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Hefty jail term for ivory smuggler (South Africa)

Cape Times | 08 September, 2014 | Melanie Gosling |

Cape Town – The highest penalty ever imposed in South Africa for the illegal possession of ivory was handed down in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday when a man was sentenced 10 years’ jail and a R5 million fine for possessing one ton of poached elephant tusks. Cheng Jie Liang was told three years … Full Story →

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Mpumalanga community calls for harsher sentences against public servants involved in rhino poaching

Yahoo! News South Africa | 09 September, 2014 | Martina Polley | Free to Republish

White River, Mpumalanga – Approximately 400 people, mainly from rural areas in the Mbombela district attended a public hearing of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Friday, 5 September, loudly condemning the number of officials involved in rhino poaching and calling for heavier sentences to be applied to all public servants found guilty of … Full Story →

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Network for Animals slammed by South African animal welfare organisation

Wildlife News UK | 03 September, 2014 | Kevin Heath |

British wildlife charity, Network for Animals, has been rebuked by the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) for publishing misleading information on their website and fundraising campaign which could undermine a major elephant cruelty prosecution and have also been accused of trying to raise funds with claims of involvement in the case when they have played no role … Full Story →

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Six Elephant Poachers Arrested in Niassa National Reserve

Wildlife Conservation Society | 08 September, 2014 | Press Release |

Marrupa, Mozambique, Sept. 8, 2014 – A significant arrest of six suspected poachers took place here on Sept. 7 in a joint operation conducted by the Mecula District police, Luwire scouts and Niassa National Reserve Wildlife Conservation Society scouts. The arrests resulted after a 10-month investigation informed by vital on-the-ground intelligence. During the early morning … Full Story →

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Rangers to the rescue in Addo Elephant Park

Wild Card Blog | 27 August, 2014 | Corney Coetzee |

When a baby elephant got trapped in Addo’s Gwarrie Pan, SANParks rangers intervened to help the tiny calf. One Wild Card member captured it all on camera – and we’ve shared his dramatic sequence. Photos and story by Corney Coetzee. “While visiting the Gwarrie Pan drinking hole in Addo Elephant National Park, a baby ellie fell into … Full Story →

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