and hands still attached -- together with a piece of what a restaurant employee said was elephant meat. "If you want to eat meat of big animals like chimpanzee, gorilla and even the elephant, you make a spec...


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Cameroon: Stopping Elephant Poaching in Southeast Cameroon

2008-04-18 - Buea, Cameroon. Pegue Manga

Game rangers in Yokadouma, East Province of Cameroon, recently confiscated 13 elephant tusks and made some arrests.The tusks were tucked away in a timber truck. After swerving through the 180-km bumpy road from Nguilili, a village situated on the outskirts of Lobeke National Park, East Province, where the tusks came from, the truck pulled up in Yokadouma. Rangers, acting on a tip-off, swooped on it and began conducting a search which resulted in the seizure of two bags containing tusks.


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Cameroon: South West - Elephant Dealers in Court

2008-01-30 - Mamfe, Cameroon. Vincent Gudmia Mfonfu

Three dealers in protected wildlife species have been arrested in Mamfe, Manyu Division in the South West Province and are to appear in the Court of First Instance in Mamfe on January 30, 2008 on charges stipulated under the 1994 wildlife law. The dealers were caught trying to sell some parts of elephants including 14 elephant tails, 4 elephant tusks and an elephant tooth. The 14 elephant tails simply mean 14 elephant killed through illegal hunting and related trade. It is difficult to estimate ...


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Cameroon: CFA 3 Million to Boost Mvog-Betsi Zoological Garden

2007-03-26 - Yaoundé, Cameroon. Elizabeth Mosima

The Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, last Thursday visited the Mvog-betsi zoological garden in Yaounde. Minister Elvis Ngolle Ngolle announced the payment of 16 months salaries owed to the personnel of the Mvog-betsi zoological garden. He said measures have also been taken to ensure that new lions are brought to the zoo and an elephant as well.


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Elephants Are Still Heavily Persecuted for Ivory Trade - U.S. Veterinarian

2006-05-08 - Buea, Cameroon. Pegue Manga

Dr. Michael Loomis, a Veterinarian working for the North Carolina Zoological Park, has been working with the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF and Cameroon's Ministry of Environment, tagging elephants for nine years now. Loomis, 56, in this exclusive interview with The Post, explains what elephant tagging entails, its importance and how it can help the government fashion policy decisions on conservation. The Veterinarian, however, regrets that, in spite of efforts to check elephant poaching, this ...


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Poacher Turns Protector to Save Elephants in Africa

2005-03-16 - CAMP KOMBO, Cameroon. Andrew Gray

Desire Dontego is no longer an elephant poacher but he can still boast like one.

"I was known as the killing machine," he declared after darkness fell in the Cameroon rainforest, the constant chirping of insects the only sound apart from his voice.

Dontego, a 39-year-old father of three, now works on a project to protect endangered species rather than kill them. In densely wooded southeastern Cameroon, the authorities and global conservation organization WWF are try...


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18 Headlines about Elephants from Cameroon2020-10-24 - Yaoundé, Cameroon - Cameroon arrests ivory smugglers, seizes nearly 120 elephant tusks 2016-04-20 - Yaounde, Cameroon - Cameroon destroys 2000kg of elephant tusks 2015-04-15 - Buea, Cameroon - Cameroon: Elephant Poaching - New Tracking System in Place 2012-12-05 - Yaounde, Cameroon - Gangs of poachers slaughtering elephants 2012-11-19 - , Cameroon - Cameroon deploys crack unit to foil Sudanese poachers 2012-03-15 - Bouba N’Djida , Cameroon - WWF Statement on Cameroon Elephant Slaughte 2012-03-13 - Bouba Ndjida national park, Cameroon - Two killed as Cameroon troops fight to save elephants 2012-03-03 - DOUALA, Cameroon - Cameroon sends military to stop elephant slaughter 2011-12-17 - Moloundou, Cameroon - Suspects arrested for trafficking 44 ivory tusks 2010-10-11 - Mount Cameroon, Cameroon - The Cameroon Elephant Project: Saving Earth’s Largest Land Mammal 2010-04-28 - Yaounde, Cameroon - Cameroon: Rampaging elephants send residents panicking in Cameroon 2009-01-20 - Mt. Cameroon, Cameroon - Cameroon: A Third Elephant Collared On Mt. Cameroon, named to Uppsala 2008-09-16 - Yaounde, Cameroon - Food or slaughter? Bushmeat fuels wildlife debate 2008-04-18 - Buea, Cameroon - Cameroon: Stopping Elephant Poaching in Southeast Cameroon 2008-01-30 - Mamfe, Cameroon - Cameroon: South West - Elephant Dealers in Court 2007-03-26 - Yaoundé, Cameroon - Cameroon: CFA 3 Million to Boost Mvog-Betsi Zoological Garden 2006-05-08 - Buea, Cameroon - Elephants Are Still Heavily Persecuted for Ivory Trade - U.S. Veterinarian 2005-03-16 - CAMP KOMBO, Cameroon - Poacher Turns Protector to Save Elephants in Africa

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2021-11-15 - Azle, United States.

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Yunnan, China: Kunming Zoo welcomes a newborn Asian elephant calf

2021-10-21 - Kunming, China.

Yaming, an Asian elephant in the zoo, gave birth to a male Asian elephant calf on Oct. 15, 2021. The new member is in good health and in the period of immune isolation and protection with his mother, ...


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Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated!

2021-10-18 - Banlung, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The Elephant Glossary, started back in 1995, has been repaired, recovered and developed, now with almost 200 terms. They can all be viewed by Alphabetical order, or by Category, and the numbers of ch...


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Keonjhar sees rising elephant deaths

2021-10-08 - Bubaneshwar, India.

Elephants death toll has risen in Keonjhar forest division over the last one year. Sources revealed that when Santosh Joshi was the DFO from 2017 to 2020, 24 elephants had died in Keonjhar forest di...


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Elephants at BEC were found to be just "skin and bones" after the coronavirus pandemic forced the park to close

"Just skin and bones": Bali elephants left to starve

2021-10-07 - Petang, Indonesia. Al Jazeera Staff

Bali Elephant Camp (BEC), a safari-style park, north of Ubud, Indonesia, left more than a dozen elephants to starve, and staff without pay after plummeting ticket sales forced it to close when COVID-1...


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COPA presents its Second Report containing information on 16 investigations to parliament

2021-10-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Second Report of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) for the First Session of the Ninth Parliament was presented to Parliament today (06) by its chairman, (Prof). Tissa Vitharana, Parliament C...


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Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

2021-10-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Lately, I have noticed that Zoos Facebook Pages slowly more and more are taking over Zoos educational role. The latest example is about the elephant Mala in Parc Paradisio. Mala has colic, and hundred...


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Gange attracted elephants during khedda operations. Credit: DH File Photo

Elephant dies at Sakrebailu camp

2021-09-27 - Shivamogga, India. DHNS, Shivamogga

Gange, a female elephant used for khedda operations, died at the Sakrebailu camp in the district on Sunday. "The elephant was not well for the past two years. The condition worsened fifteen days ago. ...


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10,000-pound elephant calls Attapulgus home as it moves into South Georgia refuge

2021-09-23 - Attapulgus, United States.

It’s a big day for South Georgia. Bo, a 10,000-pound elephant moved into his new home thanks to Elephant Aid International and George Carden, the person giving Bo a new life. He's the owner of Georg...


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NEW ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN WINSTON

2021-09-16 - Winston, United Kingdom. Brooke Communications

43-year old African elephant Butch, who is over ten-foot-tall, is the newest animal to call the game park in Winston home. Marketing Director Jacob Schlueter said Butch came from another facility wher...


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Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens DG resigned over elephant issue: Union

2021-09-09 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita and Ruwani Fonseka

The Sri Lanka Podujana National Zoological Gardens Department Workers’ Union yesterday (9) claimed that National Zoological Gardens Department Director General (DG) Ishini Wickremesinghe has resigne...


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South Georgia elephant sanctuary welcomes first resident

2021-09-09 - Attapulgus, United States.

Elephant Refuge North America, an 850-acre natural habitat located in Attapulgus, Georgia, plans to accept its first resident later this month. Bo, a 34-year-old male elephant, is being released by th...


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Twin elephant calves born at Pinnawala

2021-08-31 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

For the first time in Sri Lanka's history, twin baby elephants have been born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The twin calves were born to female elephant named 'Surangi'. Both calves are male. T...


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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk anoints a temple elephant as a part ritual marking the New Year as per traditions at a temple in Colombo on April 17, 2021.

Sri Lanka prohibits handlers from drunk driving on elephants, bans putting baby elephants to work

2021-08-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Under the new regulations, logging elephants can only work up to four hours a day, while working at night is forbidden. They are also entitled to at least two-and-a-half hours of bathing time each day...


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Adult tuskers fast disappearing in Odisha: Male elephants account for 18% of total population

2021-08-14 - Bhubaneswar, India.

With the large scale poaching of tuskers over the years, the gender imbalance is fast emerging as a major threat to the elephant population growth in Odisha with the drastic drop in the numbers of adu...


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‘We are hopeful’: Cora the elephant’s health is improving after end-of-life options considered

2021-08-13 - Topeka, United States.

Cora the elephant is improving after concerns over her health had the Topeka Zoo considering end-of-life options. Shanna Simpson, an animal curator at the zoo, said Cora wasn’t eating, had a lot of ...


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Human-elephant conflict continues to take heavy toll; 219 jumbos and 89 people so far this year

2021-08-12 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has recorded 219 jumbo deaths up to August 11 this year mainly from human-elephant conflict. During the same period, 89 people were killed in elephant attacks. ...


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Another jumbo dies of anthrax in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve?

2021-08-12 - COIMBATORE, India.

An elephant, which was found dead at Mangalapatti near Thengumaradha in Nilgiris district.on Tuesday, may have died of anthrax, according to the forest department.


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Scientific approach, local involvement must for conservation: Minister

2021-08-12 - New Delhi, India.

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Bhupender Yadav on Thursday said that nature conservation should be taken up with a scientific approach involving the local commun...


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Hyderabad: Elephant from Kolhapur to carry Bibi ka Alam

2021-08-12 - Hyderabad, India.

An elephant, Madhuri aged 38 years from Kolhapur will be used to carry the Bibi ka Alam standard during the procession on the 10 of Muharram month scheduled next Friday. The costs involved in bringing...


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