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Chinese nationals Xu Fujie and Huang Gin (right) are escorted to the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court cell after they were sentenced to 30 years in jail each or pay Sh100.7 billion fine after being found guilty of possessing 707 pieces of ivory worth

Chinese jailed 30 years for slaughter of 226 elephants

2016-03-19 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Two Chinese poachers were yesterday sentenced to 30 years in jail each or pay a record Sh108.7 billion fine in one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade. The Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court found Xu Fujie, 31, and Huang Gin, 51, guilty of illegally possessing 706 pieces of elephants tusks.. They were each ordered to pay Sh 54.3 billion in fine each or face the lengthy sentence of a whole three decades behind bars.


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Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges

2016-02-03 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

A government minister in Tanzania has called for a "shoot-to-kill" policy against poachers in a radical measure to curb the mass slaughter of elephants. Khamis Kagasheki´s proposal for perpetrators of the illicit ivory trade to be executed "on the spot" divided opinion, with some conservationists backing it as a necessary deterrent but others warning that it would lead to an escalation of violence.


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PRESS RELEASE: Elephant population status in Tanzania

2015-12-12 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.


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Tanzania launches satellite monitoring of elephants poaching

2015-11-16 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Tanzania has launched with UN financial support, a special program for monitoring of elephants by satellite. Funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the program first concerns 30 elephants of Ruaha National Park, from now on equipped with radio transmitters, according to a statement by the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA).


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The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Adelhelm Meru

Tanzanias war on poaching pays off

2015-11-14 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Adelhelm Meru told journalists in Dar es Salaam that the government was conducting a special operation to fight poaching and trafficking of government trophies.


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Feisal Ali Mohamed has been in Interpol

Interpol arrests businessman Feisal Ali Mohamed over ivory trafficking

2014-12-24 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Interpol has arrested Kenyan businessman Feisal Ali Mohamed over trafficking of ivory. Mohamed was tracked down to Tanzania following a warrant of arrest issued against him in October 2014. The organisation had posted Mohamed’s picture and details on its website saying he is wanted for dealing with ivory.


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Elephant summit set in Tanzania late this week

2014-05-09 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Tanzania government, in collaboration with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) of the United States of America and the United Nations Development Program, has organized a special conference late this week to address elephant conservation and anti-poaching initiatives. This conference, to be taking place in Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam, will take place Friday this week and is expected to attract national and international stakeholders in conservation of wildl...


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An elephant walks in Amboseli National Park, approximately 220 kms southeast of Nairobi, Kenya on October 7, 2013.

Tanzania Suspends Campaign Against Elephant Poaching To Investigate Reports Of Killings

2013-11-06 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

According to the Agence France Presse, Tanzania shelved its anti-poaching operations on Friday in order to investigate reports of wrongful property seizure, torture and killings that were allegedly perpetrated by officials during the campaign, dubbed "Operation Terminate."


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Natural Resources and Tourism minister, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki, in disbelief as he looks at a pile of elephant trophies impounded at a Mikocheni house in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Kagasheki unveils Chinese ivory haul in Dar es Salaam

2013-11-03 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

At a time when poaching has tremendously scaled up in the country, about 706 pieces of ivory, representing more than 200 tuskers killed, were found yesterday in Dar es Salam Mikocheni area at a residence of Chinese nationals.Three Chinese, Che Jinzhan, Xu Fujie and Huang Qin, are said to use a special Noah microbus with registration number T713 BXG to transport the ivory pieces to the house.


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Tanzanian charged for smuggling over 1,000 elephant tusks

2013-07-13 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

"Selemani Isanzu Chasema, in his 50s, is believed to have exported 781 tusks through Malawi," in May, prosecuting attorney Tumaini Kweka told AFP. Chasema, who denied the charges, was arrested earlier this month in Tanzania´s commercial capital Dar es Salaam with 347 elephant tusks. If found guilty, he could face a minimum of 15 years in jail.


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Tanzanians clearly see official hand in elephant poaching

2013-04-26 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

The man tasked with saving Tanzania’s elephants is Khamis Suedi Kagasheki, minister for natural resources and tourism. Kagasheki, a former intelligence officer, is trying hard to beat the poachers, but is up against a government cabal unwilling to give up illegal profits.


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Tanzania: Controversy Over Origin $3.4 Million Ivory Seized in Hong Kong

2012-10-30 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Wildlife authorities have explained that the consignment of elephant tusks that were seized in Hong Kong and reported to have been shipped from Tanzania did not necessarily originate from the country. But four Tanzanians have been mentioned by the Interpol early this week in connection with the two shipping containers from Tanzania and Kenya that were loaded with ivory and seized in Hong Kong.


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Tanzania: Police Impound Tusks Worth Sh2.1 Billion

2012-10-30 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

POLICE in Dar es Salaam have arrested two Kenyans and a Tanzanian in unlawful possession of 214 elephant tusks and five bones of the mammal worth 2.1bn/- at Kimara Stop Over area in Kinondoni municipality over the weekend. Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Mr Suleiman Kova, told a news conference in the city that the suspects were apprehended while preparing to transport the contraband to Kenya.


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Elephant population in Tanzania sanctuaries drops

2012-01-03 - DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania.

The number of elephants in two wildlife sanctuaries in Tanzania has fallen by nearly 42 percent in just three years, a census showed on Tuesday, as poachers increasingly killed the animals for their tusks. The census at the Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park revealed elephant numbers had plunged to 43,552 in 2009 from 74,900 in 2006.


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Stray elephants invade villages in northern Tanzania

2011-11-02 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

About 300 rampaging elephants have invaded three villages in Sedeko ward in Serengeti district, northern Tanzania, and destroyed over 200 hectares of farmland and killed one person. "Until now the elephants are in the farms and they are grazing on crops like cows. Over 200 hectares have already been destroyed in Mbirikiri, Isarara and Bonchugu villages," Sedeko Ward Councilor, Richard Nyakera was quoted by Dailynews as saying. The stray elephants have also blocked thousands of villagers in the a...


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Tanzania engaging CITES for permission to sell ivory

2009-11-28 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Tanzania is still in discussions with the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) to be allowed to sell existing stocks of elephant ivory. The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Shamsha Mwangunga, told THISDAY on the sideline of a news conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the government was still engaging the international body to have her stockpile of ivory sold off.


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Police investigating ivory smuggling network

2009-11-06 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

POLICE in Dar es Salaam are investigating a suspected ivory smuggling syndicate following the arrest of four people this week in possession of over 30 elephant tusks. According to sources within the wildlife industry, the ivory weighing more than 100 kilogrammes is believed to have come from at least 18 elephants killed recently by poachers within the vast Selous Game Reserve stretching over 54,600 square kilometres to the south of the country.


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Philippines authorities seize more elephant tusks smuggled from Dar

2009-05-19 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

CUSTOMS officials in the Philippines have seized a shipment of elephant tusks from Tanzania estimated to be worth more than $1m (approx. 1.4bn/-). Customs police in Manila said they made the catch after inspecting a shipment of purported moulding machines which arrived on March 1 from Tanzania. The inspection is understood to have been based on a tip that the contents of the shipment were falsely declared.


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Elephants face extinction by 2020

2008-09-03 - Dar es salaam, Tanzania. Guardian Reporter

By The speed at which the African elephant has been slaughtered is reported to have been rising alarmingly since an international ban on ivory trade took effect in 1989. The public outcry that resulted in the ban has strangely died off, with University of Washington conservation biologist Samuel Wasser contending that it is because public awareness on the plight of the giant mammal has also faded. Recent studies show that poaching, which is endemic in Africa, accounts for an 8 per cent annual de...


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200 tusks seized, MPs decry illegal hunting

2007-07-26 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Patrick Kisembo, Judica Tarimo

Police in Dar es Salaam are holding a person they say was found in possession of 223 elephant tusks. Kinondoni Regional Police Commander Jamal Rwambow yesterday named the man as Hamidu Hassan, saying the arrest was made on Tuesday at Kimara Kirungule on the city`s western outskirts. The development came as legislators now assembled in Dodoma for the National Assembly`s annual Budget meeting spat fire over reports of gross violation of hunting laws by both Tanzanians and foreigners and called for...


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Patrols in Tanzanian park slash poaching: scientists

2006-11-23 - DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania. George Obulutsa

Patrols in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park have cut poaching and increased the population of black rhinoceros, elephants and buffalo, a paper to be published on Friday in Science magazine shows. "The animals are 'telling' us poaching is down now that there are 10 to 20 patrols a day compared to the mid-1980s when there might be 60 or fewer patrols a year," said Hilborn, a professor at University of Washington in the United States, in a statement ahead of the paper's publication.


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Three held over elephant tusks

2006-09-22 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. FAUSTINE KAPAMA

THE police in Dar es Salaam are holding a resident of Tanga and two Dar es Salaam residents allegedly for being in unlawful possession of government trophies. Kinondoni Regional Police Commander (RPC) Jamal Rwambow told reporters yesterday that the trio was found with 35 illegal elephant tusks on Wednesday afternoon at Ukoroto Street near Shekilango areas.


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Four Arrested in Tanzania Over Ivory Haul

2004-01-14 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Reuters

Four men were arrested in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam after they were found with 73 elephant tusks, police said Wednesday.


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More than 1,000 elephant tusks seized in Tanzania

2002-01-18 - DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania. Reuters

More than a thousand elephant tusks stolen by poachers have been recovered in the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam, police said this week.

Police said two Tanzanians had been arrested late last week following the seizure of 1,255 tusks in two suburban homes, but it was not clear where the tusks had originated.


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24 Headlines about Elephants from DAR ES SALAAM2016-03-19 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Chinese jailed 30 years for slaughter of 226 elephants 2016-02-03 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges 2015-12-12 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - PRESS RELEASE: Elephant population status in Tanzania 2015-11-16 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzania launches satellite monitoring of elephants poaching 2015-11-14 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzanias war on poaching pays off 2014-12-24 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Interpol arrests businessman Feisal Ali Mohamed over ivory trafficking 2014-05-09 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Elephant summit set in Tanzania late this week 2013-11-06 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzania Suspends Campaign Against Elephant Poaching To Investigate Reports Of Killings 2013-11-03 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Kagasheki unveils Chinese ivory haul in Dar es Salaam 2013-07-13 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzanian charged for smuggling over 1,000 elephant tusks 2013-04-26 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzanians clearly see official hand in elephant poaching 2012-10-30 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzania: Controversy Over Origin $3.4 Million Ivory Seized in Hong Kong 2012-10-30 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzania: Police Impound Tusks Worth Sh2.1 Billion 2012-01-03 - DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Elephant population in Tanzania sanctuaries drops 2011-11-02 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Stray elephants invade villages in northern Tanzania 2009-11-28 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzania engaging CITES for permission to sell ivory 2009-11-06 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Police investigating ivory smuggling network 2009-05-19 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Philippines authorities seize more elephant tusks smuggled from Dar 2008-09-03 - Dar es salaam, Tanzania - Elephants face extinction by 2020 2007-07-26 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - 200 tusks seized, MPs decry illegal hunting 2006-11-23 - DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Patrols in Tanzanian park slash poaching: scientists 2006-09-22 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Three held over elephant tusks 2004-01-14 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Four Arrested in Tanzania Over Ivory Haul 2002-01-18 - DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - More than 1,000 elephant tusks seized in Tanzania

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Ugandan ivory trader sentenced to life in prison

2022-10-21 - Kampala, Uganda.

A Ugandan court has sentenced an ivory trader to life in prison - the longest sentence for such crimes in the country's history. A new law was passed in 2019 that toughened sentences for poaching or t...


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Albuquerque Biological Park Zoo elephant in danger of losing an eye

2022-10-17 - Albuquerque, United States.

Zoo veterinary staff have known for years that Irene suffers from lens luxation, a condition in which the lens in the eye is dislocated from its normal position, causing discomfort and blurry vision, ...


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In Vietnam, farmers show a willingness to work with the elephant in the room

It’s estimated there are only around 100 Asian elephants remaining in Vietnam. Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve is one of four locations identified as key to their survival in the country.

2022-09-30 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Solving human-wildlife conflict is a complex issue and a pressing concern for a wide variety of endangered species, none more so than the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). People living around Vietnam...


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Third baby elephant of the year born at Pattaya garden

2022-09-29 - Pattaya, Thailand.

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The third baby elephant of the year has been born at a botanical garden in Pattaya. The Nong Nooch Gardens Pattaya welcomed the new little member, named “Ply Poa Jai” wi...


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Iconic elephant ‘Bandula’ dies at Dehiwala Zoo

2022-09-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Bandula’, the elephant found at the National Zoological Garden in Dehiwala is reported to have passed away today. According to reports, the elephant had suddenly fallen ill and had collapsed twic...


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Nepal: Koshi Tappu, CNP welcome baby elephant same day

2022-08-29 - Katmandu, Nepal.

The elephant named Loktantra Kali at the Koshi Tappu gave birth to a female calf while Saraswoti Kali at the CNP delivered a male calf on Sunday. Nepal is presently home to around 225 indigenous eleph...


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Vietnam strives to conserve elephants

2022-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A national action plan on elephant conservation in Vietnam for 2023-2032 with a vision for 2050 is being developed. According to the summary report of the General Department of Forestry, the number of...


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Elephant owner and elephant killed by landmine explosion at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State

Sheldon Hooper, 27, was charged and killed by a large elephant at a safari park

2022-08-21 - Indawgyi, Myanmar.

The owner of the elephant and the elephant were killed when a landmine exploded at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State on August 15 according to sources. They stepped on the landmine when a ...


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Notorious poacher who trafficked in ivory, rhino horns jailed five years

2022-08-20 - Toronto, Canada.

Moazu Kromah, 49, made millions of dollars poaching and trafficking elephant tusks and rhino horns from endangered animals and was ordered caged Thursday in New York. Kromah and two confederates were ...


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Elephant in Thailand rips keeper in half after being overworked in hot weather

2022-08-20 - Khuekkhak, Thailand. Lean Jinghui

An elephant in Thailand has reportedly ripped its mahout (elephant rider or keeper) in half after being overworked. According to The Thaiger, the incident happened at a rubber plantation in the Phang ...


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India sees more deadly elephant attacks as habitats shrink

2022-08-19 - New Delhi, India.

Elephant-human conflicts have been on the rise in India as a result of habitat loss, and experts say such conflicts could get worse unless forested areas are protected and migration corridors restored...


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Howdah elephant Abhimanyu starts carrying 300-kg sand bags

2022-08-18 - Mysore, India.

A week after embarking on a practice walk on Jamboo Savari route, howdah elephant Abhimanyu entered the second phase of training on Thursday. The 300-kg sand bags were mounted on Abhimanyu after perfo...


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Karachi elephants to receive German dental treatment

2022-08-16 - Karachi, Pakistan.

Global organisation, Four Paws have sent their veterinarian doctors to Karachi for the treatment of elephants. The team of four doctors have arrived in Pakistan to treat four female elephants- two of ...


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Andhra Pradesh: ‘Kumkis’ add a dash of grandeur to I-Day celebrations in Chittoor - Jayanth and Vinayak served the Forest Department for more than two decades

Forest staff performing puja to kumkis Jayanth and Vinayak at Naniyala camp at Ramakuppam in Chittoor district.

2022-08-15 - Chittoor, India.

Jayanth (65) and Vinayak (52) are kumkis (trained elephants), faithfully serving the Forest Department in Chittoor district for more than two decades. Housed at the Naniyala forest camp in the Koundin...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve mahouts will now record their experiences to help understand elephants better

2022-08-14 - Lakhimpur Kheri, India.

Chief conservator of forests and field director, Sanjay Kumar Pathak has decided to document the experiences of these veteran mahouts so that not only the park authorities but other mahouts also benef...


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Mastodon bones discovered during West Michigan road project work

2022-08-12 - Grand Rapids, United States.

Several people are working to unearth mastodon bones in a West Michigan field after they were discovered during a road construction project. The bones are expected to be donated to the Grand Rapids Pu...


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Meet the mahouts at Theppakadu camp in Mudumalai who have transformed the lives of their elephants

Wasim, the star kumki, with his mahout Eswaran

2022-08-11 - Theppakadu, India.

Wasim’s trunk pauses midair as he reaches for a bamboo shoot. His mahout, M Eswaran, calls out a command from a distance and in a split second, the elephant changes course. The shoot is far from his...


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Myanmar: Elephant gives birth to rare white calf in Rhakine

2022-08-08 - Rhakine, Myanmar. Team Udayadani

A rare white elephant took birth in western Myanmar. The white elephant was born last month in western Rakhine state and currently weighs 180 pounds (80 kilograms) and its height is 2.5 feet (70 centi...


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A haven for retired elephants

Visitors up close with the elephants.

2022-07-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Travelling north from Siem Reap city on National Road 64 for about 90 minutes you will reach a wooden bridge that will take you to the headquarters of the Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary, the home of ...


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Madhya Pradesh: Elephant held captive in chains after killing its mahout at Panna Tiger Reserve

2022-07-10 - Panna, India.

A 55-year-old elephant is held captive in chains and shackels in the Panna Tiger Reserve after the elephant brutally killed its mahout Budhram Rotiya on Monday, said an official. Ever since its arriva...


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