A Lonely Elephant Cautiously Explores Post-War Somalia
Decades ago, tens of thousands of elephants roamed the shores of East Africa. A wave of poaching in the 1970s and ’80s wiped out many of the gentle creatures. And in 1991 Somalia collapsed into a bloody civil war that would grind on for 20 years. The elephants that... Read more
Tanzania Nabs Elephant-Killer
A special law-enforcement agency in Tanzania has arrested a suspected top elephant poacher following a yearlong manhunt. The National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit nabbed Boniface Matthew Mariango, a.k.a. “The Devil,” on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. “He is Tanzania’s most-wanted elephant poacher and ivory trafficker and... Read more
Elephant Rangers Die in Congo Gun Battle
Four wildlife rangers died and a helicopter suffered damage in a furious gun battle with elephant poachers in the Garamba national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. African Parks — the rangers’ manager — announced the deaths on Oct. 9. The incident occurred when the men, all members... Read more
This Woman Allegedly Led an Elephant-Slaughter Ring
Since at least 2006, Yang Feng Glan — a 66-year-old Chinese national — has allegedly led an ivory smuggling ring in Tanzania that oversaw the slaughter of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of elephants. Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit followed Yang — the “Ivory Queen” — for a... Read more
America and China Agree to End Elephant Slaughter
China and the United States have committed to ending the trade in elephant ivory. This is good news for elephants and bad news for terrorists. “The United States and China, recognizing the importance and urgency of combating wildlife trafficking, commit to take positive measures to address this global challenge,”... Read more
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