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extinction: Latest News
Staff, 1:01 am
Obama should instruct the U.S. State Department to designate ivory poachers for what they are: Terrorist financiers and facilitators of ISIS- and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Make the life expectancy of poachers so short that no one will risk taking the job. And that requires a few well-placed military drone strikes on poaching camps from any number of our established drone bases in Djibouti, Niger, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Burkina Faso or the Seychelles.
Karen Elowitt, 6:00 pm
Rangers may be the only thing between rhinos and extinction. South Africa’s Kruger National Park is home to 90 percent of the world’s rhino population, and that’s where most of the poaching occurs. The park is larger than the Netherlands, mostly undeveloped, has few roads, and shares a border with Mozambique. All these make it difficult to patrol. Hundreds of rangers risk their lives every day to save rhinos. As poachers get bolder and more heavily armed, the chance of rangers getting involved in armed contact has risen from 2 percent up to 60 percent.
Staff, 7:37 am
The world of giraffe conservation just got turned upside down. The identification of new giraffe species reveals how endangered some of these populations have become. There are less than 4,750 northern giraffe in the wild, and less than 8,700 reticulated giraffe, making them them some of the most endangered large mammals in the world. This requires doubling protection efforts to secure these populations, a stakeholder said. Of the four species, only two appear to be fairly healthy.
Dana Sanchez, 2:37 pm
The court’s decision Friday opened a flood of feedback from proponents and opponents of legalizing rhino horn trade. They all say they want the same thing — to save rhinos. “Up until 2008, we had no rhinos being poached in South Africa because demand was being supplied by legal sales from live rhino,” said the world’s biggest rhino farmer. Ban opponents may have statistics on their side. Rhino poaching has risen dramatically since the moratorium went into effect. South African buyers are likely to be investors if the market opens.
Staff, 12:03 am
The tusks from 8,000 elephants would be worth $105 million on the black market. The rhino horn from 343 animals would be worth $67 million. “From a Kenyan perspective, we’re not watching any money go up in smoke,” Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi said. “The only value of the ivory is tusks on a live elephant.” Critics of the burn said the destruction of this stockpile will increase the price of ivory in the black market and encourage more poaching.
Dana Sanchez, 12:32 pm
It’s not just rhinos and elephants that are at risk of extinction. So are the birds that clean up after them. Poisonings are the main culprit. Vultures are deliberately targeted by poachers concerned that the birds of prey will alert authorities to dead animal carcasses. There are implications for human health. “The digestive tracts of vultures are so acidic that they destroy anthrax spores that would otherwise spread easily,” an expert said.
Dana Sanchez, 6:14 pm
Cycads are favored among collectors, but they’re becoming critically endangered. Scientists are using microdot technology to prevent the prehistoric plants from disappearing in South Africa. Microdots are a high-tech intervention considered essential after poachers stole dozens of cycads from Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Cycads survived dinosaurs. Will they survive us?
Dana Sanchez, 10:50 am
Few fisheries are licensed to harvest a limited amount of abalone in South Africa. Penalties for violations include jail time. The flesh, dubbed “white gold,” is prized in Asia, and poachers risk their lives and their freedom to harvest it. A kilogram can fetch $420 on South Africa’s black market, and three times more in Asia.
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