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Sad news from one of our ECF partners in Mali. #Repost @wildfoundation (@get_repost) ・・・ Tragedy has struck again. We lost Mr. Attaher Younoussa— one of our dedicated Mali Elephant Project Anti-Poaching Unit team members who was assassinated in his home at night. Our strength and compassion to his widow and the rest of the anti-poaching team. #rip #malielephantproject #antipoachingunit #chengetawildlife #wildfoundation #internationalconservationfundofcanada #strength #bravery #courage #gentlearmy
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A well-known Ethiopian ivory trafficker has turned informant after his arrest earlier in the year, and identified two poachers that he operated with at the Babile Elephant Sanctuary in Ethiopia. ECF partner, @bornfreefoundation, reports that one of the two poachers, Ahimed Kafi Abdella, has since been arrested (he was shot and wounded in the process after trying to kill law enforcement officers) and sentenced to 2 years and six months in jail. The other poacher is yet to be found. The informer was caught carrying 1.5 kilos of broken ivory pieces which were meant to be samples to show potential buyers. He was moved to another residency for his safety but not prosecuted. #ElephantCrisisFund #Babileelephantsanctuary #bornfreefoundation #ivorytrafficker. Photo by: Frank AF Petersens
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An elephant is dwarfed by the tall grass in this image by our partners at African Parks, Benin. There’s been so much rain at the Pendjari Complex that even animals as big as elephants are proving difficult to spot.  While the rain might be a welcome sign, it’s proving a struggle for African Parks rangers during their elephant patrols. We are pleased however to report that the grass has started to dry and bush fire management will soon begin allowing the patrols to continue more effectively. #africanparks #Benin #Pendjari #Wildifeconservation #Elephants. Photo by: Marketa Svejcarova
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The sentencing of notorious ivory trafficker, Winston Humba, to seven years jail in Malawi for crimes against wildlife is further testament to the great work being carried out by wildlife and law enforcement groups in the country including ECF-funded Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. Humba was arrested at his 'ivory factory' where heavy duty machinery was being used to process raw ivory into smaller pieces for easier air transport to addresses in Thailand and Malaysia. Four men in connection with the 'factory' received 4 year sentences each with hard labour. Before 2014, Malawi was seen as a ‘soft target’ for wildlife criminals, with low interception and conviction rates and an average sentence of just $40 for ivory trafficking. Today wildlife criminals can expect to find themselves behind bars with tough sentences. The case was made possible with support from ECF, Wildcat Foundation, Olsen Animal Trust and Stop Ivory. See full press release on LWT website. #ElephantCrisisFund #Wildlifecrime. Photo by: Malawi Police Service
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ECF funded project, Eyes in the Courtroom, managed by @wildlifedirect, has made some impressive progress in its efforts to seek justice for wildlife. A major highlight is the development of a digitized and valuable wildlife crime database - iCourtroom - which ensures wildlife crime cases are properly managed within the Kenyan judicial system.  iCourtroom collects and manages wildlife crime data including court records, allowing for detailed tracking of cases, quick analysis and real-time generation of wildlife crime data. It is the only digitized system in Kenya that maintains a wildlife offenders’ database.  All 2,600 wildlife crime cases generated by WildlifeDirect through court monitoring from the year 2014 to 2017 will be fed into iCourtroom system by the end of next month. #ElephantCrisisFund #Kenya #Wildlifecrime. Photo by: Wildlife Direct
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Project​ ​Update:​ The North Luangwa Conservation Project funded by ECF and implemented by @frankfurt.zoological.society collared two bulls and three cows last year in August. One of the bulls, a single tusker known as Mwambwa Bull, was poached earlier this year and his only tusk taken. We are pleased to report that ongoing investigations have since resulted in the arrest of the poacher and the tusk retrieved. The poacher is linked to a Malawian dealer whose details are being obtained. Close collaboration between the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust in Malawi has meant a better response from law enforcement on the Malawi side of the border which has contributed to an overall reduction on poaching in 2017. Photo by: Noah Chilanga #ElephantCrisisFund #Wildlifeconservation #Malawi #Zambia
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21 elephant deaths have been recorded in the month of September alone this year as a result of the severe drought conditions in Tsavo as reported by ECF partner the @tsavotrust. About 70% of elephant mortality observed in Tsavo East National Park (TENP) occurred in close proximity to man made water points, where desertification of surrounding habitat is clearly visible and taking its toll. The main problem however is not lack of water, as many might think, but a lack of food. Lion prides have noticeably increased in size in recent months with plentiful fresh elephant carcasses to feed from due to the harsh drought. Photo by: Tsavo Trust. #ElephantCrisisFund #Wildlifeconservation #Kenya #drought #elephant #elephants
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A man tried and convicted of poaching a black rhinoceros in Liwonde National Park in Malawi has been handed an 18-year prison sentence by the Liwonde Magistrates’ Court. The sentence sets a new precedent in the punishment for wildlife crime in the country. Two accomplices were also given long-term sentences of ten and eight years each. The arrests were made as part of a joint operation undertaken by the Malawi Police Services and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). The investigations and court proceedings were supported by ECF partners @africanparksnetwork, @lilongwewildlife and @action4ifaw. In a statement, Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks, says: “Rarely in wildlife crime are the perpetrators brought to justice and the speed at which the poachers were located, arrested, tried and convicted is a testament to the Malawian government in protecting their wildlife, deterring other poachers, and taking a stand against wildlife crime.” The ECF has funded several projects to help Lilongwe Wildlife Trust strengthen the enforcement of wildlife laws in Malawi and congratulates all those involved in bringing the poachers to swift justice. Full press release on the African Parks website.
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@savetheelephants recently took part in a @kenyawildlifeservice KWS Forensic Training organised by ECF partner Wildlife Traxx Consultancy. The main objective of the training, held at Isiolo Complex and Big Life Conservancy, was to equip law enforcement officers, especially first responders at a scene, with the knowledge and skills on DNA analysis and its role in investigation and prosecution of wildlife crime. It is hoped the training will help enhance the quality of evidence presented in court by wildlife crime prosecutors and will also assist in securing convictions of wildlife offenders, thereby deterring others from engaging in wildlife crimes. #ElephantCrisisFund #Kenya #WildlifeCrime Photo by: Kerry Roberts
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Eyes in the Sky …. Elephants in the Amboseli ecosystem are receiving improved protection from @biglifeafrica's aerial teams and rangers. Big Life has rangers stationed over 1.6 million acres in Kenya, and aerial monitoring is the most effective way to track elephants and the threats to them over such a big area. Thanks to funding from the ECF, there has been increased frequency of aerial patrols, faster response to poaching and human-wildlife conflict incidents and more effective responses to cases of injured elephants thus allowing for faster and safer treatment. BLF has been able to have a bigger impact on a bigger area! #ElephantCrisisFund #Elephants #WildlifeConservation #Kenya. Photo Credit: Jeremy Goss
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Congratulations to the detection dog unit at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport which has reported a string of successes since its operations began ten months ago.  The  ECF/ @africanwildlifefoundation  funded unit was developed in response to the increasing rate of ivory trafficking through Uganda’s border posts and Entebbe International Airport. Since December 2016, the sniffer dog unit has made 94 interceptions of illegal products including the case of a Vietnamese trafficker who was caught with a staggering 12 pieces of rhino horn weighing 23 kgs. In the unit’s first seven months of operation, 32 offenders alone were tried and convicted in court. The Uganda Wildlife Authority, which manages the unit, hopes that successes like these will discourage criminals from trafficking contraband wildlife products through the airport and through Uganda.  #ElephantCrisisFund #Elephants #Uganda #WildlifeConservation. Photo credit: WCS Uganda
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Guns N' Roses Guitarist - Slash advocates for the African Elephant as part of a brilliant celebrity outreach campaign by Elephant Crisis fund partner, IFAW.  #Savetheelephants #Repost @action4ifaw ・・・
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